BALTIMORE, Md. – Junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) scored a career-high 20 points, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 65-52 victory over Loyola (Md.) at Reitz Arena. Miller also totaled eight rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots, while hitting four of eight shots from three-point range. Holy Cross improves to 18-11 on the season and 12-5 in the Patriot League with the win, while wrapping up the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament. The Greyhounds fall to 10-18 overall and 5-12 in the league.
The Crusaders made just 36.7 percent of their field goal attempts on the night (18 of 49), but were able to connect on 84.0 percent of their free throws (21 of 25). Holy Cross also held a 36-27 rebounding advantage and committed just seven turnovers. Loyola made 42.6 percent of its attempts from the floor (20 of 47) and 50.0 percent of its foul shots (nine of 18).
The game was close early on, and the score was tied at 12-12 with 11 minutes remaining in the first half. The Crusaders scored the next five points to pull ahead, before the Greyhounds used a quick 6-0 spurt of their own to go in front 18-17. Neither team would lead by more than three points for the remainder of the half, before Loyola took a 30-27 advantage into the locker room.
The Greyhounds expanded their lead to six points (33-27) early in the second half, before Holy Cross went on a 10-2 run to pull back in front. The Crusaders were still up by just two points (42-40) with 10 minutes left to play, when they used an 8-1 spurt to put the game away. Loyola would get no closer than nine points in the game's final four minutes, as Holy Cross pulled away for a 13-point win.
Sophomore guard Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.) finished the night with 12 points and six rebounds, while freshman guard Anthony Thompson (Glenn Dale, Md.) added 12 points and four assists. Freshman forward Malachi Alexander (Bowie, Md.) narrowly missed a double-double, totaling nine points and 10 rebounds. The Greyhounds were led by Franz Rassman with 15 points.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, March 1, when it plays host to Boston University in its regular season finale.