Dec. 27, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Freshman guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) posted his first career double-double with career-highs of 26 points and 10 rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 97-88 victory over San Francisco at the Hart Center. Senior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) added a career-high 26 points and six assists for the Crusaders, while freshman guard Devin Brown (Randallstown, Md.) finished with 22 points and five assists. Holy Cross improves to 4-8 on the season with the victory, while San Francisco falls to 7-6.
The Dons jumped out to a seven-point lead in the opening minutes of the game, but the Crusaders came back to go in front 19-16 with 11 minutes left in the first half. The Dons would then go on a 7-0 run to reclaim the lead, and were eventually up by as many as 10 points late in the half. San Francisco led 48-40 heading into the locker room.
Holy Cross trimmed the Dons' lead to two-points early in the second half, but San Francisco was eventually able to pull in front by 13 points (73-60) with just over nine minutes left to play. The Dons were still up by 10 (77-67) with 7:11 remaining, when the Crusaders went on a 17-1 run to take the lead for good. Evans scored eight of Holy Cross' points during that spurt, while Brown added five and Cunningham had four. San Francisco would get no closer than five points down the stretch, as the Crusaders hit 12 of 17 free throws in the final five minutes to secure the victory.
Holy Cross' 97 points were its most since a 101-61 victory over Dowling on Nov. 23, 2002, and its most against a Division I opponent since defeating Lehigh 100-81 on Jan. 27, 1996. In addition, the Crusaders had three different players score 20 points for the first time since Nov. 18, 2005, against High Point.
San Francisco was led by Dior Lowhorn with 27 points and six rebounds, while Manny Quezada added 26 points and six assists for the Dons.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 30, when they play host to Siena at 7:00 p.m.