Catholic spreads points and minutes in defeating Goucher

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The No. 17 ranked Catholic University men's basketball team jumped out to a 48-16 first-half lead and never looked back as they went on to to beat conference rival Goucher College at the Raymond A. DuFour Center 88-55. Catholic's defense held the Gophers to 26% from the field and caused 15 turnovers in the first half. Goucher's 16 points is the lowest first-half total in the history of the program.

The Cardinals used a well-balanced attack in which 10 players recorded more than 12 minutes of playing time and 14 of the 15 members of the Cardinal team scored at least two points. Leading way for Catholic was sophomore center Matt Hilleary with a game-high 16 points and was 7-for-11 from the field. Matt also had a team-high eight rebounds. Also in double figures for the Cardinals were freshman forward Will Morley, who had 12 points, and senior guard Andy Rice, who chipped in 11.

Goucher (8-10, 3-5) was led by junior forward Paul Kwafaja who had 12 points in the game and was the only Gopher to score in double figures. Senior forward Josh Stolz added 11 rebounds in the loss for the Gophers.

With the effort today Catholic improves to 13-5 (5-3 CAC). They will travel to York on Wednesday to take on the Spartans in a conference clash at 8 p.m.