Jan. 3, 2007
BOSTON, Mass. -- Senior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) posted a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 73-70 overtime victory over Boston University at Case Gymnasium. Simmons added three assists and three steals, while hitting three of four free throw attempts in the final minute of overtime to secure the win. Holy Cross improves to 9-6 on the season with the victory, while Boston University falls to 3-9 overall.
The Crusaders jumped out to an early 23-12 lead with 11:14 remaining in the first half, but the Terriers responded with an 8-0 run of their own and eventually tied the score at 32-32 heading into the locker room. Holy Cross was able to build its lead back up to seven points on two occasions in the second half, before Boston University tied it back up at 57-57 with less than a minute remaining in regulation. Sophomore forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) then hit a three-point field goal with just 1.1 seconds remaining, to put the Crusaders up by three. But the Terriers' Tyler Morris made a desperation three-pointer as time expired to force overtime.
In overtime, Boston University built an early three-point lead before junior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) drained a three-pointer to tie up the score. The Terriers were able to go back in front by two, but junior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) made a three-pointer of his own to put Holy Cross back in front 68-67 with 1:47 left to play. The Crusaders were clinging to a two-point lead (71-69) with 15.6 seconds left, when Boston University's Corey Lowe was able to hit just one of two free throw attempts. Sophomore center Greg McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) was fouled grabbing the rebound after the miss, and hit both free throws to conclude the scoring.
Senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) finished the night with 16 points and three assists, while Clifford added 16 points, three assists and three blocks. The Terriers were led by Lowe with 24 points, while Morris added 23 points and four rebounds.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, January 6, when it travels to Lafayette for its Patriot League opener at 4:00 p.m.