Nov. 16, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior forward Adam May (Mentor, Ohio) totaled 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 73-69 overtime victory over St. Joseph's at the Hart Center. Senior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) also had an outstanding game for the Crusaders, posting his third career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Holy Cross improves to 2-0 on the year with the victory, while the Hawks fall to 1-1.
The game went to overtime tied at 63-63, before Holy Cross went on a 7-0 run to take a 70-63 lead, with freshman guard Devin Brown (Randallstown, Md.) scoring three points during that stretch. The Hawks would close to within one point (70-69) with less than a minute to play, before junior forward Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) hit one of two free throws, and Vander Baan added a pair of foul shots to secure the win.
The Crusaders had started the game hot, jumping out to a 20-10 lead with 8:43 remaining in the first half. Holy Cross was still up by six (24-18) with six minutes left before the break, when St. Joseph's went on a 17-4 run to take a 35-28 advantage into the locker room.
The Hawks were able to expand their lead to 12 points (51-39) with 10 minutes remaining in regulation. The Crusaders then went on a 14-1 run over the next four minutes, with May hitting a three-pointer to put Holy Cross in front. Neither team led by more than two points for the remainder of the second half, and May hit another three-pointer with just 36.2 seconds remaining to put the Crusaders up 62-61. But after a free throw by May gave Holy Cross a two-point lead, the Hawks' Tasheed Carr drove the lane in the closing seconds to tie the score at 63-63 and force overtime.
Brown finished the game with 12 points, two rebounds and two steals, while freshman guard R.J. Evans added 12 points and three rebounds. St. Joseph's was led by Ahmad Nivins with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
At halftime of the game, Holy Cross officially retired the jerseys of four all-time Crusader legends - George Kaftan (Class of 1949), Bob Cousy (Class of 1950), Togo Palazzi (Class of 1954) and Tom Heinsohn (Class fo 1956).
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 19, when it plays host to Brown at 7:00 p.m.