AMHERST, Mass. – Junior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) scored all 18 of his points in the second half, but the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Massachusetts 83-76 at Curry Hicks Cage. Senior center Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) also had a strong game, posting a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Crusaders fall to 0-5 on the season with the loss, while the Minutemen improve to 6-0.
UMass led 70-46 with eight minutes left to play, before Holy Cross began an improbable comeback effort. The Crusaders scored 11 straight points to ignite a 26-6 run, making the score 76-72 with 1:42 remaining on the clock. Brown scored 14 of his points during that spurt. But that was as close as the Crusaders would get, as the Minutemen hit five of six free throws in the final 30 seconds to hold on for the win.
The score was close early in the game, and Holy Cross held a 13-12 lead after the first eight minutes of play. The Minutemen then went on an 11-0 run to pull in front, with Freddie Riley hitting a pair of three-point field goals during that spurt. UMass eventually extended its lead to 12 points (35-23) with 4:57 left in the first half, when Gary Correia hit a three-point shot. But the Crusaders then came back to close out the half with a 6-0 run of their own, and trailed by just six points (35-29) heading into the locker room.
After Keister scored the first basket of the second half, the Minutemen ran off seven straight points to push their lead back to double figures (42-31). A few minutes later, UMass used an 8-0 run to extend its lead, eventually going up 70-46.
Junior guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) finished the game with 13 points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals, while junior guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) added 11 points and three rebounds.
UMass was led by Anthony Gurley with 24 points and three assists, and Freddie Riley with 17 points.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 4, when it travels to Wake Forest for a 1:00 p.m. game.