WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior center Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) totaled 15 points and 10 rebounds, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by College of Charleston, 93-84, at the Hart Center. The loss spoiled the collegiate head coaching debut of Milan Brown, who took over the Crusaders this past spring. Holy Cross opens the year at 0-1, while College of Charleston improves to 1-1 overall.
The Cougars jumped out to an early 21-15 lead. The Crusaders responded with a 7-0 spurt to come within three points of the Cougars with 7:45 left in the first half. College of Charleston came back with a 15-1 run to claim its largest lead of the first half, 48-30 with 3:07 left in the half. Holy Cross closed out the half with a 9-2 spurt to cut the deficit to 13 points, heading to the lockeroom 52-39.
College of Charleston came out strong in the beginning of the second half outscoring the Crusaders 13-7 putting them ahead by 20 points with 13:35 left in the second half. But the Crusaders fought back with a 13-5 spurt to make it a 10 point game with 9:07 left to play. The Cougars came back with a 10-6 run to increase their lead to 17 points with 4:53 left in the game. Despite trailing the Cougars by 20 points early in the second half, the Crusaders were able to use the final minutes of the game to cut it down to a nine-point loss (93-84).
Junior forward Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) totaled 16 points and seven rebounds, while junior guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) added 16 points and five assists. Junior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) also posted an impressive 14 points.
The Cougars were led by Jeremy Simmons with 22 points and eight rebounds, while Andrew Goudelock finished with 18 points and six rebounds.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 17, when they travel to Harvard for a 7:00 p.m. game.