Jan. 31, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) totaled 16 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 58-47 victory over American at the Hart Center. The Crusaders improve to 17-6 overall and 8-0 in the Patriot League with the victory, while winning their 10th straight game. The Eagles fall to 11-11 overall and 3-5 in the conference.
Holy Cross opened the game strong, jumping out to a 12-5 lead after the first eight minutes of play. But American responded with a 7-0 run of its own to tie it up at 12-12, and the score remained close for the remainder of the opening half. The Eagles would eventually close out the half with a 9-2 spurt, to take a 25-22 advantage into the locker room.
The Crusaders then held American without a point for the first five minutes of the second half, going on a 7-0 run to regain the lead. The Eagles would tie up the score at 29-29, but Holy Cross then used a 10-1 spurt to take the lead for good. The Crusaders were still up by just five points (39-34) with seven and a half minutes remaining, before going on a 10-2 run to put the game away. American would get no closer than eight points in the closing minutes, before Holy Cross finally won by 11.
The Crusaders used another outstanding defensive effort to hold American to just 47 points. The Eagles hit just 36.7 percent of their shots (18 of 49) and 22.2 percent of their three-point attempts (four of 18), while committing 16 turnovers.
Senior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) scored 11 points, all in the second half, in addition to totaling six rebounds, three steals and two assists. Sophomore forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) added 10 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) chipped in with 10 points and two steals. American was led by Andre Ingram with 11 points and six rebounds.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, February 3, when it plays host to Lafayette at 3:30 p.m.