Jan. 23, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Senior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) totaled 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Navy 85-74 at the Hart Center. Clifford scored the 1,000th point of his collegiate career at the 3:43-mark of the first half, when he knocked down a lay up while being fouled. The Crusaders fall to 9-8 overall and 0-4 in the Patriot League, while the Midshipmen improve to 9-10 on the season and 2-2 in the conference.
The score was close throughout a first half which featured three ties and 13 lead changes. Holy Cross led by four points four times in the half, the last coming when it was up 18-14 with 10:24 left before the break. Navy came back to lead by as many as three points, before the score was eventually tied 37-37 heading into the locker room.
To start the second half, Holy Cross jumped out to a quick 41-37 lead on a pair of baskets by Clifford, but Navy came right back with a 9-0 run of its own to go in front by five. The Midshipmen were still up 59-54 with 11:21 remaining in the game, when senior guard Kyle Cruze (Knoxville, Tenn.) hit back-to-back three-pointers to put the Crusaders back in front, 60-59. But Holy Cross once again went cold from the field, and Navy used a 10-1 run to claim the lead for good. The Crusaders could get no closer than four points down the stretch, before the Midshipmen finally pulled away to win by 11.
Cruze finished the game with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists, while junior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) added 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Navy was led by Chris Harris with 29 points and four assists, while Greg Sprink totaled 28 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, January 26, when it travels to American for a 2:00 p.m. game.