EASTON, Pa. – Senior center Phil Beans (Toledo, Ohio) totaled 14 points and three rebounds, but the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Lafayette 63-53 at the Allan P. Kirby Sports Center. Beans made four of eight attempts from three-point range on the night, to tie his career-high for three-pointers made. Holy Cross falls to 10-9 on the season and 2-2 in the Patriot League with the loss, while Lafayette improves to 9-12 overall and 2-2 in the conference.
Junior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) finished with 13 points and five rebounds for the Crusaders, while sophomore guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) added 10 points and five assists. The Leopards were led by Seth Hinrichs with 16 points and six rebounds, and Bryce Scott with 16 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Lafayette started the game hot, jumping out to a quick 12-2 lead after the first six minutes of play. Holy Cross was able to trim the margin down to six points (14-8), before a 7-2 run put the Leopards up by 11 (21-10). Lafayette was still up by nine (23-14) with a minute left before the break, when Beans hit a pair of three-pointers to make the score 23-20 heading into the locker room.
The Leopards scored the first eight points of the second half to extend their lead back to double digits, but the Crusaders were able to trim the margin back down to six points (36-30) with 14:19 left in regulation. But Holy Cross then went cold from the field, and Lafayette used a 11-0 spurt over the next 7:40 to take a 17-point lead (47-30). The Crusaders responded with a 13-4 run to close to within eight points (51-43) with 3:46 remaining, and would eventually get the margin down to seven points (56-49) with 1:21 left on the clock. But the Leopards would hit all five of their free throw attempts in the final minute to hold on for the win.
Holy Cross held a slim 37-34 rebounding advantage on the night, but also had 11 turnovers to only six for Lafayette.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Jan. 26, when they play host to Bucknell in a 4:00 p.m. game which will be shown live on the CBS Sports Network.