Men's Basketball Uses Strong Second Half To Down Lafayette

Feb. 4, 2006

Box Score

EASTON, Pa. -- Senior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) totaled 22 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and three steals to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 77-61 victory over Lafayette at the Kirby Sports Center. Junior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) added 22 points, seven rebounds and three assists for the Crusaders, who had a 50-24 rebounding advantage in the game. Holy Cross improves to 13-10 overall and 6-2 in the Patriot League with the win, while Lafayette falls to 9-12 overall and 3-5 in the conference.

The Crusaders scored the first five points of the game, and would increase their lead to nine points (21-12) with 12:38 left in the first half. But Lafayette then responded with a 13-0 run, to take a four-point lead. The score stayed close for the rest of the first half, before the Leopards took a 36-31 lead into the locker room.

Lafayette was still up 38-33 with 18 minutes left in the game, when Holy Cross went on a 25-7 run to regain the lead for good. Hamilton scored nine of his points during that run, while Simmons added seven points in the spurt. The Leopards would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way, as the Crusaders made 12 of 15 free throws in the final 10 minutes. Holy Cross also held Lafayette to just five of 21 shooting (23.8 percent) in the second half.

Junior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) recorded 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists for the Crusaders, while sophomore center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) had 10 points and four rebounds. Andrei Capusan led the Leopards with 22 points and seven rebounds.

Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 8, when it plays host to Army in a 7:00 p.m. game at the Hart Center. The contest will be shown live in the Worcester area on WCTR-TV3.