Crusaders Use Dominant Defense To Defeat Army 66-42

Jan. 9, 2007

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WORCESTER, Mass. -- Senior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) recorded 18 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 66-42 victory over Army at the Hart Center. The Crusaders improve to 11-6 overall and 2-0 in the Patriot League with the victory, while the Black Knights fall to 10-7 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

The game was close throughout a first half which featured five ties and 14 lead changes. Neither team led by more than three points until the closing minutes of the half, when the Crusaders used a 6-0 run to take a 27-23 lead into the locker room. Simmons scored four of his points during that spurt.

Holy Cross held on to the lead early in the second half, but was still up by just six (32-26) with 15 minutes left to play. The Crusaders then went on a 12-0 run to put the game away, including five points each from Simmons and senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.). Army would get no closer than 14 points the rest of the way, as Holy Cross eventually pulled away to win by 24.

The Crusaders had one of their top defensive performances of the season, limiting the Black Knights to just 42 points and forcing 23 turnovers. On four different occasions during the game, Army was held scoreless for at least four minutes.

Thomas finished the night with 16 points and three assists, while junior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) added 10 points and three rebounds. The Black Knights were led by Jarell Brown with 10 points.

Holy Cross returns to action on Friday, January 12, when it plays host to Bucknell at 7:00 p.m., in a contest which will be shown live on ESPNU.