CHESTER, Pa. - The Catholic University men's basketball team led undefeated Widener by as many as 16 points, but the Pride outscored the Cardinals 54-30 in the second half en route to a 79-67 non-conference victory Wednesday at the Schwartz Center.
Catholic (1-3) led by as many as 16 before a 17-0 run gave Widener a 60-48 lead with just 5:47 remaining in the second half.
The Pride (5-0), who won their fourth-straight at home, scored 33 points off turnovers and made 23-of-30 attempts from the free throw line.
After back-to-back baskets by senior Riley Hayes, the Cards led 41-25 with 19:36 left in the second half. They maintained a 15-point advantage, 48-33, with 14:46 to play following a three-pointer by sophomore Will Mulquin.
Hayes just missed his third-straight double double with 15 points and nine rebounds. He has totaled at least nine rebounds in all four games this season and is currently averaging 16.0 points and 12.0 rebounds through four games this season.
Widener scored 21 of its 54 second-half points from the free throw line where they were 21-of-27. The Pride also made 15-of-23 attempts from the floor and scored 22 points off turnovers.
Highlighted by 10 points and seven rebounds from Hayes, Catholic led 37-25 at halftime. Junior Justin Pryor totaled eight of his season-high 10 points in the first 20 minutes as the Cardinals shot 42.9 percent from the field compared to 30.3 percent for Widener.
The Cards also held a 22-12 advantage in points in the paint.
Mulquin finished with 10 points, his second consecutive game in double figures, while senior Collin Hartmann totaled 13 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Catholic hosts a non-conference contest versus Stevens on Saturday at the DuFour Center. Tipoff is at 1 p.m.