LEWISBURG, Pa. – Sophomore guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) scored 20 points and junior guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) added 19 points, as the Holy Cross men’s basketball team posted a 67-64 victory over Bucknell at Sojka Pavilion in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Patriot League Tournament. The Crusaders improve to 9-21 overall this season, and advance to face Lafayette in the Patriot League semifinals on Sunday, March 7. The Bison conclude the year at 14-17.
The score was tied at 51-51 with less than four minutes to play, before Beinert hit one-of-two free throws and knocked down a three-pointer to put Holy Cross up 55-51. Then at the 1:19-mark, Cavataio tipped in a missed a shot while being fouled, and converted the three-point play to make the score 58-51. After Bucknell had trimmed the lead to five points (58-53), senior center Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) drained both shots of a one-and-one to move Holy Cross’ lead back to seven points (60-53). Those two free throws began a stretch where the Crusaders hit nine of 10 free throws in the final minute of action to secure the victory.
In the first half, the game was close most of the way, with Holy Cross leading 22-21 at the 6:54 mark. The Crusaders then scored five straight points, and eventually extended their lead to eight points (34-26) heading into the locker room. Bucknell started the second half on fire, scoring nine consecutive points to claim the lead. Neither team would lead by more than three points again until the closing minutes, when Holy Cross pulled away to claim the win.
Both Beinert and Cavataio had strong nights shooting the ball, as Beinert made six of 12 field goals and four of six three-pointers, while Cavataio drained six of 13 field goals and all seven of his free throws. As a team, the Crusaders hit 46.8 percent of their field goals and 85.0 percent of their free throws, while holding Bucknell to just 37.3 percent shooting from the floor. Holy Cross also set a Patriot League Tournament single-game record by draining 66.7 percent of its shots from three-point range.
Meister finished the night with nine points and nine rebounds, and sophomore guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) added nine points and four rebounds. The Bison were led by Darryl Shazier with 19 points, five rebounds and three assists.