Holy Cross Pulls Out 77-75 Victory Over Colgate

Devin Brown

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Junior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) hit two free throws with 1.6 seconds to play, lifting the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 77-75 victory over Colgate at Cotterell Court. Brown finished the game with 16 points and six rebounds, while hitting all seven of his free throw attempts.  Holy Cross improves to 7-20 overall, and moves into a three-way tie for third place in the Patriot League with a 6-7 mark in conference games. Colgate falls to 7-21 overall and 4-9 in the conference.

Senior center Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) totaled 16 points and 12 rebounds, to post his sixth straight double-double and the 28th double-double of his collegiate career. Sophomore guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.) added 13 points and four rebounds, while junior guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) recorded 11 points and three assists. The Raiders were led by Yaw Gyawu with 15 points and four rebounds.

The game was close early on, with the score being tied at 9-9 after the first five minutes of play. Holy Cross then went on an 18-7 run over the next nine minutes to claim an 11-point advantage (27-16). But Colgate came right back with a 13-5 spurt of its own to get back into the game. The Crusaders eventually took a 35-32 lead into the locker room.

Holy Cross' lead would stay between three and seven points for the first nine minutes of the second half, before the Crusaders scored six straight points to build their advantage back to 11 (58-47) with nine minutes left to play. Holy Cross would eventually lead by 12 points (68-56) with four minutes remaining, before the Raiders went on an 11-2 run to make it a three-point game (70-67) with under a minute to go. Colgate then tied the score at 75-75 on a three-point field goal by Mike Venezia with 5.5 seconds to play. But Brown took the ensuing inbounds pass and drove the length of the floor, drawing a foul as he went to the basket to set up the winning free throws.

Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 26, when it plays host to Lehigh at 4:00 p.m. in a contest which will be shown live to a national audience on the CBS College Sports Network.