WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University men's basketball senior Andre Mitchell scored a season-high 20 points, but Drew show 54 percent from the floor, including 48 from three-point range en route to a 68-51 win in the Landmark Conference opener for both teams Saturday at Franny Murray Court.
The Cardinals (2-4, 0-1 LC) fell to 8-4 in Landmark openers, including 5-2 at home and 3-2 against the Rangers.
Mitchell posted his sixth career 20-point game and was 11-of-12 from the free throw line while adding four assists and seven steals. Catholic, who has struggled from the free throw line this season, finished 17-of-20 as a team from the free throw line.
The Cards scored 22 ponts off of 22 Drew turnovers, but could not overcome a 13-point halftime deficit after going just 5-of-27 from the floor in the first half and 0-of-10 from three-point range.
The Rangers (6-1, 1-0 LC) jumped out to a 12-5 lead in the game's first five minutes, but Catholic held Drew scoreless for a span of 6:37 while getting points from juniors Riley Hayes and Bryan Easton as well as sophomore Justin Pryor to cut the lead to two, 12-10 with 9:05 remaining.
However, the Rangers responded with 9-0 run, holding the Cardinals scoreless for 5:09 as they pushed their lead to 11, 21-10 with 4:21 to play.
The Cards would rally for the second time, using an 8-1 spurt to pull within four, 22-18 with 1:48 left. Catholic was 6-of-6 from the line during that stretch with Mitchell going 4-of-4 and Hayes hitting both of his attempts while junior Collin Hartmann capped the run with a jumper for his only points of the half.
Once again, Drew had an answer as it scored the final nine points of the half to take a 31-18 lead at the break.
That would be as close as the Cardinals would get the rest of the way as the Rangers led by as many as 25 in the second half.
A total of 10 players scored for Catholic with Hayes finishing with eight points and five rebounds while junior Jimmy Golaszewski had six points and seven rebounds.
The Cardinals, who have posted an 83-21 record at home since the 2011-12 season, are now 1-3 this season after being held to their lowest point total since an 88-51 loss to No. 18 Swarthmore on Jan. 3, 2017, a span of 24 games.
Catholic travels to Stevens on Friday, December 7 for a nonconference contest with the Ducks beginning at 5 p.m.