Holy Cross Falls to Siena 71-65 in Final Non-Conference Game
Saturday, December 23, 2017
The Crusaders were without head coach Bill Carmody, who missed the game to attend to a family matter, according to the school.
The loss drops Holy Cross to 3-8 on the season, while Siena improves to 4-9 overall.
Holy Cross' Rally Falls Short
After trailing 40-33 at the half, the Crusaders cut their deficit to three, 52-49, with 11 minutes left to play.
From that point, Siena would go on a 10-1 run over the next three minutes to take a 62-50 lead with eight minutes left. It was their largest lead of the game.
Holy Cross got no closer than four points the rest of the way as the Saints knocked down five of their seven free throws in the final minute.
The Crusaders were led by Patrick Benzan, who netted 12 points and grabbed five rebounds. Freshman Connor Niego added 11 points.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday, December 29 when they host Colgate in the Patriot League opener.
Game time is set for 7 p.m.
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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.
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.
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