Feb. 9, 2007
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Senior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) scored a game-high 15 points, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Bucknell 48-45 at Sojka Pavilion. The Crusaders fall to 19-7 overall and 10-1 in the Patriot League with the loss, while having their 12-game winning streak snapped. The Bison improve to 16-8 overall and 10-1 in the conference.
After Bucknell's Chris McNaughton scored the first basketball of the game, the Crusaders ran off 12 straight points to take a 12-2 lead after just four minutes of play. Simmons scored seven of his points during that spurt. But the Bison refused to go away, and would eventually close out the first half with a 4-0 run cut the Holy Cross lead to 27-22 at the break.
Bucknell started the second half with a 7-1 spurt, and the score would remain close for the rest of the game. The Bison were up 39-35 with eight minutes remaining, before the Crusaders used a 7-0 run to go back in front, 42-39 with 5:27 left. But Holy Cross then went cold on the offensive end of the floor, as Bucknell used a 9-0 run to apparently put the game away with less than a minute to play. However, after the Bison's McNaughton missed two free throws, Simmons hit a three-pointer to make the score 48-45 with 12 seconds left. Bucknell's Justin Castleberry would then miss two free throws of his own to give the Crusaders life, but a three-point attempt by senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) rimmed out as the final buzzer sounded.
Thomas finished the night with 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals. The Bison were led by Castleberry with 10 points, while McNaughton totaled nine points and 10 rebounds.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, February 14, when it travels to Navy for a 7:00 p.m. game.