Holy Cross Comes Back to Top Siena 60-57
WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore guard Austin Butler totaled 18 points and five rebounds to lead the Holy Cross men’s basketball team to a 60-57 victory over Siena at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. The Crusaders improve to 8-4 on the season with the win, while the Saints fall to 4-8 overall.
After trailing 47-37 with 11:48 left to play in the second half, the Crusaders outscored Siena 17-2 over the next 6:09 to take a 54-49 lead. Butler hit a pair of three-pointers to begin that run, while the Saints made just one of seven field goal attempts. The score stayed close the rest of the way, and Siena would pull back in front (57-56) with 2:17 to go on a three-pointer by Kevin Degnan. A layup by Butler with 1:15 remaining gave Holy Cross the lead for good, then sophomore guard Caleb Green scored with just 23.4 seconds on the clock to make the score 60-57. The Saints would have one last possession, but Jalen Pickett’s three-point attempt was off the mark in the closing seconds as the Crusaders pulled out the win.
Holy Cross had opened the game by jumping out to an early 5-0 lead, and was later up 21-17 with 6:57 left before the break. Siena then went on a 14-1 run to pull in front, and would hold a 31-26 advantage heading into the locker room. The Saints then extended their lead to 10 points early in the second half, before the Crusaders rallied for the victory.
Senior forward Jehyve Floyd finished the game with 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while hitting seven of 11 field goal attempts. Sophomore forward Jacob Grandison posted 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists, and Green finished with 12 points and five assists. Evan Fisher led Siena with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Holy Cross made 54.3 percent of its field goal attempts and 53.8 percent of its three-pointers on the day, while committing just eight turnovers. The Saints hit just 42.6 percent of their shots from the floor and 27.3 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.
The Crusaders will return to action on Sunday, Dec. 30, when they travel to Iona for a 1:00 p.m. game.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
• Holy Cross has now come back to win its last two games, after trailing by 10 points in the second half both times.
• All 60 of the Crusaders’ points were scored by the five players in the starting lineup.
• Holy Cross improves to 3-0 on the season against opponents from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
• The Crusaders’ eight victories this year are their most prior to the start of Patriot League since going 8-7 against non-conference foes in 2012-2013.
• Holy Cross is now 4-0 this year at the Hart Center.
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