Jan. 2, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Junior guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) totaled a career-high 20 points, three assists and three steals, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 65-62 victory over Boston University at the Hart Center. The Crusaders improve to 8-3 on the year with the win, while running their Hart Center winning streak to 23 games. The Terriers fall to 3-9 overall with the loss.
Holy Cross opened the game with a 6-0 run over the first 5:38 of play, then increased its lead to 10 points (15-5) with 11 minutes left in the first half. Boston University came right back with a 12-2 spurt of its own, tying up the score at 17-17 with four minutes left before the break. The Crusaders would eventually take a one-point lead (21-20) into the locker room.
At the start of the second half, Holy Cross used an 8-1 run to build its lead back up to eight points (29-21). But the Terriers refused to go away, using an 11-2 spurt to go in front by one, 32-31. The score stayed close for several minutes, and Boston University was still up 43-42 with 8:51 left to play. The Crusaders then used a 9-3 run to take the lead for good, including five points by Doherty. The Terriers would narrow the gap to two points three times in the closing minutes, but senior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) and junior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) both hit key baskets down the stretch to keep the lead safe. Holy Cross then made five of six free throws in the final 15 seconds to secure the win.
Clifford finished the night with 16 points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots, while Cunningham added 16 points, four rebounds and three steals. Boston University was led by Corey Lowe with 20 points, while Carlos Strong added 18 points and six assists.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, January 5, when it travels to San Francisco for a 5:00 p.m. game.