Holy Cross Falls to Iona 82-68

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Joe Calabro, GoLocalWorcester Sports Team

Bill Carmody
Freshman Jacob Grandison scored a career-high 14 points in 22 minutes off the bench, but the Holy Cross Crusaders fell 82-68 to the Iona Gaels on Tuesday night at the Hart Center.

Iona shot 54% from three in the game, with five different players making at least three shots from deep.

“We just were not able to stop them. They have so many different guys that shoot it, it’s not like one or two guys that shoot it, it’s every guy on the team,” said Holy Cross head coach Bill Carmody after the game.

Holy Cross falls to 3-7 on the season and have lost seven of their last eight games.

Iona Pulls Away

Holy Cross held an early 12-9 lead with 11 minutes left in the first half before Iona took control of the game with a 21-8 run to take a 30-20 lead.

All 30 of Iona’s points came off three-pointers.

Iona extended their lead 38-23 heading into the locker room and led by as much as 19 points with 15 minutes left in the game.

Holy Cross battled back, using an 11-2 run to cut Iona’s lead to nine, 54-45, with 10 minutes left in the game.

However, the Gaels would score the next eight points to seal the win.

The Gaels made a Hart Center single-game record 20 three-pointers, breaking the previous record of 15 set in 2015.

Next up

Holy Cross returns to action Friday, December 22 when they visit Siena.

Game time is set for 7 p.m.

  • 10.

    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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