WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University men's basketball junior Riley Hayes totaled his second-straight double double with 26 points and 13 rebounds, but Hood used a hot-shooting first half to post an 86-74 victory over the Cardinals Saturday at Gallaudet's Field House in the Battle of D.C. & Maryland.
Catholic (0-2) totaled 20 turnovers, including 12 in the first half, which led to 37 points for the Blazers.
Hayes, who posted his second double double this season and the sixth of his career, was 10-of-14 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the free throw line. So far this season, he is averaging 28.5 points and 10.5 rebounds after scoring a career-high 31 points and adding eight rebounds in the team's season opener against Marymount (Va.). He is also shooting 69.7 percent from the floor (23-of-33).
The Cards trailed by 10 at the half after the Blazers shot 51.6 percent from the floor, going 16-of-31, while holding the Cardinals to just eight field goals. Catholic managed to stay within striking distance after hitting on 12-of-14 free throw attempts.
Hood led by as many as 17 in the opening half, 28-11, before a 9-0 run by the Cardinals pulled them within eight on a layup by Hayes with 5:08 remaining. During that time, Catholic held the Blazers without a made field goal for 4:01.
The Cards got within four, 31-27, on another layup by Hayes with 3:14 left, but Hood scored 10 of the final 14 points to take a 41-31 halftime lead.
The Blazers (3-1) stretched their lead to as many as 19 in the second half before Catholic used a 20-5 run to cut its deficit to just four, 73-69, with 3:20 to play.
However, Hood answered with a 12-3 spurt over the three minutes to push its lead back to 13, 85-72, with only 37 seconds remaining.
Hayes totaled 15 points and nine rebounds in the second half while senior Jimmy Golaszewski added nine. The Cardinals outrebounded the Blazers in the second half, 22-15, but Hood was 13-of-18 from the free throw line while Catholic had just five attempts.
Golaszewski finished with 16 points while sophomore Ceeja Beckett totaled seven points and seven assists, both career highs.
Catholic returns to action on Sunday when its plays host Gallaudet at 1 p.m., in the consolation game of the Battle of D.C. & Maryland.