WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America men's basketball team went toe-to-toe with the No. 1-seeded Scranton Royals in the Landmark Conference Semifinals on Wednesday night and despite a hard-fought battle, the Cardinals were edged, 75-68.
The lead changed hands 12 times in the back-and-forth contest with eight ties.
Catholic tied it up at 66-all with 1:43 to play on a jumper in the lane by junior Jay Howard, but back-to-back baskets by Scranton forced the Cards to foul with less than 30 seconds. The Royals' knocked down its free throws however, to advance in the playoffs.
Sophomore Andre Mitchell led four Cardinals in double-figure scoring with 15 points and added three boards, four assists and two steals. Howard was second on the team with 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
Catholic knocked down seven 3-pointers in the game, but Scranton countered by shooting 55-percent from the field and got to the line 20 times.
The Cardinals also turned the ball over just nine times, but the Royals used its post play to rack up 12 extra points down low.
Cardinal co-captain Jeff Holland scored five points with a 3-pointer and added an assist in a starting effort in his final game.
Catholic ends the season 17-8 overall.
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