Feb. 13, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass.(AP) - Junior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) scored 20 points and senior guard Greg Kinsey (Hatboro, Pa.) added 11 as the Holy Cross men's basketball team beat Lehigh 73-53 at the Hart Center.
Sophomore guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.), in his first start since suffering a separated shoulder on Jan. 15, added eight points, five steals and a career-high 11 assists for Holy Cross (19-5, 10-1 Patriot League), which won its 11th straight game. Jose Olivero scored 12 points for Lehigh (13-11 overall, 7-4 Patriot League).
Holy Cross, which never trailed, limited Lehigh to 25 percent shooting in the first half, when it built a 36-19 halftime lead.
Lehigh rallied in the second half when Earl Nurse dunked an offensive rebound, and Olivero converted a three-point field goal to open the scoring and cut the lead to 36-24.
The Crusaders answered with a 6-1 run, before Nick Monserez scored four points and Joe Knight added a field goal during a 9-3 run as Lehigh pulled within 45-36 with 10:24 left.
But senior center Nate Lufkin (Austin, Texas), who had been out of the lineup for three games with a sprained ankle, sparked an 18-5 run that also featured a pair of three-pointers from Hamilton, the second of which gave Holy Cross a 63-41 lead with only 4:45 remaining.
Lufkin finished the game with 10 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots.
With the victory, Holy Cross can finish no worse than in a tie for second place in the Patriot League this season. The Crusaders will serve as one of the host schools for the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the Patriot League Tournament, to be held on March 4 and 6. On March 4, there will be a quarterfinal game at 5:30 p.m., followed by the quarterfinal involving Holy Cross at 8:00 p.m. The semifinal game will be played at 1:00 p.m. on March. 6. The Patriot League championship game is set for March 11 at 4:30 p.m., and will be played at the site of the highest remaining seed in the tournament.