WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University men's basketball seniors Andre Mitchell and Jimmy Golaszewski combined for 34 points and 13 rebounds, but Scranton scored 13 of the game's final 18 points to rally to a 63-61 victory Saturday over the Cardinals Saturday on Franny Murray Court.
Catholic (8-13, 4-6 Landmark) had won four-straight regular season home games against the Royals coming into today's game and three of the last five overall.
Scranton (5) and Catholic (2) have won seven of the last eight Landmark Conference championships and are ranked first and second, respectively, in the league in wins since it was founded in 2007-08.
Mitchell finished with 20 points, his fifth 20-point performance this season, scoring 17 in the first half as the Cardinals built a 30-26 lead. He has totaled 115 points over his last five games for an average of 23.0 per game, including a career-high 36 at Moravian last Saturday.
Golaszewski totaled 14 points, all in the second half where he was 5-of-7 from the floor and 3-of-3 from the free throw line.
Catholic jumped out to a 14-7 lead in the first seven minutes before extending it to as many as 10, 30-20, on a three-pointer by freshman Will Turgeon with 4:29 remaining in the first half. Mitchell scored 14 of the Cards first 16 points with the other two coming from junior Riley Hayes at the free throw line.
A quick 6-0 run to end the half pulled the Royals (17-4, 6-4 Landmark) within four at the break.
The game featured six ties and 10 lead changes, including four and nine in the second half.
After Scranton tied the game at 36-36 with 15:12 left in the second half, the Cardinals scored 11 of the next 16 points to go in front by five with 11:05 to play.
Catholic led by six, 56-50, following two free throws by Golaszewski with 5:30 remaining, but the Royals regained the lead after a 10-0 run, 56-50.
Mitchell hit a three-pointer off an assist from Hayes to pull the Cardinals within one, 62-61, with 1:18 remaining. After a free throw and a defensive rebound, Scranton had the ball and a two-point advantage with 40 seconds remaining. Unable to run out the clock, the Royals were whistled for an offensive charge with eight seconds to play, giving Catholic a shot at the win or forcing overtime.
However, Mitchell's pull-up jumper from the foul line was off the mark and Scranton escaped with their first regular season win at Catholic since an 80-71 decision on Feb. 15, 2014.
Hayes posted his sixth double double this season with 10 points and 11 rebounds while freshman Will Mulquin followed up his 20 points and 12 rebounds at Elizabethtown Wednesday with 10 points and six boards.
Mitchell moved into 32nd on the program's all-time scoring list and now has 1,101 in 100 career games. Steve Limeriou is ranked 31st with 1,108 points while Pat Satalin is 30th with 1,122.
The Royals scored 19 points off of 14 Catholic turnovers, including 15 on nine in the second half.
Catholic hosts Juniata on Wednesday at 7 p.m.