Feb. 15, 2007
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Junior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) scored a career-high 33 points to go along with four rebounds and four blocked shots, while leading the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 68-40 victory over Navy at Alumni Hall. Clifford hit 12 of 19 shots from the field on the afternoon, while scoring 21 of his points in the first half when Holy Cross put the game away. The Crusaders improve to 20-7 overall and 11-1 in the Patriot League with the victory, while the Midshipmen fall to 13-13 overall and 3-8 in the conference.
The Crusaders started the game hot, jumping out to a quick 9-0 lead at the 16:55-mark. A few minutes later, Holy Cross would go on another 9-0 run to extend its lead to 19 points (23-4) with nine minutes to play before halftime. Clifford scored all nine of the team's points during that spurt, as part of a stretch in which he scored 13 consecutive points for the Crusaders. The Holy Cross lead would eventually grow to as many as 22 points prior to the break, before the Crusaders eventually took a 36-18 advantage into the locker room.
In the second half, Holy Cross continued to dominate play. The Crusaders never led by fewer than 17 points, with their lead expanding to as many as 31. In the end, Holy Cross eventually won by 28 points, 68-40.
Senior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) finished the game with 10 points and nine rebounds, while senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) added seven points, six assists and five steals. Navy was led by T.J. Topercer with eight points.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, February 17, when it travels to Hofstra for an O'Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters game, which will be shown on ESPNU at 3:00 p.m.