February 11, 2006

Crusaders Drop Close Game To Bucknell, 57-52

Feb. 11, 2006

Box Score

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Bucknell guard Charles Lee totaled 24 points, seven rebounds and four steals, to lead the Bison to a 57-52 victory over the Holy Cross men's basketball team. Following the game, Lee received the Martin J. O'Malley Award as the Most Valuable Player of Holy Cross' Winter Homecoming game. The Crusaders fall to 14-11 overall and 7-3 in the Patriot League with the loss, while the Bison improve to 20-3 overall and 11-0 in the conference.

Holy Cross started the game hot, jumping out to an 8-2 lead after the first three minutes of play. The Crusaders would increase their advantage to as many as 11 points on three occasions in the opening half, before Bucknell rallied to make the score 33-25 at the break. Coming out of the locker room, Holy Cross used a 7-0 run to expand its lead to 15 points (40-25) with 16 minutes left. The Crusaders were still up by 12 (43-31) at the 11:47 mark, when the Bison went on a 7-0 run to make it a five-point game.

Bucknell tied the score at 48-48 with 4:05 left on a three-pointer by Abe Badmus, before senior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) hit a three-pointer of his own to put Holy Cross back in front. But Lee then made a layup, and Kevin Bettencourt followed with a three-pointer to give the Bison their first lead of the day, 53-51 with two minutes remaining. Bucknell then hit four of five free throws down the stretch to clinch the victory.

Hamilton finished the game with 12 points and six rebounds, while junior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) added 13 points, five rebounds and three assists. Sophomore center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) also had a solid game for Holy Cross, finishing with 10 points and three rebounds.

The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 15, when they play host to Navy in a 7:00 p.m. contest at the Hart Center.