The First 30-Point Game
The first 30-point performance in Catholic University history came against Frederick College on Dec, 12, 1912 in a 98-30 win. This was in an era in which the game of basketball was a low-scoring one. Not only was it well before the 3-point line was established, there was a jump ball after every made basket - slowing the game down considerably. That year was an unrealistically high-scoring season for the Cardinals - they averaged 47 points per game.
Not only did Charles McDonnell (42) and James Horan (30) have the first two 30-point performances in CU history in the same game, it was also the last time the then-Red and Black would approach the century mark until they scored 121 points against Baltimore University on Feb. 20, 1954. That scoring record stood until 1999. McDonnell's mark is the fifth-highest ever recorded by a Catholic University player.
The 1912-13 season, Fred Rice's first as a full head coach after one year as a player-coach, was one of Catholic's finest, as they went undefeated at home. Horan and McDonnell went on the next year to help Catholic claim the consensus South Atlantic championship with a 15-4 season which included wins against Maryland, George Washington, Trinity (now better known as Duke), Virginia, Virginia Tech and a sweep of the season series with Fordham and St. John's (N.Y.).
The 1912-13 Results
|26||Baltimore Medical College||29||D12|
|44||St. John's (Md.)||27||J11|
|56||Baltimore Medical College||19||J15|
|46||St. John's (N.Y.)||12||J22|
|55||Trinity (N.C.) #||27||F8|
|26||St. John's (N.Y.)||36||F22|
# Trinity became Duke University
Home games are in bold.