Holy Cross Dominated on Boards, Fall 52-47 to Army

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Joe Calabro, GoLocalWorcester Sports Team

Holy Cross Head Coach Bill Carmody.
Holy Cross allowed Army to grab 13 offensive rebounds helping lead to 13 second chance points en route to a 52-47 loss at the Hart Center on Wednesday night. 

The Crusaders were dominated on the boards, losing the battle 41-23. 

“Real disappointing. I thought they outplayed us the entire night, controlled the game. They killed us on the boards and they are not a big team, but they got so many second shots,” said Holy Cross Head Coach Bill Carmody. 

Holy Cross drops to 7-8 in the Patriot League and 13-15 overall, while Army improves to 4-11 in the Patriot League and 10-17 overall. 

Holy Cross Falls Short

Trailing 32-25 at the half, Holy Cross’ Robert Champion opened the second half by scoring eight straight points to put the Crusaders ahead 33-32 early in the second half. 

The Black Knights then would go on a 9-3 run to grab a 41-36 lead with 7:37 remaining. 

Army would extend their lead to 49-41 with 1:35 left to play before Holy Cross would go on a 6-0 run to cut it to 49-47 with 34 seconds left. 

The black Knights would convert three of four free throws in the final seconds to seal the win. 

The Leaders 

Robert Champion was the only Holy Cross player to reach double figures, scoring 21 points on 7 of 15 shooting from the field. 

Malachi Alexander followed up with 8 points on 3 of 7 shooting from the field while grabbing five rebounds. 

Next up 

Holy Cross returns to action on Sunday, February 19 when they visit American. 

Tip-off is set for 12 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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