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Holy Cross Basketball Signs 3 to National Letters of Intent

Friday, November 16, 2018

 

Drew Lowder PHOTO: Twitter

The Holy Cross men’s basketball team has signed three players to national letters of intent for the class of 2023, head coach Bill Carmody announced.

Drew Lowder, Joe Pridgen, and Ryan Wade will join the Holy Cross program in the fall of 2019.

“We have added three outstanding young men to our program in the Class of 2023. They all bring great experience playing against elite, national competition in AAU ball, in addition to being exceptional high school players. This group should make an immediate impact on our program,” said Carmody.

The Players

Lowder is a 6-foot, 170-pound guard who plays for head coach Rich Marion at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich. He averaged 19 points and four assists per game during his junior season, while shooting 46 percent from the field. Lowder was named to the 2018 Ann Arbor News Dream Team, and is a two-time first team Southeastern Conference Red Division selection. Ranked as one of the top three guards in the state and a preseason Michigan Mr. Basketball candidate by Inside Prep Sports, Lowder played on the national AAU circuit with The Family in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League and 1 Nation in the Under Armour Association.

Pridgen is a 6-foot-5, 210-pound forward who plays for head coach Michael Shelton at the Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Mass. He was selected All-Independent School League as a junior, in addition to being named honorable mention All-New England by the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council. Ranked as one of the top five forwards in Massachusetts by the New England Recruiting Report, Pridgen played on the national AAU circuit for Expressions Elite in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.

Wade is a 6-foot-2, 170-pound guard who plays for head coach Mike Lovelace at Skyline High School in the Ann Arbor, Mich. He helped lead Skyline to and overall record of 23-1 as a junior, with the team winning the Southeastern Conference title, the District title and advancing to the Regional finals. Wade averaged 13.6 points and 2.6 assists per game in 2017-2018. Listed as one of the top three guards in the state and a preseason Michigan Mr. Basketball candidate by Inside Prep Sports, Wade played on the national AAU circuit for 1 Nation in the Under Armour Association.

Holy Cross This Season

Holy Cross is off to a 1-2 start this season, and returns to action on Friday, Nov. 16, when it faces Stony Brook at 6:00 p.m. as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

 

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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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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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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