BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) totaled 13 points and four rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 63-49 victory over Fairfield at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. Hamilton scored 11 of his points in the second half, while hitting three of four attempts from three-point range on the night. The Crusaders improve to 2-2 on the season with the win, while the Stags fall to 1-3 overall.
Holy Cross hit 47.9 percent of its field goal attempts (23 of 48) and 41.7 percent of its shots from three-point range (five of 12), while holding Fairfield to 33.3 percent shooting overall (17 of 51) and 30.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc (seven of 23). The Crusaders made only 60.0 percent of their free throws on the night (12 of 20), but hit 12 of their last 15 after missing their first five.
The game was close early on, and Holy Cross held a 9-7 lead with 14:40 left in the first half. The Crusaders then went on a 13-4 run over the next eight and a half minutes to build their advantage to double figures (22-11). Holy Cross would eventually take a 29-22 edge into the locker room at halftime.
Fairfield was able to trim the margin down to three points (34-31) early in the second half, when a 9-2 run pushed the Crusaders' lead back to double figures (43-33). The Stags responded by scoring the next eight points to make the score 43-41, before a three-pointer by Hamilton ended the spurt. Holy Cross was still up by five points (50-45) with 5:56 left to play, before going on a 13-2 run to put the game away.
Freshman forward Malachi Alexander (Bowie, Md.) finished with 13 points and five rebounds, while freshman guard Anthony Thompson (Glen Dale, Md.) added eight points, four assists and two steals. Marcus Gilbert led Fairfield with a game-high 26 points.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Nov. 23, when they face Belmont at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at 7:30 p.m.