Butler’s 22 Points Not Enough as Holy Cross Falls to Lehigh 83-77
Saturday, January 06, 2018
Holy Cross falls to 3-11 on the season and 0-3 in the Patriot League.
Lehigh improves to 7-7 overall and 2-1 in the Patriot League.
Holy Cross Fades After Hot Start
The Holy Cross Crusaders got off to a hot start, scoring the first 12 points and taking a 19-3 lead with 12:55 left to play in the half.
However, Lehigh responded with a 12-0 run and would later take their first lead, 33-32, with 4:26 to play in the game.
Lehigh would take a 45-40 at the break.
The Mountain Hawks would build up as much as a 16 point lead, 67-51, with 10 minutes left to play.
The Crusaders would come back with a 15-2 run of their own over the next five minutes to get within three, 69-66.
The Mountain Hawks would push their lead back up to eight points, 78-70, with 1:53 left to play before Holy Cross would cut the lead to two, 79-77, with 21 seconds left in the game.
Lehigh would knock down four free throws in the final 20 seconds to seal the win.
The Mountain Hawks shot 57% from three in the game 52% from the field.
Holy Cross returns to action on Monday, January 8 when they host Loyola.
Game time is set for 7 p.m.
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Holy Cross vs Michigan in NCAA Tournament
The game marked Holy Cross' first NCAA Tournament appearance in 21 seasons.
After leading 72-70 with less than 5 minutes to play, the Crusaders fell 92-81.
Holy Cross was led that season by Ronnie Perry, however, he was injured for this game.
Holy Cross vs Duquesne - NIT Championship game
Holy Cross won the NIT Championship game 71-62 over Duquesne.
The Crusaders were led by Togo Palazzi who was named MVP of the tournament.
Palazzi went as the number one pick in the NBA Draft to the Boston Celtics a couple of months later.
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