WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University men's basketball senior Jimmy Golaszewski totaled 15 points and 12 rebounds while senior Andre Mitchell had eight points, five rebounds and five steals as the Cardinals posted a 67-52 nonconference victory over Ferrum Tuesday at Franny Murray Court.
Catholic (4-5) has won back-to-back games at home and is now 85-21 at home since the 2011-12 season.
Tuesday marked the first meeting between the two teams since Jan. 26, 1990. The last meeting in Washington D.C., came on Dec. 9, 1989.
Golaszewski posted his second double double of the season and the third of his career. He had 17 points and 10 rebounds versus Sarah Lawrence on November 24 and 18 points and 13 rebounds at Goucher on Jan. 31, 2018.
Meanwhile, Mitchell, who leads the Landmark Conference in steals this season at 2.44 per game, now has 15 over his last four games. He also leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.67 and is fourth in free throw percentage at 84.4 after going 6-for-9 from the line tonight.
As a team, the Cardinals hit 19-of-24 free throws for 79.2 percent. After shooting 58.6 percent (58-of-99) from the free throw line over the first five games, Catholic has made 78.7 percent (74-of-94) over its last four.
The game featured eight ties and nine lead changes, all of which came in the first half as neither team led by more than five. The Panthers (2-9) took their largest lead of the game at 15-10 following a three-pointer by Trey Barnhardt with 10:23 remaining in the first half. However, a 13-4 run by the Cardinals gave them a 23-19 advantage after junior Riley Hayes converted two free throws with 2:59 left.
There were three ties and four lead changes over the final 1:42 before freshman Will Turgeon hit a three-pointer at the buzzer from about 24-feet to give Catholic a 29-27 lead at the half.
Turgeon totaled all eight of his points in the opening half while Golaszewski had five points and eight rebounds. Junior Bryan Easton added seven points.
The Cards scored the first 17 points of the second half to take a 46-27 lead, holding Ferrum scoreless for a stretch of 6:26. Catholic extended the lead to as many as 24 with 9:54 remaining and didn't let it slip below 14 the rest of the way.
Golaszewski had 10 points and four rebounds in the second half while Hayes added seven points and five rebounds. Mitchell had seven points, including five from the free throw line where he was 5-of-7, while adding four steals.
Freshman Will Mulquin totaled five points and six rebounds in eight second-half minutes, finishing the game with seven points and a career-high 10 rebounds. The last time Catholic had two players with at least 10 rebounds in a regulation game was back on Feb. 11, 2017 when Jay Howard had 13 and Hayes added 10 in a 63-62 win over Scranton.
Catholic will now break for the Christmas holiday before returning home on Saturday, December 29 when the Cards host Medaille in the opening game of the Holiday Inn Washington-College Park Tournament at 5 p.m. Babson and N.C. Wesleyan will follow at 7 p.m.