Butler’s 22 Points Not Enough as Holy Cross Falls to Lehigh 83-77

Saturday, January 06, 2018
Joe Calabro, GoLocalWorcester Sports Team

Austin Butler
Freshman Austin Butler poured in a career-high 22 points, but the Holy Cross Crusaders fell 83-77 to Lehigh on Friday night in Pennsylvania. 

Holy Cross falls to 3-11 on the season and 0-3 in the Patriot League.

Lehigh improves to 7-7 overall and 2-1 in the Patriot League.

Holy Cross Fades After Hot Start

The Holy Cross Crusaders got off to a hot start, scoring the first 12 points and taking a 19-3 lead with 12:55 left to play in the half.

However, Lehigh responded with a 12-0 run and would later take their first lead, 33-32, with 4:26 to play in the game.

Lehigh would take a 45-40 at the break.

The Mountain Hawks would build up as much as a 16 point lead, 67-51, with 10 minutes left to play.

The Crusaders would come back with a 15-2 run of their own over the next five minutes to get within three, 69-66.

The Mountain Hawks would push their lead back up to eight points, 78-70, with 1:53 left to play before Holy Cross would cut the lead to two, 79-77, with 21 seconds left in the game.

Lehigh would knock down four free throws in the final 20 seconds to seal the win.

The Mountain Hawks shot 57% from three in the game 52% from the field. 

Next up

Holy Cross returns to action on Monday, January 8 when they host Loyola.

Game time is set for 7 p.m.

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    March 1, 1975

    Holy Cross vs Army - The final game at the Worcester Auditorium

    Holy Cross beat Army 89-73 in the final game at the Worcester Auditorium. 

    The Crusaders were coached by George Blaney and went 229-64 in the building all-time. 

    PHOTO: Tunnelbug/flickr

  • 9.

    Feb, 14, 2001 

    Holy Cross vs Navy 

    Holy Cross clinches the programs first ever Patriot League Regular season title beating Navy 77-67 on the road. 

    Josh Sankes led Holy Cross that season. 

  • 8.

    March 9, 2001

    Holy Cross vs. Navy - Patriot League Championship

    Holy Cross beats Navy 68-64 in overtime to win the Patriot League Championship. 

    Ralph Willard was the head coach.

    PHOTO: College Hoop Hits

  • 7.

    March 9, 2007

    Bucknell vs Holy Cross - Patriot League Championship 

    The Crusaders hosted the Patriot League Championship game at the Hart Center and defeated Bucknell 74-66.

    Keith Simmons led Holy Cross in the game.

    PHOTO: Wikipedia 

  • 6.

    March 10, 1993 

    Holy Cross vs Bucknell - Patriot League Championship 

    The Crusaders won their first Patriot league title beating Bucknell 98-73.

    Rob Feaster was named tournament MVP after pouring in 66 points and recording 9 steals in three games. 

  • 5.

    March 5, 1977 

    Holy Cross vs. #8 Providence in ECAC Championship 

    Holy Cross defeated Providence 68-67 on a buzzer beater by Chris Potter to win ECAC Championship and advance to NCAA Tournament for first time in 21 years. 

  • 4.

    Feb 17, 1990

    Holy Cross vs. Army MAAC North Championship game

    Holy Cross rolled Army 86-68 and clinched the MAAC North title.

    The title was the program's first conference championship. 

    Dwight Pernell led Holy Cross with 22 points in the game. 

  • 3.

    March 13,1977

     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. 

  • 2.

    March 13,1954  

    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.

    PHOTO: Goholycross.com



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