Holy Cross Prepares to Open League Play at Loyola
The Holy Cross men’s basketball team opens up Patriot League play on Thursday, Jan. 3, when it travels to Loyola (Md.) for a 7:00 p.m. game. The contest between the Crusaders and the Greyhounds will be shown live on the Patriot League Network, and can be heard on WEEI 1440 AM in Worcester.
Holy Cross is off to an 9-4 start this season and has won eight of its last 10 games. Currently on a three-game winning streak, the Crusaders are coming off a 78-71 victory at Iona on Sunday. Holy Cross leads the Patriot League in scoring defense (65.9 points per game), assists (17.8 assists per game), turnover margin (+3.2 turnovers per game) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6-to-1).
Sophomore guard Jacob Grandison has led the team by averaging 15.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, while sophomore guard Austin Butler has added 12.4 points and 4.5 boards per contest. Four other Crusaders are averaging at least six points, led by sophomore guard Caleb Green (11.5 points per game).
Loyola stands 4-9 overall this year and has lost its last three games. The Greyhounds are coming off a 97-64 loss to No. 20 North Carolina State last Friday.
Junior guard Andrew Kostecka has led the team by averaging 20.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, while hitting 49.7 percent of his field goal attempts. Junior guard Chuck Champion has added 12.8 points and 4.1 boards per contest, and sophomore forward Brent Holcombe is chipping in with 11.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Loyola is led by head coach Tavaras Hardy, who stands 4-9 in his first season with the Greyhounds.
After the contest at Loyola, the Crusaders will remain on the road for a 1:00 p.m. game at Navy on Sunday, Jan. 6.