Grandison’s 25 Points Lead Holy Cross Past Iona 78-71

Monday, December 31, 2018
GoLocalWorcester Sports Team

Jacob Grandison poured in 25 points for Holy Cross
Jacob Grandison scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Holy Cross Crusaders past Iona 78-71 in the final game of the non-conference season on Sunday.

Grandson also grabbed nine rebounds and dished out eight assists in the game.

Holy Cross finishes the non-conference season with a record of 9-4 overall, while Iona falls to 2-9.

Holy Cross Holds Off Iona

Iona led by as much as eight points in the first half before holding a 26-22 lead with six minutes left in the half.

Holy Cross then went on an 18-4 run over the next five minutes to take a 40-30 lead with. Just over a minute to play.

The run was sparked by 12 points from Austin Butler.

The Crusaders would take a 40-33 lead into the half.

In the second half, Holy Cross held at least a ten point lead for the majority of play before a late run by Iona saw the Crusaders lead tried to four, 71-67 with under two minutes to go.

A layup by Butler then put the Crusaders back up by six, and Holy Cross held the Gaels to two of seven shooting down the stretch to pull out the victory.

Next Up

Holy Cross returns to action on Thursday, January 3 when they open Patriot League play against Loyola.

Game time is set for 7 p.m.

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    PHOTO: Tunnelbug/flickr

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    Palazzi went as the number one pick in the NBA Draft to the Boston Celtics a couple of months later.


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