Grandison Lifts Men's Basketball Over Army West Point
WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman forward Jacob Grandison hit a pair of three-point field goals on back-to-back possessions in the final two minutes, as the Holy Cross men’s basketball team defeated Army West Point 70-66 at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. The Crusaders improve to 5-13 on the season and 2-5 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Black Knights fall to 11-7 overall and 4-3 in the conference.
Army held a 64-62 lead with less than two minutes to play, before Grandison’s three-pointers put Holy Cross up 68-64 with 38.2 seconds remaining. After the Black Knights trimmed the margin to 68-66, senior guard Patrick Benzan knocked down both ends of a one-and-one with 18.9 seconds on the clock to secure the win.
The game was close early on, with the Crusaders holding a 9-8 lead at the 15:17-mark of the first half. Holy Cross then went on a 25-5 run to take a 21-point lead (34-13) with 6:25 left before the break. Army would later close out the half with a 10-2 spurt, and the Crusaders led by 11 (41-30) heading into the locker room.
Holy Cross was still up by 11 (52-41) with 11:53 remaining, when the Black Knights scored 10 straight points to make it a 52-51 game. Neither team would lead by more than four points the rest of the way, before the Crusaders eventually pulled out the victory.
MAN OF THE MATCH PRESENTED BY THE UNITED STATES MARINES:
- Following the contest, junior forward Jehyve Floyd was selected as the Man of the Match presented by the United States Marines.
- Floyd totaled 18 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots on the night, while hitting seven of nine field goal attempts.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Holy Cross made 50.0 percent of its field goal attempts, 40.7 percent of its three-pointers and 75.0 percent of its free throws on the night.
- Army was able to connect on 42.1 percent of its shots from the floor and 39.3 percent of its attempts from beyond the arc.
- The Crusaders posted a season-low six turnovers.
- Freshman guard Caleb Green finished with 15 points, four rebounds and two assists.
- Junior forward Karl Charles added 11 points, five assists and two rebounds.
- The Black Knights were led by Matt Wilson with 17 points and seven rebounds.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Floyd set a new career high with 18 points, while tying his career high with four blocked shots.
- Holy Cross made 50 percent of its field goal attempts for the fifth time this season.
- The Crusaders hit 11 three-pointers, marking the fifth time in the last 10 games they have made at least 11 treys.
- Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 20, when it travels to Bucknell for a 12:00 p.m. game.
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