More than 300 miles separate Loyola University Maryland and the College of the Holy Cross, but during a recent men’s basketball game, only a few points kept the two schools apart.
The tight competition started early on in the contest, held in Reitz Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Senior Jarred Jones scored the first points for the Greyhounds just 17 seconds into the game. Senior standout Malachi Alexander responded with a bucket of his own for the Crusaders and the fast-paced play was set from there on out.
At the end of the first half, Loyola led Holy Cross 31-27 in what was a defensive-minded two quarters of play for both teams. Loyola Athletics Sideline Reporter Bob Trosset shared his thoughts during half:
In the second half, Loyola led by as many as nine, 42-33, at the midway point of the second half.
“We scored on four free throws in the first two minutes,” said Chris Taormino, a Loyola senior who watched the game. “It was really exciting and I think fans felt more confident that Loyola would win.”
The Crusaders refused to go away, though, as they found a way to win the second half, 35-34.
All in all, Kostecka’s career-high 20 points, along with solid double-digit scoring contributions from Jones and Gregory, was too much for the Crusaders to handle as Loyola marched on to a 65-62 victory. They improved to 4-5 in Patriot League play.
Since its victory over Holy Cross, Loyola triumphed in another close competition this past Saturday defeating Lafayette 70-62. Jarred Jones notched his 1,000th career point in the road contest.
On Wednesday, Feb. 1, the team takes on Lehigh in Reitz Arena. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. on the Patriot League Network.
Contributors: Blake Lubinski, Kendra Farrell & Bob Trosset