SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Catholic University men's basketball seniors Andre Mitchell and Jimmy Golaszewski combined to score 39 points, including 24 in the second half, but the Cardinals could not overcome a 13-point halftime deficit as Susquehanna posted an 87-78 victory Saturday at O.W. Houts Gymnasium.
The loss officially eliminates Catholic (9-14, 5-7 Landmark) from playoff contention as it trails Scranton and Susquehanna by two-and-half games for the fourth and final spot in the 2019 Landmark Conference Men's Basketball Championship with just two games remaining.
Mitchell scored a team-high 20 points to go along with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. He averaged 25.0 points in two games against the River Hawks this season after dropping 30, including the 1,000th of his career, in the first meeting between the two teams on January 19.
Mitchell now has 1,136 points in 102 career games, moving him into 30th on the team's all-time scoring list ahead of Pat Satalin. He is just three points behind Kevin Morrison for 29th.
Golaszewski scored 19 points of Catholic's 25 points off the bench.
Susquehanna (15-8, 8-4 Landmark) scored 43 points off the bench with 27 coming from Dominic Dunn and 14 from Danny Frauenheim.
Junior Riley Hayes totaled his fourth-straight double double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. It was his ninth double double of the season and the 14th of his career.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the first three minutes on a three-pointer by freshman Will Turgeon and a layup by Mitchell before a three-pointer by junior Collin Hartmann gave them their largest lead of the game, 10-6 with 16:14 remaining in the first half.
The River Hawks used an 11-3 run to take a 17-13 before back-to-back baskets by Golaszewski and freshman Frank Lumaj tied the game at 17.
However, with Catholic trailing by three after a dunk by Lumaj, 29-26, Susquehanna scored eight-straight points to push its advantage to 11.
The River Hawks led 45-32 at the half and led by no less than nine in the second.
Hartmann finished with 12 points while Turgeon totaled five points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Catholic hosts Goucher in its final home game on Wednesday. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. Golaszewski led the Cardinals with 20 points in an 84-82 road loss to the Gophers on January 23.