Men's Basketball Takes Down Bucknell 72-71
WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore forward Matt Faw hit a three-pointer with 6.4 seconds remaining to lift the Holy Cross men’s basketball team to a 72-71 victory over Bucknell at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. The Crusaders improve to 14-13 overall and 5-9 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Bison fall to 17-9 on the season and 11-3 in the conference.
The Bison led 63-61 with 5:09 remaining, when the Crusaders used a 7-0 run to claim a 68-63 lead. Senior forward Jehyve Floyd scored five points during that spurt. But Bucknell responded with an 8-1 run of its own, and reclaimed the lead (71-69) on a three-pointer by Kimbal Mackenzie with 15.5 seconds left to play. But on Holy Cross’ next possession, Faw hit the game-winning shot to give the Crusaders the victory.
Bucknell had opened the game by jumping out to a 27-19 lead with five minutes remaining in the first half. Holy Cross then scored nine straight points to pull in front, before the Bison took a 34-31 advantage into the locker room. The Crusaders opened the second half with an 11-2 run to pull ahead by six (42-36), but a few minutes later Bucknell used an 8-2 spurt to go in front 52-46. Holy Cross responded once again with a 7-1 run to tie the game at 53-53 with 9:47 left, and score would stay close the rest of the way.
The Crusaders hit just 42.4 percent of their field goals and 20.0 percent of their three-pointers on the afternoon, but made 73.1 percent of their free throws and forced 23 turnovers. The Bison made 44.8 percent of their shots from the floor and 31.0 percent of their attempts from three-point range, in addition to holding a 45-27 rebounding advantage.
Floyd finished the game with 19 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals. Sophomore guard Jacob Grandison (17 points), sophomore guard Caleb Green (14 points) and sophomore guard Austin Butler (11 points) also scored in double figures. Nate Sestina led Bucknell with 17 points and 15 rebounds.
The Crusaders will return to action on Monday, Feb. 18, when they play host to Boston University at 7:05 p.m.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
• Holy Cross’ 23 forced turnovers were its most since causing Harvard to give the ball away 23 times on Nov. 16, 2017.
• The Crusaders snapped a five-game losing streak in the series, winning for the first time since a 77-72 double overtime victory at Bucknell in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Patriot League Tournament.