Feb. 7, 2009
EASTON, Pa. - Sophomore forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 64-50 victory over Lafayette at the Allan P. Kirby Sports Center. Keister had a perfect day shooting the ball, making all seven of his field goal attempts and both of his free throws. Holy Cross improves to 12-11 overall and 7-1 in the Patriot League, while the Leopards fall to 6-17 on the season and 2-6 in the conference.
The score was close throughout a first half which included seven ties and six lead changes. After Lafayette opened the game with a three-point field goal, Holy Cross scored eight straight points to go in front 8-3. The Leopards came back to tie the score at 8-8, and neither team would lead by more than four points for the rest of the half. The teams eventually went into the locker room tied at 30-30.
Lafayette started the second half with a 7-4 run, to go in front 37-34 with 17 minutes left to play. But the Crusaders responded with an 11-0 spurt over the next four minutes to take a 45-37 lead. The Leopards came back to score the next four points, before Holy Cross used a 10-1 run to go in front 55-42 and put the game away. The Crusaders led by at least 10 points the rest of the way, before finally winning 64-50.
Freshman guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) finished with 11 points, three rebounds and three steals for Holy Cross. Senior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) added 10 points, five assists and three steals, while sophomore guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) had 10 points and three rebounds. Lafayette was led by Ryan Willen with 17 points and seven rebounds.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 11, when they play host to Army at 7:00 p.m.