WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America men's basketball team (9-3) faced nationally-ranked Swarthmore (10-1) on Tuesday night inside the DuFour Center, but fell to the No. 18 Garnet, 88-51.
A double-double from junior forward Jay Howard was not enough as he went for 18 points and 10 rebounds, and added a block and a steal.
Catholic only had one more turnover than Swarthmore, but the Garnet shot 54-percent from the field and 46-percent 3-point range while amassing 44 points in the paint.
The big-man trio of Robbie Walsh, Zac O'Dell and Nate Shafer combined for 32 points and 18 rebounds while point guard Cam Wiley finished with 17 points, five rebounds and seven assists to lead Swarthmore to the win.
The lead changed hands twice early in the first as Catholic was up early, 5-4, after a 3-pointer by rookie point guard Brandon Easton, but the Garnet answered with a 16-0 run to push the game away from the Cards' grasp.
Howard scored 13 of his points in the second, hitting nine free throws and finished 12-of-17 from the charity stripe.
Next up, the Cards resume Landmark action at Juniata this Saturday at 4 p.m.
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