Men's Basketball Defeats Lafayette 81-67 In Patriot League Opener

Jan. 10, 2009

Box Score

WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) totaled 17 points and nine rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 81-67 victory over Lafayette at the Hart Center. The Crusaders improve to 6-10 on the season and open Patriot League play at 1-0, while the Leopards fall to 4-11 overall and 0-1 in the conference. Holy Cross now stands 13-6 all-time in Patriot League openers, including an 8-2 mark under head coach Ralph Willard.

Lafayette led 8-6 after the first three and a half minutes of play, when the Crusaders went on a 13-2 run to take a 19-10 lead. Both Keister and freshman guard Devin Brown (Randallstown, Md.) scored five points during that spurt. The Leopards were able to trim the lead to four points (25-21) with 5:21 left before the break, but Holy Cross then closed out the half with an 11-3 run to take a 36-24 advantage into the locker room.

The Crusaders extended their lead to 13 points early in the second half, when Lafayette went on an 11-2 run to make the score 44-40 with 12 minutes left in regulation. But Holy Cross responded with an 8-0 spurt of its own to build the lead back to double figures, 52-40. The Leopards would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way, as the Crusaders finally pulled away for a 14-point victory.

Sophomore guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) scored 16 points for Holy Cross, while senior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) added 10 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. In all, nine different Crusaders scored at least five points. Lafayette was led by Jeff Kari with 16 points and four assists.

The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 14, when they travel to Army at 7:00 p.m.