WASHINGTON, D.C. - Led by a career-high 13 points from freshman Will Mulquin, the Catholic University men's basketball team had four players in double figures, but poor free throw shooting hampered the Cardinals in an 81-67 nonconference loss to DeSales Monday at Franny Murray Court.
Catholic (2-3) was just 14-of-25 from the free throw line, including 8-of-15 in the second half, while being outrebounded, 52-36.
Mulquin also had a career-high eight rebounds while hitting on 6-of-8 free throw attempts. Senior Andre Mitchell had a team-high 14 points, going 3-for-5 from three-point range while junior Riley Hayes posted his third double double in the last four games with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Collin Hartmann added a season-high 11 points.
DeSales (3-3) jumped out to a 21-9 lead in the first seven minutes before the Cardinals used a 16-3 run to take a 25-24 with 6:50 remaining in the opening half after two free throws by Mulquin who scored six of the final 12 points for Catholic.
Leading 33-31 with 3:50 to play, the Bulldogs scored eight of the final 11 points in the half to take a 41-34 advantage into the break. Mike Bealer (17) and Tracy Simsick (11) combined to score 28 points for DeSales who were 15-of-31 from the floor, including 8-of-16 from three-point range.
The Cards opened the second half on a 13-6 run to tie the game at 47-47 on a layup by Hartmann with 13:59 left, but the Bulldogs rattled off the next 10-straight points to take a 57-47 lead with 9:45 remaining. Bealer and Keba Mitchell each scored four points during the run.
Catholic would rally for the second time, pulling within three at 63-60 with 5:32 to play. During that span, the Cardinals hit all seven of their free throw attempts as DeSales went 3-for-10 from the floor while grabbing three offensive rebounds.
However, the Bulldogs once again had an answer as they scored 11 consecutive points to take a 74-60 advantage with 3:13 remaining. They would add to their lead over the final 1:37, going 7-of-10 from the free throw line before junior Bryan Easton capped the scoring with a three-pointer with 18 seconds left.
Mitchell totaled nine of his 14 points in the second half while senior Jimmy Golaszewski added seven.
Catholic opens Landmark Conference play on Saturday when its welcomes Drew to Franny Murray Court for a 4 p.m., tip-off following the women's game against the Rangers.