WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University men's basketball junior Riley Hayes posted a double double with 19 points and 16 rebounds while senior Andre Mitchell added 15 points to lead Cardinals to a 61-53 victory over Juniata Wednesday on Franny Murray Court.
Catholic (9-13, 5-6 Landmark) sits two games behind Susquehanna for the fourth and final spot in the 2019 Landmark Conference Men's Basketball Championship with three games remaining. The Cardinals and River Hawks meet this weekend.
Hayes totaled his fifth double double of the season in the first half with 11 points and 10 rebounds as the game was tied 24-24.
Mitchell, who added five assists, four rebounds and three steals, made several key plays late. After hitting a free throw to tie the game at 53, he came up with a steal and sunk a running jumper off the glass.
After a missed three-pointer by the Eagles' Brandon Martinazzi, Mitchell corralled the rebound before finding senior Jimmy Golaszewski who drove to the basket and hit a layup to put the Cards up, 57-53, with 37.4 seconds to play. Mitchell salted the win with four-straight free throws.
Golaszewski finished with eight points on 4 of 8 shooting while Catholic shot 41 percent (22 of 54) from the field and 79 percent from the line (11 of 14). Juniata attempted just six free throws.
Freshmen Will Mulquin and Will Turgeon made their ninth and 11th starts of the season, respectively. Mulquin had eight points and two treys. Turgeon added six points and five boards. Both of his points came from beyond the arc.
Martinazzi led Juniata (8-14, 2-9 Landmark) with 15 points. Nicolas Albert had eight points, 12 rebounds and seven steals.
Catholic travels to Susquehanna on Saturday for a 4 p.m., tip-off. Mitchell scored a season-high 30 points, including 28 in the second half and the 1,000th of his career, as he led the Cardinals to a 78-74 win over Susquehanna at home on January 19.