POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Senior center Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) totaled 16 points and seven rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 75-57 victory over Marist at the McCann Center. Junior guard Devin Brown added 13 points and four assists for the Crusaders, while hitting all eight of his free throw attempts. Holy Cross improves to 1-8 on the season with the win, while the Red Foxes fall to 2-10 overall.
The game was close early on, and the Crusaders held a 13-12 advantage after the first nine minutes of play. Holy Cross then went on a 10-0 run, including five points from Keister, to extend its lead to 11 points (23-12) with seven minutes remaining in the first half. Marist responded with a 9-0 spurt of its own, before a 9-0 run by the Crusaders later in the half made the score 34-22. Holy Cross eventually took a 35-27 advantage into the locker room.
After Marist's Jay Bowie hit a three-pointer early in the second half to make the score 35-30, Holy Cross went on a 10-4 run to build its advantage back to double figures (45-34). The Crusaders' lead would stay between eight and 12 points for the next several minutes, before senior guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) scored five straight points to make the score 58-43 with eight minutes left to play. Holy Cross eventually extended its lead to 24 points (75-51) late in the game, before finally claiming an 18-point victory.
Beinert scored all 10 of his points in the second half and added three rebounds, while sophomore forward Eric Obeysekere (Orinda, Calif.) had career-highs of nine points and 17 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.) finished with career-highs of nine points and three assists, and senior forward Josh Jones (Ocala, Fla.) tied his career-high with nine points. The Crusaders played the game without junior guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) and sophomore center Phil Beans (Toledo, Ohio), who were both out due to injury.
Marist was led by R.J. Hall with 14 points and three assists.
As a team, Holy Cross held a 45-33 rebounding advantage, while committing just seven turnovers.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 22, when they travel to Hofstra for a 7:00 p.m. game.