WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.) scored a career-high 18 points, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 79-60 victory over American at the Hart Center. Stevens also posted three assists and two rebounds, while hitting seven of 11 shots from the floor and four of six attempts from three-point range. The Crusaders improve to 10-8 on the season and 2-1 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Eagles fall to 6-12 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
Holy Cross hit a season-best 61.9 percent of its shots from three-point range (13 of 21), while making 52.6 percent of its field goals overall (30 of 57). The Crusaders also committed only eight turnovers on the day, while holding American to 38.0 percent shooting from the floor (19 of 50) and 31.8 percent shooting from beyond the three-point arc (seven of 22).
Holy Cross opened the game by jumping out to an early 7-2 lead, and had increased that margin to seven points (14-7) with 13:47 remaining in the first half. The Crusaders then went on a 16-4 run over the next five minutes, to build their lead to 19 points (30-11). Holy Cross would eventually increase its lead to 24 points (41-17) with 3:47 left in the half, before taking a 45-27 advantage into the locker room.
The Crusaders were still up by 19 (53-34) with 12:51 remaining in regulation, when the Eagles scored eight straight points to make the score 53-42. The Holy Cross lead would later stand at 12 points (63-51) with 5:37 left on the clock, before the Crusaders used a 10-2 spurt to put the game away.
Junior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) posted his second straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) added 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Freshman guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) also had a strong game with 13 points and two assists, and senior center Phil Beans (Toledo, Ohio) finished with 10 points and six rebounds. American was led by Stephen Lumpkins with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 23, when it travels to Lafayette for a 7:00 p.m. game.