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Three Thoughts: Holy Cross 76, NJIT 66

Out of context, it wasn’t a bad performance for NJIT in a 76-66 loss Friday night at Holy Cross. The Highlanders led for the entire first half and were within striking distance against a Crusader squad that was picked third in the Patriot League (and finished third last season), a conference that has had its share of NCAA success in the last decade, currently 19th in the KenPom ratings. That doesn’t sound like much, but, of course, NJIT is homeless, at least as far as conference affiliation is concerned, so good job, good effort. Really. Continue reading

Behind Aggressive Defense, Holy Cross Shocks No. 25 Harvard

Entering their season opener against No. 25 Harvard, the Holy Cross Crusaders knew they couldn’t play cautiously. In the final game of the Coaches vs. Cancer tripleheader at TD Garden, the Crusaders came out with aggressive full-court pressure and kept it up throughout the evening. Forty minutes later, they were rewarded with 24 forced turnovers and a 58-57 upset — their first victory over a nationally ranked team since 1977. Continue reading

Holy Cross, Milan Brown Hoping to Get Back on Track in Season 4

Will others step up to take some of the scoring burden off of point guard Justin Burrell? (Photo credit: Holy Cross Athletics)

Will others step up to take some of the scoring burden off of point guard Justin Burrell? (Photo credit: Holy Cross Athletics)

For a program on the rebuild, the third season of a head coach’s tenure typically serves as a pivotal year. By season three, much of the roster has been turned over to the coach’s liking, and those grizzled veterans from the old regime have absorbed and embraced the new coach’s philosophy. Continue reading