Marietta, Ohio – In an early-season thriller featuring two teams ranked in the top-11 in the nation, No. 6 The Catholic University of America and No. 11 Marietta put on a show for the basketball faithful. Senior guard Bryson Fonville scored 36 points, but the host Pioneers pulled out a 92-90 victory in the championship game of the 45th annual Shrine Tournament.
Fonville was on fire, converting on 16-of-22 field goals, including 2-of-3 from long range. He also dished out seven assists with three steals.
In spite of the performance, Marietta had all five starters score in double-digits and hit on 14-of-27 3-pointers and 24-of-26 attempts from the charity stripe.
The Cardinals faced an eight-point deficit at the break, but outscored Marietta by six in the second half. Sophomore Jay Howard made a layup with less than three minutes left to put Catholic up 84-81, but the Pioneers answered with a 3-pointer to take back the advantage.
Fonville came through again with a layup with 12 ticks left, but Marietta's Dillon Young hit a jumper with just one second left to seal the victory.
Howard double-doubled in a complete game effort 23 points and 14 rebounds without five assists and a block. Howard has now scored at least 23 points in three-straight games to open the season.
The Cardinals come back to the East Coast next week, playing at Washington & Lee on Tuesday, November 24 at 5 p.m.