WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.), junior forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) and senior center Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) will serve as the tri-captains of the 2009-2010 Holy Cross men’s basketball team, it was announced by head coach Sean Kearney.
Beinert returns as the starting point guard for Holy Cross, after averaging 8.5 points, 2.1 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game last season, while hitting 45.4 percent (49 of 108) of his three-point attempts. He led the Patriot League in three-point shooting, while placing 10th on the school single-season list for three-point percentage. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Beinert has totaled 385 points, 114 rebounds, 109 assists and 45 steals. He has also made 40.7 percent (68 of 167) of his career three-point field goal attempts.
Keister will be in his second season as the Crusaders’ starting power forward, after averaging 8.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 0.7 blocked shots per game last year, and hitting 58.8 percent (104 of 177) of his field goal attempts. He led the Patriot League in field goal percentage, in addition to standing fourth in rebounds. Keister also led the team in rebounding 14 times, and in scoring on six occasions. A first team All-Patriot League selection in 2008-2009, Keister has now totaled 293 points, 236 rebounds, 26 blocked shots and 26 steals over the course of his career as a Crusader.
Meister is entering his second year as the starting center for Holy Cross, and averaged 6.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.9 blocked shots per game last season. He played particularly well late in the year and earned All-Patriot League Tournament honors, after averaging 12.7 points and 9.0 boards in three conference tournament games. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Meister has now totaled 393 points, 348 rebounds and 58 blocked shots. He has also made 50.8 percent (165 of 325) of his career field goal attempts.
Holy Cross returns four starters and nine letterwinners from its 2008-2009 squad which went 18-14 overall, and placed second in the Patriot League with an 11-3 mark in conference games. The Crusaders open practice on Friday, October 16, then begin the 2009-2010 season with an exhibition game against Assumption on Nov. 2.