Feb. 3, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) recorded 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 74-52 victory over Lafayette at the Hart Center. Following the contest, Thomas received the Martin J. O'Malley Award as the most valuable player of Holy Cross' Winter Homecoming game. The Crusaders improve to 18-6 overall and 9-0 in the Patriot League with the victory, while the Leopards fall to 8-15 overall and 2-6 in the conference. Holy Cross has now won 11 straight games overall, and has tied the school record with 14 straight victories at the Hart Center.
The score was close early on, with the Crusaders holding just a four-point lead (21-17) with eight minutes left in the first half. Sophomore center Greg McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) then hit a three-point field goal and a layup on Holy Cross' next two possessions, igniting a 14-0 run which put the Crusaders in control of the game for good. At halftime, Holy Cross held a 39-24 lead.
The Crusaders continued to dominate play coming out of the locker room, and at one point went on another 14-0 run to extend their lead to 30 points, 60-30 with 10 minutes left to play. Lafayette was able to get no closer than 18 points in the closing minutes, before Holy Cross finally won by 22.
McCarthy finished the game with a career-high 11 points, two rebounds and two blocked shots. Senior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) added 17 points and nine rebounds, while junior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) chipped in with 11 points, five assists and three rebounds. The Leopards were led by Bilal Abdullah with 13 points and four assists.
Holy Cross turned in another outstanding effort on the defensive end, holding Lafayette to just 52 points on 39.0 percent shooting from the field (16 of 41). The Crusaders also dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Leopards 32-17.
Holy Cross returns to action on Tuesday, February 6, when it travels to Army for a 7:30 p.m. game.