January 8, 2011

Holy Cross Comes From Behind To Defeat Lafayette 70-65

WORCESTER, Mass. — Senior guard Andrew Beinert tied his career high by scoring 21 points, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 70-65 victory over Lafayette at the Hart Center. Beinert also had six rebounds and three assists, while hitting seven of nine shots from the field and five of six three-point attempts. Holy Cross improves to 2-13 overall and 1-0 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Leopards fall to 5-11 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

The Crusaders trailed 49-36 with 13 minutes remaining in the second half, before a pair of dunks by sophomore forward Eric Obeysekere (Orinda, Calif.) and freshman forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) and a Dudzinski free throw trimmed the margin to eight points (49-41). The Leopards were still up by eight (56-48) with seven minutes to play, when Holy Cross used an 11-0 run to claim its first lead of the second half (59-56 at the 4:55-mark). Beinert scored eight of his points during that spurt, including a layup to tie the score and a three-point field goal to put the Crusaders in front.

The score stayed close for the next few minutes, until a pair of free throw's by Jared Mintz put Lafayette back up 63-62 with 2:27 remaining. But after two free throws by Dudzinski gave Holy Cross a one-point advantage, junior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) drained a three-point field goal with 45.1 seconds on the clock to make the score 67-63. Brown would then connect on three of four free throws in the final 20 seconds as the Crusaders held on for the victory.

The score had been close throughout the first half, as neither team led by more than five points. The Leopards eventually took a 33-28 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Lafayette then used an 11-0 run early in the second half to take a 13-point lead, before Holy Cross rallied for the victory.

Senior forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) totaled 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds, in his return from an injury which had held him out of the previous three games. Dudzinski added nine points and five rebounds, while Brown finished with nine points and two assists.

The Leopards were led by Darion Benbow with 13 points and five rebounds.

The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 12, when they travel to Army for a 7:00 p.m. game.