WASHINGTON – It was all The Catholic University of America on Monday night inside the DuFour Center as the No. 22-ranked Cardinals rolled past (RV) St. Vincent by 24, 80-56. Senior guard Kyle Phanord was locked in from distance, hitting six 3-pointers on his was to a game-high 18 points.
CUA played its most complete game of the season, holding the Wildcats to a season-low 56 points on just 35-percent shooting, including just 8-of-28 shots in the second half.
Catholic forced St. Vincent into 16 turnovers and scored 16 points off the Wildcat miscues and tallied 28 points in the paint. The Cards also shot extremely well from the the floor, hitting 54-percent (28-of-51) of its shots.
"We looked a lot like we did at the end of last season tonight," said head coach Steve Howes. "That was very good win for us; one that we needed. We showed our depth tonight and played hard."
15 Cardinals played for Howes with seven seeing 10-or-more minutes. The extended rotation allowed CUA to press and hound the Wildcats all night long as they registered seven steals in the game.
While Phanord was the game's high scorer, both senior Bryson Fonville and sophomore Jay Howard added 16 points apiece as each owned a half. Fonville scored 14 in the first half on 5-of-8 shooting while Howard matched the production in the second, scoring 14 of his own, going a perfect 4-of-4 from the field in the final 20 minutes.
Rookie Andre Mitchell was also strong for Catholic in his second-straight start, scoring nine points with a 3-pointer and two steals. Fellow freshman Jimmy Golaszewski played 20 minutes off the bench, adding a team-high five rebounds to go along with three points and two assists.
Catholic will look to keep the momentum going in its next contest this Friday on the road at Dickinson.