Holy Cross Defeats Albany 69-65 in Overtime
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senior forward Jehyve Floyd scored seven of his 12 points in overtime, as the Holy Cross men’s basketball team defeated Albany 69-65 at SEFCU Arena. The Crusaders improve to 4-2 on the season with the victory, while the Great Danes fall to 2-3 overall.
After the game went to overtime tied at 56-56, Holy Cross scored the first eight points of the extra session to take a commanding 64-56 lead. Sophomore guard Caleb Green hit a jump shot to start that stretch, before Floyd added two baskets and a pair of free throws. The Crusaders then connected on five of eight foul shots in the final minute to hold on for the win.
Holy Cross had opened the game with an early 11-3 lead, before the Great Danes used an 11-2 run to claim a 14-13 advantage with 11 minutes left in the first half. The Crusaders pulled back in front by scoring the next 12 points, and went on to take a 29-20 lead into the locker room.
Holy Cross expanded its advantage to as many as 17 points in the second half, and was still up by 13 (56-43) with six minutes left in regulation. But the Crusaders then went cold from the field, missing seven straight shots as Albany used a 13-0 spurt to force overtime.
Sophomore guard Jacob Grandison led the team with 17 points, three rebounds and three assists, while Green had 12 points, seven boards and four assists. In addition to his 12 points, Floyd finished with six blocks, six assists and five rebounds. The Great Danes were led by Cameron Healy with a game-high 22 points.
Holy Cross hit 46.4 percent of its field goals on the night, but connected on only 29.4 percent of its three-pointers and 60.0 percent of its free throws. Albany made just 36.5 percent of its shots from the floor, but did hold a 45-32 rebounding advantage
The Crusaders return to action next Wednesday, Nov. 28, when they travel to Harvard for a 7:00 p.m. game.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
• Floyd has now blocked 18 shots in his last three games.
• Holy Cross improves to 3-0 all-time at SEFCU Arena, and 4-2 against Albany.
• Green’s seven rebounds set a new career high.
• The Crusaders snapped a three-game losing streak in overtime games, winning for the first time since a 77-72 double overtime victory at Bucknell in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Patriot League Tournament.