January 17, 2007

Holy Cross Pulls Away For 61-42 Victory Over Navy

Jan. 17, 2007

Box Score

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Senior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) posted game-highs of 22 points and seven rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 61-42 victory over Navy at the Hart Center. Simmons hit seven of 12 shots from the field, including four of seven attempts from three-point range. The Crusaders improve to 13-6 overall and 4-0 in the Patriot League with the victory, while the Midshipmen fall to 11-8 overall and 1-3 in the conference.

After Navy opened the game with an early 5-3 lead, Holy Cross scored nine straight points to build a seven-point advantage (12-5). But the Midshipmen came back with an 11-0 run to reclaim the lead, and the score remained close for the rest of the first half. After the lead changed hands a total of seven times before the break, the Crusaders would take a 20-19 advantage into the locker room.

Holy Cross then came out of the intermission on fire, opening the second half with an 11-0 spurt to take a 12-point lead (31-19 with 15:30 left to play). The Midshipmen would rally to get as close as eight points (37-29), before the Crusaders went on a 12-2 run to put the game away. Holy Cross would eventually build its lead to as many as 22 points, before finally winning by 19.

The Crusaders turned in another outstanding defensive effort, holding Navy to just 42 points on 15 of 47 (31.9 percent) shooting from the field. Holy Cross also held a 35-25 advantage on the glass, while turning the ball over just 11 times.

Sophomore forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) totaled 13 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Crusaders, while senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) added 10 points, five assists and four rebounds. Navy was led by Adam Teague with 17 points.

Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, January 20, when it travels to American for a 3:00 p.m. game.