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slides: Holy Cross Falls 71-70 to American in OT Heartbreaker

Monday, February 22, 2016

 

Karl Charles leads Holy Cross with 17 points

The Holy Cross Crusaders (10-17, 5-11 PL) fell 71-70 in overtime to (9-18, 7-9 PL) American on Sunday afternoon at the Heart Center. The Crusaders have now lost three straight and 5 of their last 6 games. 

"Well, I mean they missed foul shots too, but we missed more. We were driving it, getting fouled in the first half, same thing in the second half, but you got to make foul shots," said Holy Cross Head Coach Bill Carmody after the game. 

The Crusaders went 26 of 41 from the free throw line. 

See the Five Takeaways Slideshow Below

Holy Cross' Eric Green stole the ball in the back court and scored to give the Crusaders a 70-69 lead with 17 seconds to play in the overtime period. 

American had one last possession and it was Delante Jones who worked his way under the basket and got a layup with 2.3 seconds left to give American the win. 

"At the end, you know we wanted to have Eric [Green] on that guy, maybe we should have gone to a 1-3-1 or something I don't know, I just thought he would be able to handle him but he wasn't able to," Carmody said. 

The Crusaders conclude the home portion of their schedule with an 8-6 record. 

Forcing OT 

The game got to overtime after Anthony Thompson hit two free throws with 13.7 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 59 points apiece. 

Prior to that, Holy Cross trailed by as much as 13 points in the second half and trailed by 9 points with 6:41 to play before coming back. 

The Leaders

Holy Cross was led by Karl Charles who netted 17 points on 4 of 6 shooting from the field and 8 of 9 from the free throw line while also grabbing 7 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists. 

Robert Champion followed up with 14 points and 8 rebounds in the game. 

Next up 

Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, February 24 when they visit Loyola.  Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. 

 

Related Slideshow: 5 Takeaways From Holy Cross’ 71-70 OT Loss to American

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Robert Champion

Robert champion followed up Charles performance with 14 points of his own. 

Champion's points came on 5 of 15 shooting from the field and 4 of 7 from the free throw line. 

Champion also grabbed 8 rebounds in the game. 

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Turnovers

Anthony Thompson recorded 2 steals for the Crusaders who forced American into 16 turovers in the game. 

The Crusaders only turned the ball over 11 times themselves.

Holy Cross turned the American turnovers in 18 points, while American turned the Crusaders' 11 turnvoers into 15 points.

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Free Throws

The Crusaders went 26 of 41 from the free throw line at home and it obviously was costly as they lost the game by one point in over time. 

The Crusaders shot 63% from the charity stripe in the game. 

American went 25 of 34 from the free throw line in the game. 

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Karl Charles

Karl Charles led Holy Cross with 17 points on 4 of 6 shooting from the field and 8 of 9 from the free throw line. 

The point total is Charles' highest since January 27 and the first time he has scored in double figures in three games. 

Charles also grabbed 7 rebounds and dished out three assists. 

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Resilience

The big takeaway from this game is the resilience of Holy Cross, coming back from sizable deficits on multiple occasions. 

The Crusaders trailed by 13, 39-26, with 13:14 to play before going on a 10-0 run to get back in the game, eventually tying the game at 41. 

American then took a 9 point lead, 51-42, after a 10-1 run. However, Crusaders would come back again, this time taking a 57-56 lead. 

Holy Cross would trail 56-52 with less than three minutes to play before Karl Charles scored 5 straight points, helping get the game to over time. 

 
 

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