WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University men's basketball senior Collin Hartmann scored 17 points, but Hobart used a 12-0 run late in the second half to post a 65-55 victory over the Cardinals Sunday in the championship game of the Holiday Inn Washington-College Park Tournament.
The Cardinals (4-8) fell to the Statesmen in the first meeting between the two teams since Dec. 30, 2000 when 10th-ranked Catholic defeated Hobart 82-57 in the championship game of the inaugural D3hoops.com Classic.
Senior Riley Hayes, who posted his second-straight double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, earned all-tournament honors for the second-straight week after he was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Catholic Basketball Invitational hosted by Saint Vincent Dec. 28-29.
The Cards trailed 37-30 with 16:11 remaining in the second half before tying the game at 40-40. Sophomore Will Mulquin scored five of his eight points during the run, going 5-for-5 from the free throw line.
Two free throws each from junior Justin Pryor and freshman Titus Lawrence kept Catholic within one, 45-44, with 8:52 to play, but the Statesmen scored 12 consecutive points while holding the Cardinals scoreless to take their largest lead of the game with 4:01 left.
A three-pointer by Hartmann with 3:13 to play finally broke Catholic's scoring drought and keyed a quick 7-0 spurt for the home team as it pulled back within six, 57-51, with 2:09 remaining.
However, that would be as close as the Cardinals could get as Hobart as a three-pointer by tournament MVP Tucker Lescoe and dunk by Edens Fleurizard on the fast break pushed the Statesmen's lead back to 12 with 1:03 to play.
Hartmann scored 12 of his team-high 17 points in the second half where he was 3-of-6 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Pryor added six second-half points and was 4-of-4 from the line. Catholic scored 18 of its 28 second-half points at the free throw line where it was 18-for-23.
Freshman Jack Kouba finished the game with four points, five rebounds, two assists and four steals.
The Cardinals return to action next Saturday, January 11 with a Landmark Conference contest at Moravian beginning at 2 p.m.