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Holy Cross Basketball Set to Face UMass at DCU Center

Sunday, November 20, 2016

 

Malachi Alexander

The Holy Cross Crusaders men’s basketball team will face UMass at the DCU Center on Sunday, November 20 at 1 p.m. 

“We look forward to resuming our series with UMass. We always want to challenge ourselves against top competition, and it is an added bonus that we can do so against an in-state rival. This year’s game will provide an excellent opportunity for our fans to see us play in downtown Worcester, and we anticipate there being a great atmosphere in the building," said Holy Cross coach Bill Carmody at the time of the announcement. 

The meeting will be the first in a three-year series between the two schools and the 57th meeting between the programs all-time. The Crusaders lead the series 36-20. 

Holy Cross This Season 

The Crusaders are currently 0-2 on the season, losing to South Carolina 81-49 in their season opener and then falling to #18 Syracuse 90-46 in their previous game. 

Holy Cross is led by senior guard Robert Champion, who averages 13 points and four rebounds per game. 

Forward Malachi Alexander has contributed 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game early in the season. 

Holy Cross at the DCU Center 

The Crusaders have played a total of 21 games at the DCU Center with their last one coming in 2011 when they defeated Boston College 86-64. 

Holy Cross and UMass have met at the DCU Center on three prior occasions, with UMass holding a 2-1 advantage in those game

Staying in State 

Following the game against UMass, The Crusaders will stay in state to face Harvard on Tuesday, November 22 at 7 p.m. 

 

Related Slideshow: 10 Biggest Games in Holy Cross Basketball History

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10.

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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9.

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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8.

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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7.

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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6.

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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5.

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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4.

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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3.

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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2.

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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