Nov. 25, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard guard Jeremy Lin totaled 30 points, nine rebounds and four steals, to lead the Crimson to a 69-59 victory over the Holy Cross men's basketball team at Lavietes Pavilion. Senior center Greg McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) led the Crusaders with a career-high 18 points and eight rebounds. Holy Cross falls to 2-3 on the season with the loss, while Harvard improves to 1-2.
Holy Cross led 12-11 after the first seven minutes of play, before going on a 12-2 run to increase its lead to 11 points (24-13) with just over six minutes left in the half. Freshman guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) scored six of the Crusaders' points during that spurt. But Harvard responded with a 16-0 run of its own to claim the lead, scoring 10 of those points on the free throw line. Holy Cross came back to score the final five points of the half, and the score was tied 29-29 heading into the locker room.
The Crimson scored the first five points of the second half to regain the lead, but Holy Cross came back with a 6-1 run to tie up the score once again. Harvard was back in front 48-43 with 10 minutes left to play, when an 8-1 run put the Crusaders in the lead, 51-49. But the Crimson then regained control of the game, using an 11-1 spurt to take the lead for good. Holy Cross would get no closer than seven points in the closing minutes, as Harvard held on for the win.
Junior forward Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) totaled 10 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season, while Evans added 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.
The Crimson made 32 of 39 free throw attempts on the night, while the Crusaders were just 10 of 14 from the foul line.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 29, when it travels to Loyola (Ill.) for a 2:00 p.m.(EST) game.