WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America men's basketball team dropped its first game of the 2016-17 season as the Cardinals were edged at St. Vincent, 69-64. Junior Jay Howard went over 20 points for the fourth time this season with 23 points and added a season-high 11 rebounds for the double-double.
Catholic held a 32-28 lead at halftime, but the Bearcats came back to take the lead with seven minutes left in the game, 52-51. The Cardinals were able to tie it up at 64-all on two free throws by Howard, but St. Vincent closed the game on a 5-0 run to seal the win.
Senior guard Louis Khouri posted another strong game as he joined Howard with 20 points. Khouri connected on four 3-pointers and added six rebounds, an assist, block and three steals.
Sophomore guard Andre Mitchell also posted a well-rounded line of six points, five assists, four steals and two rebounds.
Catholic only turned the ball over nine times, but the Bearcat defense limited the Cardinals to just a 32.1-perencet mark from the field and 26.1 from beyond the arc.
St. Vincent was able to knock down nearly half of its shots (24-of-50) and won the rebounding battle, 40-29. 32 of the Bearcats points came in the paint while 34 points were contributed from the bench, which included 17 from the team's leading scorer, Tom Kromka.
Catholic continues a stretch of four games in eight days when the Cards travel to Neumann this Saturday at 5 p.m.
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