Men's Basketball Edged by Loyola (Md.) in Overtime
WORCESTER, Mass. – Loyola (Md.) guard Andrew Kostecka drove the lane for a layup with just 0.2 seconds remaining in overtime, to lift the Greyhounds to a 67-65 victory over the Holy Cross men’s basketball team at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. The Crusaders fall to 11-8 overall and 2-4 in the Patriot League with the loss, while Greyhounds improve to 7-12 on the season and 3-3 in the conference.
Holy Cross hit 44.0 percent of its three-point field goals on the day, but only made 46.2 percent of its shots from the floor overall. Loyola was able to make 51.9 percent of its field goal attempts while holding a 33-24 rebounding advantage.
The game was close throughout a first half which featured two ties and six lead changes. The Crusaders were up 27-21 with five minutes left before break, when the Greyhounds scored seven straight points to pull in front. Senior guard Patrick Benzan hit a three-pointer on Holy Cross’ next possession, giving the Crusaders a 30-28 advantage heading into the locker room.
Loyola opened the second half with an 11-5 run to re-claim the lead, 39-35 with 15 minutes left in regulation. Holy Cross responded with an 18-5 spurt to take its biggest lead of the day (53-44) with 8:52 to go. The Greyhounds scored nine of the next 12 points to close the gap, and would eventually force overtime when a jumper by Chuck Champion tied the game at 61-61 with just 5.0 seconds remaining.
The Crusaders began overtime with baskets by sophomore guard Caleb Green and senior forward Jehyve Floyd to take a 65-61 lead. Loyola responded with a pair of free throws and a put back by KaVaughn Scott to tie the score at 65-65, before Kostecka’s basket won the game in the closing seconds.
Sophomore guard Jacob Grandison finished the day with 23 points on eight of 12 shooting from the field. Floyd added 13 points and four assists, while sophomore guard Austin Butler posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Kostecka led the Greyhounds with 26 points and eight boards.
The Crusaders will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 23, when they travel to Army West Point for a 7:00 p.m. game.