WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) scored a career-high 29 points to lead the Holy Cross men’s basketball team to an 82-69 victory over Bucknell at the Hart Center. Brown connected on 10 of 14 shots from the field, including four of six shots from three-point range, and also made all five of his free throw attempts. Holy Cross improves to 4-14 overall and 1-2 in the Patriot League, while Bucknell falls to 6-13 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
The game was close throughout a first half which featured five ties and three lead changes. The Bison were up by three points (13-10) early on, before the Crusaders scored five straight points to take their first lead of the day. Holy Cross would later go up by four points (27-23), but Bucknell scored the last four points of the half, and the teams went into the locker room tied at 27-27.
The Bison pulled back in front by four (42-38) with 14 minutes left in regulation, before Brown scored five straight points to ignite a 10-0 run and give the Crusaders the lead for good. Holy Cross would eventually go up by 14 points (60-46) on a Brown three-pointer, and Bucknell would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way. The Crusaders made 16 of 21 free throws in the final five minutes of action to secure the win.
Sophomore guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) totaled 15 points and four assists for Holy Cross, while junior guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) added 10 points and senior center Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) posted eight points and 11 rebounds. The Bison were led by Bryson Johnson and Darryl Shazier with 16 points each.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 20, when it plays host to Navy at 7:00 p.m.