WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University men's basketball sophomore Jesse Hafemeister scored 25 points as the Cardinals posted a 75-62 victory over Shenandoah in their home opener Wednesday on Franny Murray Court.
Catholic (5-0) has started the season with five-straight wins for the first time since 2016-17 when they began the season with 13 wins in their first 16 games. The team also improved its record to 9-2 in its last 11 home openers.
Hafemeister scored 17 of his season-high 25 points in the second half as the Cardinals stretched their nine-point halftme lead to as many as 21 with 1:16 remaining. He also added seven rebounds and was 7-of-7 from the free throw line.
Catholic has now had a player score at least 20 points in nine of its 13 games over the last two seasons, including four-straight.
Sophomore Jake Melady added a career-high 14 points, including 12 on a career-best four three-pointers. Sophomore Tommy Kelly also added 14 points to go along with seven rebounds, three assists and three blocks.
The Cardinals opened the game on a 10-0 run over the first five minutes before extending it to as many as 15 with 9:03 to play, 25-10. Hafemeister had eight of the team's first 14 points.
However, using a 17-5 run, Shenandoah (0-3) cut its deficit to three, 30-27 with 2:55 left, before Catholic responded with eight of the final 10 points to push its advantage to nine at the half, 38-29.
Melady, Kelly and Hafemeister combined for 32 of the team's 38 first-half points with Melady netting 14, Kelly totaling 10 and Hafemeister adding eight.
Led by Hafemeister, the Cardinals never let the lead slip below 10 in the second half as they cruised to their second all-time victory over the Hornets and first since the 1936-37 season.
Senior Sam Golden finished with two points and seven rebounds and now leads the team with 8.4 rebounds through five games this season.
Catholic travels to Stevens on Saturday for a non-conference contest against the Ducks beginning at noon.