Crusaders Suffer 77-70 Loss To Lafayette

Andrew Beinert

WORCESTER, Mass. — Senior center Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) totaled 18 points, 15 rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots, but the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated 77-70 by Lafayette at the Hart Center in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament. Keister posted the 30th double-double of his collegiate career, including one in each of his final eight games. Holy Cross ends the season with an overall record of 8-21, while Lafayette improves to 12-18 and advances to the Patriot League semifinals, where it will face American on Sunday, March 6.

Senior guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) totaled 14 points, six assists and four rebounds for the Crusaders, while junior guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) added 12 points, five rebounds and three steals. Freshman forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) finished with 11 points and four rebounds, and junior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) scored eight points, including the 1,000th point of his collegiate career. Brown now has 1,006 career points, and becomes the 45th 1,000-point scorer in school history.

The Leopards were led by Ryan Willen with 19 points and seven rebounds, and Jim Mower with 13 points and three rebounds.

Lafayette opened the game by jumping out to a 14-6 lead after the first five minutes of play. The Leopards would extend their edge to 10 points (31-21) with five minutes left in the first half, before the Crusaders closed out the half on a 7-2 run to trail 33-28 heading into the locker room.

Early in the second half, Lafayette held onto a small lead, and would eventually extend its advantage back to eight points (57-49) with 8:35 remaining. Holy Cross then went on an 11-4 run, trimming the margin to just one point (61-60) with 4:42 to go on a three-pointer by Brown. The Crusaders would close the gap to one point again (67-66) with 2:28 remaining on a pair of free throws by Cavataio, and would have three possessions in the final two minutes trailing by three points or less. But Holy Cross was unable to complete the come back, as the Leopards hit all four of their free throws in the final minute to hold on for the win.