Crusaders Suffer 77-40 Loss At #9 Connecticut

R.J. Evans

HARTFORD, Conn. – Junior guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) totaled 15 points and four rebounds, but the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by ninth-ranked Connecticut 77-40 at the XL Center. The Huskies were led by Andrew Drummond, who totaled 24 points, eight rebounds and five blocks while hitting 11 of 12 shots from the field. Holy Cross falls to 4-7 on the season with the loss, while Connecticut improves to 9-1 on the year.

The game was close early on, and the Crusaders held a 13-12 advantage after senior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) hit a three-pointer with 12:11 left before the break. The Huskies scored the next seven points to pull in front, and were still up by four (25-21) with 6:38 left in the half. UConn then went on an 18-0 run over the next six minutes to increase its lead to 22 points, and would eventually take a 43-24 advantage into the locker room.

The Huskies' lead remained at least 20 points early on in the second half, and the score was 53-31 with 13:43 left to play. Connecticut then outscored Holy Cross 13-2 over the next six minutes to put the game away. The Huskies would increase their lead to 39 points late in the game, before eventually claiming a 37-point victory.

Junior center Phil Beans (Toledo, Ohio) finished with eight points and five rebounds for the Crusaders, while freshman forward Malcolm Miller (Gaitherburg, Md.) added five points and seven rebounds. Alex Oriakhi posted 15 points and four rebounds for UConn, with Jeremy Lamb adding 10 points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Holy Cross returns to action on Thursday, Dec. 22, when it plays host to San Francisco at 7:00 p.m.