Jan. 28, 2005
EASTON, Pa. - Junior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) totaled 22 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 74-57 victory over Lafayette at the Kirby Sports Center. The Crusaders improve to 14-5 overall and 5-1 in the Patriot League with the win, while Lafayette falls to 5-14 overall and 1-5 in the league. Holy Cross is now tied with Bucknell for first place in the Patriot League.
The Crusaders played outstanding defense from the opening tip, and were up 13-3 after nine minutes of play. After the Leopards closed to within six, an 11-2 run gave Holy Cross its biggest lead of the first half, 24-9 with five minutes to play.
The Crusaders were up by 13 at the break (31-18), then scored the first seven points of the second half to take a 20-point lead. Lafayette would get no closer than 12 points the rest of the way, and Holy Cross cruised to the victory.
As a team, the Crusaders shot 56.0 percent from the field (28 of 50), marking the sixth straight game in which they have hit at least half of their shots. Lafayette shot only 36.7 percent from the floor (18 of 49), while being forced to commit 21 turnovers.
Sophomore guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) had 18 points and six rebounds for Holy Cross, while senior center Nate Lufkin (Austin, Texas) added 11 points, four rebounds and two blocks. Jamaal Douglas was the only Leopard to score in double figures, as he finished the night with 14 points.