Crusaders Drop Close Game At Lafayette, 60-52

Jan. 12, 2008

Box Score

EASTON, Pa. -- Freshman guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) scored a career-high 15 points, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Lafayette 60-52 at the Allan P. Kirby Sports Center. The Crusaders fall to 9-5 overall and 0-1 in the Patriot League, while the Leopards improve to 10-6 on the season and 1-0 in the conference.

The score was close during the early parts of the first half, and the Crusaders held a 15-13 lead after nine minutes of play. But the Leopards then went on a 9-0 to take the lead, as Holy Cross went over five minutes without scoring a point. Lafayette's lead would grow as large as 11 points (29-18) with four minutes left in the half, before the Leopards took a 33-24 advantage into the locker room.

Lafayette was still up by nine (38-29) with 16:30 left in the second half, when the Crusaders went on an 8-2 run to get back into the game. The Leopards would hold onto a small lead for the next several minutes, until Beinert hit a three-pointer with 5:01 remaining to put Holy Cross in the lead, 50-48. But the Crusaders would score just two more points the rest of the way, and Lafayette's Matt Betley hit a pair of key three-pointers down the stretch to lead the Leopards to the win.

Senior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) finished with 11 points, five rebounds and three blocks, while junior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) had 12 points and seven rebounds. Bilal Abdullah led Lafayette with 14 points and eight rebounds.

Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, January 16, when it plays host to Army in a 7:00 p.m. game at the Hart Center.