Balanced Scoring By Crusaders Leads Holy Cross Over Men's Hoops
BALTIMORE - Five College of the Holy Cross players scored in double-figures Saturday afternoon, and the Crusaders downed Loyola University Maryland, 73-57, in Patriot League action in Reitz Arena.
Jacob Grandison led all players with 21 points, while Jehyve Floyd added 14 for the Crusaders who shot 54.2 percent from the field.
Floyd scored six of the game's first eight points, and Holy Cross built an 1-point advantage in the opening seven minutes. Grandison hit a three at 13:53 to make it 13-2 Crusaders.
Grandison hit a pull-up jumper in the paint at 7:09 in the firs thalf, and the lead stretched to 17 points, 30-13.
Loyola got within a dozen, 32-20, on two Cam Gregory free throws at 2:53, but Karl Charles knocked down a three on the Crusaders' next possession to make it 35-20.
The Greyhounds cut the deficit to nine, 49-40, on a Brent Holcombe dunk 5:45 into the second half, and a Sam Norton layup off an Andrew Kostecka steal and assist at 12:52 made it 50-42, but Holy Cross scored the next four points and was up by 10 or more for the remainder of the game.
Kostecka scored a team-high 14 points to go with three steals for Loyola, while Chuck Champion added 13 and a pair of steals.
In addition to the combined 35 points from Floyd and Grandison, Charles and Caleb Green each scored 12, and Austin Butler tallied 10 for the Crusaders.
Loyola returns to Reitz Arena on Wednesday, February 7, for a 7 p.m. game against American University.