WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America men's basketball team fell in its regular season finale at Moravian, 90-82. A career-best 29 points from junior Jay Howard was not enough to get the Cards past the Greyhounds.
Howard went 11-of-15 from the field and 7-of-9 from the line and added five rebounds, an assist and a steal in 34-minute performance.
Both teams shot over 50-percent from the field, but Moravian was able to find the edge from distance as the Greyhounds knocked down 11-of-23 from 3-point range while Catholic was held to just 2-of-13 triples.
Moravian came out hot and took a 13-3 lead, but an 11-2 Cardinals run brought them back to within three.
Catholic tied the game at 22-all on a layup by sophomore Jimmy Golaszewski, but the Cards could not push ahead.
At the break, Moravian led by five, 43-38, and grabbed a 10-point lead early in the second.
The Cardinals continued to fight back into it as they cut the lead to two at 70-68.
It remained a two-point advantage with under four minutes to play after a basket by Howard made it 78-76, but Moravian went off for a 9-2 run over the next three minutes to pull away from Catholic.
Senior Louis Khouri was second on the team with 16 points and added five rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Andre Mitchell was just behind with 15 while senior Jeff Holland netted a season-high 10 points to make it four Cardinals in double-figure points.
Catholic had already clinched a spot in the Landmark Conference playoffs and will play the No. 1-seeded Scranton Royals on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
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