Feb. 8, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Junior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) totaled 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to an 88-38 victory over Army at the Hart Center. The Crusaders set a new Hart Center record for largest margin of victory (50 points), breaking the old mark of 49 points which Holy Cross set against Canisius on Jan. 13, 1977 (113-64). The Crusaders improve to 14-10 overall and 7-2 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Black Knights fall to 5-17 overall and 1-9 in the conference.
The Crusaders opened the game on an 8-0 run, but were still up by just eight points (17-9) with 9:50 left in the opening half. Holy Cross then went on another 8-0 spurt to increase its lead to double figures, and later scored the final 16 points before the break to take a 42-14 advantage into the locker room. The Crusaders held Army to just five of 25 (20.0 percent) shooting from the field in the first half.
Holy Cross was up 59-25 with 14:57 left in the game, before outscoring the Black Knights 23-4 over the next 9:14 to take a 53-point lead (82-29).
Senior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) finished the game with 15 points, six steals, five assists and four rebounds for the Crusaders. Sophomore center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) added 13 points and four rebounds, while junior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) totaled 12 points and six rebounds. Army was led by Matt Bell with nine points.
Holy Cross shot 54.2 percent (32 of 59) from the floor and 52.4 percent (11 of 21) from three-point range on the night. Army was held to just 21.6 percent (11 of 51) shooting, making only two of 16 (12.5 percent) three-point attempts.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Feb. 11, when they play host to Bucknell (19-3 overall, 10-0 Patriot League) in a 3:30 p.m. contest at the Hart Center. The Holy Cross-Bucknell game is already sold out.