WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) scored a team-high 21 points on nine of 12 shooting from the field, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to an 88-83 victory over San Francisco at the Hart Center. Sophomore forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) added 20 points and six rebounds for the Crusaders. Holy Cross improves to 5-7 on the season with the win, while the Dons fall to 9-4 overall.
Holy Cross hit a season-best 58.1 percent of its shots from the field (25 of 43), including 68.8 percent (11 of 16) in the second half. The Crusaders also outrebounded the Dons 37-24 and made 85.7 percent of their free throws (30 of 35) on the night, but had to overcome a season-worst 28 turnovers.
The game was close early on, and Holy Cross held a slim 21-19 advantage with six minutes to play in the first half. The Crusaders then went on a 7-0 run to increase their lead to nine points (28-19), with junior guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.) scoring five points during that spurt. Holy Cross would eventually take a 37-29 advantage into the locker room.
The Crusaders increased their lead to 11 points (44-33) early in the second half, before San Francisco went on an 18-5 run to pull in front by two (51-49) with 10:44 left to play. The game stayed close for the next several minutes, and the Dons held a 61-60 lead with 6:22 remaining. A fast break dunk by Brown then ignited a 9-0 run which put Holy Cross in the lead for good. San Francisco kept things close down the stretch, trimming the margin to three points on six occasions in the final three minutes of play. But the Crusaders hit 15 of 18 free throws in the last 1:33 to hold on for the win.
Stevens finished the night with 16 points and a career-high seven assists, while freshman guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) added 12 points, six assists and four rebounds. Junior forward Eric Obeysekere (Orinda, Calif.) had a big night off the bench, posting his first double-double of the year with 10 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots.
The Dons were led by Rashad Green with 23 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Angelo Caloiaro added 16 points for San Francisco, all in the second half.
The Crusaders will take a nine-day break for Christmas, before returning to action with a 2:00 pm. game at Dartmouth on Saturday, Dec. 31.