Men's Basketball Falls At Colgate In Regular Season Finale
HAMILTON, N.Y. – Freshman forward Jacob Grandison scored a game-high 16 points, but the Holy Cross men’s basketball team was defeated by Colgate 59-53 at Cotterell Court. The Crusaders fall to 11-18 on the season and 8-10 in the Patriot League with the loss, while the Raiders improve to 17-12 overall and 12-6 in the conference.
Holy Cross made 41.7 percent of its field goal attempts, 35.3 percent of its three-pointers and 87.5 percent of its free throws on the night, while holding a 34-28 rebounding advantage. Colgate was able to connect on 40.8 percent of its shots from the floor and 36.0 percent of its attempts from beyond the arc, while making 57.1 percent of its field goals and 47.1 percent of its three-pointers in the second half.
Freshman guard Austin Butler finished the day with 11 points and four rebounds for the Crusaders. Sean O’Brien led the Raiders with 13 points, five rebounds and four assists.
MAN OF THE MATCH PRESENTED BY THE UNITED STATES MARINES:
- Following the contest, Grandison was selected as the Man of the Match presented by the United States Marines.
- In addition to his 16 points, he totaled seven rebounds and two assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Holy Cross played outstanding defense from the opening tip, holding Colgate to just four points in the first 10 minutes of play.
- The Crusaders still led by just two (13-11) with five minutes left before the break, before closing out the half with a 9-1 run to take a 22-12 advantage into the locker room.
- Holy Cross increased its lead to 12 points (29-17) early in the second half, before the Raiders went on a 16-5 run to get back into the game.
- The Crusaders were still up by one point (40-39) with eight minutes left to play, when Colgate scored nine straight points to take the lead for good.
- Holy Cross was able to close to within four points twice in the final two minutes, but Colgate made all four of its free throws down the stretch to hold on for the victory.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Butler and Grandison both scored in double figures for the fifth straight game.
- With the win, the Raiders swept the regular season series from the Crusaders for the first time since 2010.
- Holy Cross will return to action in the Patriot League Tournament, which runs from Feb. 27-March 7.