Holy Cross hit 51.0 percent of its shots from the field (25 of 49) and 46.2 percent from three-point range (six of 13), in addition to holding a 28-24 advantage in rebounding. But the Crusaders were also called for 11 more fouls than the Crimson (26-15), allowing Harvard to shoot 13 more free throws on the night.
Harvard opened the game on a 6-1 run, before Holy Cross scored the next seven points to pull in front. The score stayed close for the next several minutes, and the Crimson led 24-23 with six minutes left in the first half. The Crusaders then used an 11-4 spurt to claim their biggest lead of the night, 34-28 with three minutes remaining before the break. But Harvard came back to score the final six points of the half, and the game was tied at 34-34 heading into the locker room.
The Crimson scored the first five points of the second half to pull back ahead, and would go up by eight points (48-40) with 14 minutes left to play. Holy Cross then scored the next five points to make it a 48-45 game, and was still down just 53-50 with 8:44 remaining. But by the 8:08-mark, three Crusaders had already fouled out of the contest, and the Crimson went a 16-4 run to put the game away. Harvard eventually led by 15 points, before finally claiming a nine-point victory.
Junior guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) had 13 points, three assists and two steals for Holy Cross, while sophomore forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) added six points, with career highs of eight rebounds and four blocked shots.
Oliver McNally scored 14 points for the Crimson, with Brandyn Curry and Wesley Saunders both adding 10 points.
The Crusaders return to action this Friday, Nov. 18, when they face Boston College in a 7:30 p.m. game at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester.