Feb. 21, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sophomore guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) totaled 18 points and three assists, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by American 56-50 at Bender Arena. Beinert made seven of 11 field goal attempts on the day, including four of six shots from three-point range. Holy Cross falls to 14-13 overall and 9-3 in the Patriot League, while American improves to 19-7 on the season and 11-1 in the conference.
The Crusaders played outstanding defense early in game, allowing American to make just one of its first 17 shots from the field, but led just 6-2 with nine minutes left in the first half. The Eagles came back with a 15-4 run of their own to pull in front by seven points (17-10), before Holy Cross closed out the half with an 8-2 spurt to cut the lead to one point (19-18) heading into the locker room.
American then started the second half on fire, using an 11-0 run to go in front 30-18 with 17 minutes left to play. The Eagles eventually led by 13 points, before the Crusaders used a 12-4 spurt to make the score 40-35 with 10 minutes remaining. Beinert scored nine points during that run, sinking three three-point shots. Holy Cross was able to close within three points (49-46) with two and a half minutes left, but was not able to get any closer before American made five of seven free throws in the final minute of play to hold on for the win.
Sophomore forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) finished the game with 13 points and 12 rebounds, for his seventh double-double of the season. The Eagles were led by Garrison Carr with 28 points.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 25, when they travel to Colgate for a 7:00 p.m. game.