Anthony Thompson
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Anthony Thompson

Crusaders Soar To 61-45 Win Over Lehigh

Holy Cross Athletics   02-12-2017

THE BASICS:

  • Score:  Holy Cross 61, Lehigh 45
  • Records: Holy Cross 13-14, 7-7 PL; Lehigh 14-11, 8-6 PL
  • Location: Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex, Worcester, Mass.
  • Date: February 12, 2017
  • The Lead: The Crusaders’ defense was outstanding as they allowed a season low 45 points, while sophomore forward Karl Charles led the team with 15 points as the Holy Cross men’s basketball team defeated Lehigh, 61-45.

 

MAN OF THE MATCH PRESENTED BY THE UNITED STATES MARINES:

  • After the game, Charles was selected as the United States Marines Man of the Match.
  • In addition to his 15 points, Charles totaled five rebounds and two assists.
  • He was also a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line.

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • The Crusaders made 45.5 percent of their field goal attempts, 37.5 percent of their three-pointers and 68.2 percent of their free throws in the game. 
  • The Crusaders held Lehigh to 29.2 percent shooting from the field and 20.0 percent from behind the arc.
  • Holy Cross posted 12 steals and forced 15 turnovers.
  • Senior guard Robert Champion recorded 13 points, six rebounds and two assists, while senior guard Anthony Thompson added 10 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals.

 

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • The 45 points are the fewest allowed by the Crusaders this season.
  • This marks the fourth time this season the Crusaders have held their opponent to 50 points or less.
  • The 29.2 field goal percentage by Lehigh is the lowest the Crusaders have allowed all season.
  • Thompson recorded a career-high nine rebounds.
  • The Crusaders are 8-3 at home this season.

 

POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE:

 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • After Tim Kempton scored the first two points for Lehigh, the Crusaders went on a 9-0 run to make the score 9-2 with 13:19 left to play in the first half.
  • Lehigh responded with a 5-0 run to make it 9-7 with 11:30 remaining in the first half.
  • The Crusaders then outscored the Mountain Hawks 7-2 to take a 16-9 lead with 9:36 to go before the break.
  • With the score now 16-13, the Crusaders scored four unanswered points to increase their lead to 20-13 with 5:28 on the clock.
  • The Mountain Hawks then outscored the Crusaders 10-6 to conclude the first half as Holy Cross took a 26-23 advantage going into the locker room.
  • Karl Charles led the Crusaders with nine points in the first half while Kempton had eight for the Mountain Hawks.
  • Lehigh opened up the second half with two points to trim the margin to one, but Holy Cross then went on an 11-0 run to increase its lead to 37-25 with 16:29 left to play.
  • With the score 37-28, the Crusaders tallied five straight points to go up 42-28 with 11:49 remaining.
  • Later with the Crusaders leading 43-35, Holy Cross used a 9-0 spurt to extend its lead to 52-35 with 5:31 remaining. 
  • After back and forth action, the Crusaders led 56-39, but Holy Cross then scored five straight points to go out to its biggest lead of the game, 61-39 with 1:30 left.
  • Lehigh concluded the game with six consecutive points to make the final score 61-45.

 

UP NEXT:

  • Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 15, when it plays host to Army West Point at 7:05 p.m.

 

BE PART OF THE ACTION:

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