No. 22 Catholic Falls to Endicott in NCAA First Round, 84-76

No. 22 Catholic Falls to Endicott in NCAA First Round, 84-76

WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America men's basketball team saw its season come to a close in the NCAA Tournament First Round on Friday night, falling to Endicott, 84-76. The Cardinals held the Gulls in check in the first half, but Endicott caught fire in the second to earn the win.

Junior forward Corey Stanford posted a double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds and joined sophomore Jay Howard (26 points, nine rebounds) with 20-plus points. 

CUA held a six-point lead at the half, 38-32, holding Endicott to just 2-of-13 shooting from beyond the arc, but the Gulls came alive in the second, knocking down 7-of-11 triples to score 52 points in the second half.

Catholic owned the rebounding advantage, coming down with 14 offensive boards for 17 second-chance points, but Endicott blazing second half shooting (14-of-28) was too much to overcome.

The Cards led early in the second, 47-38, but five-straight 3-pointers by the Gulls gave them the lead and sparked a 17-2 run.

CUA closed to within four at 55-51 and were down by just five, 75-50, with 1:28 left to play, but six-straight Endicott free throws helped clinch the tournament-advancing win.

Seniors Bryson Fonville and Kyle Phanord also scored in double-digits with 10 and 12 points, respectively. Fonville also added nine assists and seven rebounds, while Phanord knocked down four treys.

CUA's senior class of Fonville, Phanord, Kevin Phanord and Austin Calling helped lead the Cards to the 2016 Landmark Championship and three regular season titles in four years.