Holy Cross Rallies Past Loyola 64-57 for 1st Patriot League Win of Season

Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Joe Calabro, GoLocalWorcester Sports Team

Austin Butler
The Holy Cross Crusaders rallied from 11 points down to edge Loyola 64-57 and earn their first Patriot League win of the season.

“We said these are the things we are going to focus on, take your time, don’t shoot fast and just get the shot that you are going to make and for the most part we did that,” said Holy Cross head coach Bill Carmody in his post-game press conference.

With the win, Holy Cross snaps a five-game losing streak and improves to 4-11 overall. They are 1-3 in the Patriot League.

Holy Cross Rallies in 2nd Half

Holy Cross trailed by 11 points, 35-24, with 15:57 to play in the game.

They then trailed 39-30 just a few minutes later before going on a 20-2 run to take a 50-41 lead.

During the run, freshman guard Austin Butler scored eight of his 12 points to lead the Crusaders.

Loyola got within one point on two different occasions, however, Holy Cross knocked down six of eight free throws in the final 35 seconds to seal the win.

Next up

Holy Cross returns to action on Thursday, January 11 when they visit Navy.

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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