Men's Basketball Downs New Hampshire Behind Butler's 16 Points
WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman guard Austin Butler scored a career-high 16 points to lead the Holy Cross men’s basketball team to a 62-58 victory over New Hampshire at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. The Crusaders improve to 3-6 on the season with the win, while the Wildcats fall to 2-8 overall.
Holy Cross played outstanding defense, holding the Wildcats to 32.8 percent shooting from the floor while forcing 14 turnovers. The Crusaders made 40.7 percent of their shots from the field on the offensive end, including 40.7 percent from three-point range.
Freshman guard Caleb Green finished the day with 12 points and two assists, while junior guard Karl Charles added 10 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals. Tanner Leissner led New Hampshire with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
MAN OF THE MATCH PRESENTED BY THE UNITED STATES MARINES:
- Following the contest, Butler was selected as the Man of the Match presented by the United States Marines.
- He hit five of eight field goal attempts in the game, including four of seven shots from three-point range.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The game was close throughout a first half which featured two ties and six lead changes.
- Holy Cross was up 15-12 with 8:15 remaining before the break, when the Wildcats went on a 7-0 run to pull in front.
- The Crusaders responded by closing out the half with a 12-3 spurt to claim a 27-22 advantage heading into the locker room.
- Both teams struggled to score early in the second half, and Holy Cross led 31-28 with 14 minutes left to play.
- Butler then hit a three-pointer and converted a three-point play to give the Crusaders their biggest lead of the night (37-28) with 13 minutes to go.
- Holy Cross held onto a single-digit lead for several minutes, and was up 47-43 with 4:43 remaining.
- Butler hit three-pointers on each of the Crusaders’ next two possessions to make the score 53-45, and a three-point play by junior forward Jehyve Floyd later put Holy Cross up 58-50 with 1:19 left.
- The Crusaders then held on for the win, despite making just four of eight free throws in the final minute.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Floyd finished the game with a career-high and team-best nine rebounds, in addition to scoring nine points.
- The Crusaders set season highs for three-point field goals made (11) and three-point percentage (40.7), while posting a season low seven turnovers.
- Holy Cross had assists on 86.4 percent of its made field goals (19 of 22).
- The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Crusaders.
- Holy Cross returns to action on Tuesday, Dec. 19, when it plays host to Iona at 7:05 p.m.
BE PART OF THE ACTION:
- 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.