Crusaders Downed by American
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senior forward Jehyve Floyd totaled 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals, but the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by American 66-49 at Bender Arena. The Crusaders fall to 12-11 overall and 3-7 in the Patriot League with the loss, while the Eagles improve to 12-9 on the season and 6-4 in the conference.
Holy Cross made just 35.7 percent of its field goal attempts, 13.3 percent of its three-pointers and 58.3 percent of its free throws on the afternoon. The Eagles were able to connect on 46.3 percent of their shots from the floor, 33.3 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc and 74.0 percent of their foul shots.
American started the game hot, jumping out to a quick 12-0 lead after the first 3:04 of action. The Eagles were later up 19-9, before using an 11-2 spurt to extend their advantage to 19 points (30-11) with 7:42 left before the break. American went on to take a 42-18 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Eagles continued to hold onto the lead in the second half, eventually going in front by 29 (51-22) with 15:29 remaining. The Crusaders then outscored American 14-4 over the next 10 minutes to make it a 19-point game, but that was as close as Holy Cross would get until the final minute.
Sophomore guard Austin Butler finished the game with eight points and four rebounds, while sophomore guard Kyle Copeland added seven points and four rebounds. The Eagles were led by Jacob Boonyasith with 17 points.
The Crusaders will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 6, when they play host to Army West Point at 7:05 p.m.