Crusaders Downed 67-54 By American

Mike Cavataio

WASHINGTON, D.C. – American's Charles Hinkle totaled 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, to lead the Eagles to a 67-54 victory over the Holy Cross men's basketball team at Bender Arena. The Crusaders were led by senior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) with 14 points. Holy Cross falls to 8-9 overall and 2-1 in the Patriot League with the loss, while American improves to 11-7 on the season and 2-1 in the conference.

The Eagles shot 50.0 percent from the floor on the day (24 of 48), while the Crusaders made just 30.6 percent of their field goal attempts (15 of 49). Holy Cross did connect 80.0 percent of its free throws (20 of 25), and turned the ball over a season-low six times.

American started the game hot, jumping out to an early 10-2 lead after the first five minutes of play. The Eagles were still up by eight (21-13) later in the first half, before going on a 10-0 run to extend their lead to 18 points (31-13) with 5:32 left before the break. The Crusaders responded with a 10-4 spurt to close out the half, and trailed 35-23 heading into the locker room.

Early in the second half, Holy Cross went on a 6-0 run to trim the margin to six points (40-34) with 14:17 left to play. A few minutes later, the Crusaders used an 11-2 spurt to claim their only lead of the day, pulling ahead 47-46 with 9:21 remaining on a jump shot by freshman guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.). American responded with a quick 7-0 run to go back in front, and was still up 55-52 with four minutes left to play. The Eagles then outscored the Crusaders 12-2 the rest of the way to hold on for the win, hitting all eight of their free throw attempts during that time.

Junior center Phil Beans (Toledo, Ohio) totaled 11 points and a career-high nine rebounds for Holy Cross. Burrell added nine points and two assists, while senior guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) had eight points and seven rebounds off the bench. Daniel Munoz scored 14 points for American, with eight of them coming in the final four minutes.

Holy Cross returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 19, when it plays host to Lafayette at 7:00 p.m.