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Holy Cross Pulls Away From Men's Basketball

Franz Rassman made 6-of-7 shots and scored a career-high 15 points for Loyola.
Franz Rassman made 6-of-7 shots and scored a career-high 15 points for Loyola.

Feb. 26, 2014

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BALTIMORE - A Jordan Latham free throw 64 seconds into the second half gave Loyola University Maryland a 33-27 lead, but College of the Holy Cross used a 23-8 run over the game's next 11-plus minutes to take control of the game. The Crusaders secured the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Championships with a 65-52 victory on Wednesday night in Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds (10-18 overall, 5-12 Patriot League) can secure the Patriot League's No. 8 seed and a first round home game on Monday, March 3, by virtue of a win on Saturday, March 1, at the U.S. Naval Academy and a Lafayette College loss to the U.S. Military Academy. Loyola would also be the No. 8 see with a Colgate University loss that day at Lehigh University.

Loyola shot 57.1 percent from the field in the first half and led 30-27 at the break, and Eric Laster grabbed an offensive rebound to score on the Greyhounds' first possession of the second period. Latham then made 1-of-2 at the line to give Loyola its largest advantage of the night.

Anthony Thompson responded for Holy Cross (18-11, 12-5) with a three from the right corner at 18:41.

The Greyhounds pushed back to a five-point lead on a Franz Rassman pump-fake and basket - two of his career-high 15 points - but the Crusaders scored the next seven points.

After Malachi Alexander hit a three for Holy Cross with 15:37 left to give the Crusaders a 37-35 lead, Rassman tied the game on a layup 24 ticks later.

Neither Loyola, nor Holy Cross scored for almost four minutes until Eric Green hit a three from the left corner at 11:44 to give the Crusaders the lead for good.

Although Holy Cross shot just 36.7 percent from the field in the game, the Crusaders made 21-of-25 free throws and eight 3-pointers.

In addition to Rassman's career-high 15 points, R.J. Williams scored 13 for the Greyhounds. Jordan Latham added nine points and a team-high six rebounds.

Malcolm Miller led all scorers with 20 points for Holy Cross, and Alexander grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench.