By Spencer Caron, Sports Editor
Men’s Basketball Outplays Colgate
Last Wednesday the Crusaders defeated league rival Colgate 56-50 at home. This important win puts their record at 12-12 overall. The two teams have similar records within league play, so the game was slated to be close. First quarter play was even for the first ten minutes, but the Crusaders pulled ahead 24-15 with less than five minutes to go before halftime. Colgate, sensing the rising momentum, went on a much needed run to cut the lead 29-24 at the break.
Colgate continued their run early in the second half to take a small lead with 15 minutes left to play. The two teams exchanged points, keeping the game within single digits for most of the second half before the Crusaders went on a 12-3 run with roughly four minutes left to play. For the remainder of the game, Holy Cross managed to keep at least a five point buffer. The Crusaders forced 19 turnovers and kept Colgate’s field goal percentage at 33.3%. Holy Cross senior guard Robert Champion was awarded the Man of the Match award, finishing the game with 17 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Last Monday the Crusaders were defeated 82-68 by league opponent Bucknell.
Women’s Basketball Pick Up Win Over Bucknell
Last Sunday the women’s team convincingly beat league opponents Bucknell at home. This is an impressive win for Holy Cross, as Bucknell is a strong league foe with a 9-2 Patriot League record. The Crusaders started the game off strong, forcing Bucknell to call an early timeout after falling 7-0 in the first two minutes of the game. The two teams were close for the remainder of the first half and would head to the locker room tied at 32 points apiece.
The second half remained extremely close with the teams tied for the sixth time heading into the fourth quarter. Then, the Crusaders went on an impressive 13-2 run to pull away from Bucknell for the first time since the very beginning of the first half. Bucknell attempted to go on a run of their own, but the Crusaders would hold on to the comfortable lead to win the game 63-51. Infiniti Thomas-Waheed led the Crusaders in scoring with 26 points, and junior guard Tricia Byrne also logged double digit points. The Crusaders will look to defeat Lafayette at home this Wednesday.