WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University men's basketball senior Collin Hartmann totaled 13 points and six rebounds as the Cardinals opened Landmark Conference play with a 64-54 loss to Drew Saturday on Franny Murray Court.
The Cardinals (1-6, 0-1 LC) fell to 8-5 in Landmark Conference openers, including 5-3 at home and 3-3 against Drew.
Hartmann had 11 points and three rebounds in the second half as Catholic and Drew both scored 40 points. The Cards held a 16-2 advantage in points in the paint, but the Rangers were 6-of-12 from three-point range and 14-of-20 from the free throw line.
The Cardinals trailed 24-14 at halftime, but scored the first five points of the second half on a lay-up by Hartmann and a three-pointer from senior Thomas Huerter to cut their deficit to five, 24-19 with 18:51 remaining.
Drew (6-1, 1-0 LC) led by seven with 13:25 to play before using a 17-2 run over the next seven minutes to take its largest lead of the game, 52-30, with 6:45 left.
Catholic answered with an 18-6 run to cut the lead to 10 with 47 seconds remaining, but that would be as close as it could get in suffering its third-straight home loss.
Neither team shot the ball well in the first half, but the Rangers were able to edge out a 10-point advantage after making one more three-pointer and going 6-of-9 from the free throw line while the Cards were 1-for-3.
Catholic returns to action next Sunday, Dec. 15 when it travels to Ferrum, Virginia to take on the Panthers. Tipoff is at 2 p.m.