WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior forward Andrew Keister posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men’s basketball team to a 73-46 victory over Lafayette at the Hart Center. Following the contest, Keister received the Martin J. O’Malley Award as the Most Valuable Player of the Crusaders’ Winter Homecoming game. Holy Cross improves to 6-17 overall and 3-5 in the Patriot League with the victory, while the Leopards fall to 14-9 on the season and 5-3 in the conference.
Sophomore guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.), who missed Holy Cross’ previous game due to injury, returned to action with 15 points, eight rebounds and a career-high six assists. Junior guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) added 10 points and five assists for the Crusaders, while Lafayette was led by Ryan Willen with 14 points and five rebounds.
Holy Cross started the day by jumping out to a 17-7 lead after the first seven minutes of action. The Leopards trimmed the lead to five points (23-18) with six minutes left in the first half, before the Crusaders went on a 7-0 run to increase their lead to 12 points (30-18). Holy Cross eventually took a 36-26 advantage into the locker room.
Lafayette closed the gap to seven points (44-37) with 15:52 left in regulation, before the Crusaders used a 13-0 spurt over the next six minutes to put the game away. The Leopards would get no closer than 17 points the rest of the way, and Holy Cross pulled away down the stretch for a 27-point victory (73-46).
The Crusaders shot 51.7 percent (31 of 60) from the field on the day, improving their record this season when hitting at least half of their shots to 5-0. Holy Cross also had a 45-23 advantage on rebounds, while holding Lafayette to season lows for points (46) and field goal percentage (28.1 percent, 16 of 57).
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 10, when they travel to Army for a 7:00 p.m. game.