Jan. 17, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Senior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) totaled 17 points, seven rebounds, six steals and four assists, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team suffered a 63-53 loss to 21st-ranked Boston College at the DCU Center. Junior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) added 16 points and three assists for the Crusaders, while hitting three of four three-point attempts. Holy Cross falls to 9-9 on the season with the loss, while Boston College improves to 13-4.
The game was close throughout a first half which featured five ties and two lead changes. The Eagles held a 13-8 lead after nine minutes of play, before Holy Cross went on a 7-0 run to take its first lead of the night. Sophomore center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) ended the run with a slam dunk to put the Crusaders up 15-13. Holy Cross eventually led by as many as three points, but Boston College closed the half on a 16-9 run to take a four-point lead (31-27) into the locker room.
The Crusaders stayed close early in the second half, and a three-pointer by Thomas at the 12:37-mark tied the score at 39-39. But the Eagles then went on a 7-0 run to take the lead for good, and Holy Cross would get no closer than five points the rest of the way.
Clifford finished the game with 11 points, to give the Crusaders three players in double figures. Boston College was led by Craig Smith with 19 points and 17 rebounds. Smith tied the DCU Center single-game record with his 17 rebounds, while Hamilton's six steals also tied the DCU Center record.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 21, when it plays host to American in a 3:30 p.m. game at the Hart Center.