Feb. 14, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Bucknell's G.W. Boon totaled 16 points and six rebounds, to lead the Bison to a 72-66 victory over the Holy Cross men's basketball team to at the Hart Center. Following the game, Boon received the Martin J. O'Malley Award as the most valuable player of the Crusaders' Winter Homecoming game. Holy Cross falls to 13-12 overall and 8-2 in the Patriot League, while Bucknell improves to 6-19 on the season and 3-8 in the conference.
The Bison opened the game by making four of their first five shots to jump out to a quick 10-6 lead. The Crusaders came back with a 17-4 run over the next five minutes to go in front by nine (23-14) with 11:32 left in the first half. But Bucknell refused to go away, coming back to tie the score at 30-30 with two minutes remaining before the break. Holy Cross eventually took a slim 32-30 lead into the locker room.
Bucknell started the second half on fire, using a 14-0 run to take a 44-32 lead with 16 minutes left in the game. Boon made three consecutive three-point field goals to close out that spurt, putting the Bison in the lead for good. The Crusaders responded with a 7-0 run of their own to keep things interesting, before Bucknell built its lead up to 14 points (59-45) with 5:39 remaining. Holy Cross came back with an 11-2 spurt to stay in the game, but would get no closer than four points down the stretch. The Bison made nine of 12 free throws in the final two minutes to hold on for the win.
Sophomore guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) led the Crusaders with 18 points and three assists, while sophomore forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) posted his third straight double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Senior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) added 13 points, six assists and five rebounds for Holy Cross. Bucknell's Patrick Behan totaled 23 points and eight rebounds, while Darryl Shazier had 17 points and six assists.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 18, when they play host to Navy at 7:00 p.m.