WASHINGTON — The Catholic University of America men's basketball team saw a buzzer-beater go against them on Wednesday night inside the DuFour Center as Widener knocked down a 3-pointer as the time expired to win, 81-78.
In a back-and-forth battle that saw neither team lead by more than six, the Cardinals trailed by four at the half and by six early in the second, but rallied to tied the game at 52-all on a layup by junior Jimmy Golaszewski and went on to take its first lead of the frame at 56-54 with 11:24 to play.
The lead would change hands seven more times in the final 11 minutes. Widener came up with a go-ahead triple with 43 seconds left, but Howard answered on the next possession with a free throw to tie it a 78-all.
On the final play with the shot clock turned off, the Pride was able to dribble out the clock and connected on a contest 3-pointer to walk away with the win.
Widener attempted 20 more shots than Catholic with both teams shooting over 44-percent from the field, but the Cardinals countered with 31 more free throw attempts.
The Cards also owned the rebounding advantage, 40-33, but the Pride knocked down three more 3-pointers with the final two proving to be the difference.
Howard led all scorers and knocked down 14-of-18 shots from the free throw line. Mitchell finished with three 3-pointers.
Catholic will look to go back above .500 and even its Landmark Conference record as the Cardinals host Juniata on Saturday, January 6 at 2 p.m.
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