Jan. 11, 2006
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Junior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) scored 26 points on nine of 11 shooting for the second straight game, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to an 84-46 victory over Army at Chrisl Arena. Simmons made six of seven shots from three-point range, in addition to totaling five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Holy Cross improves to 9-7 overall and 2-0 in the Patriot League with the victory, while the Black Knights fall to 4-10 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
The Crusaders hit their first four shots of the game and jumped out to an early 10-5 lead after three minutes of play, but Army kept the game close for most of the first half. Holy Cross was up just 21-19 at the 10-minute mark of the opening half, before using a 7-0 run to build its lead up to nine points. A few minutes later the Crusaders used another 7-0 spurt to make the score 35-21, before taking a 43-28 advantage into the locker room.
Early in the second half, Holy Cross used a 13-1 run to build its lead up to 28 points (59-31). Later in the half, the Crusaders went on a 16-0 spurt to extend their lead up to 43 points (81-38) with just under five minutes remaining, before finally winning by 38.
Senior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) recorded 21 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals for Holy Cross, while junior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) added 16 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals.
Army was led by Matt Bell with 13 points, while Cory Sinning added 10 points and Erik Engstrom pulled down seven rebounds.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 14, when it travels to Bucknell. The game between the Crusaders and the Bison will be nationally televised on College Sports Television, and will begin at 1:00 p.m.