2016 Patriot League Champions
2016 Patriot League Champions

Crusaders Win Patriot League Championship

Holy Cross Athletics   03-09-2016

THE BASICS:

  • Score:  Holy Cross 59, Lehigh 56
  • Event: Patriot League Championship Game
  • Records: Holy Cross 14-19; Lehigh 17-15
  • Location: Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, Pa.
  • Date: March 9, 2016
  • The Lead: Junior forward Malachi Alexander totaled 26 points, nine rebounds and three assists, as the Holy Cross men’s basketball team defeated Lehigh 59-56 in the championship game of the Patriot League Tournament at Stabler Arena.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Both teams struggled to score early on, as the Crusaders held a 5-4 lead with 12:48 left in the first half.
  • Holy Cross then went on a 15-2 run over the next seven minutes to take a 14-point lead (20-6), with senior guard Eric Green scoring seven points during that span.
  • The Crusader lead would stay in double figures for the remainder of the half, and would stand at 25-14 heading into the locker room.
  • The Mountain Hawks opened the second half with an 8-3 spurt, closing the margin to six points (28-22) with 16:35 left to play.
  • The Holy Cross lead would stay in single digits for the next nine minutes, and would shrink down to four points (44-40) with 7:23 on the clock.
  • Green then hit a jumper, before freshman forward Karl Charles hit two straight baskets to put the Crusaders back up by 10 (50-40).
  • Holy Cross later led 55-46 with 3:45 to go, when Lehigh scored eight straight points to make the score 55-54 with 1:21 to go.
  • On each of the Crusaders next two possessions, Alexander was fouled and hit both ends of a one-and-one twice in a row, giving Holy Cross a 59-56 lead with 25.6 seconds remaining.
  • The Mountain Hawks had one final possession, on which they attempted four three-pointers and grabbed three offensive rebounds, but they were unable to connect as the Crusaders held on for the victory.

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Alexander hit seven of 10 field goals, six of seven three-pointers and six of eight free throws on the night, while tying his career high with 26 points.
  • Green added a season-high 13 points and three rebounds, while junior guard Robert Champion chipped in with seven points, six assists and three rebounds.
  • Holy Cross made 44.7 percent of its field goal attempts (21 of 47) and 37.9 percent of its three-pointers (11 of 29) on the night.
  • Lehigh was only able to connect on 38.2 percent of its shots from the floor (21 of 55) and 30.8 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc (eight of 26).
  • The Mountain Hawks were led by Tim Kempton with 20 points and six rebounds.

 

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Holy Cross’ Patriot League Tournament title is its sixth all-time, the most in the history of the conference. Previous championships came in 1993, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2007.
  • Alexander was selected as the Patriot League Tournament MVP, and was joined on the All-Tournament team by Charles and Green.
  • Alexander totaled 83 points in the Crusaders’ four Patriot League Tournament games, setting a new tournament scoring record.
  • As a team, Holy Cross set Patriot League Tournament records for three-point field goals made (36) and attempted (94), assists (65) and steals (33).
  • The Crusaders also became the first team to play, let alone win, four games in the Patriot League Tournament, which only expanded to a 10-team field when Loyola and Boston University joined in the 2013-14 season.
  • As the No. 9 seed, Holy Cross became the lowest seed to ever win the Patriot League Tournament.
  • The attendance of 4,587 was the largest ever for a Patriot League championship game.

 

CRUSADER COACHES SHOW:

  • On Thursday, March 10, head coach Bill Carmody will be featured on the Crusader Coaches Show.
  • The show airs from 7:00-8:00 p.m. live from the Compass Tavern, located at 90 Harding Street in Worcester.
  • The Crusader Coaches Show can be heard live on WEEI 1440 AM in Worcester. The show can also be seen live on the internet through Crusader Vision, at patriotleague.tv

 

INTERMISSION RECOGNITION:

  • On Saturday, March 12, the team will be honored during a special recognition during intermission at the Men's Ice Hockey Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinal game.
  • The game starts at 7:05 p.m. at the Hart Center.
  • Tickets can be purchased by clicking here or calling 1-844-GOCROSS. 

UP NEXT:

  • Holy Cross earns the Patriot League’s automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
  • Selections and pairings will be announced on Sunday evening between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on CBS.
  • NCAA Tournament tickets will be available on Sunday, March 13 after the NCAA Selection Show.
  • For tickets, visit GoHolyCross.com/tickets or call 1-844-GOCROSS from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sunday, or after 9:00 a.m. on Monday.

 

KEEP CONNECTED:

  • To stay updated on the Holy Cross men’s basketball team, follow the Crusaders on Twitter @HCrossMBB and on Facebook at HolyCrossBasketball.
  • You can also subscribe for email alerts for all news and information on the team by clicking here.

 

 

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