Nov. 29, 2008
CHICAGO, Ill. - Senior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) totaled 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Loyola (Ill.) 58-53 at the Gentile Center. The Crusaders fall to 2-4 on the season with the loss, while the Ramblers improve to 3-4.
Holy Cross started the game with an 8-3 run, but Loyola came back with an 11-3 spurt of its own to claim the lead. The Crusaders tied the score up at 14-14, before the Ramblers used a 6-0 run to pull back in front. Loyola would hold onto the lead for the remainder of the first half, eventually taking a 31-26 advantage into the locker room.
The Ramblers scored the first four points of the second half, to build their lead to nine points (35-26). Loyola was still up by nine (39-30) with 14 minutes remaining, when Holy Cross went on a 14-5 run to tie the score at 44-44. The Crusaders then claimed their first lead of the second half at the 6:04-mark (48-47), when Cunningham converted a three-point play. But the Ramblers scored the next seven points to go back in front (54-48) with 3:33 left to play. The Crusaders would cut the lead to 54-53 with one minute to play on a pair of baskets by senior center Greg McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.), but Loyola made all four of its free throw attempts in the final 30 seconds to hold on for the win.
McCarthy finished the game with 13 points, three rebounds and two steals. The Ramblers were led by J.R. Blount with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Holy Cross returns to action on Monday, Dec. 1, when it plays host to Fairfield at 7:00 p.m.