December 5, 2009

Men's Basketball Falls To Massachusetts 84-63

WORCESTER, Mass – Massachusetts guard Ricky Harris totaled 19 points, six assists and three rebounds, to lead the Minutemen to an 84-63 victory over the Holy Cross men’s basketball team at the DCU Center. The Crusaders were led by sophomore guard R.J. Evans with 18 points, four rebounds and three assists. Holy Cross falls to 2-7 on the season, while UMass improves to 4-4.

The Minutemen held a 10-7 lead after the first five minutes of the opening half, before an 11-0 run to put Massachusetts ahead 21-7. The Crusaders answered by scoring nine straight points to make the score 23-18, but that was as close as Holy Cross would get. The Minutemen came back by scoring 12 of the next 16 points, and eventually took a 49-34 advantage into the locker room.

The Crusaders came out strong in the early minutes of the second half, using a 16-8 spurt to cut the margin to seven points (57-50) with just under 13 minutes to play. But UMass then scored 11 straight points, and eventually increased its lead to 74-54 with five minutes left in the game. The Minutemen would lead by at least 20 points the rest of the way, finishing with a 84-63 victory.

Junior forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) posted 12 points and four rebounds for Holy Cross, while junior guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) added 12 points and three steals. Senior center Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) totaled nine points and a team-high seven rebounds for the Crusaders.

Anthony Gurley had 18 points and five rebounds for UMass, with Freddie Riley adding 12 points and five boards.

The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, December 9, when they travel to Fairfield for a 7:00 p.m. game.