Cardinals' Upset Bid Falls Short Against No. 17 Rochester

Cardinals' Upset Bid Falls Short Against No. 17 Rochester

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Catholic University men's basketball team led the 17th-ranked team in the nation for a total of 33:56, but could not hold on over the final four minutes.

Jacob Wittig scored 16 points and Ryan Clamage 15 to lead Rochester (10-1) to a 68-60 victory over the Cardinals Wednesday on Franny Murray Court.

Senior Andre Mitchell paced Catholic (4-8) with 15 points and six rebounds while junior Riley Hayes had 14 points and six rebounds before fouling out.

Tied at 57 with 3:59 remaining, Rochester outscored the Cards, 11-3, in crunch time. Following two offensive-foul turnovers by the Cardinals, Clamage nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing off a Wittig pass to put the Yellowjackets in front, 62-57.

Wittig recorded another one of his six assists a possession later to give Rochester a seven-point lead with under a minute to play.

Catholic made 52 percent of its shots (22 of 42) and held a 47-39 lead on a Brandon Easton layup with 13:44 to go. The Cards held a 39-34 advantage at halftime.

Clamage added a game-high eight rebounds and recorded five assists. Rochester's crisp ball movement and frequent skip passes contributed to 15 assists on 21 field goals. Alexander Gamble came off the bench to produce six points and seven boards.

The Yellowjackets out-rebounded Catholic, 30-23.

Hayes was 5 of 6 from the field, Mitchell 5 of 9.

The Cardinals host Moravian (8-4) in Landmark Conference action on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Twin brothers, Bryan and Brandon Easton, started a game together for the first time in their three-year careers on Wednesday. They are the first twins to start for the Cards since Kevin and Kyle Phanord on Feb. 26, 2014 at Susquehanna ... This was just the second meeting between Catholic and Rochester. The previous one came back on Dec. 9, 1978 when the Cardinals posted a 75-61 victory in the Cornell-Pepsi Tournament in Ithaca, N.Y. Both squads were Division I at the time.