Crusaders Upset Navy in Quarterfinals

The No.6 seed Holy Cross Crusaders upset the No.3 seed Navy Midshipmen 81-65 in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League tournament on Thursday.

1 2 T
HC (12-18, 8-10) 32 49 81
NAVY (20-12, 11-7) 31 34 65

Holy Cross shot an impressive 67 percent from the field and 60 percent from beyond the arc in the victory. In contrast, Navy shot 41 percent from the field and 34 percent from deep. Although the teams were only separated by one point at the half, the Crusaders came out of the break hot, going on a 23-8 run to open the second half.

Jehyve Floyd—who won Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year—led the Crusaders with 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting, and added four rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. Austin Butler—who was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie Team—scored 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and had six rebounds.

Jacob Grandison led the Crusaders in rebounds with seven and scored 12 points. Both Caleb Green and Patrick Benzan scored double digits as they scored 15 and 11 points respectively.

George Kiernan led the Midshipmen with 16 points off the bench on 6-of-13 shooting and had four rebounds. Hasan Abdullah scored 13 points, shooting 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, and added four rebounds. Tom Lacey led Navy in rebounds with five and scored 10 points.

This win avenges Holy Cross’s 49-42 loss to Navy in the quarterfinals in the Patriot League tournament last year. The last time that Holy Cross advanced to the Semifinals was the 2015-16 tournament, when they entered as the No.9 seed and miraculously won the Patriot League. They advanced to the NCAA tournament and won their first game before losing to Oregon.

In the Semifinals of the Patriot League tournament, Holy Cross will take on No.2 seed Colgate on Sunday, March 4 at noon. The Crusaders are 0-2 against Colgate this season.

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