Cardinals Fall Short at Top-Seeded Drew in Season Finale

Cardinals Fall Short at Top-Seeded Drew in Season Finale

MADISON, N.J. - Playing in their final game, Catholic University men's basketball seniors Andre Mitchell and Jimmy Golaszewski scored 25 points each, but the Cardinals missed two attempts to win the game in the final 27 seconds, dropping a 92-90 decision against Drew Saturday at Baldwin Gymnasium.

Catholic (10-5, 6-8 Landmark) finished the season in fifth place in the conference standings after dropping its fifth road game of its last six.

Mitchell totaled 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists. He totaled 1,174 points in 104 career games, finishing 25th on the team's all-time scoring list, just behind R.J. Dixon who had 1,175 points from 2007-11 and ahead of All-American Chris Kearney who scored 1,160 from 2009-13.

Meanwhile, Golaszewski had 25 points, three rebounds and three assists, finishing his career with 866 points in 99 career games while making 149 three-pointers.

The duo combined to go 20 of 22 from the free throw line with Golaszewski hitting 11 of 11. The Cardinals were 26 of 32 as a team, but missed their final three attempts with 27 seconds remaining and the game tied at 90-90.

Drew (20-5, 12-2 Landmark), who is the top-seed in next week's Landmark Conference Men's Basketball Championship, made both of its free throws with three seconds left before Catholic's last three-point attempt was off the mark at the buzzer, preserving the win for the Rangers.

The Cardinals suffered their first loss of the season when scoring at least 88 points. They were 3-1 in those contests.

Mitchell and Golaszewski led five players in double figures for the Cards as junior Riley Hayes totaled 14 points and eight rebounds. Junior Collin Hartmann had 12 points on four three-pointers while freshman Will Mulquin added 10.

As a team, Catholic made 10 three-pointers, but suffered its first loss when making at least that many, finishing the year 5-1.

Mitchell (18) and Golaszewski (14) totaled 32 of the team's 49 first-half points as the Cardinals led by 11 at the half, 49-38. However, Drew opened the second half with a 16-2 run over the first 3:29 to take a 54-51 lead.

The Rangers led by as many as 13 in the second half, 77-64 with 7:30 left, before a 9-2 spurt by Catholic tied the game at 85 on a three-pointer by Hartmann with 3:06 to play.

Despite committing just 10 turnovers, the Cardinals were outrebounded by 18, leading to 17 second-chance points for Drew. The Rangers also had 17 fastbreak points.