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SAINTS FALL TO #2 MACU, 69-63, IN OPENING ROUND

by | Mar 12, 2021 | Basketball Blogs, Headlines | 0 comments

Park City, Kan. The #3 seeded Holy Cross College men’s basketball team faced #2 Mid-America Christian University in the opening round on the NAIA Men’s Basketball National Tournament this morning at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas.

After a back and forth battle to start the game, Holy Cross would take a 19-11 lead after a deep three by Storm Cook with 12 minutes remaining in the half. MACU tied the game up 28-28 with seven minutes remaining, but Holy Cross would go on a run of their own and enter halftime up 38-32.

A Noel Mpie layup to start the second half extended the lead 40-32. MACU would tie the game up 52-52 with six minutes to play, but two made free throws by Jordan Gaines gave them a 55-54 lead with just over five minutes remaining. MACU was able to edge out the Saints late and hand them the 69-63 defeat.

MATCH DETAILS

Score: Holy Cross Fell to MACU 69-63

Records: Holy Cross (13-7) | MACU (12-4)

Location: Hartman Arena | NAIA National Tournament | Park City, KS

SCORING SUMMARY

Storm Cook – 29 points, 9/15 FG

Caleb Pack – 8 points, 3 assists

Jordan Gaines – 7 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

Holy Cross shot 34% from the field and 41% from three

MACU shot 41% from the field and 25% from three

Men’s basketball lost the rebound battle 35-29

The Saints finish the 2020-21 season with an overall record 13-7, having made it to the NAIA National Tournament back-to-back years.