Jan. 31, 2009
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Junior forward Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) totaled a career-high 15 points, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 67-52 victory over Lehigh at Stabler Arena. Freshman guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) added 15 points, four rebounds and three steals for the Crusaders in the win. Holy Cross improves to 11-11 overall and 6-1 in the Patriot League, while the Mountain Hawks fall to 13-8 on the season and 3-4 in the conference.
Holy Cross led 5-2 in the opening minutes of the game, when Lehigh used a 9-1 run to take an 11-6 lead. The Crusaders responded with a 14-4 spurt of their own to reclaim the lead, including a pair of three-point field goals by senior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.). Holy Cross stayed in front for the remainder of the half, eventually taking a 28-26 advantage into the locker room.
The scored stayed close early in the second half, and was tied at 42-42 with 10:31 left to play. The Crusaders then went on an 8-0 run over the next four minutes to go in front 50-42. Both Evans and sophomore forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) scored four points during that spurt. After a three-point field goal by Lehigh's Marquis Hall cut the lead to 50-45, Holy Cross scored eight straight points to go in front 58-45 with three minutes left. The Crusaders then hit five of six free throws in the final two minutes of play to secure the victory.
Holy Cross held Lehigh to 34.5 percent shooting from the field, and 17.6 percent shooting from three-point range. On the offensive end, the Crusaders hit 45.5 percent of their shots and 41.2 percent from beyond the arc.
Keister finished the game with 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Holy Cross. Lehigh was led by Marquis Hall with 14 points, three rebounds and two assists.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Feb. 7, when they travel to Lafayette for a 1:00 p.m. game.