Holy Cross Picks Up Win Against American
Holy Cross traveled to D.C. last Sunday to take on American University. This win puts the Crusader’s Patriot League record at 8-8. The game started with the two teams trading nine-point runs. The Crusaders scored the first nine points unanswered and American retaliated, tying the game with a little over seven minutes to play in the half. Minutes later, senior guard Robert Champion scored five straight points to put the Crusaders ahead 21-14. Holy Cross was able to carry the seven point advantage into the locker room with them, finishing the half up 28-21.
American was able to keep the lead to single digits for most of the half. With eight minutes left to play in the game, the Crusaders held on to a slim 47-44 win. Just when it looked as if American could go on a run and take the lead after trailing most of the game, Holy Cross put up 12 unanswered points to put the game out of reach. Six of the 12 points came from senior guard Anthony Thompson’s back-to-back three-pointers. The Crusaders maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game and took care of business at the free throw line in the last few minutes. Robert Champion became the school’s fifty-first 1,000 point scorer when he converted on a tip-in with five minutes to go in the game. The Crusaders narrowly beat Loyola in an exciting 63-62 win on Wednesday. They look to defeat Boston University at home on Saturday.
Women’s Basketball Takes Down American
Last Sunday the Crusaders procured a big win against American University. The two teams were even throughout the first quarter and the Crusaders were able to keep the deficit manageable, ending the quarter down 12-9. Throughout the second quarter the Crusaders took the lead three times and tied twice, but American was still able to end the half up 24-20. The beginning of the second half entailed Holy Cross playing very well and closing the gap, but American would make a run towards the end of the quarter pulling ahead 42-30.
Holy Cross comeback began early in the final quarter as Madalyn Smith drained three shots from beyond the arc in addition to Katie Doherty’s three-pointer. Junior Guard Tricia Byrne would sink two free throws to take the lead with a little over three minutes remaining in the game. Holy Cross’s lockdown defense held American to only four points in the entire fourth quarter. Madalyn Smith’s career-high 16 points would rightfully earn her the MVP award for Sunday’s game. The women’s team pulled off an impressive last second win on Wednesday beating Loyola 59-58 in the last seconds of the game. The Crusaders will be on the road this Saturday as they face Boston University.