PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) totaled 21 points and six rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men’s basketball team to an 85-79 overtime victory over Brown at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Cavataio scored 15 points in the second half and six more in overtime, as the Crusaders came back from an eight-point deficit with three minutes remaining in regulation. Holy Cross improves to 2-6 on the season with the win, while the Bears fall to 4-5 overall.
After being down 67-59 with just three minutes to play in the second half, Cavataio and sophomore guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) each hit one-of-two free throws to make it a six-point game with 2:32 to play. Cavataio then drove the lane for a layup and hit a jumper to make the score 67-65 with a minute to go. A driving layup by sophomore guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) tied the game at 67-67 with 29.6 seconds left on the clock, and neither team scored again in regulation. During the final three minutes of the second half, the Bears attempted only one field goal, with the Holy Cross defense forcing four turnovers.
In overtime, Brown held a 70-69 lead before a three-point field goal by junior guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) with 2:39 to play gave the Crusaders the lead for good. A jumper by Cavataio and four Beinert free throws extended the lead to eight points (78-70), and the Bears would get no closer than five points the rest of the way. As a team, Holy Cross hit 13 of 14 free throw attempts in the overtime session.
Beinert finished the night with 15 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Evans totaled 17 points and 10 rebounds, while junior forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) also posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Brown was led by Peter Sullivan with 28 points and Matt Mullery with 21 points.
The Crusaders committed only nine turnovers on the night, while holding a 39-34 advantage on the boards. Holy Cross also hit 80.0 percent (24 of 30) of its free throw attempts.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 5, when it faces Massachusetts in a 3:30 p.m. game at the DCU Center.