February 9, 2011

Crusaders Come Back To Defeat Army 85-75

WORCESTER, Mass. — Junior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) totaled 24 points, four rebounds and three assists, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to an 85-75 victory over Army at the Hart Center. Senior center Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) also had a strong night, finishing with 21 points and 10 rebounds for his 24th career double-double. Holy Cross improves to 5-18 overall and 4-5 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Black Knights fall to 11-13 overall and 3-6 in the conference.

Senior guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) recorded 11 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals for the Crusaders, while junior guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) added 11 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Army was led by Jeremy Hence with 22 points and eight rebounds.

The Black Knights led for the majority of the first half, at one point using a 12-4 run to build a 12-point lead (35-23) with two minutes left before half time. Holy Cross then scored the final nine points of the half to make the score 35-32 heading into the locker room, with Keister netting seven of his points during that time.

After Army opened the second half with a layup by Jason Pancoe, the Crusaders scored the next six points and claimed their first lead of the night (38-37) on a free throw by Brown with 18:14 to play. The game stayed close for several minutes, and the score was tied at 50-50 with 11:37 to play. Holy Cross then used a 12-2 run which included dunks by Cavataio, sophomore guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.) and freshman forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.), to go in front by 10 points (62-52).

The Crusaders would extend their lead to 12 points (72-60) with just over five minutes to play, but Army refused to go away and trimmed the margin down to six (78-72) on a pair of free throws by Hence at the 1:39-mark. Holy Cross then connected on five of six free throw attempts in the final minute to hold on for the win.

The Crusaders scored a season-high 85 points, and hit 77.8 percent (21 of 27) of their shots on the foul line. Holy Cross also held a 44-32 rebounding advantage, and limited the Black Knights to just 39.7 percent shooting from the field.

The next game for the Crusaders comes on Saturday, Feb. 12, when they play host to Bucknell in a 3:30 p.m. contest at the Hart Center.