WASHINGTON – Four members of The Catholic University of America men's basketball team (6-2) scored in double figures as the Cardinals shot over 50-percent from the field and 40-percent from long range as they ran past Elmira (2-5), 83-60.
Junior forward Jay Howard tallied game-highs with 22 points, nine rebounds and three steals while rookie big man Riley Hayes came off the bench for a career-best performance with 13 points, three boards and two steals.
The Cardinals outrebounded the Eagles, 38-24, and forced Elmira into 18 turnovers, compared to just nine for Catholic. The Cards also totaled 11 steals.
Senior sharpshooter Louis Khouri drilled three treys on his way to 13 points and added five boards and two assists. Sophomore Andre Mitchell was the fourth Cardinal in double-figure points with 12, and added twos across his scoresheet in boards, assists and steals. Rookie guard Brandon Easton drew the start and just missed the 10-point plateau with nine as hit two triples to go with three rebounds and an assist.
Catholic made the first basket of the game and never trailed. Howard scored the first three points of the contest for the Cards as they quickly built an 8-2 advantage. The Cardinals went on to make it a 23-10 lead after a three-pointer by Khouri and a free throw by junior Brian Seward.
Catholic took an 11-point lead, 37-26, into the break and went on to outscore the Eagles by 12 in the second as the Cards dropped 46 points in the final 20.
The Cardinals have a quick turnaround as they host Gettysburg tomorrow, Sunday, December 18, at 4 p.m., back inside the DuFour Center.
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