Mulquin's Layup at the Buzzer Leads Cards Past Ferrum

Mulquin's Layup at the Buzzer Leads Cards Past Ferrum

FERRUM, Va. - Catholic University men's basketball sophomore Will Mulquin totaled 12 points and 10 rebounds and scored the game-winner at the buzzer in overtime to give the Cardinals a 71-69 road win against Ferrum Sunday at Swartz Gym.

Catholic (2-6) posted its second-straight win against the Panthers after last year's 67-52 win at home on Dec. 18, 2018. The Cardinals also picked up their first road win this season.

The Cards are now 1-1 in overtime games this season. The fell to Messiah at home in overtime, 78-75, back on November 12.

Mulqin posted his second career double double and first since Jan. 30, 2019 when he had 20 points and 12 rebounds in a 69-64 Landmark Conference victory at Elizabethtown.

Two free throws by the Panthers tied the game at 69-69 with 7.2 seconds remaining in overtime.

Following a timeout by Catholic, the Cardinals faced a full court press by Ferrum. Freshman Jack Kouba got the ball in bounds to junior Justin Pryor who then passed over the top of a double team to senior Collin Hartmann at midcourt.

Hartmann dribbled to the top of the three-point arc and as he pulled up for a three-point attempt, he found Mulquin wide open under the basket for an easy uncontested layup.

Ferrum (4-5) scored six of its eight overtime points at the free throw line where the team was 6-of-8, going 4-for-4 in the final 35 seconds.

The Panthers' James Smith, Jr., who hit the two free throws to tie the game at 69, also forced overtime after he hit a three-pointer with 12.6 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 61-61.

Catholic led 61-57 with 20 seconds left in the second half before Ferrum's Brandon Reeves hit the first of two free throws. He missed the second, but the Panthers managed to get the offensive rebound which led to Smith's game-tying three-pointer on a pull up at the top of arc.

Mulquin scored six of his 12 points in overtime while adding two rebounds.

Hartmann finished the game with 11 points, six rebounds and three assists while senior Thomas Huerter scored 10 points, all of which came in the second half. Sophomore Frank Lumaj finished with a career-high nine points to go along with seven rebounds in a career-high 26 minutes.

Freshman Titus Lawrence also had nine points and seven rebounds, both career highs.

Catholic returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 28 against Misericordia at the Catholic Invitational hosted by Saint Vincent. Tip-off is at 4 p.m.