Holy Cross Downs Lafayette 86-57 In League Opener

Jan. 7, 2006

Box Score

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Junior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) scored a season-high 26 points on nine of 11 shooting from the field, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to an 86-57 victory over Lafayette at the Hart Center. Simmons was also four of five from three-point range, in addition to recording seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. The Crusaders (8-7, 1-0 Patriot League) won their opening Patriot League game of the season for the sixth time in the last seven years, and have now won 14 straight conference regular season games and 12 consecutive league regular season home contests.

After Lafayette (6-7, 0-1 Patriot) scored the opening points of the game on a three-pointer by Bilal Abdullah, Holy Cross went on a 9-0 run to take a lead it would never relinquish. Simmons scored five points in that stretch and senior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) added four points, as the Crusaders hit their first four shots of the game.

After leading 14-10 at the 14:48 mark of the first half, Holy Cross used an 18-0 run to build its lead up to 22 points, and would lead by double figures the rest of the way. Simmons scored seven more points during that spurt, as the Crusaders made 14 of their 17 field goal attempts in the first nine minutes of play.

The Leopards would get no closer than 14 points for the remainder of the opening half, before Holy Cross took a 47-23 advantage into the locker room. Lafayette then trimmed the Crusader lead to 19 points early in the second half, before Holy Cross expanded its advantage up to 42 points (82-40) with seven minutes left.

Hamilton finished the game with 18 points and six rebounds, in addition to setting a career-high with nine assists, and tying the school single game record with seven steals. Junior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) added 18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals for the Crusaders.

Lafayette was led by Abdullah with 12 points and five rebounds.

Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 11, when it plays travels to Army for a 7:00 p.m. game.