Dec. 1, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Freshman guard Devin Brown (Randallstown, Md.) scored a career-high 22 points, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Fairfield 78-66 at the Hart Center. Brown hit five of nine shots from the field, two of three attempts from three-point range, and all 10 of his shots at the free throw line. The Crusaders fall to 2-5 on the season with the loss, while the Stags improve to 4-3.
Fairfield scored the first five points of the game, and eventually pulled out to a 16-6 lead after six minutes of play. Holy Cross scored the next four points to pull within four, before the Stags used a 9-0 run to extend their lead to 13 points (25-12). The Crusaders hung around and would make it a three-point game (31-28) with three and half minutes left before the break, but Fairfield closed out the half with a 9-5 spurt to take a 40-33 advantage into the locker room.
The Stags scored the first seven points of the second half to build their lead back to double-figures, and eventually went up by 15 points (54-39) with 15 minutes remaining. Holy Cross responded with a 12-3 run of its own, to trim the lead to six points (57-51) with 11 minutes left to play. But a few minutes later, Fairfield went on a 10-2 run to put the game away. The Crusaders would get no closer than 11 points in the final eight minutes, as the Stags held on for the win.
Freshman guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) finished the game with 13 points and three steals for Holy Cross. Fairfield was led by Anthony Johnson with 20 points, four rebounds and three blocks, while Jonathan Han added 18 points and 11 assists.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 3, when it travels to Yale for a 7:00 p.m. game.