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.
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
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.