February 11, 2009

Crusaders Rally To Post 62-59 Victory Over Army

Feb. 11, 2009

Box Score

WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) recorded a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 62-59 victory over Army at the Hart Center. Senior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) added 16 points, four rebounds and three assists for the Crusaders. Holy Cross improves to 13-11 overall and 8-1 in the Patriot League, while the Black Knights fall to 7-16 on the season and 3-6 in the conference.

Army started the game with a 5-0 run, and was still in front 13-8 with 10 minutes left in the first half. The Black Knights then went on a 12-0 run to go up by 17 points (25-8) with 5:47 remaining before the break. The Crusaders were able to get within eight points late in the half, before Army took a 32-20 advantage into the locker room.

Holy Cross came out of the locker room on fire to start the second half, scoring 10 straight points and eventually going in front 44-40 with 12 minutes left to play. But Army refused to go away, as the next 10 minutes featured five ties and six lead changes. The score was tied at 56-56 when Cunningham hit two free throws with 2:27 on the clock to give the Crusaders the lead for good. Cunningham then added a jumper at the 1:32-mark to put Holy Cross up 60-57, but the Crusaders made just two of six free throws in the final minute, allowing the Black Knights to stay in the game. Army's Nathan Hedgecock missed a three-point field goal at the buzzer which could have forced overtime, as Holy Cross held on to win 62-59.

Army was led by Kenny Brewer with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Josh Miller added 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Feb. 14, when they play host to Bucknell at 3:30 p.m.