Feb. 6, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Senior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) scored a team-high 18 points, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by American 62-46 at the Hart Center. The Crusaders fall to 11-10 overall and 2-6 in the Patriot League, while the Eagles improve to 13-10 on the season and 5-3 in the conference.
The game went back in forth in the early parts of the first half, as the lead changed hands seven times in the first 13 minutes of play. The Crusaders were up 10-9 with eight minutes left before the break, when the Eagles went on a 12-4 run to take a seven-point lead (21-14). Holy Cross came back to score the final four points of the half, and trailed 21-18 at the break.
The score stayed close early on in the second half, and was tied at 32-32 with 11 minutes remaining in regulation. But American then went on a 10-0 run to take the lead for good, with Garrison Carr scoring five points during that spurt. The Eagles would use a 6-0 run a few minutes later to increase their lead to 20 points (58-38) with two minutes left. Holy Cross did come up with three straight steals on the full court press in the closing minutes, but was able to get no closer than 12 points, before finally falling by 16.
Senior guard Kyle Cruze (Knoxville, Tenn.) finished the game with 11 points and a team-best six rebounds. American was led by Carr with 22 points and six boards, while Brian Gilmore added 12 points, three rebounds and three assists..
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, February 9, when it plays host to Lafayette in a 3:30 p.m. game at the Hart Center.