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

CU Record 13-3 Opp. Date
42 Gallaudet 21 D7
26 Baltimore Medical College 29 D12
98 Frederick 30 D14
43 George Washington 14 D19
33 Navy 59 D21
44 St. John's (Md.) 27 J11
56 Baltimore Medical College 19 J15
46 St. John's (N.Y.) 12 J22
35 Loyola (Md.) 21 J25
75 Maryland-Baltimore 19 F1
41 Gallaudet 27 F5
55 Trinity (N.C.) # 27 F8
41 Virginia 31 F14
50 Delaware 15 F20
26 St. John's (N.Y.) 36 F22
42 George Washington 23 F28

# Trinity became Duke University
Home games are in bold.

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