FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield's Maurice Barrow totaled 15 points and 10 rebounds, including 13 points in the second half, as Fairfield pulled away for a 73-52 victory over the Holy Cross men's basketball team at Alumni Hall. The Crusaders were led by junior center Phil Beans (Toledo, Ohio) with a career-high 14 points and junior guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) with 14 points and five rebounds. Holy Cross falls to 1-3 on the season with the loss, while the Stags improve to 2-2 overall.
The game was close throughout a first half which featured three ties and eight lead changes. The Crusaders opened the game by jumping out to a quick 8-4 lead after the first three minutes of play. Fairfield came back with a 7-2 spurt a few minutes later, claiming a 15-14 lead. The Stags would lead by as many as three points on a few occasions, before taking a 31-29 advantage into the locker room.
Holy Cross netted the first five points of the second half to pull back in front, before Fairfield scored eight of the next 12 points to claim a 39-38 advantage. The Stags then went on a 16-4 run over the next six minutes to take a 13-point lead (55-42) with eight minutes left to play. Fairfield would eventually lead by as many as 25 points down the stretch, before finally claiming a 21-point victory.
The Stags shot 54.5 percent (30 of 55) from the field on the day and outrebounded the Crusaders 39-29, including a 24-13 edge on the boards in the second half.
Senior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) had 10 points and two steals for the Crusaders in the game. Ryan Olander (13 points), Rakim Sanders (13 points) and Derek Needham (10 points) gave Fairfield four players in double figures.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 23, when it plays host to Hartford at 7:00 p.m.