Jan. 30, 2008
HAMILTON, N.Y. -- Senior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) totaled 11 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Colgate 58-46 at Cotterell Court. The Crusaders fall to 10-9 overall and 1-5 in the Patriot League, while the Raiders improve to 10-10 on the season and 2-4 in the conference.
The Crusaders scored the first four points of the game, and jumped out to a 10-3 lead after the first eight minutes of play. The Raiders responded with an 11-2 spurt of their own over the next four minutes, to claim a 14-12 lead. The scored stayed close for the remainder of the first half, before Colgate took a 23-22 advantage into the locker room.
After the Raiders increased their lead to 26-22 early in the second half, Holy Cross scored nine straight points to go back in front, 31-26. But Colgate came back once again with its own 9-0 run, to reclaim the lead for good. Holy Cross could get no closer then five points in the final five minutes of play, and the Raiders made six of eight free throws in the final minute to secure the victory.
Junior forward Greg McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) and freshman guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) both finished with eight points and six rebounds for the Crusaders. Kyle Roemer led Colgate with 15 points and three rebounds, while Alex Woodhouse and Mike Venezia both scored 10 points.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, February 2, when it plays host to Lehigh in a 12:00 p.m. game.