Men’s Basketball Downs Lehigh 89-76 In Regular Season Finale
WORCESTER, Mass. — Junior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) totaled 26 points, three assists and two rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to an 89-76 victory over Lehigh at the Hart Center. With the victory, the Crusaders improve to 8-20 overall and finish the regular season in third place in the Patriot League with a 7-7 mark in conference games. The Mountain Hawks fall to 15-14 on the season and 6-8 in the league. Holy Cross will now play host to sixth-seeded Lafayette at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals.
Senior center Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) finished with 20 points, a season-high 16 rebounds and four blocked shots, for his seventh straight double-double and the 29th double-double of his collegiate career. Senior guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) added 15 points, four assists and three rebounds, while junior guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) totaled 13 points, five rebounds and two assists. The Mountain Hawks were led by C.J. McCollum with 19 points and five rebounds, and Gabe Knutson with 15 points and five boards.
Lehigh started the game hot, jumping out to a quick 9-2 in the first two and half minutes of play. The Crusaders responded with an 8-2 run, but the Mountain Hawks would eventually lead by eight points (20-12) and were still up by seven (30-23) with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Holy Cross then scored seven straight points to tie the score, and later used another 7-0 spurt to take a six-point lead (47-41). Lehigh came back to trim the margin to one point (47-46) heading into the locker room.
The Crusaders began the second half on fire, using an 8-0 run to build their lead up to nine points (55-46). Holy Cross' lead would stay between four and nine points for the next several minutes, and the Crusaders would hold a 74-68 advantage with 8:30 left to play. An 11-2 run by Holy Cross then put the game away, with Brown scoring eight of his points during that time. Lehigh would get no closer than 11 points in the closing minutes, before the Crusaders finally posted a 13-point win.
Holy Cross shot 51.7 percent from the field, 53.3 percent from three-point range and 73.1 percent at the free throw line, while holding the Mountain Hawks to 37.9 percent shooting from the floor. The Crusaders also held a 47-28 rebounding advantage, and blocked shots on the day.