Dec. 6, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Freshman guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) posted a career-high 17 points, six rebounds and two steals, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 69-63 victory over Western Michigan at the Hart Center. The Crusaders improve to 3-6 on the season with the win, while the Broncos fall to 2-7 overall.
Holy Cross opened the game by jumping out to a 6-1 lead, but Western Michigan responded with a 10-3 run of its own to claim the lead. The Broncos were still up by two (19-17) with eight minutes left in the first half, when they used a 7-3 spurt to claim a six-point lead. Evans would hit a three-pointer with just six seconds left in the half, cutting Western Michigan's lead to three points (30-27) heading into the locker room.
The Crusaders started the second half hot, using a 7-2 run to regain the lead. Holy Cross would increase its lead to six points (44-38) with 12:56 remaining, when the Broncos scored seven straight points to go back in front. At the 8:40-mark, senior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) hit a three-pointer to ignite a 9-2 run, putting the Crusaders back in the lead for good. Western Michigan would get no closer than five points in the final three minutes of play, and Holy Cross hit six of eight free throws in the final two minutes to clinch the victory.
Cunningham finished the game with 12 points, two rebounds and two steals, while junior forward Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) added 10 points and seven rebounds. The Broncos were led by David Kool with 18 points, three rebounds and three steals.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 10, when they travel to UMass for a 7:00 p.m. game.