Catholic University saved its knockout punch for the warning minutes as it whipped pesky Colgate, 74-67, yesterday at CU for its fifth win in its last six games.

"It wasn't pretty but is was a win," said Catholic head coach Jack Kvancz, whose team evened its record at 6-6. "We kept blowing the game open but they just kept coming back. You have to give them a lot of credit."

After trying the contest five times and twice whittling a nine-point deficit to two points. Colgate (2-11) again pulled to within two, 61-59, with 5:48 left in the game.

But Stan Cooper (11 points and 10 points) hooked in a layup and Dave Butler dropped in two free throws to give the Cardinals a 65-59 lead with 4:56 left.

After Colgate's Dave Hargett (20 points) moved his team to within two at 65-63, Catholic's Kevin Dzwulski, who led all scorers with 23 points, countered with a onehanded jumper and a quick layup to put the Cardinals ahead, 69-63, with just over three minutes to play. Dzwulski connected from 15 feet away in the last minute to bring the lead to 73-63 and put the game out of reach.

Catholic, which made its first five shots of the game, had a 10-4 lead with 16:21 to go in the first half. Colgate's Bob Schrieber (15 points) tied the game at 12-12 three minutes later with his third basket of the contest.The Cardinals opened up a 34-25 lead with 3:10 left in the half, but Colgate pumped in eight of the next 10 points to cut the lead to 36-33 at the half.