WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University men's basketball senior Jimmy Golaszewski scored a game-high 28 points while junior Riley Hayes grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds as the Cardinals fell just short in an exhibition contest with Division I George Washington Sunday at Charles E. Smith Center, 69-64.
"I'm disappointed we lost," said head coach Steve Howes. "A layup here or there, a couple more free throws we didn't hit. We had a couple shots go in and out from great shooters that we wanted, but I am very proud of their effort, energy and enthusiasm. They played together and shared the ball. We got better defensively. We have a lot to look forward to and a lot to improve upon to be even better."
Golaszewski was 7-of-15 from the floor, including 4-of-9 from three-point range. He was also 10-of-12 from the free throw line and added five rebounds. His career high is 31 points set on Jan. 13, 2018 at Moravian.
"With our team, it is going to be really balanced this year," said Howes. It was Jimmy tonight, it probably will be somebody else in the first game. Jimmy is a great player. He is a tremendous player and a great face of our program, but our team is really balanced. Tonight it was his night the way we shared it, but I am confident it could be any other guy's night this year. Our calling card is our depth and our versatility."
Golaszweski scored 18 of his 28 points in the second half, connecting on a four-point play to start the half as Catholic pulled within one, 36-35, with 19:09 remaining.
The Colonials responded with a quick 6-0 spurt to push their lead to seven, but the Cardinals would cut it to three, 44-41, on a three-pointer by junior Collin Hartman with 14:30 left.
George Washington took its largest lead of the game at 64-53 with 3:39 to play before a 9-3 run by Catholic, capped by a three-pointer from senior Andre Mitchell with 14 seconds remaining, pulled the Cardinals within four, 68-64.
The Colonials turned the ball over on their enusing possession, giving Catholic a chance to make it a one possession game, but Mitchell's three-point attempt was blocked and George Washington hit the first of two free throws to provide the final margin.
Hayes grabbed 12 of his 13 rebounds in the first half as the Cardinals scored 14 points in the paint and had nine second-chance points. The team trailed by just three at the break after freshman Will Turgeon hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to pull Catholic within 34-31.
The Colonials held a 22-8 advantage in points in the paint in the second half and an 11-5 edge in second-chance points. They also scored 14 points off 10 Cardinal turnovers.
Sunday's game marked the first meeting between the two teams since the 1983-84 season. Catholic owns a 26-21 lead in the all-time series that dates back to 1912.
The Cardinals open the season at home on Tuesday, November 13 against cross town rival Marymount (Va.).