Jan. 2, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) totaled 14 points, six rebounds and five steals to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 57-55 victory over Boston University at the Hart Center. The Crusaders turned in another outstanding defensive effort, limiting the Terriers to just 55 points and two of 13 shooting from three-point range, in addition to recording 12 steals and five blocked shots. Holy Cross evens its record at 7-7 on the season with the win, while Boston University falls to 5-8.
The score was close throughout the early part of the game, as there were five ties and three lead changes in the opening 12 minutes of action. Senior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) then hit a three-point field goal at the 7:37 mark to break a 19-19 tie, and ignite an 8-1 Holy Cross run. Boston University, which went over eight minutes without a point during that stretch, then cut the lead to five points (27-22) on a tip-in by Omari Peterkin at the first half buzzer.
The Crusaders seemed to be in control of the game early in the second half, expanding their lead to eight points (38-30) with 14:34 left to play on a three-pointer by Thomas. But the Terriers responded with a 10-2 run of their own to tie the score at 40-40 with 10 minutes remaining in the game. The score was tied once again at 44-44, when Peterkin hit a jumper to give Boston University its first lead of the second half.
The Terriers expanded their lead to four points (51-47) with four minutes left to play, before the Crusaders scored five straight points to go back in front. Hamilton made a pair of free throws, followed by a Thomas three-pointer to make the score 52-51. After a layup by Peterkin, sophomore center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) hit a layup at the 1:22-mark to give Holy Cross the lead for good, 54-53. The Crusaders hit only three of six free throw attempts in the final minute of play to keep Boston University in the game, but Tony Gaffney's desperation jumper at the final buzzer was no good, as Holy Cross held on for the victory.
Hamilton totaled 12 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists for the Crusaders, while junior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) added nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Peterkin led the Terriers with 19 points and eight rebounds.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 7, when it plays host to Lafayette in its Patriot League opener at 3:30 p.m.