Jan. 23, 2007
HAMILTON, N.Y. -- Senior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) totaled 16 points, seven rebounds and four steals, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 58-55 victory over Colgate at Cotterell Court. The Crusaders improve to 15-6 overall and 6-0 in the Patriot League with the victory, while the Raiders fall to 6-13 overall and 1-5 in the conference.
Colgate started the game hot, jumping out to a quick 15-4 lead after eight minutes of play, with 11 of those points coming from Jon Simon. But Holy Cross came right back with a 12-0 run of its own, including seven points by Simmons, to claim a 16-15 lead with six minutes left before the break. The score remained close for the rest of the first half, before the Crusaders took a 29-28 lead into the locker room.
Junior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) scored the first four points of the second half to put Holy Cross up by five, before the Raiders responded with a 17-2 run to take their biggest lead of the day, 45-35 with 11:40 left to play. Colgate was still up by 10 points (47-37) with 10:50 remaining, when the Crusaders clamped down on the defensive end of the court, holding the Raiders without a point for over six minutes. During that time, Holy Cross went on a 12-0 run to regain the lead.
The score stayed close during the closing minutes of the game, and was tied at 55-55 with less than 30 seconds to play. Simmons then hit a three-point field goal with 20.6 seconds on the clock to put the Crusaders up 58-55. Colgate had one last chance to tie the score, but Kyle Chones came up short on a three-point attempt, and sophomore forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) grabbed the rebound to secure the win.
Clifford finished the game with 18 points and four rebounds, while senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) added 11 points and three rebounds. Simon led the Raiders with 22 points, while hitting five of six three-point attempts.
Holy Cross returns to action on Friday, January 26, when it plays host to Lehigh in a game which will be shown live on ESPNU beginning at 9:00 p.m.