Crusaders Rally for 65-63 Win Over Canisius
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross men’s basketball team rallied from a 10-point deficit with just 5:13 remaining to post a 65-63 victory over Canisius at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. The Crusaders improve to 7-4 on the season with the win, while the Golden Griffins fall to 3-7 overall.
Canisius held a 63-53 lead with just 5:13 left to play, when sophomore guard Caleb Green hit a three-pointer to begin the Holy Cross comeback. Senior forward Jehyve Floyd then scored on two put-backs to trim the margin to 63-60, before a pair of free throws with 3:17 left made it a one-point game. Neither team was able to score for nearly three minutes, until Floyd made a layup with 22.6 seconds left put Holy Cross back in front. Senior guard Patrick Benzan then made one-of-two free throws with 4.9 seconds on the clock to make the score 65-63, before Floyd blocked a layup attempt by Canisius’ Malik Johnson as time expired to seal the win.
The Crusaders had opened the game by jumping out to an early 9-2 advantage, and were later up 27-23 with three minutes left in the first half. The Golden Griffins then went on a 9-0 run to pull in front, before the teams went into the locker room tied at 32-32. Canisius would hold onto a small lead for the majority of the second half, eventually extending the margin to 10 with 5:13 remaining. But Holy Cross finishing out the day by scoring the final 12 points to earn the victory.
Floyd totaled 15 points, seven rebounds, five blocks, three assists and two steals on the afternoon, while hitting seven of 11 field goal attempts. Sophomore guard Jacob Grandison finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and sophomore forward Matt Faw added 11 points and six boards. The Golden Griffins were led by Isaiah Reese with 16 points, four assists and three rebounds.
The Crusaders will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 22, when they play host to Siena at 12:05 p.m.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
• The win was Holy Cross’ first over Canisius since 1990.
• The Crusaders’ 7-4 mark matches their best start through 11 games since the 2012-2013 season.