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Yale 72, Holy Cross 65

November 27, 1996

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) _ Emerson Whitley scored 15 points as Yale held off a late Holy Cross rally for a 72-65 victory Tuesday.

The Bulldogs capitalized on a woeful Holy Cross offensive in the first half, limiting the Crusaders to 32 percent shooting from the floor and defeating Holy Cross (1-2) in its home opener.

Yale (1-1) controlled the game from the beginning, taking a 15-5 lead in the opening minutes.

The Crusaders’ Chris Shea scored a 3-point play to narrow the lead to 22-14, but then Gabe Hunterton (12 points) keyed a decisive Yale surge. He set up Chris Lanigan for an easy score and then added 9 points to spark another 17-5 run. The Bulldogs led 40-23 at halftime.

Damon Ezell and Chris Rogik spearheaded Holy Cross’s comeback effort in the second half.

Yale’s Chris Pettit connected on a 3-point field goal to open up a 57-42 lead with 10 minutes remaining. But Ezell scored 12 points down the stretch, bringing Holy Cross within 66-59 with one minute remaining.

Although Yale struggled from the free-throw line, Whitley and Matt Ricketts each converted free throws in the final seconds to ensure the win.