WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) recorded 22 points and six rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to an 82-51 victory over Army at the Hart Center. Brown hit eight of 12 field goal attempts and six of seven free throws on the night. Holy Cross improves to 14-13 overall and 8-5 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Black Knights fall to 12-16 on the season and 5-8 in the conference. With the win, the Crusaders can now finish no worse than fourth in the final Patriot League standings, and will play at home in the conference quarterfinals.
Holy Cross shot 51.7 percent from the field (30 of 58) and 88.2 percent at the free throw line (15 of 17), while holding a 39-34 advantage on the glass. The Crusaders also held Army to 30.4 percent shooting from the field (17 of 56) and 11.1 percent shooting from three-point range (three of 27), and forced the Black Knights to commit 16 turnovers.
The score was tied a 3-3 early on, when Holy Cross went on a 14-2 run to claim a 17-5 lead. Brown scored the first 10 points of that spurt for the Crusaders, including a pair of three-point field goals. Army trimmed the lead down to nine points at the 11:21-mark (19-10), when a 10-0 run put Holy Cross up by 19 (29-10). The Crusaders would lead by 21 points late in the half, before eventually taking a 40-21 advantage into the locker room.
The Holy Cross lead would stay between 16 and 22 points for most of the second half, and the Crusaders held a 65-46 lead with six minutes left to play. Holy Cross then used runs of 9-1 and 8-0 to take an 82-49 lead with just over a minute left to play, before finally winning by 31 points.
Junior guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) finished the game with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals, while sophomore forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) added nine points and six rebounds. The Black Knights were led by Josh Herbeck with 20 points.
The Crusaders close out the regular season by traveling to Colgate for a 4:00 p.m. game on Saturday, Feb. 25.