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slides: 5 Takeaways From Holy Cross’ 50-49 Win Over Harvard

Monday, November 30, 2015

 

Anthony Thompson knocks down clutch free throws to get Holy Cross a win

The Holy Cross Crusaders men's basketball team (3-3) defeated the (2-4) Harvard Crimson 50-49 on Sunday afternoon at the Hart Center. The Crusaders have now beat Harvard in two straight seasons. 

See the Five Takeaways Slideshow Below

The Holy Cross Crusaders led by two, 48-46 with under a minute to play when the Crimson put Anthony Thompson on the line to shoot a one and one. Thompson was previously five for five on the day from the line and knocked down both ends of the one and one to put Holy Cross up 50-46. 

Harvard would not go away as they came down on their next possession and buried a three to cut their deficit to just one point, 50-49, with six seconds left. 

However, after the in bounds pass, the Crusaders were able to run out the clock and seal the win. Their second straight win. 

The Leaders 

Malachi Alexander led Holy Cross with 17 points on five of nine shooting from the field while also pulling down five rebounds. Meanwhile, Anthony Thompson followed up with 13 points, going seven of seven from the free throw line. 

Next Up 

The Crusaders travel to Rhode Island to take on the URI Rams at the Ryan Center on Wednesday, November 2nd. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. 

 

Related Slideshow: 5 Takeaways From Holy Cross’ 50-49 Win Over Harvard

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Karl Charles

Not a highlight reel game for freshman Karl Charles. 

Charles went 0 of 7 from the field and did not get to the free throw line, finishing the game with 0 points in 30 minutes of action. 

Charles did pull down seven rebounds and dished out four assists, helping to make up for the shooting woes. 

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Robert Champion

Robert Champion came up big for Holy Cross off the bench. 

Champion netted 11 points on 4 of 10 shooting from the field while also grabbing four rebounds and recording two blocked shots and two steals. 

Champion played 23 minutes in the game. 

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Malachi Alexander

Malachi Alexander led the Crusaders with 17 points on 5 of 9 shooting from the field and 5 of 7 shooting from the free throw line. 

Alexander also grabbed five rebounds in 39 minutes of action.

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Free Throws

Free throws won the game for Holy Cross. 

The Crusaders got to the line 16 times and made 13 free throws, Anthony Thompson made seven of them (see next slide). 

Meanwhile, Harvard only got to the line eight times in the game and made free throws. 

It's amazing how important free throws are in games and there is no better example than this one. 

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Anthony Thompson

Anthony Thompson recorded 13 points on 3 of 12 shooting from the field and 7 of 7 from the free throw line. 

More importantly, Thompson knocked down both ends of a one and one to put the Crusaders up 50-46 with under a minute to play. 

Harvard came down on their next possession and drained three to cut the margin to one but it was Thompson's free throws that made the difference. 

 
 

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