Fairfield 73, Holy Cross 54

Yorel Hawkins scored 22 points and Anthony Johnson tallied a

double-double, leading Fairfield in a 73-54 win over Holy Cross on

Wednesday night.

Johnson scored 16 points and grabbed 12 boards for the Stags

(7-2), who beat the Crusaders for the first time since they left

the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference after the 1989-90 season.

Johnson also blocked four shots and grabbed two steals.

Hawkins finished 8-for-13 from the floor, while Johnson was

8-for-15. Freshman Derek Needham, Fairfield’s leading scorer coming

in with 16.8 points per game, was held to just four points but

recorded team-highs with six assists and three steals.

Fairfield has won three straight.

The Stags led by only two points at halftime, but opened the

second on a 15-7 run to put the game away.

R.J. Evans was the lone Holy Cross (2-8) player in double

figures, scoring 21.