WORCESTER, Mass. -- Holy Cross head coach George
Blaney turned to his bench early and got the spark he was looking for, and the Crusaders went on to defeat Mount St. Mary's, 115-82, yesterday.
Trailing by 9-4 five minutes into the game, Blaney called upon reserves Frank Powell, Derek Farkas and Rob Feaster. They combined for 32 points in the first half, as Holy Cross took a 58-39 halftime lead and never was threatened in the second half.
Chris Cavanagh, a 7-foot senior center, took advantage of the absence of Holy Cross starting center Scott Martzloff, who is out for six weeks with a stress fracture in his foot. He made three field goals in the first 2 minutes, 45 seconds, as the Mountaineers took their 9-4 advantage.
The Mount -- averaging 24 turnovers -- turned the ball over five times on its next six possessions and had 28 for the game. The Crusaders scored on their next seven trips down the court for a 15-2 run and a 19-11 lead with 12:40 remaining in the half.
"They extended their defense, and once again we struggled to get into our offensive sets," said Mount coach Jim Phelan. "They had no one that could stop Cavanagh, but after a while, that didn't matter because we couldn't get him the ball. We really need help at the point-guard position."
Behind the three reserves, Holy Cross increased its lead. Holding a 23-18 advantage with 10:32 remaining, the Crusaders outscored the Mountaineers, 15-4, over the next five minutes. Feaster, Farkas and Powell had four points each in the run, as Holy Cross took command of the game.
Though the Crusaders average 65 percent from the foul line, they made 18 of 19 in the first half.
Junior guard Kevin Booth's layup with 6:56 left in the half for the 1,000th point of his career. Booth, who redshirted last season with a knee injury, is the 32nd player in school history to reach the plateau.
About the only second-half offense the Mountaineers could muster was Cavanagh inside. He finished with 23 points, a career high.
The Crusaders finished with seven players in double figures, led by Powell with 20 points. Rick Mashburn finished with 17 and a game-high 11 rebounds.
It was the third straight road game in which the Mount has surrendered more than 100 points.
Booth finished with 21, his season average, and freshman Michael Watson had a career-high 10 points.