ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Led by double doubles from freshman Will Mulquin and junior Riley Hayes, the Catholic University men's basketball team wrapped up a three-game road trip with a 69-64 victory over Elizabethtown Wednesday night at Thompson Gymnasium.
The Cardinals (8-12, 4-5 Landmark) outrebounded the Blue Jays 45-28 and scored 20 points off 10 Elizabethtown turnovers.
Mulquin totaled 20 points and 12 rebounds, both career highs, while Hayes had 16 points and 10 rebounds. The duo led four Cardinals in double figures as senior Andre Mitchell finished with 12 points, six rebounds and seven assists while senior Jimmy Golaszewski had 11 points.
Mulquin had 14 points and six rebounds in the first half as Catholic trailed 31-29 at the break.
Elizabethtown (9-10, 4-5 Landmark) jumped out to a 9-4 lead in the game's first four minutes before the Cards used a 12-0 run to take a 16-9 advantage on a layup by Mulquin with 9:42 remaining. Mulquin scored six points during the run while freshman Frank Lumaj added four as Catholic held the Blue Jays scoreless for a span of 6:19.
The Cardinals maintained their seven-point advantage over the next three minutes before Elizabethtown retook the lead, 27-25, following a 13-4 run.
The two teams traded baskets to start the second half, but six straight points from Hayes and a three-point play by Mitchell put Catholic back in front, 45-43, with 11:31 to play.
The lead changed hands back-and-forth over the next seven minutes before two free throws from Mitchell have the Cards the lead for good with 3:54 remaining, 57-56. The free throws sparked an 8-0 Catholic run as it took a 63-56 lead with just 51 seconds left following a defensive rebound and subsequent free throw by freshman Will Turgeon.
The Cardinals made 7-of-10 free throws in the final minute to preserve its lead and post a five-point victory.
Hayes totaled 14 points and nine rebounds in the second half while going 6-of-8 from the free throw line. Mitchell added eight points and four assists with Mulquin contributing six points and six rebounds.
Catholic returns home to Franny Murray Court on Saturday for the first time in 14 days when it welcomes rival Scranton for a 4 p.m., tip-off on Senior Day. The team will honor Mitchell and Golaszewski with a pre-game ceremony approximately 25 minutes following the conclusion of the women's game against the Royals.