Holy Cross Downed By Bucknell 60-56

Devin Brown

WORCESTER, Mass. — Senior center Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) posted the 25th double double of his collegiate career with 13 points and 11 rebounds, but the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Bucknell 60-56 at the Hart Center. Following the contest, Keister received the Martin J. O'Malley Award as the most valuable player of the Crusaders' Winter Homecoming game. Holy Cross falls to 5-19 overall and 4-6 in the Patriot League with the loss, while the Bison improve to 18-8 overall and 8-1 in the conference.

Junior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) also had an outstanding day for Holy Cross, finishing with 20 points on six of 10 shooting from the field. Mike Muscala led Bucknell with 15 points and seven rebounds, despite making just six of 14 field goal attempts.

The Crusaders started the game hot, scoring the first seven points of the day. After the Bison had trimmed the margin to three points, Holy Cross used a 12-4 spurt to increase its lead to 11 points (23-12) with 7:58 to play in the half. But Bucknell came back with a 12-0 run of its own over the next five minutes to claim its first lead of the game. The Crusaders would eventually take a slim 29-28 advantage into the locker room.

The Bison came out strong at the beginning of the second half, using a 13-4 run to claim a nine-point lead (42-33). Bucknell was still up by eight points (47-39) with nine minutes to play, before Holy Cross worked its way back into the game with a 9-1 spurt. The Bison had built their lead back to five points with three minutes to go, before Keister converted an old fashioned three-point play to make the score 54-52. On the Crusaders' next possession, Keister tipped in a missed shot to tie the score at 54-54 with 1:07 to play. But Bucknell's Bryson Johnson would then connect on a three-point field goal to put the Bison back in front for good, 57-54. After a layup by Brown cur the lead to 57-56, Muscala converted a three-point play for Bucknell to conclude the scoring.

Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 16, when it plays host to Navy at 7:00 p.m.