Crusaders Drop Turnpike Trophy Game To Boston University
WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman guard Austin Butler totaled 11 points and six rebounds, but the Holy Cross men’s basketball team was defeated by Boston University 54-40 at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. The Crusaders fall to 4-13 on the season and 1-5 in the Patriot League with the loss, while the Terriers improve to 9-8 overall and 5-1 in the conference.
Holy Cross made just 32.6 percent of its field goal attempts on the day, including only 20.8 percent from three-point range. Boston University was able to connect on 45.7 percent of its shots from the floor and 46.2 percent of its three-pointers, while holding a 36-26 rebounding advantage.
Freshman forward Jacob Grandison finished with seven points, three rebounds and two assists, while junior forward Jehyve Floyd added six points and five boards. Cedric Hankerson led the Terriers with 10 points, and Tyler Scanlon totaled eight points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.
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 connected on three of six field goal attempts, two of five three-pointers and three of four free throws on the day.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The game was close throughout a first half which featured three ties and seven lead changes.
- The Crusaders led 15-11 with 8:36 left before the break, before Boston University scored seven straight points to pull in front.
- The Terriers eventually held a 25-23 edge at halftime.
- Boston University held onto a small lead early in the second half, and was up 31-29 with 14 minutes left in regulation.
- The Terriers scored eight of the next 10 points to go in front by eight, and were up 41-35 with 7:34 remaining.
- A 7-0 run then gave Boston University a commanding 48-35 advantage, and Holy Cross would get no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Butler has now scored in double figures seven times this season, while leading the team in scoring four times.
- The Crusaders’ 40 points were their fewest since scoring only 39 points at Pittsburgh on Dec. 23, 2014.
THE TURNPIKE TROPHY:
- The game between the Crusaders and the Terriers was part of the third annual Turnpike Trophy competition, in which Boston University now holds a 6-3 lead.
- Scanlon was selected as the game’s Turnpike Trophy MVP.
- This athletic series between the in-state Patriot League rivals awards points for all head-to-head victories in both the regular season and postseason, with the Turnpike Trophy going to the school which accumulates the most points at the end of the academic year.
- The next Turnpike Trophy match-up comes on Feb. 10, when both the men’s and women’s basketball teams face off.
- Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 17, when it plays host to Army West Point at 7:05 p.m.
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