Men's Basketball Edged By Colgate in Patriot League Opener
WORCESTER, Mass. – Four different players scored in double figures, but the Holy Cross men’s basketball team was defeated by Colgate 79-74 at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. The Crusaders fall to 3-9 on the season and 0-1 in the Patriot League with the loss, while the Raiders improve to 6-6 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
Junior forward Jehyve Floyd tied his career-high by scoring a team-best 15 points of seven of 11 shooting from the field. Freshman guard Austin Butler added 14 points, six rebounds and three assists, while junior forward Karl Charles (11 points) and freshman forward Jacob Grandison (10 points) also scored in double digits. Jordan Swopshire led Colgate with a game-high 22 points.
The Raiders made 50.0 percent of their field goal attempts on the night, including 48.1 percent from three-point range. The Crusaders were able to hit 49.2 percent of their shots from the floor, but only made 37.9 percent from beyond the arc. Colgate also held a 38-27 rebounding advantage.
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.
- In addition to his 15 points, he posted three rebounds and two steals.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The game was close throughout a first half which featured four ties and four lead changes.
- The Raiders held a 26-20 advantage with 8:58 left before the break, when Holy Cross scored nine straight points to go in front by three (29-26).
- The score was eventually tied at 36-36 heading into the locker room.
- The game was later tied at 48-48 with 13:24 left to play, when the Crusaders used a quick 5-1 spurt to take their biggest lead of the night (53-49).
- Colgate responded with a 7-0 run to pull back in front, and would go on to take a 10-point lead (73-63) with 2:21 remaining.
- Holy Cross refused to go quietly, and would close to within three points (77-74) with 21 seconds left after back-to-back three-pointers by Butler.
- But Swopshire made a breakaway dunk on the ensuing in-bounds play, and the Raiders held on for the win.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- The Crusaders made 11 of 29 shots from three-point range, and have now hit at least 11 three-pointers in three of their last four games.
- Holy Cross falls to 16-12 all-time in its opening Patriot League game of the season.
- Holy Cross returns to action on Tuesday, Jan. 2, when it travels to Lafayette for a 7:00 p.m. game.
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