Jan. 25, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Senior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) totaled 24 points, seven steals, four rebounds and two assists, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 60-42 victory over Colgate at the Hart Center. Hamilton tied the school single game record for steals, and also became the all-time Holy Cross and Patriot League career leader in steals. He now has 252 steals during his collegiate career, breaking the mark of Jave Meade, who had 246 steals during his career as a Crusader from 2000-2004.
Both teams struggled to score early in the game, although Holy Cross did move out to an 11-7 lead after seven and a half minutes of play. But the Crusaders would not score again for nearly six minutes, as Colgate used an 11-0 run to build a seven-point lead. Holy Cross came back with an 11-1 spurt of its own to regain the lead, and held a 26-23 advantage at halftime.
The Crusaders then opened the second half on a 10-0 run, taking a 36-23 lead with 16 minutes left to play. The Raiders were able to trim the lead down to 10 points (40-30), but Holy Cross then held Colgate without a point for over seven minutes. The Crusaders used a 12-0 spurt during that time to build their lead up to 22 points, before eventually winning by 18.
Holy Cross improves to 11-9 overall and 4-1 in the Patriot League with the victory, while Colgate falls to 7-13 overall and 1-5 in the conference.
Junior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) totaled 11 points and seven rebounds for the Crusaders, while junior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) added eight points, eight assists, four rebounds and three steals. Colgate was led by Simon Knight with nine points and four rebounds.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 28, when it travels to Lehigh (12-9 overall, 5-1 Patriot League) for a 7:30 p.m. game.