Manhattan 84, Holy Cross 77
NEW YORK (AP) _ Manhattan converted 12 consecutive free throws in the final 2:30, eight by freshman Charles Dubra, and upset Holy Cross 84-77 for its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory this season.
The Jaspers won the game at the foul line, converting 34 of 40 free throws to 21 of 28 for the Crusaders as they won their first game in the conference since beating Army last Feb. 17.
Manhattan, 5-15 overall, 1-6 in the MAAC, held a 40-34 halftime lead and never trailed in the second half, although Holy Cross, 10-8, 3-4, rallied to tie on Glenn Tropf’s three-pointer to make it 62-all with 7:05 to play.
Manhattan countered with a run of six straight points, capped by Peter Runge’s tip-in 5:27 left. The Crusaders drew to within three points twice in the final minute, first at 78-75 with 44 seconds left.
But Runge, fouled on an in-bounds pass, made both ends of a one and one, then Dubra made two more with 31 seconds left after Holy Cross had cut the lead to 80-77.
Manhattan’s Kelly Monroe led all scorers with 26 points and Runge had 19, including nine of 10 free throws. Glenn Williams led four Holy Cross scorers in double figures with 14 points.