Cardinals Edged by Susquehanna, 75-71

Cardinals Edged by Susquehanna, 75-71

WASHINGTON — The Catholic University of America men's basketball team was edged in a Landmark Conference matchup against Susquehanna on Thursday night, 75-71. The Cardinals had four double-figure scores, but the River Hawks free throw shooting (22-of-23) proved to be the difference.

The two teams were deadlocked at the half but Catholic came out hot in the second, using a 17-7 run to build a 10-point lead. The Cardinals pushed their lead to 55-44, but the River Hawks were able to rally and used a 17-7 run of their own over the next six minutes to make it a one-point game.

Catholic got back up five, 68-63, on a 3-pointer by junior Andre Mitchell, but Susquehanna converted on six-straight free throws to take its first second-half lead.

The Cards cut it back to one on a layup by sophomore Brandon Easton with 16 seconds left, but the River Hawks converted their final four free throws for the win.

Mitchel and Easton each posted a game-high 16 points.

Sophomore Riley Hayes posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds and senior Jay Howard filled his line with 14 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Catholic now moves on to a pivotal game at Scranton this Saturday as the two teams entered Thursday's games deadlocked for the final playoff spot.

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