Hot Shooting Second Half Lifts Blue Jays Past Cardinals, 60-49

Hot Shooting Second Half Lifts Blue Jays Past Cardinals, 60-49

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After making just two three-pointers in the first half, Elizabethtown hit three in less than two minutes after halftime en route to 60-49 victory over the Catholic University men's basketball team on Wednesday at Franny Murray Court.

Brandon Berry scored a game-high 21 points for the Blue Jays (8-7, 3-2 Landmark), including his team's final eight, to lead the Blue Jays to the victory.

Elizabethtown moves to 8-7 and 3-2 in the Landmark. The Cardinals drop to 6-10 (2-3).

Junior Riley Hayes led Catholic (6-10, 2-3 Landmark) with 16 points, 12 of which came in the first half, while grabbing nine rebounds. Senior Andre Mitchell added 15 points and six boards.

Bryce Green added 20 points for Elizabethtown, who made just 2 of 18 from beyond the arc in the first half. They went 8 of 17 following the break.

Green and Michael Pastore hit back-to-back treys to give Etown a 47-43 lead. After Mitchell answered in kind, Berry knocked down another triple. Green's pull-up jumper from the free-throw line put the Blue Jays up, 52-46, with 3:53 to play.

Senior Jimmy Golaszewski scored the Cardinals' final points on a three-pointer with 3:01 remaining to pull Catholic to within three.

However, Berry answered with a short driving layup and sealed the win by sinking all six of his free throws in the final 30 seconds. The junior guard scored 14 points in the second half.

The Cardinals made just 17 of 60 shots for 28 percent while the Blue Jays checked in at 21 of 59 for 36 percent. Elizabethtown finished 10 of 35 from 3-point range to the Cards' 4 of 20.

Elizabethtown's Connor Moffat led all rebounders with 12 and added five points and four assists while the Blue Jays' bench outscored the Cards, 23-4.

Mitchell and freshmen Will Mulquin and Frank Lumaj each corralled seven boards for Catholic.

The Cards scored the game's first seven points and took a 26-20 lead into halftime. Junior Collin Hartmann made it 31-23 with a triple from the left corner. He finished with five points and seven rebounds.

The Cardinals also led by eight, 43-35, with 10:57 left in the game.

Catholic hosts Susquehanna on Saturday at 4 p.m.