Sports

The State of Hoops on the Hill

Jack Milko ’20
Sports Writer

Editor’s note: All stats and records are up-to-date as of February 2.

As the play-by-play radio announcer for both the Men’s and Women’s basketball teams, I will be writing weekly articles on the state of both programs for The Spire throughout the season. You can listen to home games on WCHC 88.1 FM or online at https://college.holycross.edu/wchc/Listen_Live.html

Men’s Team

Two weeks ago, on Jan. 22, the Holy Cross men’s basketball team defeated the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in overtime, bringing their overall win total to three on the season. In a game in which the Crusaders faced a 17-point deficit with a little over 13 minutes remaining, Holy Cross stormed back in the final minutes of the second half. First-year guard Drew Wade hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to knot the score at 84 with seven seconds to go. On the ensuing possession, Lehigh’s Jordan Cohen missed a shot at the end of regulation to force overtime. Holy Cross then outscored Lehigh 12-11 in the extra period as the Crusaders prevailed 96-95. This was the first time this season in which the Crusaders had two 20-point scorers in the same game. Junior Matt Faw had 22 while first-yearJoe Pridgen added 20. Since that emotional come-from-behind victory, the men’s team has dropped three in a row to fellow Patriot League opponents Boston University, Navy, and Colgate. The Crusaders will return to the Hart Center to host Lafayette on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Women’s Team

Having won three of its last five, the Holy Cross women’s basketball team has its sights set on a Patriot League title this season. Currently, the Bucknell Bison sit atop the standings. The Crusaders are two games back with eight games remaining in the regular season. Last weekend, in the loss at Colgate, Holy Cross struggled as the team shot only 35 percent from the field. Meanwhile, the Colgate Raiders converted 47 percent of their field goal attempts. Senior Lauren Manis currently averages 17.5 points per game; unfortunately for her, she only scored two against Colgate as she found herself in foul trouble throughout the game. Senior Megan Swords led the way for Holy Cross with 18 points while sophomore Avery Labarbera chipped in with 17 of her own. Although the Crusaders found themselves down by two at halftime, Colgate outscored the Crusaders 27-17 in the third quarter and never looked back, winning by a score of 71-60. Before the loss in upstate New York, the Crusaders defeated Navy easily last Wednesday night, winning 57-43. Manis scored 18 in the victory. Swords and Labarbera also had 12 apiece against the Midshipmen. Looking ahead, the women’s basketball team has its next game this upcoming Saturday, Feb. 8. They play host to Boston University at 1 PM at the Hart Center. Both teams are knotted at 6-4 within the Patriot League. This matchup will have huge implications for seeding for the Patriot League Tournament at the end of the season. If Holy Cross can secure a top-four seed, they will receive a first round bye and host a quarterfinal matchup in the Patriot League Tournament.

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