EASTON, Pa. – Senior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) scored a game-high 18 points on six-of-10 shooting from the field, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 70-63 victory over Lafayette at the Allan P. Kirby Sports Center. Freshman guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) also had a strong night, totaling 16 points, three rebounds and two assists. The Crusaders improve to 12-13 overall and 6-5 in the Patriot League with the win, while Lafayette falls to 11-15 on the season and 6-5 in the conference.
Holy Cross shot 46.9 percent from the floor (23 of 49), including a blistering 60.9 percent in the second half (14 of 23). The Leopards were able to hit only 39.3 percent of their field goal attempts (24 of 61), including 26.9 percent of their shots from three-point range (seven of 26). In addition, the Crusaders outrebounded Lafayette 46-26, and blocked seven shots in the game.
The Crusaders started the game with a 7-0 run, including five points by Burrell. Holy Cross increased its lead to 10 points (12-2) with 15 minutes left in the first half, and was still up by nine (21-12) at the six-minute mark. But the Leopards then began to cut into the lead, and would close out the half on a 4-0 run to make the score 30-27 heading into the locker room.
The Holy Cross lead would stay between three and eight points for the majority of the second half, but the margin was only 57-54 with 5:34 remaining in regulation. The Crusaders then used a quick 6-0 spurt over the next two minutes to go in front by nine (63-54), with a dunk by junior forward Eric Obeysekere (Orinda, Calif.) ending that run. Lafayette refused to go away quietly, and was able to cut the margin back down to four points (67-63) with 46.8 seconds left to play on a layup by Rob Delaney. Burrell was then able to connect on three of four free throw attempts in the final 45 seconds, and Holy Cross posted a seven-point win after not allowing the Leopards to score again.
Junior guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) finished the game with nine points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots, while sophomore forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) added eight points and eight rebounds. Lafayette was led by Ryan Willen with 15 points and four rebounds.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 18, when it plays host to Bucknell at 4:00 p.m.