Nov. 13, 2007
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Junior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) scored a career-high 17 points, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 67-54 victory over Fairfield at the Arena at Harbor Yard. Cunningham scored 15 of his points in the second half, including a perfect 10 of 10 performance on the free throw line. The Crusaders improve to 2-0 on the year with the victory, while the Stags fall to 0-2.
After Fairfield opened the game with an early 4-2 lead, Holy Cross went on a 11-0 run to go in front by nine points (13-4). The Stags were able to get as close as five points, before a 7-0 spurt by the Crusaders built their lead up to 12 points, 27-15 with five minutes left in the first half. Holy Cross eventually led 36-27 at the break.
The Crusaders increased their lead back up to 12 points (43-31) with 14:51 left to play, before Fairfield went on a 7-0 run to get back into the game. The Stags eventually trimmed the lead down to four points (48-44) with nine minutes remaining, before Holy Cross turned up its play on defense. The Crusaders would go on a 15-2 spurt over the next six minutes to put the game away, including five points by Cunningham. Holy Cross would lead by as many as 13 points, eventually winning 67-54.
Junior guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) totaled 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists for the Crusaders, while junior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) added 11 points and four rebounds. Fairfield was led by Yorel Hawkins with 11 points and four boards.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, November 17, when it travels to Hampton for an 8:00 p.m. game.