Men's Hoops Fends Off Catholic, 74-65

Men's Hoops Fends Off Catholic, 74-65

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senior Brandon Johnson (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) led three players in double figures with a game-high 21 points to help visiting Babson College defeat Catholic University, 74-65, in the Cardinals' Holiday Inn Tournament consolation game on Sunday afternoon at Franny Murray Court.

With the win, Babson wraps up non-conference play at 7-4, while Catholic slips to 4-7 with its second consecutive loss.

Johnson, who was named to the all-tournament team, was 9-of-12 from the floor and added five rebounds and two assists for the Beavers. Junior Frank Oftring (North Attleboro, Mass.) finished with 11 points, eight boards and four dimes, while sophomore Andrew Jaworski (Tolland, Conn.) came off the bench to contribute 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting.

Senior Jimmy Golaszewski (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) scored 19 points on 6-of-20 shooting to lead the Cardinals. Junior Brandon Easton (Huntingtown, Md.) contributed 15 points and three assists, while classmate Riley Hayes (Chester, N.Y.) added 10 points and nine rebounds in the loss.

Following three early ties and a trio of lead changes, the Green and White ripped off a 6-0 run keyed by a pair of hoops from Jaworski to go in front for good at 23-17 with 8:17 to go in the first half. Johnson and Jaworski combined to scored eight consecutive points and first-year Colin Bradanese (Billerica, Mass.) closed out the stanza with a steal and a dunk to keep the Beavers in front 33-31 at the break.

Babson scored on three straight possessions to start the second half and first-year James Welch (Needham, Mass.) finished off an 8-0 spurt with a three-pointer to extend the margin to 47-37 with 11:24 to go in the game. Catholic, which went nearly seven minutes without a field goal, cut its deficit to six, but Johnson answered with a three-point play and sophomore Jack Coolahan (Newtown, Pa.) finished off a driving layup to help the Green and White maintain a nine-point advantage at the 10:07 mark.

Oftring gave Babson its biggest lead of the game at 57-46 with 6:29 remaining, and despite the Cardinals cutting their deficit to six four times over the final five minutes, the Beavers continued to answer with big hoops down the stretch. Senior Andre Mitchell (Conshohocken, Pa.) and Golaszewski hit back-to-back three-pointers to make it 69-63 with 1:04 to play, but Johnson responded with a dunk and the Green and White went 3-of-4 at the charity stripe over the final 20 seconds to close out the win.

The Beavers shot 48.2 percent from the floor and outscored Catholic 38-34 in the paint. The Cardinals, who shot just 35.4 percent, grabbed 21 offensive rebounds and finished with a 40-38 edge on the glass.

Both teams return to action on Wednesday as Babson opens conference play at Springfield at 7 p.m., while Catholic hosts Rochester at 5 p.m.

• The Beavers are now 1-0 all-time against Catholic.
• Johnson, who scored 27 points in Saturday's loss to North Carolina Wesleyan, averaged 24.0 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 71.4 percent (20-of-28) in two games at the Catholic Tournament.
• Babson is 5-0 this season and 12-1 since the start of last year when holding the opposition below 40 percent shooting.
• The Green and White is 6-1 this season when leading at halftime.