Holy Cross Takes Down Lafayette in Patriot League First Round
EASTON, Pa. – Sophomore guard Jacob Grandison totaled 22 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead the Holy Cross men’s basketball team to a 79-74 victory at Lafayette in the first round on the Patriot League Tournament at the Kirby Sports Center. The Crusaders improve to 16-16 overall with the win, while the Leopards conclude the season with a 10-20 record.
The game was close throughout a first half which featured nine ties and 10 lead changes. Holy Cross led by four (12-8) early on before the Leopards scored eight straight points to pull in front. Lafayette was later up 31-26, when the Crusaders used a 6-0 spurt to regain the lead. The teams eventually went into the locker room tied at 35-35.
The scored remained close early in the second half, and Holy Cross was up 49-47 with 14:40 left to play. The Crusaders then went on an 11-3 run to claim their biggest lead of the night (60-50) with 9:04 remaining. Grandison scored five points during that spurt. Holy Cross was still up by seven (74-67) with 1:30 on the clock, before a three-pointer by Justin Jaworski and a three-point play by Lukas Jarrett made the score 74-73 with 53.0 seconds remaining. But sophomore guard Caleb Green connected on a short turnaround jumper on the Crusaders’ next possession, then Holy Cross made three of four free throws in the final 20 seconds to hold on for the win.
Senior forward Jehyve Floyd finished the night with a game-high 24 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks, while Green added 17 points, three boards and three assists. Alex Petrie led the Leopards with 23 points.
The Crusaders will return to action on Thursday, March 7, when they travel to Bucknell for a 7:00 p.m. game in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
• Holy Cross improves its all-time record in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament to a perfect 3-0.
• The Crusaders won a Patriot League Tournament game at the Kirby Sports Center for the first time ever, and snapped a four-game losing streak against Lafayette in postseason meetings.
• Grandison’s 16 rebounds were the most by a Holy Cross player in a single-game since Andrew Keister pulled down 16 boards against Lehigh on Feb. 26, 2011, and the most ever in a Patriot League Tournament first round game.