WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America men's basketball team gutted out an important Landmark Conference victory on Wednesday night over Goucher, 67-63, to move into first place in the league. The Cardinals improved to 17-5 overall and 10-3 in conference play with the win inside the DuFour Center.
Sophomore forward Jay Howard followed up his career-best offensive performance with 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting, one point shy of his personal best. Howard has scored 20-or-more points 13 times this season.
CUA relied heavily on its low post presence as Goucher limited the Cardinals along the 3-point line, holding Catholic to just 3-of-16 field goals from long range.
All-American Bryson Fonville was held to only seven first half minutes due to two fouls, but came back in the second to score 18 of his 21 points points.
Even though their triples were not falling, the Cards shot 43.3 percent from the field in the second half, including 50 percent from inside the arc to secure the win. CUA also capitalized on 19 Goucher turnovers, scoring 16 points off their miscues.
Catholic trailed in the back-and-forth contest with 3:55 to play, but two free throws by junior guard Louis Khouri tied the game at 54-all. Two more from the charity stripe by Fonville with just over two minutes play put the Cardinals up for good.
Khouri came off the bench for head coach Steve Howes and deliverd a strong performance with eight points, six rebounds, two steals and a 3-pointer.
CUA will enjoy a Saturday off before a Wednesday-night showdown with Juniata (14-8, 7-7) next week in Washington, D.C.