Grandison Scores 21, Men's Basketball Falls at Harvard
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore guard Jacob Grandison scored a game-high 21 points, but the Holy Cross men’s basketball team was defeated by Harvard 73-62 at Lavietes Pavilion. Grandison made seven of nine field goal attempts on the night, including all five of his shots from three-point range. The Crusaders fall to 4-3 on the season with the loss, while the Crimson improve to 4-3 overall.
Holy Cross made 43.1 percent of its field goal attempts and 43.5 percent of its three-pointers in the game, while recording a season-high 10 steals and forcing 19 turnovers. But the Crimson were able to connect on 52.8 percent of their shots from the floor and 45.0 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc, in addition to holding a 40-21 rebounding advantage.
The Crusaders started the game hot, jumping out to an early 13-8 lead after the first seven minutes of play. Grandison scored seven of his points during that spurt. Harvard responded with a 10-3 run to pull in front, and was later up 27-23 with 4:26 remaining before the break. The Crimson then closed out the half by scoring 13 of the final 19 points, to lead 40-29 heading into the locker room.
Harvard maintained a double-digit lead early in the second half, and expanded the margin to 19 points (64-45) with eight minutes left to play. Holy Cross then went on a 12-0 run over the next four minutes to make it a seven-point game (64-57), including five points each from Grandison and senior guard Patrick Benzan. But the Crimson scored the next seven points to regain control, and went on to post an 11-point victory (73-62).
Sophomore guard Caleb Green finished the night with 12 points and three assists, while Benzan added nine points. Harvard was led by Noah Kirkwood with 20 points.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Dec. 1, when they play host to Fairleigh Dickinson at 1:05 p.m.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
• Grandison’s five made three-pointers were the most by a Holy Cross player without a miss since Mitchell Hahn went six-of-six from beyond the arc at Albany on Dec. 3, 2014.
• The Crusaders made 10 three-pointers on the night, marking the third time this season they have hit at least 10 shots from long range.
• Harvard’s victory snapped a four-game Holy Cross winning streak in the series.