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Holy Cross Defense Shuts Down Lehigh, Crusaders Roll 61-45

Monday, February 13, 2017

 

The Holy Cross Crusaders put up their best defensive performance of the season. 

They held Lehigh to 29% shooting from the field and forced 15 turnovers (12 on steals) en route to a 61-45 win on Sunday afternoon at the Hart Center. 

Holy Cross improves to 7-7 in the Patriot League and 13-14 overall, while Lehigh drops to 14-11 overall and 8-6 in the Patriot League. 

Holy Cross Shuts Down Lehigh

The Crusaders led by one, 26-25, in the opening minutes of the second half before going on an 11-0 run to take a commanding 37-25 lead with 16:29 to play in the game. 

After allowing Lehigh to get within nine, 37-28, the Crusaders scored five straight points to go up 42-18 with 11:49 left in the game. 

They would seal the game with a 9-0 run with 5:31 left to take a 52-45 lead and roll to a 61-45 victory. 

The 45 points allowed are the fewest the Crusaders have allowed all season. The 29.2 field goal percentage is also the lowest that Holy Cross has allowed all season. 

The Leaders 

The Crusaders were led by Karl Charles who poured in 15 points on 3 of 6 shooting from the field and 8-8 from the free throw line. 

Robert Champion followed up with 13 point son 5 of 11 shooting from the field while also grabbing six rebounds. 

Next up 

Holy Cross returns to action on February 15 when they host Army at the Hart Center. 

The Crusader have four games left of their season, three of which are at home. 

Tip-off for the game against Army is 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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