Cardinals Fall to Babson in National Championship Match-Up

Cardinals Fall to Babson in National Championship Match-Up

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a matchup of two programs that have won the NCAA Division III men's basketball national championship, the most recent champion emerged victorious as Babson (2017) handed Catholic (2001) a 74-65 loss Sunday to take third place in the Holiday Inn Washington College Park Tournament.

North Carolina Wesleyan captured the championship with 91-65 victory over Medaille.

Senior Jimmy Golaszewski paced Catholic (4-7) with 19 points and seven rebounds. Junior Riley Hayes had 10 points and a game-high nine boards while junior Brandon Easton scored 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting and added three assists. He was named all-tournament.

Outside of Easton, the Cards struggled to make shots. Golaszewski was 6 of 20, Hayes 4 of 11 and junior Collin Hartman 2 of 8. Catholic finished 23-for-65 (35 percent). Babson was 27 of 56 (48 percent).

The Bears brought a 33-31 lead into the second half. They slowly increased the advantage and took their biggest lead, 57-46, with 6:29 remaining. Golaszewski's 3-pointer off an Easton pass brought the Cardinals to within 69-63 at the 1:04 mark.

Following a runout dunk by Johnson, Catholic missed its next two shots and couldn't further trim the deficit.

Brandon Johnson led Babson (7-4) with 21 points and was selected for the all-tournament team. Frank Oftring had 11 points and eight rebounds while Andrew Jaworski scored 11 points.

The Cardinals host league rival Moravian on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Catholic has hosted a winter basketball tournament each year since 1988. Jack Bruen started what was then an eight-team, end-of-the-year event for Division III independent teams that didn't have a conference tournament. Bruen left Brookland a year later to become the head coach at Division I Colgate where he led the Raiders to two NCAA Division I tournament appearances.