Catholic's Mike Neville scored 26 points to lead the Cardinals past Mary Washington, 84-69, at Brookland Gymnasium last night.

The Cardinals led by four, 63-59, with 4:55 remaining. CU pulled away on a five-point play when forward Bill Dooley scored on a layup and was fouled by Robert Watts, who also was charged with a technical foul. After Dooley missed the free throw Neville made the technical foul shot and connected on a 15-foot jumper off the ensuing inbounds pass.

Catholic then reeled off a 10-2 burst to put the game away.

Neville, Catholic's high scorer, had 17 points, in the second half. Dooley had 22 while Joe Colletta, the Cardinals' only offensive threat early in the second half, tallied 16. Point guard Donnie Farrell's slick passes were also a factor as he finished with eight assists.

For Mary Washington, which lost it's first 11 games this season before winning three of its last five, Tim Money scored 22 and Barney Reiley had 20.

A disgusted Catholic coach, Jack Kvancz said, "I could have made a comeback tonight. It took until there were four minutes left for us to realize: 'Hey we have to run the offense and hit the open man and get good shots.' We can't win unless we play like that."

In the first half, Catholic seemed destined for little more than a scrimmage.The Cardinals jumped out to a 23-8 lead and Reiley had all of his team's eight points until Curt Hoffman connected with 9:46 remaining.

After guard Money got into the offense, the Cardinal lead was sliced in half. He made all six of his foul shots and three outside bombs for 12 points.

With its zone defense containing the Cardinals, Mary Washington had cut the lead to 39-34 by halftime.

Catholic is now 8-9 while the Blue Tide fell to 3-14.