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Holy Cross Rallies to Beat Colgate 65-63

Thursday, January 07, 2016

 

Karl Charles leads Holy Cross with 21 points

The Holy Cross Crusaders (7-7, 2-1 PL) defeated the (6-8, 2-1 PL) Colgate Raiders 65-63 on Wednesday night at the Hart Center. Holy Cross has now won 5 of the last 6 meetings with Colgate. 

The Comeback

Colgate led 32-20 early in the second half, before Holy Cross went on a 9-2 run to get back into the game at 34-29.

The Crusaders were still down by six ,46-4, with 10:38 left to play, when they would score eight straight points to take their first lead of the night at 48-46. 

The game would be tied at 55 with 5:18 to play in the half before Holy Cross scored six straight points to go up 61-5 helped by Karl Charles free throws and lay ups by Malachi Alexander and Cullen Hamilton. 

Despite Colgate knocking down two three-pointers later in the game, the Crusaders would nail four of their six free throws in the final 30 seconds to hold on for the win. 

The Leaders 

Holy Cross was led by Karl Charles who poured in a career high 21 points while grabbing eight rebounds and recording five blocked shots. 

Cullen Hamilton followed up with 20 points of his own, 18 of which came in the final 17 minutes of action. 

Next up 

Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, January 9 when they visit Bucknell. Tip off is set for 2 p.m .

 

Related Slideshow: 5 Takeaways From Holy Cross’ 65-63 Win Over Colgate

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Bench Points

Holy Cross lost the battle of the benches 23-11 and the majority of their points came from Rober Champion who poured in 8 points on 3 of 5 shooting from the field. 

Champion also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out 4 assists in 33 minutes of action. 

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Malachi Alexander

Malachi Alexander had 9 points on 3 of 6 shooting from the field to go along with 4 rebounds and three assists. 

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Cullen Hamilton

Culle Hamilton had a big game for the Crusaders to follow up what Karl Charles did. 

Hamilton netted 20 points on 7 of 9 shooting from the feild and 4 of 5 from the free throw line. 

Of his 20 points, 18 of them came in the final 17 minutes of action. 

Hamilton also grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists. 

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The Comeback

Colgate led 32-20 early in the second half, before Holy Cross went on a 9-2 run to get back into the game at 34-29.

The Crusaders were still down by six ,46-4, with 10:38 left to play, when they would score eight straight points to take their first lead of the night at 48-46. 

The game would be tied at 55 with 5:18 to play in the half before Holy Cross scored six straight points to go up 61-5 helped by Karl Charles free throws and lay ups by Malachi Alexander and Cullen Hamilton. 

Despite Colgate knocking down two three-pointers later in the game, the Crusaders would nail four of their six free throws in the final 30 seconds to hold on for the win. 
 

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Karl Charles

Karl Charles helped lead the Holy Cross come comeback with career highs in points, rebounds and blocked shots.

Charles poured in 21 points on 4 of 7 shooting from the field, 3 of 5 from three-point land and 10 of 11 from the free throw line. 

Charles pulled down eight rebounds, dished out five assists and blocked four shots while recording three steals. 

Charles is the reigning Patriot League Player of the Week and he came up with a huge game for Holy Cross. 

 
 

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