HOBOKEN, N.J. - An evenly balanced offensive performance in which four starters scored at least fourteen points was not enough for the Catholic University men's basketball team as the Cardinals fell to Stevens on the road Friday evening, 84-73.
Senior Jimmy Golaszewski lead all scorers with 18 points in the contest, making two three-pointers and shooting a perfect 8-8 from the free-throw line. Junior Riley Hayes and junior Collin Hartmann added 15 points each, and Andre Mitchell notched 14 points of his own.
Catholic (2-5) fell behind to a hot-shooting Stevens team that made a season-high 11 three-pointers. The Ducks (7-2) drained eight attempts from long range in the first half alone, and jumped out to a 30-15 lead with a little over five minutes to play before halftime.
Mitchell hit a jump shot for the Cardinals with 5:21 left, and the visitors went on a 14-5 run to close the half. Mitchell followed with a three-pointer, and then Hartmann and Golaszewski knocked down threes of their own to cut the deficit to just five, 32-27. A Stevens buzzer-beating three-pointer closed the first half to put the Ducks up 35-29.
Hayes had an efficient evening in 29 minutes of play, shooting 7-10 from the field. He added four rebounds, one assist, and two steals in his 15 point performance.
The hosts' good shooting continued, as Stevens went on a 14-3 run to start the second half. The Ducks shot 48% from the field, benefited from 26 points off the bench, and didn't let Catholic get back into the game.
Hartmann found his stroke from downtown, as all four of his made shots were threes to notch a season-high 15 points.
Down as many as 19 in the second half, the Cardinals fought to stay in the game. Freshman Will Turgeon made a three-pointer to make the score 80-69, but it was too little too late and the Ducks closed out for an 84-73 win.
As a unit, the Cardinals had an impressive day at the stripe, shooting 25-29. The 86% mark is the team's highest percentage at the line this season.
Next up for Catholic is a home contest on Sunday, December 16. The Cardinals take on Gettysburg at 3 p.m. on Franny Murray Court.
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