Crusaders Down Siena, Win Hall of Fame Tip-Off Title
UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Sophomore guard Jacob Grandison scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Holy Cross men’s basketball team to a 57-45 win over Siena at the Mohegan Sun Arena in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. With the victory, the Crusaders win the championship of the tournament’s Springfield Bracket. Holy Cross improves to 3-2 on the season, while the Saints fall to 2-2 overall.
Grandison’s 24 points came on nine of 16 shooting from the field, including six of 10 attempts from three-point range. Sophomore guard Austin Butler added a double-double with 12 points, a career-high 11 rebounds and five assists.
After Holy Cross opened the game with an early 10-5 lead, the Saints went on a 10-4 run to pull in front (15-14) with seven minutes left in the first half. The Crusaders scored the next five points to regain the lead, and eventually took a 25-22 advantage into the locker room.
Siena started the second half hot, hitting its first four shots while using a 10-2 spurt to pull in front by five (32-27. But Holy Cross responded by scoring the next 14 points, including 10 from Grandison, to take the lead for good (41-32 with 12:31 left). The Crusaders would eventually extend the margin to 15 points, before finally posting a 12-point victory.
Holy Cross made 45.3 percent of its field goals and 36.0 percent of its three pointers as a team, while committing just five turnovers on the day. Siena hit 40.0 percent of its shots from the floor and 20.8 percent of its attempts from beyond the arc.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 20, when they travel to Albany for a 7:00 p.m. game.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
• Butler and Grandison were both named to the Hall of Fame Tip-Off All-Tournament Team.
• The title marked the 15th time Holy Cross has claimed a regular season tournament championship in its history.
• The Crusaders improve to 4-1 all-time at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
• Holy Cross’ five turnovers were its fewest of the season, even though the Crusaders faced full-court pressure for the entire game.
HALL OF FAME TIP-OFF ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM:
Austin Butler, Holy Cross
Evan Fisher, Siena
Jacob Grandison, Holy Cross
Steven Whitley, Norfolk State
Akwasi Yeboah, Stony Brook
Alpha Diallo, Providence
A.J. Lawson, South Carolina
Charles Matthews, Michigan
Zavier Simpson, Michigan
D.J. Williams, George Washington