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Meister, Crusaders block out Knights.

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Senior center Eric Meister had 10 points, 9 rebounds and a school-record 9 blocked shots to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team over Army, 70-56, last night at Christl Arena.

Meister broke the HC single-game mark of seven blocked shots, which had been shared by Josh Sankes (2000) and Tim Clifford (2008).

In the teams' first meeting this season, an Army 67-64 win on Jan. 13 at the Hart Center, Meister mustered only two points and one rebound without a blocked shot in 13 minutes.

After last night's action, only three games separated the Patriot League's eight teams. Holy Cross (7-17 overall) is sixth in the league but at 4-5 is only two games behind leaders Navy and Lehigh. Last night, Navy won at Lehigh, 85-78.

Sophomore guard Mike Cavataio enjoyed a big night for the Crusaders, recording 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Sophomore guard R.J. Evans added 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists, and junior guard Andrew Beinert chipped in with 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists, connecting on 3 of 4 3-point attempts.

Cleveland Richard had 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists to lead the Black Knights (13-10, 3-6). Josh Miller, who torched the Crusaders for 22 points in the first meeting, was held to 5 points on 2-of-9 shooting.

The Crusaders led, 8-7, after the first five minutes, then went on a 9-1 run, and Cavataio hit a jumper with 12:05 left to give HC a 20-11 lead.

HC had a 32-21 lead with 3:51 to play in the half before Army closed with a 6-0 run.

Early in the second half, the Crusaders still led by five before running off the next 10 points, a spurt capped by a Cavataio three-point play with 11:37 remaining for a 46-31 lead.

Holy Cross led by as many as 21 points (63-42) with 2:38 to play.

The Crusaders shot 55.3 percent from the field (26 of 47), as opposed to 37.5 percent (20 of 48) in their first game against Army. HC was 7 of 14 from 3-point range and held Black Knights to 32.2 percent shooting (19 of 59), 8 of 22 on 3-pointers.

Holy Cross travels to Bucknell (9-15, 4-4) for a 2 p.m. game Sunday that will be broadcast on CBS College Sports. The Bison is tied for fourth in the Patriot League with defending champion American.

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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Feb 11, 2010
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