Feb. 9, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Junior guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) totaled six points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals, as the Holy Cross men's basketball team posted a 77-57 victory over Lafayette at the Hart Center. Following the game, Doherty received the Martin J. O'Malley Award as the most valuable player of Holy Cross' winter homecoming game. The Crusaders improve to 12-10 overall and 3-6 in the Patriot League with the victory, while the Leopards fall to 14-9 on the season and 5-3 in the conference.
The Crusaders started the game hot, jumping out to a quick 8-2 lead after the first 3:20 of play. The Leopards scored the next four points to tighten up the game, but Holy Cross was able to build its lead back to five points (16-11) with just under 10 minutes left in the half. Lafayette then went on an 11-1 run to take its first lead of the day, and would hold onto the lead for the rest of the first half. The Leopards held a 29-25 advantage heading into the locker room.
Lafayette built its lead up to as many as nine points early in the second half, and was up 40-34 with 15:22 left to play. The Crusaders then went on a 12-0 run to regain the lead, and never looked back. A few minutes later Holy Cross used a 7-0 spurt to build its lead to double figures (55-44), and the Leopards would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way. The Crusaders would eventually lead by as many as 21 points in the closing minutes, before finally winning by 20.
Holy Cross held Lafayette to just 35.6 percent shooting from the field and 28.6 percent shooting from three-point range, while forcing 18 turnovers and outrebounding the Leopards 40-24.
Senior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) led the Crusaders in scoring with 13 points and eight rebounds, while senior guard Kyle Cruze (Knoxville, Tenn.) added 11 points, three rebounds and three steals. Junior center Greg McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) also had a big day, scoring 10 points while making all five of his field goal attempts. All told, nine Holy Cross players scored at least six points.
Lafayette was led by Bilal Abdullah with 13 points, while Andrew Brown added 11 points and four rebounds.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, February 13, when it travels to Army for a 7:00 p.m. game.