KINGSTON, R.I. – Junior forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) totaled 21 points and 11 rebounds, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men’s basketball team was defeated by Rhode Island 92-75 at the Ryan Center. The Crusaders fall to 0-4 on the season with the loss, while the Rams improve to 2-0 overall.
Rhode Island started the game by making its first five shots from the floor, jumping out to a quick 11-2 lead. A few minutes later, Holy Cross used a 7-2 run to cut into the Rams’ lead, making the score 21-14 halfway through the opening period. But Rhode Island then used spurts of 9-2 and 19-11 to build its lead up to 20 points, before taking a 51-33 advantage into the locker room.
The Crusaders came out strong to start the second half, using a 12-3 run to make it a 10-point game (57-47) with 15:58 left to play. But the Rams came back with a 9-3 spurt of their own, and Holy Cross would get no closer than 12 points the rest of the way. Rhode Island would extend its lead to 23 points in the closing minutes, before eventually winning by 17 (92-75).
Junior guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) finished the
game with 14 points and three assists, while sophomore guard Devin
Brown (Baltimore, Md.) added 12 points and four assists.
The Rams were led by Delroy James with 21 points and eight rebounds, and Keith Cothran with 11 points and six assists. As a team, Rhode Island shot 51.5 percent (34 of 66) from the field.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 25, when they travel to Nevada-Las Vegas for a game at 10:00 p.m. (EST).