Feb. 18, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Freshman guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) totaled 17 points and six rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 74-69 victory over Navy at the Hart Center. Evans scored all 17 of his points in the second half, while hitting eight of 12 field goal attempts on the night. Holy Cross improves to 14-12 overall and 9-2 in the Patriot League, while Navy falls to 17-9 on the season and 6-5 in the conference.
The Crusaders scored the first four points of the night, before the Midshipmen went on a 14-1 run to go up by nine (14-5) with 15 minutes left in the first half. Holy Cross responded with nine straight points to tie up the score, but Navy would pull back in front by seven points (31-24) a few minutes later. The Midshipmen eventually led 38-33 heading into the locker room.
Navy came out hot to start the second half, using a 10-3 spurt to go in front by 12 points (48-36) with 17:37 left in regulation. The Crusaders responded with an 11-2 run of their own to close the gap, but the Midshipmen still led 60-56 with nine minutes remaining. Holy Cross then used a 7-1 spurt to claim its first lead of the second half, tying the score on a three-point field goal by senior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) and going ahead on a layup by Evans.
The Crusaders extended their lead to five points (70-65) thanks to another Vander Baan three-pointer and an Evans jump shot, but Navy closed the gap to one point (70-69) with one minute left to play. Vander Baan was then fouled going in for lay up and hit both free throws, to increase the lead to three points with 26 seconds left. Senior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) then stole an inbounds pass with 16 seconds on the clock, and sophomore guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) hit a pair of foul shots to put the game away.
Cunningham finished the game with 12 points and six rebounds, while sophomore forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) added 10 points, six rebounds and five assists. Adam Teague and Chris Harris both scored 17 points to lead the Midshipmen.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Feb. 21, when they travel to American for a 2:00 p.m. game.