2018 has been much kinder to the Holy Cross Men’s Basketball team than 2017 has. The Crusaders have won more games in the month of January then they have all season. They continued their momentum in the past three games, winning against American and Lafayette, and dropping a close one to Lehigh.
Classes started on Tuesday, January 23, but before the Crusaders could get into study mode, they had business to take care of in Washington D.C. On Monday Jan. 22, they faced off against the Eagles for a tough road matchup, with both teams looking to get to six wins on the season. The game was back and forth throughout, as the Eagles and Crusaders traded buckets throughout both halves. In the end, though, Holy Cross came out on top 60-57.
Junior forward Jehyve Floyd led the charge for the Crusaders, tallying 22 points, five rebounds and six blocks. Floyd put up those monster stats efficiently, shooting 10-13 from the field. On the whole, Holy Cross shot 59 percent from the field and 46 percent from three, while holding American to 39 and 23 percent respectively.
After the triumph over American, Holy Cross headed home for the Winter Homecoming game against the Lafayette Leopards. Holy Cross started hot and jumped out to a 31-15 lead 10 minutes into the game. However, with 6:26, Lafayette caught fire and closed the gap to 35-34 with 14 straight points, before Holy Cross went on a 14-3 run. The teams went into the half with Holy Cross up 49-37. The Leopards roared back in the second half, and it was a 62-60 game in Holy Cross’ favor with 10 minutes left in the game. However, Holy Cross was able to hold on and come away with an 85-74 victory, setting a season high for points. Freshman guard Austin Butler led the team with a career high 28 points and Floyd poured in 17 points on perfect 8-8 shooting. The win over Lafayette also marked the first time the Crusaders had won back to back games since starting the season 2-0.
However, Holy Cross couldn’t keep up the winning streak when they faced the Lehigh Mountain Hawks at home on Monday. The first half was close, as Lehigh went into the half leading 35-33. However, they quickly pulled away with a 16-2 run, and were up by 12 with four minutes left. The Crusaders rallied back to bring the game within two with less than 30 seconds left. Freshman guard Caleb Green missed his shot attempt though, and Lehigh went on to win 71-67. Junior forward Karl Charles led the team with 16 points, and Floyd continued his hot streak, scoring 15 points, grabbing nine rebounds, four assists and six blocks.
Holy Cross fell to 7-16 on the year, and their next game is this Saturday against Loyola.