WASHINGTON – Senior Louis Khouri came up clutch for The Catholic University of America men's basketball team as the last of his six 3-pointers put Catholic up by one with just 41 seconds left. The Cardinals went on to defeat Drew, 84-81, in their Landmark Conference opener and improve to an unbeaten, 4-0, record.
In a back-and-forth contest, Catholic trailed by four with only 1:24 left. A layup by sophomore Andre Mitchell made it 81-79 and set up Khouri's heroics as he knocked down a corner trey out of a timeout. Catholic then made two defensive stands to secure the victory.
Khouri finished with the second-highest point total of his career as he scored 27, going 6-of-8 from the 3-point arc and added 9-of-10 free throws.
Junior Jay Howard got to the charity stripe 21 times and finished with a strong line of 24 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and a steal.
The Cardinals built a nine-point advantage to start eh game at 22-13, but a 12-3 Drew run put the Rangers ahead. Catholic answered with a 7-0 run of its own however and took a 44-40 lead into the half.
Drew came out hot after the break and built a five-point lead with an 11-2 run and led for much of the second as Catholic only held an advantage for less than five minutes until the final 41 seconds.
Sophomore Andrew Wade entered the starting lineup for head coach Steve Howes and had the best game of his young career as he just missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. Mitchell finished the day with seven points, three bounds three assists and two steals.
The undefeated Cardinals will have a day to rest before they play again at home on Monday, December 5 at 7 p.m., as they take on DeSales.
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