Butler’s Career-High 28 Points Leads Holy Cross Past Lafayette 85-74

Sunday, January 28, 2018
GoLocalWorcester Sports Team

Austin Butler
Freshman Austin Butler poured in a career-high 28 points to lead the Holy Cross Crusaders past Lafayette 85-74 on Saturday at the Hart Center.

Butler’s points came on 11 of 15 shooting from the field and five of eight shooting from three.

The win improves Holy Cross to 7-14 on the season and 4-6 in the Patriot League.

Lafayette falls to 5-16 overall and 3-7 in the conference.

Holy Cross Holds Off Lafayette 

After leading 49-37 at the half, the Crusaders were up ten 55-45 with 14:18 left in the game when the Leopards went on a 15-7 run to cut Holy Cross’ lead to 62-60 with 10:12 left to play.

However, Holy Cross would lock down on defense.

The Crusaders would hold Lafayette scoreless for nearly five minutes while scoring the next nine points to take a 71-60 lead.

Lafayette would not get closer than seven points the rest of the way as the Crusaders hit five of six free throws in the final two minutes to seal the 85-74 win.

The 85 points is a season-high for the Crusaders.

Next Up

Holy Cross returns to action on Monday, January 29 when they host Lehigh.

Game time is set for 7 p.m.

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    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

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    Feb, 14, 2001 

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    Ralph Willard was the head coach.

    PHOTO: College Hoop Hits

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    March 9, 2007

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    Keith Simmons led Holy Cross in the game.

    PHOTO: Wikipedia 

  • 6.

    March 10, 1993 

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

  • 5.

    March 5, 1977 

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  • 4.

    Feb 17, 1990

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    The title was the program's first conference championship. 

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

  • 3.

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    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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