Crusaders Downed By Fairleigh Dickinson
HACKENSACK, N.J. – Freshman guard Caleb Green scored a career-high 22 points, but the Holy Cross men’s basketball team was defeated by Fairleigh Dickinson 87-76 at Stratis Arena at the Rothman Center. The Crusaders fall to 2-2 on the season with the loss, while the Knights improve to 3-2 overall.
Fairleigh Dickinson hit 56.6 percent of its field goal attempts and 40.0 percent of its three-pointers on the day, in addition to holding a 37-27 rebounding advantage. Holy Cross was able to make 48.3 percent of its shots from the floor and 34.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Junior forward Karl Charles totaled 17 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals, while junior forward Jehyve Floyd added 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks. The Knights were led by Darnell Edge with 23 points and six assists.
MAN OF THE MATCH PRESENTED BY THE UNITED STATES MARINES:
- Following the contest, Green was selected as the Man of the Match presented by the United States Marines.
- In addition to his 22 points, he totaled two rebounds, two assists and two steals.
- Green connected on eight of 14 field goal attempts, including three of five shots from three-point range.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The game was close throughout a first half which featured two ties and nine lead changes.
- Fairleigh Dickinson led 27-26 with four minutes left before the break, when the Crusaders went on a 10-2 run to pull in front by seven (36-29).
- But the Knights responded with an 8-0 spurt to close out the half and held a 37-36 advantage heading into the locker room.
- Holy Cross opened the second half with a 5-0 run to pull back in front, and held on to a small lead for the next several minutes.
- The Crusaders were up by seven (62-55) with eight minutes remaining, when Fairleigh Dickinson used a 17-2 run to reclaim the lead.
- Holy Cross would get no closer than four points the rest of the way, as the Knights eventually pulled away for an 11-point victory.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Junior guard Patrick Benzan finished the day with a career-high six steals.
- Green has now scored in double figures in all four games this season, while Floyd has hit double digits in three straight games.
- Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 25, when it plays host to Albany at 1:05 p.m.
BE PART OF THE ACTION:
- Season and single-game tickets to see the Crusaders are on sale now. Make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to see the best collegiate basketball in Central Massachusetts! Tickets for Holy Cross basketball can be purchased online at GoHolyCross.com/tickets or over the phone by calling 1-844-GOCROSS.