Nov. 14, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Freshman guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) totaled 15 points and two rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 67-58 victory over Sacred Heart at the Hart Center. Playing in the first game of his collegiate career, Evans made seven of 12 shots from the field, including one of three from three-point range. The Crusaders begin the year at 1-0, winning their season-opener for the sixth straight year. The Pioneers open the season at 0-1.
Holy Cross opened the game with a 9-4 run, before Sacred Heart responded with an 8-2 spurt of its own to go up by one, 12-11, with 10 minutes left in the half. The score stayed close for the next several minutes, and the Pioneers were still up by one point, 21-20, with just under three minutes left before the break. The Crusaders then went on an 11-3 run to close out the half, including seven straight points by Evans, taking a 31-24 advantage into the locker room.
Early the second half, Holy Cross used a 9-4 run to increase its lead to double figures, eventually going in front by 12 points, 45-33, with 14 minutes left to play. Sacred Heart retaliated with a 9-0 run of its own to make it a three-point game. The Crusaders eventually led by just two points, 57-55, with less than five minutes remaining, before senior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) scored four straight points to put Holy Cross back up by six. The Pioneers would get no closer than five points the rest of the way, as the Crusaders eventually pulled away to win by nine, 67-58.
Junior forward Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) posted his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-best 11 rebounds. Cunningham added nine points, seven assists and six rebounds, while senior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) finished with nine points and seven rebounds. Sacred Heart was led by Joey Henley with 18 points and nine rebounds.
Holy Cross returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 16, when it plays host to St. Joseph's at 4:00 p.m.