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Holy Cross 66, Florida A&M 59

November 24, 1996

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Chris Rojik scored 22 points and kicked off a decisive 16-4 run with a 3-pointer and a fast-break dunk in Holy Cross’ 66-59 victory over Florida A&M on Saturday night in the consolation game of the Red Auerbach Colonial Classic.

Keith Driscoll added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Crusaders (1-1), and Damion Ezell had 14 points. Jerome James, Florida A&M’s 7-foot-1 center, led the Rattlers (0-2) with 25 points and 14 rebounds.

Florida A&M had closed a 36-31 halftime deficit to 39-37 when Rojik started the run that put Crusaders up 55-41 with 12:27 to play. Ezell also hit a pair of 3-pointers during the stretch.

Florida A&M used a pressure defense to create 23 turnovers in the game, but poor shooting _ 38 percent from the field, seven percent from 3-point range and 50 percent from the free-throw line _ kept the Rattlers from making the most of their chances. Florida A&M had only five assists and just nine in its two games in the tournament.

Rojik scored his points on 8-for-13 shooting. The 6-6 senior was 2-for-4 from 3-point range and made all four of his free throws.

Holy Cross lost 86-56 to host George Washington in Friday night’s first round, while Florida A&M fell to Boston University 85-54.

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