WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) scored 15 points and tied his career-high with 18 rebounds, as the Holy Cross men’s basketball team posted a 64-51 victory over American at the Hart Center. Keister’s 18 rebounds came up just one shy of the Hart Center record of 19, which is shared by Josh Sankes (vs. Army on Jan. 30, 2000) and Nate Lufkin (vs. Lafayette on Feb. 6, 2002). Holy Cross improves to 8-19 overall and 5-7 in the Patriot League with the win, while American falls to 8-19 on the season and 5-7 in the conference.
Sophomore guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) totaled 16 points
and four rebounds for the Crusaders, while freshman guard Dee Goens
(Alpharetta, Ga.) added 10 points off the bench. The Eagles were
led by Stephen Lumpkins with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Holy Cross started the game hot, jumping out to a 12-3 lead after the first six minutes of play. American would close the gap to four points (14-10), before the Crusaders went on an 11-2 run to increase their lead to double figures (25-12). Holy Cross eventually took a 35-24 lead into the locker room.
The Eagles kept the game close early in the second half, eventually cutting the margin to five points (41-36) with 11:52 to left to play. It was still a seven-point game (48-41) with eight minutes to go, when the Crusaders scored eight straight points to put the game away, including a pair of baskets by senior center Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.). American would get no closer than 11 points in the final three minutes of action, as Holy Cross eventually posted a 13-point victory.
The Crusaders had a strong day on the defensive end of the court, holding American to just 39.6 percent (19 of 48) shooting from the field and 18.2 percent (four of 22) shooting from three-point range. Holy Cross also forced the Eagles to commit 14 turnovers, while giving the ball away only six times.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 24, when they play host to Colgate at 7:00 p.m.