Men's Basketball Rallies Past Loyola (Md.) 64-57
WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman guard Austin Butler scored all 12 of his points in the second half as the Holy Cross men’s basketball team rallied from 11 down to defeat Loyola (Md.) 64-57 at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. The Crusaders improve to 4-11 on the season and 1-3 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Greyhounds fall to 4-11 overall and 2-2 in the conference.
Holy Cross made 50.0 percent of its field goal attempts on the night, including 66.7 percent in the second half. The Crusaders were also able to hold Loyola to 39.2 percent shooting from the floor while forcing 12 turnovers.
Freshman forward Jacob Grandison finished with 11 points and seven rebounds, while junior forward Karl Charles added 11 points, three rebounds and two assists. The Greyhounds were led by Chuck Champion with 16 points, three rebounds and two assists.
MAN OF THE MATCH PRESENTED BY THE UNITED STATES MARINES:
- Following the contest, Grandison was selected as the Man of the Match presented by the United States Marines.
- He scored in double figures for the third time this season, while setting a new career high for rebounds.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Loyola held an early 5-3 lead after the first two minutes of play, before Holy Cross went on a 12-2 run to go in front by eight (15-7).
- The Greyhounds responded with a 15-3 spurt to pull back in front, and eventually held a 24-22 edge at halftime.
- Loyola started the second half with an 11-2 run to claim its biggest lead of the night (35-24) with 15:57 left to play.
- The Greyhounds were still up by nine (39-30) a few minutes later, when the Crusaders used a 20-2 spurt to take the lead for good.
- Butler scored eight of his points during that run, while Grandison added six.
- Loyola was able to trim the margin to one point twice in the closing minutes, but Holy Cross hit six of eight free throws in the final 35 seconds to hold on for the win.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- The Crusaders broke a five-game losing streak with the win, picking up their first victory since Dec. 9.
- The win was Holy Cross’ first this season after trailing at halftime.
- Junior guard Patrick Benzan grabbed a season-best nine rebounds, coming up just one shy of his career high.
- Holy Cross returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 11, when it travels to Navy for a 7:00 p.m. game.
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