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slides: Holy Cross Falls 65-52 to Lafayette

Thursday, January 14, 2016

 

Robert Champion leads Holy Cross with 24 points

The Holy Cross Crusaders (7-9, 2-3 PL) fell 65-52 to the (5-11, 2-3 PL) Lafayette Leopards on Wednesday night in Pennsylvania. The Crusaders have now dropped two straight and three of their last four games. 

See the Five Takeaways Slideshow Below. 

Holy Cross trailed by five points at the half, 31-26, and got to within four, 33-29 early in the second half. However, Lafayette scored the next 11 points to up by 15, 44-29. 

The Leopards would increase their margin to 16 points, 50-34, with 11 minutes left to play before Holy Cross would go on a 10-2 run to cut their deficit to just eight, 52-44. Eight of the ten points came from Robert Champion. 

With 6:39 left to play, the Crusaders would cut it to six, 55-49, but would go cold from the field. Holy Cross would not make a field goal the rest of the game while the Leopards closed it out on a 10-3 run. 

Ironically, Holy Cross started out the game red hot from the field, taking an 8-0 lead in the first three minutes of action. 

The Leaders 

Holy Cross was led by Robert Champion who poured in a career high 24 points on 9 of 21 shooting from the field. 

Cullen Hamilton followed up with 10 points on 4 of 9 shooting from the field. 

Next up 

Holy Cross returns home on Saturday, January 16 when they host Lehigh at 1 p.m. at the Hart Center. Holy Cross is 5-2 at home this season. 

See the Five Takeaways Slideshow Below 

 

Related Slideshow: 5 Takeaways From Holy Cross’ 65-52 Loss to Lafayette

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Game Stats

Points in the Paint: Holy Cross Wins 24-20 

Points off Turnovers: Lafayette Wins 15-12

2nd Chance Points: Holy Cross Wins 7-0 

Fast Break Points: Lafayette Wins 8-4 

Bench Points: Lafayette Wins 15-8 

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Protecting offensive glass

Karl Charles led all Crusaders by grabbing 8 rebounds in the game while Robert Champion and Malachi Alexander followed up with 6 each. 

Holy Cross and Lafayette tied the rebounding battle at 33, however, Holy Cross did not give up an offensive rebound. 

On the other side of the floor, the Crusaders grabbed 7 offensive rebounds and turned it into 7 points. 

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Cullen Hamilton

Cullen Hamilton was the only player, other than Robert Champion to reach double figures. 

Hamilton netted 10 points 4 of 9 shooting from the field. 

Hamilton also grabbed five rebounds, all defensive, in 36 minutes of action. 

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Robert Champion

Robert Champion led Holy Cross with a career high 24 points on 9 of 21 shooting from the field and 4 of 5 fro the free throw line. 

Champion also grabbed six rebounds in the game. 

Champion started the game and played 36 minutes for Holy Cross. 

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3 Point Shooting

Holy Cross struggled from beyond the arc in this game, only knocking down 5 three-pointers of the 27 that they took. The Crusaders shot 18 % from deep in the game. 

Anthony Thompson was 1 of 6 from deep while Cullen Hamilton and Robert Champion were both 2 of 7. 

Lafayette knocked down 10 of their 25 three-pointers, shooting 40%. 

 
 

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