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Clutch Free Throws Lift Holy Cross Past Loyola 63-62

Thursday, February 23, 2017


Anthony Thompson hits clutch free throw to give Holy Cross the win.

Clutch free throw shooting from Karl Charles, Malachi Alexander and Anthony Thompson lifted the Holy Cross Crusaders over Loyola 63-62 on Wednesday night. 

“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. 

The Leaders 

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. 

Next up 

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 .


Related Slideshow: 10 Biggest Games in Holy Cross Basketball History

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March 1, 1975

Holy Cross vs Army - The final game at the Worcester Auditorium

Holy Cross beat Army 89-73 in the final game at the Worcester Auditorium. 

The Crusaders were coached by George Blaney and went 229-64 in the building all-time. 

PHOTO: Tunnelbug/flickr

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Feb, 14, 2001 

Holy Cross vs Navy 

Holy Cross clinches the programs first ever Patriot League Regular season title beating Navy 77-67 on the road. 

Josh Sankes led Holy Cross that season. 

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March 9, 2001

Holy Cross vs. Navy - Patriot League Championship

Holy Cross beats Navy 68-64 in overtime to win the Patriot League Championship. 

Ralph Willard was the head coach.

PHOTO: College Hoop Hits

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March 9, 2007

Bucknell vs Holy Cross - Patriot League Championship 

The Crusaders hosted the Patriot League Championship game at the Hart Center and defeated Bucknell 74-66.

Keith Simmons led Holy Cross in the game.

PHOTO: Wikipedia 

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March 10, 1993 

Holy Cross vs Bucknell - Patriot League Championship 

The Crusaders won their first Patriot league title beating Bucknell 98-73.

Rob Feaster was named tournament MVP after pouring in 66 points and recording 9 steals in three games. 

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March 5, 1977 

Holy Cross vs. #8 Providence in ECAC Championship 

Holy Cross defeated Providence 68-67 on a buzzer beater by Chris Potter to win ECAC Championship and advance to NCAA Tournament for first time in 21 years. 

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Feb 17, 1990

Holy Cross vs. Army MAAC North Championship game

Holy Cross rolled Army 86-68 and clinched the MAAC North title.

The title was the program's first conference championship. 

Dwight Pernell led Holy Cross with 22 points in the game. 

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March 13,1977

 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. 

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March 13,1954  

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.

PHOTO: Goholycross.com

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March 20, 1948

Holy Cross vs Kentucky in National Semifinal 

Led by Bob Cousy, the Crusaders had won 20 straight games coming into the national semifinal against Kentucky. 

Holy Cross lost to kentucky 60-52 


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