January 6, 2007

Holy Cross Downs Lafayette 84-74 In Patriot League Opener

Jan. 6, 2007

Box Score

EASTON, Pa. -- Senior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) totaled a season-high 26 points, six rebounds and three steals, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to an 84-74 victory over Lafayette at the Allan P. Kirby Sports Center. Simmons hit nine of 12 shots from the field, including four of six attempts from three-point range. Holy Cross improves to 10-6 overall and 1-0 in the Patriot League with the victory, while Lafayette falls to 6-10 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

Lafayette opened the game with an early 8-3 lead, but Holy Cross scored the next four points to keep the score close. The Leopards would eventually expand their lead to as many as six points, 24-18 with 10:52 left in the half. But the Crusaders then went on a 16-5 run to claim the lead for good. Holy Cross would lead by as many as nine points late in the half, before taking a 42-35 advantage into the locker room.

The Crusaders opened the second half with a quick 8-3 run to go up by 12 (50-38), as Simmons hit a pair of three-pointers during that spurt. A few minutes later, Holy Cross used an 11-3 run to expand its lead to 20 points (67-47), putting the game away. Lafayette would get no closer than 11 points until rallying in the closing minutes of play to make the final score look closer than it really was.

Senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) finished the day with 18 points, six assists and five rebounds, while junior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) added 11 points and sophomore guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) scored 10 points. The Leopards were led by Bilal Abdullah with 22 points.

Holy Cross returns to action on Tuesday, January 9, when it plays host to Army at 7:00 p.m., in a contest which will be shown live on WCTR-TV3 in Worcester.