Second Half Carries Scranton Past Cardinals in 71-63 Victory

Second Half Carries Scranton Past Cardinals in 71-63 Victory

SCRANTON, Pa. - Highlighted by a 12-6 run late in the second half, Scranton was able to edge out a 71-63 victory over the Catholic University men's basketball team Saturday in Landmark Conference action at John Long Center.

The loss snapped a brief two-game conference win streak for the Cardinals (6-9, 2-2 Landmark) who shot just 28.1 percent from the floor in the second half while being outscored, 38-31.

With the game tied at 45-45, the Royals used a 12-6 run to take their largest lead of the game to that point, 57-51 with 5:04 remaining.

Catholic would get to within four, 59-55, with 3:32 to play following two free throws by senior Andre Mitchell, but that would be as close as the visitors would get. Scranton used a 12-5 run to take its largest lead of the game, 71-60, with only 12 seconds left.

The Cardinals were just 9-of-31 from the floor in the second half while the Royals had seven blocked shots and were 14-of-24 from the floor. Scranton also made 6-of-8 free throws in the final minute.

Junior Riley Hayes led the Cards with 17 points and nine rebounds, totaling 10 points and six rebounds in the second half. Mitchell finished with 13 points, eight of which came at the free throw line where he was a perfect 8-of-8. Senior Jimmy Golaszewski totaled nine points, seven rebounds and four steals.

Catholic looks to rebound at home on Wednesday when it welcomes Elizabethtown to Franny Murray Court for a 7 p.m., tip-off.