Clutch Free Throws Lift Holy Cross Past Loyola 63-62
Thursday, February 23, 2017
“We had a couple of stops, I think there was a 30 second call or close to it. We got out on Walker a couple times at the very end and he had not good looks and then we made a couple of foul shots. I mean we didn’t make them all, but it was enough to win,” said Holy Cross head coach Bill Carmody after the game.
With the game tied at 62 and 3.9 seconds left, Thompson got to the free throw line and converted a free throw to put the Crusaders up one.
Loyola had one more opportunity to win the game, but threw away the inbounds pass.
The win moves the Crusaders to 9-8 in the Patriot League and 15-15 on the season. They currently sit in fifth place in the conference.
Holy Cross Wins the Game at the Line
The Crusaders led 57-46 in the second half before Loyola went on an 11-2 run to tie the game at 59 with 4:50 left to play.
The Greyhounds would take the lead with 3:49 to go on a three-pointer by Andre Walker, putting them up 62-59.
“It was going nice in the second half, but when they turned the heat up we didn’t handle it well. We turned it over a few times, but it just affected our shot selection I thought. We were getting pushed out, we weren’t getting good looks as we were before that. We seemed harried,” Carmody said.
Holy Cross would then get a free throw from Charles to bring them within two points. Alexander then followed up with two free throws to tie the game at 62 with 1:58 to play.
There would be no more scoring until Thompson’s clutch free throw with 3.9 seconds left.
Malachi Alexander led the Crusaders with 15 points on 4 of 11 shooting from the field while grabbing four rebounds.
Robert Champion followed up with 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting and grabbed five rebounds.
Holy Cross closes out their regular season on Saturday, February 25 when they host Boston university at the Hart Center.
Game time is set for 2 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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