Second-Half Run Lifts Holy Cross Past Men’s Basketball
WORCESTER, Mass. - College of the Holy Cross used a 20-2 second-half run that covered more than six minutes Monday night to turn a nine-point deficit in to an advantage of the same amount. The Crusaders then held off Loyola University Maryland for a 64-57 Patriot League victory at the Hart Center.
The Greyhounds (4-11 overall, 2-2 Patriot League) took a 39-30 lead on a pull-up jumper by Andrew Kostecka with 12:50 left in regulation, but Jacob Grandison scored 19 seconds later, starting a stretch of 10-straight Crusaders points.
Matt Faw and Austin Butler made threes during the stretch of 10 in a row with Butler’s giving Holy Cross (4-11, 1-3) a 40-39 advantage. Isaiah Hart momentarily stopped the rally with two points on a Loyola layup at 9:41, but the Crusaders reeled off another 10 in a row, capped by a Grandison basket at 6:27 to make it 50-41.
Andre Walker knocked down a three off a Hart assist, and Hart then hit two free throws at 5:39, drawing Loyola within four, but Matt Zignorski drove and scored at 5:12 to stretch the lead back to six.
Two Sam Norton free throws at 4:43 brought Loyola within four, and Kostecka grabbed an offensive rebound and kicked to Walker for a top-of-the-perimeter three at 4:02, getting the Greyhounds within a point, 52-51.
Loyola’s defense held the Crusaders without a shot for 29 seconds on the shot clock, but off an out-of-bounds pass from Karl Charles, Grandison hit a jumper at the buzzer to make it 54-51 Crusaders.
Chuck Champion again got the Greyhounds within a point on a basket at 2:55, but Caleb Green and Charles scored in the paint on Holy Cross’ next two possessions, and Loyola would not get closer than three for the final 90 seconds.
Champion led all players with 16 points, while Cam Gregory recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and a game-best 11 rebounds. He moved into fourth-place all-time at Loyola in career rebounds (757), passing Ed Butler (1969-73), Jimmy “Jumpshot” Smith (1972-76) and Brian Carroll (1997-2001) in the process. Hart added 12 for Loyola.
Butler tallied all 12 of his Holy Cross-leading 12 points in the second half, while Charles and Grandison each had 11.
Loyola stays on the road for its next game, a Thursday, January 11, contest at American University. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. in Washington, D.C.