WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) totaled 27 points, three rebounds and two assists, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 76-60 victory over Colgate at the Hart Center. Brown hit eight of 15 field goal attempts on the night, including five of nine shots from three-point range. The Crusaders improve to 9-12 overall and 3-4 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Raiders fall to 6-15 on the season and 1-6 in the conference.
Junior center Phil Beans (Toledo, Ohio) scored a career-high 16 points on seven of 12 shooting from the field, and also pulled down five rebounds. Junior guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) added 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Crusaders. The Raiders were led by Mitch Rolls with 14 points, three rebounds and two assists.
The game was close early on, with Holy Cross holding an 11-7 lead after the first five minutes of play. The Crusaders then scored eight straight points to build their lead to double figures, with Brown hitting a pair of three-point shots during that spurt. Holy Cross was still up by 10 (31-21) with five minutes left before the break, when it used a 10-3 run to take a 41-24 advantage into the locker room.
Colgate started the second half hot, hitting its first five shots (including four three-pointers) to make the score 47-39 with 16 minutes left to play. A few minutes later, the Raiders used a 7-0 run to cut the margin to three points (53-50) at the 9:37-mark. A clutch three-pointer by Brown with the shot clock winding down then ignited a 10-2 spurt by the Crusaders to put the game away. Colgate would get no closer than 10 points in the final four minutes, as Holy Cross hit all six of its free throw attempts in the last minute to ice the victory.
The Crusaders shot 46.4 percent from the field on the night (26 of 56), while holding the Raiders to 37.3 percent shooting (22 of 59). Holy Cross also committed just six turnovers in the game, and held a 43-29 rebounding advantage.
Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, Feb. 4, when it travels to Lehigh for a 2:00 p.m. game.