Crusader Rally Comes Up Short Against Colgate

Mike Cavataio

WORCESTER, Mass. — Junior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) had 20 points, four assists and two steals, but the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Colgate 79-72 at the Hart Center. Junior guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) added 17 points, five rebounds and two assists for the Crusaders, who trimmed an 18-point deficit to four points in the second half before falling just short in their comeback attempt. Holy Cross falls to 4-16 overall and 3-3 in the Patriot League with the loss, while the Raiders improve to 4-16 overall and 2-4 in the conference.

Colgate started the game hot, jumping out to an early 15-3 advantage after the first seven minutes of play. The Raiders' lead would stay between seven and 12 points for most of the first half, before a layup by senior guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) made the score 34-29 with 1:59 left before intermission. Colgate responded by scoring the next six points, and would eventually take a 40-32 advantage into the locker room.

The Raiders built their lead back to double figures early in the second half, and at one point led by 18 (70-52) with seven minutes left in regulation. The Crusaders then went on a 9-0 run to get back into the game, including five points by sophomore guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.). Colgate was still up by 11 (74-63) with three minutes to play, when Holy Cross scored seven straight points, cutting the lead to 74-70. Brown had five of his points during that spurt, including a three-pointer with 43 seconds to play which ended the run. But that was as close as the Crusaders would get, as the Raiders hit three of four free throws in the final 30 seconds to hold on for the victory.

Senior forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) finished the game with 12 points, six rebounds and two assists, while Stevens scored 12 points off the bench.

Colgate was led by Joe Hoban with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists, and Yaw Gyawu with 21 points and two rebounds.

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Jan. 29, when they travel to Lehigh for a 1:00 p.m. game.