Feb. 6, 2007
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Senior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) recorded 26 points and six rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 70-54 overtime victory over Army at Christl Arena. With 11:59 remaining in the first half, Simmons became just the 11th player in school history to score 1,500 career points, when he hit a layup. The Crusaders improve to 19-6 overall and 10-0 in the Patriot League with the victory, while the Black Knights fall to 13-11 overall and 3-6 in the conference. Holy Cross has now won 12 straight games overall, and 14 consecutive Patriot League regular season contests.
The score was close early on, and Army held a 6-5 lead after six minutes of play. Holy Cross then came back with a 10-0 run to take the lead, with Simmons scoring six of his points during that spurt. The Black Knights responded with a 9-0 run of their own to tie up the score, before the Crusaders eventually took a 22-21 lead into the locker room.
Holy Cross increased its lead to four points (31-27) early in the second half, before Army went on an 11-0 run to go back in front. But the Crusaders refused to go away, eventually coming back to tie the score at 49-49 with 2:10 left to play on a basket by Simmons. The score was still tied at 50-50 in the final minute, before Simmons scored again with 13.5 seconds left to put Holy Cross back in front. But Jarell Brown came back to hit a runner in the lane with just 0.5 seconds on the clock to force overtime with the score tied at 52-52.
The Crusaders then took control of the game in overtime, beginning with two free throws from senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) and a slam dunk by Simmons. Junior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) and sophomore guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) then hit back-to-back three-pointers, before Clifford added a layup to make the score 64-52. The Crusaders would go on to hit all four of their free throws in the final minute to the final score 70-54.
Thomas finished the game with 14 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals, while Clifford added 11 points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots. Army was led by Brown with 21 points and five rebounds.
Holy Cross returns to action on Friday, February 9, when it travels to Bucknell for a 7:00 p.m. game which will be shown live to a national audience on ESPNU.