Cardinals Lose Lead Late, Fall at Goucher in Overtime

Cardinals Lose Lead Late, Fall at Goucher in Overtime

TOWSON, Md. Catholic University men's basketball senior Jimmy Golaszewski led the Catholic University men's basketball team with 20 points, but a three-pointer at the end of regulation and clutch shooting in overtime led Goucher to an 84-82 victory Wednesday night at the Decker Sports and Recreation Center.

The Cardinals (7-11, 3-4 Landmark Conference) suffered their first loss against the Gophers since a 78-71 defeat at home on Feb. 19, 2014 which also came in overtime. It was also the Cards' first road loss in the series since an 88-75 setback on Feb. 22, 2003.

Senior Andre Mitchell totaled 17 points, six rebounds and four assists while junior Riley Hayes had 17 points and nine rebounds.

Mitchell scored 10 of his 17 points from the free throw line where he was 10-of-12. Over his last five games, he has gone 35-of-38 from the charity stripe. His miss on the first of a one-and-one with 15 seconds remaining in the second half and Catholic leading 75-72, snapped a streak of 28 consecutive free throws made.

Gabe Ceribelli scored a game-high 23 points for the Gophers (4-14, 1-6 Landmark) who snapped a 22-game conference losing streak and posted just their ninth win the last 67 games.

Dwayne Morton added 20 points for Goucher.

With Catholic holding a 75-72 lead with just 3.2 seconds remaining, Golaszewski's inbounds pass was stolen near midcourt by Timmy O'Farrell who took two dribbles and knocked down a three-pointer as time expired to force overtime. O'Farrell finished the game with four points.

Goucher took an three-point lead with 2:21 left in overtime before Mitchell sank 3-of-4 free throws to tie the contest at 82-82 with 33.1 seconds to play.

Cameron Isaacs gave the Gophers lead on a spinning jumper in the lane with six seconds remaining before a game-tying pull-up Mitchell missed a pull up jumper from the free throw line as time expired.

The Cardinals had a chance to seal the deal in regulation, but missed the front end of two one-and-ones in the final 16 seconds.

Hayes finished 7-of-13 from the floor while Golaszewski grabbed eight rebounds. Junior Brandon Easton chipped in six assists.

Trailing 9-7, the Cards scored used a 22-2 run, 11 of which came from Golaszewski, to take a 29-11 lead with 9:27 left in the opening half.

Goucher nailed five 3-pointers, including four by Ceribelli, to surge ahead, 38-34, before Catholic scored the final six points to lead 40-38 at the break.

Freshman Frank Lumaj scored six-straight points to break a 52-52 tie in the second and a three by Golaszewski put the Cardinals up, 61-54. They led 72-65 on a Mitchell three-point play with 4:42 remaining before he gave Catholic a 75-72 advantage with 1:02 to play in regulation.

The game featured nine ties and eight lead changes.

Catholic officially begins the second half of conference play on Saurday as it travels to Moravian. Mitchell and Easton combined for 43 points as they led the Cardinals to a 90-85 victory over the defending Landmark Conference champions on January 5. Mitchell poured in 22 points and Easton tallied a career-high 21.