STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Junior forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) scored 13 points and pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds, but the Holy Cross men’s basketball team was defeated by Stony Brook 69-60 at the Pritchard Gymnasium. Keister hit six of eight shots from the field in the game, while pulling down 14 boards on the defensive end of the court. Holy Cross falls to 2-11 on the season with the loss, while Stony Brook improves to 8-5 overall.
The Seawolves started the game hot, hitting their first four shots (three from three-point range) to take a quick 11-0 lead just 2:26 into the game. Stony Brook would eventually go up by 12 (17-5), and still had an 11-point lead (23-12) with 10:53 left in the first half. The Crusaders then went on a 9-2 run to get back into the game, and closed the gap to just three points (33-30) at the 1:31-mark. The Seawolves responded to score the final five points of the half, and led 38-30 heading into the locker room.
Stony Brook was still up by nine points (49-40) with 14 minutes left to play, when Holy Cross used a 10-2 spurt to close the gap to 52-50. The game stayed close the rest of the way, with the Crusaders eventually making it a one-point game (61-60) with 3:50 remaining on a free throw by sophomore guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.). But Holy Cross would not score again, as the Seawolves closed out the game on an 8-0 run to claim a nine-point victory.
Evans finished the day with 12 points and three assists, while junior guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) added a team-high 16 points. Stony Brook was led by Bryan Dougher and Tommy Brenton with 18 points each.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 2, when it faces Central Connecticut in a 5:00 p.m. game at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.