FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sophomore guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) posted a double-double with a season-high 21 points and 10 rebounds, but the Holy Cross men’s basketball team was defeated by Fairfield 73-54 at Alumni Hall. The Crusaders fall to 2-8 on the season with the loss, while the Stags improve to 7-2 overall.
Fairfield opened the game by jumping out to an 8-3 lead after the first seven minutes of play. The Stags were still up by four (10-6), when the Crusaders went on a 10-0 run to claim the lead, including a pair of three-point field goals by senior forward Adam May (Mentor, Ohio). Fairfield scored the next 12 points to go back in front, before Holy Cross regained the lead with a 7-0 spurt. The Stags eventually took a 27-25 lead into the locker room.
Fairfield started the second half hot, and increased its advantage to 42-32 with just under 15 minutes left to play. The Crusaders were able to close the gap to six points (44-38), before the Stags used a 14-2 run to put the game away. Holy Cross was able to get no closer than 10 points down the stretch, as Fairfield eventually posted a 19-point victory.
The Stags were led by Yorel Hawkins with 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Anthony Johnson added 16 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots.
The Crusaders made a season-best 88.9 percent (16 of 18) of their free throws on the night, led by a nine-for-10 performance from Evans. But Holy Cross also committed 21 turnovers in the game and was outrebounded 41-35.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 22, when they play host to Sacred Heart in a 7:00 p.m. game at the Hart Center.