Crusaders Drop 65-64 Decision At Hofstra In ESPNU BracketBusters

Feb. 17, 2007

Box Score

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Senior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) totaled 22 points, four rebounds and three assists, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Hofstra 65-64 at the Mack Sports Center in the O'Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters. The Crusaders fall to 20-8 overall on the season, while the Pride improves to 20-8 overall.

The score was close throughout the early part of the game, and the Crusaders held a 22-18 advantage after 11 minutes of play. But Hofstra then went on a 15-2 run to go in front by nine (33-24) with four minutes left before the break. Holy Cross responded with an 8-1 run of its own to get back into the game, before the Pride's Antoine Agudio hit a three-pointer just before the buzzer to make the score 37-32 at halftime.

The game then turned into a defensive battle during the second half, with both teams struggling to score early on. Hofstra was able to extend its lead to eight points (56-48) with just under nine minutes remaining, before the Crusaders went on an 11-3 run to tie up the score at 59-59 with 3:39 left on an old-fashioned three-point play by senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.).

Hofstra was back in front by one point with under two minutes to play, when freshman forward Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) tipped the ball in the basket on an offensive rebound to put Holy Cross up 64-63. The score remained the same until the final seconds, when Thomas was called for foul when the Pride's Carlos Rivera threw up an off-balanced jump shot with 1.7 seconds left to play. Rivera then hit both free throws to give Hofstra the victory.

Thomas finished the game with 16 points, four rebounds, four assists and six steals, while junior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) added 11 points and five rebounds. Rivera had 19 points and four rebounds for Hofstra, while Agudio added 19 points.

Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, February 21, when it play host to Colgate in its final regular season home game at 7:00 p.m.