WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior guard R.J. Evans totaled 12 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists, as the Holy Cross men's basketball team posted a 71-60 victory over Sacred Heart at the Hart Center. Evans became the 46th player in school history to score 1,000 career points when he netted a layup with 11:41 remaining in the second half, and now has 1,003 career points. Holy Cross improves to 4-6 on the season with the win, while the Pioneers fall to 5-6 on the year.
Senior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) scored a game-high 22 points for the Crusaders, while freshman guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) added 10 points, six assists and two steals. Senior guard Jeff Harris (New York, N.Y.) also had a solid night off the bench, recording seven points, two rebounds and two steals. Sacred Heart was led by Justin Swidowski with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The game was tied at 6-6 early on, when Holy Cross went on an 18-2 run to open up a 16-point advantage (24-8). Both Brown and sophomore forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) scored five points during that spurt. The Crusaders would increase their lead to 18 points late in the half, before eventually taking a 35-20 advantage into the locker room.
The Pioneers chipped away at the lead early on in the second half, cutting the margin to nine points (39-30) with 15 minutes to go on a three-pointer by Shane Gibson. But Harris then scored the next five points, igniting a 12-3 run which put Holy Cross back up by 18 (51-33). The Crusaders' lead would remain in double figures until the 4:11-mark, when a pair of free throws by Gibson made the score 61-52. But Sacred Heart would get no closer, as Holy Cross made eight of 10 free throws in the final two minutes to ice the victory.
Holy Cross returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 18, when it travels to Connecticut for a 1:00 p.m. game.