WEST POINT, N.Y. – Senior center Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) totaled 10 points, nine rebounds and a school single-game record nine blocked shots, to lead the Holy Cross men’s basketball team to a 70-56 victory over Army at Christl Arena. Meister broke the old mark of seven blocked shots, which had been shared by Josh Sankes (against Colgate on Feb. 5, 2000) and Tim Clifford (against Lehigh on Feb. 2, 2008). Holy Cross improves to 7-17 overall and 4-5 in the Patriot League with the victory, while the Black Knights fall to 13-10 on the season and 3-6 in the conference.
Sophomore guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) had a big night for the Crusaders, recording 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Sophomore guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) added 14 points, four rebounds and four assists, while junior guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) chipped in with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists. Army was led by Cleveland Richard with 15 points, three rebounds and three assists.
The game was close early on, with the Crusaders holding an 8-7 lead after the first five minutes of play. Holy Cross then went on a 9-1 run, going ahead by nine (20-11) with 12:05 to go in the half on a jump shot by Cavataio. The Crusaders eventually went up by 11 points (32-21) with 3:51 left before the break, before Army closed out the half on a 6-0 run to trim the Holy Cross lead to 32-27 heading into the locker room.
The Crusaders were still up by five (36-31) early in the second half, before scoring 10 straight points to build their lead back to double-figures. That run was capped by an old fashioned three-point play by Cavataio with 11:37 remaining to make the score 46-31. Holy Cross would extend its lead to 21 points (63-42) with 2:38 left to play, before eventually claiming a 14-point victory (70-56).
Holy Cross shot 55.3 percent from the field on the night (26 of 47), while holding the Black Knights to just 32.2 percent shooting (19 of 59).
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, Feb. 14, when they travel to Bucknell for a 2:00 p.m. game which will be shown on CBS College Sports Television.