March 1st, 2021

Holy Cross falls to Manual in first round of LIT


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

Holy Cross falls to Manual in first round of LIT
photo by Ed Peak

Holy Cross will want to destroy the game film after this one. Manual rolled past the visiting Cougars 84-43, Monday night in the opening round of the Louisville Invitational Tournament.


Holy Cross (12-6) missed easy shots, turned the ball over and generally frustrated head coach Jody Thornsberry.  One time in the first half Thornsberry yelled to his players. “ We are the ones in maroon.”


Holy Cross went over eight minutes at the end of the first quarter and into the second without a field goal. The Cougars did make eight of 12 free throws during the drought. 


Manual raced to a 42-22 halftime lead and with 2:15 in third the lead ballooned to 61-26. From that point on the clock stopped only during timeouts and injuries.


Holy Cross shot nine of 30 unofficially from the field and turned the ball over 22 times.


“To be honest with you, I really can’t tell you what really dictated,” said Thornsberry. “We played so bad and so timid from the start. We hadn’t done anything and we were taking a step back.” 


Jacob Hand was the only Cougar in double figures with 10 points.


On the other hand Manual (5-6) played 14 different players were led by Brenden Shene’s 18 points and Jawaun Northington with 11. Manual was 22 of 57 from the floor for 38.5 percent and turned the ball over nine times. 

“They are a good team,” said Thornsberry. “Coach (Miqel) Coleman does a great job everywhere he’s been. They are well coached.”


Holy Cross moves to the consolation round Tuesday and Thornsberry says that could be good or bad.


“We’re going to try and figure this out,” said Thornsberry. “We get this out of our system pretty quick. It could be a bad thing and have a domino effect if we don’t come to play.

“We can go 0-3 or go 2-1 in the LIT. We’ll see how they respond,” said Thornsberry. 



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