Feb. 6, 2005
Washington, D.C. - (AP) - Torey Thomas scored all 15 of his points in the second half and overtime, and Holy Cross widened its lead in the Patriot League standings with a 76-67 win over American Sunday afternoon.
The Crusaders (17-5, 8-1) trailed for most of the second half, but rallied to win their ninth straight despite shooting 3-for-16 from 3-point range.
Andre Ingram scored 22 for American (13-8, 6-3), including making one of two free throws with 4.8 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 57. A win would have moved the Eagles into a first-place tie with Holy Cross, but instead American falls into a three-way tie for second place with Bucknell and Lehigh.
With the game tied at 60 in overtime, Holy Cross went on a 7-0 run with Thomas scoring five during that span.
The Eagles got within 71-67 when Matej Cresnik was fouled making a layup with 41.6 seconds to play, but Cresnik missed the free throw and Holy Cross made five from the line down the stretch.
Jason Thomas scored 13 points and Patrick Okpwae had 11 for the Eagles, who led 47-41 with 11:44 to play in regulation but didn't hit another shot from the floor until Ingram's jumper tied the game at 50 with 4:18 left.
Holy Cross held American to just 25.8 percent shooting in the second half, after falling behind 36-29 at halftime.