Holy Cross Knocks Off Boston University 73-62
WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior forward Jehyve Floyd totaled 18 points, five rebounds, four blocked shots and three assists, to lead the Holy Cross men’s basketball team to a 73-62 victory over Boston University at Case Gymnasium. The Crusaders improve to 9-16 on the season and 6-8 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Terriers fall to 12-13 overall and 8-6 in the conference.
Holy Cross made 48.3 percent of its field goal attempts and a season-best 94.1 percent of its free throws on the day. The Crusaders also held Boston University to 35.2 percent shooting from the floor, including just 20.0 percent from three-point range.
Junior guard Patrick Benzan finished the game with 15 points, four rebounds and two steals. Freshman forward Jacob Grandison added 14 points, five boards and two assists, while freshman guard Austin Butler chipped in with 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. The Terriers were led by Tyler Scanlon with 19 points and eight rebounds.
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 eight of 14 field goal attempts on the day, in addition to making both of his free throws.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Holy Cross opened the game by jumping out to an early 8-3 lead after the first four minutes of play.
- Boston University responded with an 8-2 run to pull in front, and went on to take a 25-16 advantage with 6:47 left in the first half.
- But the Crusaders came back with a 16-4 spurt to close out the half, taking a 32-29 edge into the locker room.
- The game remained close early in the second half, and the score was tied at 39-39 with 16 minutes remaining.
- Holy Cross then scored 10 straight points to take the lead for good, with Floyd and freshman forward Connor Niego both netting four points during that run.
- The Crusaders would eventually lead by as many as 15 points, and the Terriers would get no closer than seven points in the final five minutes before Holy Cross eventually posted an 11-point victory.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Holy Cross snapped a four-game losing streak against Boston University with the win.
- Benzan’s 15 points were his most since scoring 18 points against Harvard in the second game of the year.
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 7-4 lead.
- Floyd 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 from Feb. 14-17, when the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams square off at the Patriot League Championship in Annapolis, Md.
- Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 14, when it travels to Army West Point for a 7:00 p.m. game.
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