Crusaders Pull Away from Fairleigh Dickinson 67-49
WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior forward Jehyve Floyd totaled 12 points, 13 rebounds, six blocked shots and four assists to lead the Holy Cross men’s basketball team to a 67-49 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. The Crusaders improve to 5-3 on the season with the win, while the Knights fall to 3-4 overall.
Holy Cross turned in an outstanding defensive effort, holding Fairleigh Dickinson to 29.6 percent shooting from the field and 18.8 percent shooting from three-point range, in addition to forcing 19 turnovers. The Crusaders made 44.1 percent of their shots from the floor, but hit just 11.1 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.
The game opened with Holy Cross jumping out to an early 8-2 lead, and then extending the margin to eight points (14-6) with 10:54 left before the break. The Crusaders were still up by six (16-10) at the 8:20-mark, before the Knights went on a 13-0 run over the next 4:12 to claim a seven-point advantage (23-16). Holy Cross was able to trim the margin down to one point (25-24) heading into the locker room.
The Crusaders started the second half with six straight points to pull back in front, and were later up by five (38-33) with 12 minutes left to play. Holy Cross then used a 16-2 spurt over the next 7:45 to take a commanding 54-35 lead and put the game away. The Crusaders would lead by at least 12 points the rest of the way, eventually claiming an 18-point victory.
Sophomore guard Austin Butler finished the day with a team-high 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Sophomore guard Jacob Grandison totaled 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals, while sophomore guard Caleb Green added 10 points, six assists, two rebounds and two steals. The Knights were led by Elyjah Williams with 11 points and three boards.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 4, when they travel to Massachusetts for a 7:00 p.m. game.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
• Floyd posted his third career double-double, while setting a new career high with 13 rebounds.
• This marked the second time this season Holy Cross held its opponent to under 50 points.
• The Crusaders improve to 2-0 on the season at the Hart Center.