WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.) totaled a career-high 17 points, four rebounds and three assists, as the Holy Cross men's basketball team posted an 80-66 victory over Hartford at the Hart Center. Stevens hit six of seven shots from the field on the night, including all four of his attempts from three-point range. Holy Cross improves to 2-3 on the season with the victory, while the Hawks fall to 0-5 overall.
The Crusaders hit 56.6 percent of their field goal attempts in the game (30 of 53), and connected on 57.1 percent of this shots from beyond the three-point arc (12 of 21). Holy Cross also had assists on 22 out of its 30 baskets, and outrebounded Hartford 36-28.
The game was close early on, and neither team led by more than four points for the first 10 minutes of play. Hartford was up 19-17 with 9:38 left in the first half, when Holy Cross went on an 18-0 run over the next six minutes to take control of the game. Freshman guard Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) scored five points during that spurt, including a three-pointer to make the score 35-19 with 3:25 left in the half. The Crusaders would eventually take a 43-25 advantage into the locker room.
Early in the second half, Holy Cross used an 8-0 spurt to increase its lead to 22 points (51-29), with junior guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) scoring five of his points during that run. The Hawks refused to go quietly, and were eventually able to cut the margin to 10 points (68-58) with six minutes left in regulation. But Hartford would get no closer, as the Crusaders held on in the end for a 14-point victory.
Senior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) recorded 17 points, four assists and two rebounds for Holy Cross, and hit three of five shots from three-point range. Evans added 10 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals, while freshman guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) finished with 10 points, six assists and three rebounds.
Hartford was led by Andres Torres with 15 points, five steals and four rebounds.
Holy Cross returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 27, when it travels to Maine for a 2:00 p.m. game.