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Holy Cross Falls 49-42 to Navy in Patriot League Quarterfinal

Friday, March 03, 2017

 

Malachi Alexander scored 11 points in the game.

The Holy Cross Crusaders Patriot League title defense came to an end. 

The Crusaders fell 49-42 to Navy in the Patriot League quarterfinals in Annapolis, Maryland on Thursday night ending their chances of a repeat. 

Holy Cross Falls Short 

Trailing 31-24 in the second half, the Holy Cross Crusaders went on a 15-5 run to take a 39-36 lead with 4:24 to play in the game following free throws from Karl Charles. 

The Midshipmen would score the next six points, all from the free throw line, to take a 42-39 lead with under two minutes to play. 

Holy Cross would get a three from Karl Charles to tie the game at 42 with 1:35 left to go. 

However, Navy’s George Kiernan knocked down a  three-pointer with 29 seconds left to give Navy the lead. The Midshipmen would convert all four of their free throws in the final 20 seconds to seal the win. 

Holy Cross shot only 32% from the field and 24% from three in the game.

They allowed Navy to grab 20 offensive rebounds which helped lead to 15 second chance points. 

The Leaders 

The Crusaders were led by Robert Champion who poured in 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the field. 

Malachi Alexander followed up with 11 points on 4 of 10 shooting from the field. 

 

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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