Jan. 21, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - Freshman point guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) scored a game-high 16 points, in addition to recording six assists and five steals, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 79-56 victory over Navy at the Hart Center. Senior forward John Hurley (South Boston, Mass.) added 12 points and a game-high seven rebounds for the Crusaders. Holy Cross improves to 12-5 overall and 3-1 in the Patriot League with the win, while Navy falls to 4-13 overall and 0-4 in the league.
The Midshipmen scored the first four points of the game, but the Crusaders responded with a layup by Hurley and a three-pointer by Doherty to take a 5-4 lead. With the game tied at 11-11, the Crusaders went on a 15-0 run to go ahead 26-11 with 9:22 left in the half.
The Mids responded and closed to within five points, 31-26, before the Crusaders closed the half with a 7-0 run, which included a three-pointer and two free-throws by Doherty for the 38-26 halftime advantage. Holy Cross shot 57.1 percent to Navy's 45.5 during the half.
In the second half, the Crusaders built their lead to 21 points, 62-41, thanks to a 14-4 spurt which included two three-pointers by junior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) with 7:57 remaining in the game. HC's largest lead of the game was 27 points before settling for the 23-point final margin. The Crusaders shot 54.4 percent from the floor in the second half.
Sophomore guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) totaled 13 points, two rebounds, and three assists, while Hamilton recorded 12 points, six rebounds and six steals. Senior center Nate Lufkin (Austin, Texas) rounded out the Holy Cross players in double figures, finishing with 10 points and five blocks.
Overall, the Crusaders shot 56.0 percent from the floor to the Midshipmen's 38.0 percent.
Leading Navy was freshman Corey Johnson, who tallied a team-high 13 points and three steals, while senior George O'Garro added 10 points.
Holy Cross returns to action on Sunday, January 23, when it plays host to American (10-6 overall, 3-1 Patriot League) in a 3:00 p.m. game.