Grandison’s 25 Points Lead Holy Cross Past Iona 78-71
Monday, December 31, 2018
Grandson also grabbed nine rebounds and dished out eight assists in the game.
Holy Cross finishes the non-conference season with a record of 9-4 overall, while Iona falls to 2-9.
Holy Cross Holds Off Iona
Iona led by as much as eight points in the first half before holding a 26-22 lead with six minutes left in the half.
Holy Cross then went on an 18-4 run over the next five minutes to take a 40-30 lead with. Just over a minute to play.
The run was sparked by 12 points from Austin Butler.
The Crusaders would take a 40-33 lead into the half.
In the second half, Holy Cross held at least a ten point lead for the majority of play before a late run by Iona saw the Crusaders lead tried to four, 71-67 with under two minutes to go.
A layup by Butler then put the Crusaders back up by six, and Holy Cross held the Gaels to two of seven shooting down the stretch to pull out the victory.
Holy Cross returns to action on Thursday, January 3 when they open Patriot League play against 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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