WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America men's basketball team earned its ninth Landmark Conference victory of the year on Wednesday night as the Cardinals won at Elizabethtown, 70-60. The win was the 251st of head coach Steve Howes' career as he now tied as the program's winningest coach.
The Cards got to the line 25 times and knocked down 84-percent from the charity stripe. Catholic also outrebounded the Blue Jays, 47-38, and owned a 16-7 advantage in second-chance points.
The Cardinals came back from an early 13-8 deficit as they used a 12-0 run to take the lead for good and held a 12-point lead at the break, 40-28.
Catholic built its advantage to as much as 17 in the second half and held off several late charges by E-town to secure the win.
Howard finished the night 5-of-9 from the field and 8-of-11 from the line. He also added eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks and a steal in a well-rounded stat line. He led all scorers and was one of nine Cardinals to tally points in the game.
Khouri knocked down three 3-pointers and went a perfect 6-of-6 from the stripe along with six boards, two assists and a steal.
The Cards also got strong performances from its big men. Junior Will Turner drew the start and totaled nine points on 4-of-5 shooting with seven rebounds. Rookie Riley Hayes came off the bench and for a second-straight week, set career-highs with 12 rebounds and two blocks, and added eight points.
Catholic has already secured a postseason berth but can finish anywhere from No. 2 to No. 4 in the Landmark Conference playoffs. The Cards play at Moravian this Saturday at 4 p.m., with seeding implications on the line.
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