Dec. 3, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale guard Alex Zampier totaled 28 points, four rebounds and four steals, as the Bulldogs posted a 76-66 victory over the Holy Cross men's basketball team at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. The Crusaders fall to 2-6 on the season with the loss, while Yale improves to 2-4.
After Holy Cross scored the first basket of the game, Yale hit four straight three-point shots to take a 12-2 lead. The Crusaders scored the next four points, before the Bulldogs used a 10-2 spurt to build their lead back to double figures. Yale eventually led by as many as 16 points, and took a 42-28 advantage into the locker room.
The Bulldogs increased their lead to 18 points (48-30) early in the second half, before Holy Cross used an 11-3 run to get back into the game. The Crusaders were still down by 12 (55-43) with just under 10 minutes left to play, when they scored five straight points to make it a seven-point game. But Holy Cross would not get any closer until there was less than a minute to play, and Yale made all 12 of its free throws in the final three minutes to hold on for the victory.
Sophomore guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) led the Crusaders with 15 points, while hitting five of seven shots from three-point range. Freshman guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) and senior center Greg McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) both added 12 points for Holy Cross.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Dec. 6, when they play host to Western Michigan at 12:30 p.m.