UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Sophomore guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) totaled 19 points, four rebounds and three assists, to lead the Holy Cross men’s basketball team to a 70-53 victory over Central Connecticut State the Mohegan Sun Arena. Sophomore guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) also had an excellent game for the Crusaders, posting a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Holy Cross improves to 3-11 overall with the victory, while the Blue Devils fall to 4-7 with the loss.
The Crusaders started the game hot, jumping out to an early 9-3 lead after the first 3:38 of play, as junior guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) scored five early points. Holy Cross was still up by five (17-12) a few minutes later, when it went on an 8-2 run to increase its lead to double-figures (25-14) with eight minutes left in the half. Brown capped that run with a four-point play. The Crusaders were eventually up by as many as 15 points, before taking a 35-24 advantage into the locker room.
Holy Cross held onto the lead early in the second half, and was up 44-35 with 14 minutes remaining. The Crusaders then scored nine straight points to increase their lead to 53-35, and would lead by at least 13 points the rest of the way. Holy Cross eventually extended its advantage to 19 points (70-51) in the final minute, before posting a 17-point win.
Beinert finished the game with 12 points, six rebounds and three assists, while sophomore guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) added 13 points and six rebounds. As a team, the Crusaders shot 54.7 percent from the field (29 of 53), and held a 42-33 advantage on the glass.
Central Connecticut State was led by David Simmons with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 6, when it travels to North Carolina State for a 7:00 p.m. game.