Crusaders Drop Close Game at Providence
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore guard Jacob Grandison totaled 17 points and seven rebounds, but the Holy Cross men’s basketball team was defeated by Providence 70-61 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Crusaders fall to 1-2 on the season with the loss, while the Friars improve to 2-1 overall.
After the Friars opened the game with an early 10-5 lead, the Crusaders scored 13 of the next 17 points to take an 18-14 advantage. Grandison scored seven of his points during that spurt. The score was later tied at 20-20, when Holy Cross used a 10-2 run to pull in front by eight (30-22) with 3:14 left in the half. The Crusaders eventually took a 37-33 advantage into the locker room.
Holy Cross continued to play well early in the second half, extending its lead to nine points (46-37) with 16:22 left to play following a three-pointer by sophomore forward Matt Faw. Providence then went on a 20-2 run over the next eight minutes to pull in front (57-48). The Crusaders came back with a quick 9-2 spurt, including a pair of three-pointers by sophomore guard Caleb Green, to pull back within two points (59-57) with six minutes to go. But the Friars scored the next seven points to go up by nine, and Holy Cross would get no closer than five points the rest of the way.
Providence made 45.8 percent of its field goal attempts and held a 41-36 rebounding advantage, but was only able to connect on 55.6 percent of its free throws. The Crusaders hit 36.1 percent of their shots from the floor and 90.9 percent of their attempts at the charity stripe.
Green finished the night with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists, while sophomore forward Connor Niego added nine points and three boards. The Friars were led by Alpha Diallo with 18 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.
Holy Cross returns to action on Friday, Nov. 16, when it faces Stony Brook at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The contest between the Crusaders and the Seawolves will tip off at 6:00 p.m.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
• The game was part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.
• The Crusaders made 90.9 percent of their free throws (10 of 11), their best performance at the charity stripe since hitting 94.1 percent of their attempts (16 of 17) at Boston University on Feb. 10, 2018.
• Sophomore guard Austin Butler pulled down nine rebounds, the most by any Holy Cross player in a single game this season.
• Holy Cross forced Providence to commit 14 turnovers on the night, with Butler, Grandison and senior guard Patrick Benzan recording three steals each.