Crusaders Downed By Massachusetts 64-50
AMHERST, Mass. – Junior forward Jehyve Floyd posted 12 points and five rebounds, but the Holy Cross men’s basketball team was defeated by Massachusetts 64-50 at the William D. Mullins Memorial Center. The Crusaders fall to 2-6 on the season with the loss, while the Minutemen improve to 4-5 overall.
Holy Cross made just 36.0 percent of its field goal attempts on the night, including 25.0 percent in the second half. UMass only hit 39.1 percent of its shots from the floor, but connected on 90.9 percent of its free throws and held a 36-25 rebounding advantage.
Freshman guard Caleb Green totaled 10 points, three rebounds and two assists for the Crusaders, while junior forward Karl Charles and freshman forward Jacob Grandison added nine points each. Luwane Pipkins led the Minutemen with 13 points, four rebounds and four assists.
MAN OF THE MATCH PRESENTED BY THE UNITED STATES MARINES:
- Following the contest, Floyd was selected as the Man of the Match presented by the United States Marines.
- He hit four of six field goal attempts and four of six free throws to account for his 12 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Holy Cross started the game by jumping out to an early 8-2 lead, with five of those points coming from Charles.
- The Crusaders held onto a small lead for several minutes and were later up 19-15 with 8:33 left before the break.
- UMass then went on an 8-0 run to pull in front, and would eventually hold a 34-31 advantage at halftime.
- The Minutemen started the second half with a 6-0 spurt and were later up 43-34 with 13 minutes left to play.
- Holy Cross scored the next four points to close the margin to five (43-38), before once again going cold from the field.
- UMass used a 12-0 run over the next six minutes to build its lead to 17 points (55-38), and would then cruise to a 14-point victory.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Floyd and Green have both scored in double figures six times this season, tying for the team lead.
- Grandison tied his career-high with nine points scored.
- Holy Cross now leads the all-time series with UMass 36-22, but the Minutemen have won the last five meetings.
- The Crusaders have lost six straight games, their longest losing streak since dropping the first eight games of the 2010-2011 season.
- Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 9, when it plays host to New Hampshire at 3:05 p.m.
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- Tickets to see the Crusaders are on sale now. Make sure you don't miss the opportunity to see the best collegiate basketball in Central Massachusetts! Tickets for Holy Cross basketball can be purchased online at GoHolyCross.com/tickets or over the phone by calling 1-844-GOCROSS.