Men's Basketball Falls to Rhode Island
WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore guard Caleb Green totaled 16 points, eight assists and three steals, but the Holy Cross men’s basketball team was defeated by Rhode Island 79-63 at the DCU Center. The Crusaders fall to 6-4 on the season with the loss, while the Rams improve to 4-3 overall.
Rhode Island hit 49.1 percent of its field goal attempts and 88.9 percent of its free throws on the afternoon, while holding a 41-17 rebounding advantage. Holy Cross was able to connect on 44.2 percent of its shots from the floor and 83.3 percent of its attempts from the charity stripe.
The Rams started the game hot, jumping out to a 14-5 lead after the first 5:10 of action. The Crusaders responded a few minutes later with a 16-6 run to claim a 23-22 advantage with seven minutes left before the break. Rhode Island was later up by one (30-29), before closing out the half with eight straight points to take a 38-29 lead into the locker room.
The second half began with the Rams going on a 9-0 spurt to extend their lead to 18 (47-29) with 16 minutes remaining. Holy Cross refused to go quietly, using a 17-4 run of their own to close to within five points (51-46 with 10:05 left to play). Junior guard Clayton Le Sann scored 11 of the Crusaders’ points during that spurt. Holy Cross would trim the margin to two points (59-57) with six minutes remaining, and was still down by just six (65-59) with 3:36 to go. But the Crusaders would score just four points the rest of the way, as Rhode Island closed out the game with a 14-4 run to pull away for the victory.
Le Sann finished the day with 13 points on five of seven shooting from the field. Sophomore guard Austin Butler recorded 14 points and two steals, while sophomore forward Connor Niego added 11 points, four rebounds and three assists. The Rams were led by Cyril Langevine and Fatts Russell with 19 points each.
The Crusaders will now break for final exams, before returning to action with a home game against Canisius on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 2:05 p.m.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
• Le Sann’s 13 points tied his career high.
• Holy Cross falls to 7-16 all-time at the DCU Center.