WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University men's basketball freshman Will Turgeon scored a career-high 16 points, including 11 in the second half as the Cardinals held off a late Sarah Lawrence rally en route to a 69-60 nonconference victory Saturday at Franny Murray Court.
For the second-straight game, Catholic (2-2) led from start to finish and never trailed as the team improved its record to 48-10 at home since the 2014-15 season.
Turgeon was a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor, including 4-of-4 from three-point range, while adding three rebounds in a career-high 23 minutes. With the Cardinals clinging to a 56-54 lead with 3:10 remaining in the game, he hit back-to-back three-pointers to help push their advantage to 12, 66-54 with 1:19 to play. He scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half, going 4-for-4 from the floor and 3-for-3 from three-point range.
During the 10-0 run, junior Brandon Easton went 4-for-4 from the free throw line while adding three rebounds. He was 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the second half.
Junior Jimmy Golaszewski posted his second career double double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. His previous double double came on Jan. 31, 2018 at Goucher when he had 18 points and 13 rebounds in a 86-58 victory.
Catholic jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the game's first five minutes before the Gryphons (2-3) answered with seven points of their own to tie the game for the only time with 12:47 left in the first half.
With the Cards holding a 12-9 advantage, they used a 13-5 run to extend their lead to 11, before taking an 29-21 lead into halftime following a layup by Turgeon with 40 seconds remaining.
Catholic was 11-of-26 from the floor and 5-of-10 from three-point range in the half as Golaszewski led the way with 11 points and six rebounds. Turgeon and sophomore Justin Pryor each had five first-half points.
The Cardinals took another 11-point lead to start the second half, 37-26, but Sarah Lawrence climbed its way back to within three at 45-42 with 10:25 remaining thanks to 10 points from Omar Jamaleddine.
Sparked by six points from Golaszewski and three points from sophomore Ceeja Beckett, Catholic pushed its lead back to nine, 56-47 with 6:19 to play, before a 7-0 run by the Gryphons pulled them within two with 3:10 left.
Turgeon (6) and Easton (6) combined for 12 of the Cards' final 13 points. Easton finished with a season-high nine points, seven of which came from the free throw line, while senior Andre Mitchell totaled seven points and four assists.
Catholic returns to action on Monday when it welcomes DeSales to Franny Murray Court for a nonconference contest beginning at 6 p.m.