Catholic University, winner in six of its last seven contests, hopes to end a six-year victory drought against area rival George Washington tonight at 8 p.m. at Catholic's Brookland Gymnasium.
The Cardinals, 7-6 after a 78-76 conquest over Loyola of Baltimore, have not defeated George Washington since 1971, a 77-74 home decision in their second game of the season. GW has won five straight over Catholic, including an 87-74 triumph last season at Smith Center.
Kevin Dziwulski, 6-6 forward, has been Catholic's sparkplug since overcoming a bout with the flu in early January. The Cardinal senior, who needs only 61 points to become the 10th players in Catholic history to score 1,000 points in his career, has scored 20 or more points in each of his last four contests.
Dziwulski and senior Stan Cooper, 6-5 forward currently share Catholic's scoring honors. Both average 14-2 points per game. Cardinal guards Mike McNally, from Gonzaga High School, and Dave Butler are among the nation's free-throw leaders.
Catholic and GW has spent much of the winter on the road.George Washington, winner of three of its last four games and 8-5 overall, has played at Smith Center only twice since defeating Maryland Dec. 10 and won both times.
The Colonials beat Penn State, 84-68, Jan. 14 before dumping Rutgers, 91-77, Wednesday behind 23 points and eight rebounds by center Mike Zagardo. The 6-10 sophomore leads GW with 23 points and eight rebounds a game.
The flu bug also caught up with GW last weekend and the Colonials dropped a 90-83 Eastern Eight conference game at Villanova. GW guard Bob Lindsay, 11.3 points per game, saw limited action and scored only four points. Senior forward Les (High Rise) Anderson, also weakened by the flu, managed 24 points and 10 rebounds against the Wildcats.
In a preliminary game at Catholic, the Cardinals will face George Washington in a women's contest at 6 p.m.
In other men's games tonight, Howard faces rival Lincoln University in Lincoln, Pa., at 8, and Bowie State squares off against the University of the District of Columbia at Dunbar High, also at 8 p.m.