Men's Basketball Falls at #19 Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Sophomore forward Connor Niego scored a career-high 13 points, but the Holy Cross men’s basketball team was defeated by No. 19 Michigan 56-37 at the Crisler Center. The Crusaders fall to 1-1 on the season with the loss, while the Wolverines improve to 2-0.
Holy Cross made just 30.8 percent of its shots from the floor and 28.6 percent of its three-pointers on the night, while committing 16 turnovers. Michigan also struggled shooting the ball, making only 36.0 percent of its field goal attempts and 15.8 percent from beyond the arc.
The Wolverines held an early 9-5 lead with 14:41 left in the first half, when the Crusaders went on a 13-0 run to claim a nine-point advantage (18-9). Niego scored six of his points during that spurt with a pair of three-pointers. After Michigan scored the next seven points, Holy Cross closed out the half with a 6-2 run to claim a 24-18 lead heading into the locker room.
The Wolverines started the second half on fire, hitting their first seven shots and outscoring the Crusaders 24-6 over the first nine minutes. Holy Cross would get no closer than 10 points the rest of the way, as Michigan eventually pulled away to win by 19 (56-37).
Sophomore guard Jacob Grandison finished the night with 12 points, five rebounds and three assists. The Wolverines were led by Charles Matthews (20 points) and Ignas Brazdeikis (19 points).
Holy Cross returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 13, when it travels to Providence for a 7:00 p.m. game.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
• The game was part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.
• Michigan outscored Holy Cross 17-1 at the foul line, while holding a 21-3 advantage in free throw attempts.
• The Crusaders have now lost six straight games against Big Ten opponents, and four in a row against ranked foes.