HAMILTON, N.Y. – Junior guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) totaled 14 points and seven rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 65-58 victory over Colgate at Cotterell Court. Freshman guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) added 10 points and five assists for the Crusaders, while sophomore forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) finished with 10 points and five rebounds. Holy Cross improves to 15-13 overall and 9-5 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Raiders fall to 8-21 on the season and 2-12 in the conference.
The Crusaders shot 48.0 percent from the field (24 of 50), and committed just six turnovers on the day. Holy Cross also held Colgate to just 37.0 percent shooting from the field (20 of 54) and 33.3 percent shooting from three-point range (seven of 21).
The score was tied at 5-5 early on, when the Crusaders went on a 9-0 run to claim a 14-5 advantage. A few minutes later the Raiders used an 8-1 spurt to trim the margin down to two points (22-20), and Holy Cross would lead 24-21 with 6:38 left in the half. The Crusaders then used a 14-3 run to increase their lead to 14 points (38-24) heading into the locker room.
The Holy Cross lead would remain in between nine and 15 points for the majority of the second half, and the Crusaders would eventually hold a 57-46 advantage with 4:28 left to play. A three-pointer by Colgate's Mitch Rolls cut the margin to eight points, before neither team scored again for almost three minutes. The Raiders would then trim the lead to six points with just over a minute remaining, before Holy Cross made six of eight free throws in the final minute to hold on for the win.
Junior guard Dee Goens (Alpharetta, Ga.) recorded nine points and three rebounds for the Crusaders, while junior forward Eric Obeysekere (Orinda, Calif.) had seven points and five rebounds. Rolls led Colgate with 14 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 29, when it plays host to Lafayette at 7:00 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament.