Holy Cross Takes Down Stony Brook 84-70
UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Sophomore guard Austin Butler and sophomore forward Jacob Grandison scored 21 points each, to lead the Holy Cross men’s basketball team to an 84-70 victory over Stony Brook at the Mohegan Sun Arena in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. The Crusaders improve to 2-2 on the season with the win, while the Seawolves fall to 2-1 overall.
Grandison posted the first double-double of his collegiate career, finishing with 10 assists and eight rebounds to go along with his career high-tying 21 points. Butler hit eight of 10 field goal attempts on the night, including five of seven shots from three-point range. Senior forward Jehyve Floyd also had a strong night, totaling 10 points, eight rebounds, a career-high seven blocked shots and five assists.
After Stony Brook opened the game with an early 6-2 lead, Holy Cross went on an 18-1 run to claim a 13-point advantage (20-7) with 11 minutes left in the first half. The Seawolves responded with a 17-5 run to close to within one point (25-24), and were later down by just two (35-33) with three minute remaining before the break. A three-pointer by Butler then sparked an 8-3 Crusader run to end the half, making the score 43-36 heading into the locker room.
Holy Cross clamped down on the defensive end early in the second half, using a 16-3 run over the first 7:36 to take a commanding 59-39 lead. The Crusaders caused the Seawolves to miss all nine of their field goal attempts during that stretch, in addition to forcing three turnovers. The Holy Cross lead would stay between 12 and 21 points the rest of the way, before the Crusaders eventually won by 14 (84-70).
Holy Cross made 50.0 percent of its field goal attempts and 38.5 percent of its three-pointers on the night, while recording 25 assists on 30 made baskets. Stony Brook hit just 39.3 percent of its shots from the floor and 28.6 percent of its attempts from beyond the arc.
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, Nov. 18, when they face Siena (2-1) in the championship game of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at 11:00 a.m.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
• Floyd’s seven blocks tied for the second-most ever by a Holy Cross player in a single game.
• Sophomore forward Matt Faw scored a career-high 13 points and sophomore guard Caleb Green added 10 points, as the Crusaders had five players score in double figures for the first time this season.
• Holy Cross’ six turnovers were its fewest this season.
• The Crusaders improve to 3-1 all-time at the Mohegan Sun Arena.