WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University men's basketball senior Andre Mitchell scored a season-high 30 points, including 28 in the second half and the 1,000th of his career, as he led the Cardinals to a 78-74 Landmark Conference victory over Susquehanna Saturday at Franny Murray Court.
Catholic (7-10, 3-3 Landmark) overcame a seven-point halftime deficit by outscoring the River Hawks, 50-39, in the second half where the Cards knocked down seven three-pointers.
Mitchell, who went 11 of 11 from the free throw line, posted his second career 30-point game while adding five assists and six rebounds. He finished three points shy of his career high set in a 91-64 win against Gallaudet at home on Dec. 16, 2017.
Mitchell is the 45th player in program history to score 1,000 career points. He scored his 1,000th career point on a three-pointer with 8:34 remaining in the second half that was assisted by junior Brandon Easton. The Conshohocken, Pa., native is currently ranked 44th on the team's career scoring list with 1,016 points in 96 games, surpassing Bill Dankos who had 1,009 from 1977-81. Dan Harrington (1996-00) is next on the list with 1,023 points.
Following a layup by Matt Lacorte, Susquehanna (11-6, 4-2 Landmark) took its largest lead of the game, 37-28. However, Catholic posted an 18-4 run over the next four minutes, scoring 12 on four three-pointers, including two from freshman Will Turgeon, as the Cards built a six-point advantage, 46-41.
The River Hawks tied the game at 50-50 before Mitchell scored 12 of the Cardinals' next 14 points as they built a 61-53 lead with 7:08 left.
Susquehanna cut the lead to just two at 72-70 with 53 seconds to play, but a three-pointer by freshman Will Mulquin and a key defensive rebound and two foul shots by Mitchell with five seconds remaining secured the win for Catholic who has a record of 87-25 (.777) at home since the 2011-12 season.
Mulquin tied his career high with 13 points, equaling the mark he set against DeSales at home on November 26. Senior Jimmy Golaszewski scored 12 points off the bench, including seven in the first half, while junior Riley Hayes tied his season high with 14 rebounds to go along with six points.
Zach Knecht led five players in double figure scoring for the River Hawks with 17 points and eight rebounds.
The Cardinals open a three-game road trip at Goucher on Wednesday. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.