RALEIGH, N.C. – Sophomore guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) finished with 21 points, five rebounds and three assists, but the Holy Cross men’s basketball team was defeated by North Carolina State 87-70 at the RBC Center. Brown made four of six attempts from three-point range, while leading the team in scoring for the third time in the last four games. Holy Cross falls to 3-12 overall with the loss, while North Carolina State improves to 11-4 on the season.
The Crusaders started the game hot, jumping out to a quick 10-4 lead after the first six minutes of play. Holy Cross was still in front 14-11, when the Wolfpack went on a 9-0 run to take their first lead of the night. North Carolina State eventually extended its advantage to eight points (27-19), before the Crusaders closed out the half with a 12-6 spurt to trail by just two (33-31) heading into the locker room.
Holy Cross made it a one-point game (33-32) in the opening minute of the second half, but the Wolfpack then scored eight straight points to increase their lead to nine points (41-32). The Crusaders were still down by just seven points (52-45) with 10:44 remaining, before North Carolina State used a 6-0 run to extend its lead to double-figures. The Wolfpack would lead by at least 11 points the rest of the way, eventually claiming a 17-point victory.
Sophomore guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) totaled 13 points and seven rebounds for Holy Cross. Sophomore guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) added 11 points and nine rebounds, while junior guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) recorded 11 points and three assists.
Tracy Smith led North Carolina State with 19 points and five rebounds, with Dennis Horner adding 18 points and six rebounds.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 9, when it travels to Lafayette for its Patriot League opener at 1:00 p.m.