Butler's 22 Points Not Enough As Crusaders Fall At Lehigh
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Freshman guard Austin Butler scored a career-high 22 points, but the Holy Cross men’s basketball team was defeated by Lehigh 83-77 at Stabler Arena. The Crusaders fall to 3-11 on the season and 0-3 in the Patriot League with the loss, while the Mountain Hawks improve to 7-7 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
Lehigh shot the ball extremely well, hitting 52.7 percent of its field goal attempts and 57.7 percent of its shots from three-point range. Holy Cross was able to connect of 50.0 percent of its shots from the floor and 44.4 percent of its attempts from beyond the arc.
Junior forward Jehyve Floyd finished the night with 16 points, eight rebounds, four blocked shots and two assists. Junior forward Karl Charles added 11 points, four steals, three assists and two rebounds, while freshman forward Matt Faw posted 11 points and two boards. The Mountain Hawks were led by Lance Tejada with 25 points and five assists.
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 eight of 16 field goal attempts, including six of 10 shots from three-point range.
- Butler also recorded five rebounds and two assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Crusaders started the game by scoring the first 12 points, and went on to take a 19-3 lead with 12:55 left in the first half.
- Lehigh responded with a 12-0 run of its own to get back into the game, and went on to take its first lead of the night (33-32) with 4:26 left before the break.
- The Mountain Hawks eventually took a 45-40 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
- Lehigh extended its lead to double digits early in the second half, and was up by 16 (67-51) with 10 minutes left in regulation.
- Holy Cross refused to go quietly, going on a 15-2 run over the next five minutes to make it a three-point game (69-66).
- The Mountain Hawks were back up by eight (78-70) with 1:53 remaining, before the Crusaders used a 7-2 spurt to cut the deficit to two points (79-77 with 21.3 seconds to go).
- But Lehigh was able to hit all four of its free throws in the final 20 seconds to hold on for the victory.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Floyd set new career highs for both points (16) and blocks (four).
- Holy Cross’ 12 three-pointers made tied a season high.
- Freshman forward Jacob Grandison handed out a career-best five assists.
- Holy Cross returns to action on Monday, Jan. 8, when it plays host to Loyola (Md.) at 7:05 p.m.
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