The Crusaders of Holy Cross were defeated for the first this season on Sunday, falling to the Rhode Island, 88-66.
Although both teams were relatively close together in score for most of the game, Rhode Island pulled away following a 14-0 run in the second half.
Jehyve Floyd replaced fellow junior forward Karl Charles in the starting line up after Charles was ruled out from the game due to an undisclosed injury. Floyd was tied for most points on the team with 14, and lead the Crusaders in rebounds with eight.
Freshman guard Caleb Green had a double double, scoring 14 points, 11 assists, as well as five rebounds. Fellow freshman Connor Niego and Matt Faw also had nine and seven points respectively.
Junior guard Matt Zignorski had ten points, shooting 3-4 from the field, while Patrick Benzan had an off night, as he only scored seven points.
The Rams were lead by senior guard Jared Terrell who had 25 points along with two steals, three assists and four rebounds. Senior forward Andre Berry had 20 points and shot 9 of 11 from the field. Senior guards Jarvis Garrett and Stanford Robinson both added 12 points while sophomore guard Jeff Dowtin had nine assists.
The Crusaders still trailed in rebounds in this game, but did not trail by as great of a sum as in their previous games, as they were out-rebounded by six. The real downfall for the Crusaders was turnovers, as they turned over the ball 17 times, which was eight more than Rhode Island did. The Crusaders continued to shoot at a good percentage despite the blowout defeat, shooting 47 percent from the field and 38 percent from three.
Their struggles on offense also came from the fact that the Rams had 13 steals in the game. The Rams also shot drastically better than the Crusaders, shooting 55 percent from the field and 43 percent from three.
The Crusaders will next face off against Fairleigh Dickinson (2-2) on the road on Wednesday at 2 p.m.