Crusaders Fall 69-68 At Colgate

Devin Brown

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Colgate’s Yaw Gyawu hit a 12-foot jumper after grabbing an offensive rebound with 2.9 seconds left to play, to lift the Raiders to a 69-68 victory over the Holy Cross men’s basketball team at Cotterell Court. The Crusaders were led by sophomore guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.), who scored all 19 of his points in the second half. Holy Cross falls to 5-16 overall and 2-4 in the Patriot League with the loss, while Colgate improves to 6-14 on the season and 2-4 in the conference.

Holy Cross played excellent defense early in the night, and led 16-4 after the first 10:30 of play. A few minutes later, Colgate went on an 11-2 run to work its way back into the game. The Crusaders held onto a slim lead for the remainder of the half, and were up 32-31 heading into the locker room.

Early in the second half, Holy Cross increased its lead to 39-35, before the Raiders scored nine straight points to take their first lead of the night. Colgate eventually extended its lead to 11 points (52-41) with 8:25 left to play. The Crusaders then went on a 15-6 run, including eight straight points by Brown, to cut the lead to two points (58-56).

Holy Cross regained the lead (65-64) with 1:54 left to play on a put back by sophomore guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.). Colgate’s Ben Jonson hit a three-pointer with 1:00 remaining to put the Raiders back in front, before Brown nailed a three-point field goal with 27.6 seconds on the clock to make the score 68-67. But Gyawu scored with 2.9 seconds left to give Colgate the win.

Cavataio finished the night with 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, while junior forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) added eight points and 11 boards. The Raiders were led by Gyawu with 17 points and six rebounds, and Kyle Roemer with 18 points and five boards.

Holy Cross’ leading scorer, sophomore guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.), played only the first two minutes of the game before suffering an injury, and did not return.

The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, Jan. 31, when they play host to Lehigh at 12:00 p.m., in a contest which will be shown live on CBS College Sports Television.