Jan. 14, 2006
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Senior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) totaled 18 points, nine rebounds and three steals, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team lost a 56-42 decision to Bucknell at Sojka Pavilion. The Crusaders fall to 9-8 overall and 2-1 in the Patriot League with the loss, while the Bison improve to 12-3 overall and 3-0 in the conference.
The score was tied at 6-6 after four minutes of play, before Bucknell used a 14-1 run to build a 13-point lead. The Crusaders struggled shooting the ball throughout the first half, making only three shots before the break, and the Bison took a 34-14 advantage into the locker room.
Holy Cross came out hot at the start of the second half, using a using a 17-6 run to cut Bucknell's lead to single digits. Hamilton scored 12 of his points during that spurt, while junior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) accounted for the other five points. The Crusaders would eventually get as close as eight points (43-35 with nine minutes left), but were unable to overcome the 20-point halftime deficit. Holy Cross held the Bison to just five of 19 shooting from the floor in the second half, but Bucknell made 12 of 18 free throws after the break to account for the final margin.
Simmons finished the game with 12 points and three steals, while junior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) added 10 points, six rebounds and four assists. Chris McNaughton led Bucknell with 15 points, while Charles Lee totaled 12 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Holy Cross returns to action on Tuesday, Jan. 17, when it takes on Boston College at the DCU Center. The game between the Crusaders and the Bison will be televised on the New England Sports Network, and will begin at 7:00 p.m.