Having equaled last season's victory total, won its first road game and caused its coach's first hangover of the season, the Catholic University basketball team will try to keep its unbeaten home record intact in an 8 p.m. game against George Washington University tonight.

The Cardinals (6-8) have won five home games in ancient Brookland gym this season but George Washington (8-5) will present by far their toughest opponent.

CU has won four of its last five games and the Cardinals 60-53 victory at Baltimore Loyola Tuesday night caused Coach Jack Kvancz and his assistant, Eddie McNamara, to celebrate after returning home. "Eddie and I got a hangover," Kvancz said yesterday.

He had reason to celebrate.

"We've been playing better and playing hard," Kvancz said. "That's all you can ask; they've given us the effort."

Donnie Farrell, the Cardinal point guard, has been especially effective the past three games, with only three turnovers. Bill Dankos, a 6-foot-5 forward, has overcome another ankle injury and is averaging 14 points and eight rebounds.

Catholic stayed closed to American before losing to that intracity rival, 67-58, last week.

"Of course," Kvancz said when asked whether he wants another slowly paced game.

"The difference between GW and AU," he continued, "is the other guys who can beat us."

Kvancz was referring to the box-and-one defense he employed against AU star forward Boo Bowers.

"Although AU center (Piper) Harvey beat us," Kvancz said, "I'll bet you they won't beat us that many times that way, whereas, with GW, they've got too many talented players. So it becomes very difficult to come up with Chinese defenses.

"What are you going to do? Throw a triangle and two on Mike Zagardo and Brian Magid and give Tom Glenn open shots?"

In other games involving area teams tonight, George Mason will play at Virginia Military at 8; Navy will play host to Bluefield College at 8, and the University of the District of Columbis will travel to Maryland-Eastern Shore at 8.