November 17, 2009

Crusaders Suffer 69-67 Loss At St. Joseph's

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – St. Joseph’s guard Carl Jones scored 18 points, including 12 of his team’s final 14 points, to lead the Hawks to a 69-67 victory over the Holy Cross men’s basketball team at Hagan Arena. Sophomore guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) led the Crusaders with 17 points and three rebounds. Holy Cross falls to 0-2 overall with the loss, while St. Joseph’s improves to 2-0 on the season.

The Crusaders held an early 8-6 lead after the first six minutes of play, before the Hawks went on a 7-0 run to pull in front. St. Joseph’s would eventually go ahead by as many as eight points, before taking a 37-31 advantage into the locker room.

The St. Joseph’s lead would stay between three and eight points for most of the second half, and the Hawks were up 63-56 with 3:41 left to play. But Holy Cross then went on a 7-0 run, with Brown hitting a three-pointer to tie the score at 63-63 with 2:26 remaining on the clock.

Jones hit a jumper to put St. Joseph’s back in front, before junior guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) knocked down a jump shot of his own to make the score 65-65 at the 1:43-mark. But Jones hit a pair of three throws on the next possession to give the Hawks a lead they would never relinquish. St. Joseph’s eventually went up 69-65 on two more free throws by Jones, before a layup by Brown concluded the scoring for Holy Cross.

Sophomore guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) finished the game with 16 points and nine rebounds, while junior forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Holy Cross did an outstanding job of rebounding the ball, holding a 50-33 advantage on the glass.

The Crusaders return to action on Friday, Nov. 20, when they play host to Loyola (Ill.) at 9:00 p.m.