December 9, 2001

Bears Fall To Holy Cross

Dec. 9, 2001

Worcester, MA -

The Brown men's basketball team had its four game winning streak halted by Holy Cross Thursday evening, falling to the Crusaders, 76-63 at the Hart Center.

Brown (5-2), who played six of its first seven games on the road, will be idle for the next 16 days due to final exams. The Bears return to action on December 22nd for a game against Stony Brook, initiating a streak of playing seven of their next eight games at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

The Bears struggled to contain Holy Cross freshman center Nate Lufkin, who scored a career high 16 points in the first half, hitting 7 of 10 shots from the field. Brown led for most of the half behind the outside play of Shaun Etheridge, who scored 8 points. The Crusaders tied the game at the half, 32-32, on a half court shot by John Hurley just before the buzzer.

The Crusaders took over in the second half behind the play of Ryan Serravalle, who scored all of his 14 points in the half. The cold shooting Bears shot just 37 percent (11 of 29) in the second half, and were out-rebounded 50-22 for the game.

Etheridge led the Bears with 10 points and three assists. Earl Hunt, who came in to the game as the nation's fourth leading scorer, was held to eight points on 2 of 6 shooting from the field. Junior Alai Nuualiitia, senior Omari Ware and freshman Jason Forte also scored eight points for the Bears.