WORCESTER, Mass. - College of the Holy Cross led by 11 in the game's first 10 minutes and never trailed, defeating Loyola University Maryland, 62-45, Tuesday night in the Patriot League Championships First Round to end the Greyhounds' season.
A Justin Burrell jumper at 10:49 gave the eighth-seeded Crusaders (14-15 overall) a 15-4 lead, one they would extend to 19 less than five minutes later on a Robert Champion three with 6:07 remaining in the first half.
Eric Laster did his best to get the Greyhounds (11-19) back within shouting range, scoring 12 of his game-high 14 in the first half, and a Denzel Brito jumper with less than two seconds left in the stanza sent the teams to the locker room with Holy Cross up, 32-20.
The Crusaders would score the first seven points of the second half, and Loyola could not get its deficit back under 15 from that point on.
Laster was the only Loyola player in double-figures as Loyola shot 31.6 percent from the field, 13.3 percent from 3-point range.
Meanwhile, four Crusaders -- Malcolm Miller, Matt Husek, Cullen Hamilton and Champion -- scored 10 each, and Burrell had eight.