Holy Cross Suffers 60-48 Setback At Lafayette
EASTON, Pa. – Lafayette guard Alex Petrie scored a career-high 29 points to lead the Leopards to a 60-48 victory over the Holy Cross men’s basketball team at the Kirby Sports Center. The Crusaders fall to 3-10 on the season and 0-2 in the Patriot League with the loss, while Lafayette improves to 3-10 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
The Leopards made just 37.7 percent of their field goal attempts on the night, but were able to connect on 46.4 percent of their shots in the second half. Holy Cross hit only 33.3 percent of its shots from the floor, including 8.3 percent from three-point range.
Junior forward Karl Charles led the Crusaders with 13 points and four rebounds. Freshman guard Caleb Green added 11 points and three rebounds, while junior forward Jehyve Floyd finished with 10 points and five rebounds.
MAN OF THE MATCH PRESENTED BY THE UNITED STATES MARINES:
- Following the contest, Charles was selected as the Man of the Match presented by the United States Marines.
- His 13 points came on three of seven shooting from the floor and six of eight shooting at the charity stripe.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The game was close early on, with Holy Cross holding an 11-10 lead after the first 10 minutes of play.
- The Crusaders then used an 8-3 run to take a six-point lead (19-13), and were still up by six (21-15) with two minutes left before the break.
- Lafayette tied up the game by scoring the next five points, before freshman forward Connor Niego hit a three-pointer to give Holy Cross a 24-21 halftime lead.
- The Leopards opened the second half with a 10-3 run to claim their first lead of the night.
- Lafayette increased its advantage to seven points (43-36) with 10 minutes remaining, before the Crusaders scored five straight points to close to within two (43-41).
- But Petrie hit a three-pointer on the Leopards’ next possession, and Holy Cross would get no closer than five points the rest of the way as Lafayette pulled away for a 12-point victory.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- The Crusaders made just two of 24 shots from three-point range (8.3 percent), their worst percentage from beyond the arc since hitting one of 20 three-pointers (5.0 percent) at Providence on Nov. 27, 2012.
- Holy Cross is off to an 0-2 start in the Patriot League for the first time since 2014-2015, when it began conference play 0-3.
- Holy Cross returns to action on Friday, Jan. 5, when it travels to Lehigh for a 6:00 p.m. game.
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