Feb. 18, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Junior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) scored 23 points and pulled down seven rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 69-62 victory over American at Bender Arena. Simmons made six of nine field goal attempts, all three of his three-point tries, and eight of nine shots at the free throw line. The Crusaders improve to 16-11 overall and 9-3 in the Patriot League with the victory, while the Eagles fall to 9-16 overall and 5-7 in the conference.
After the Eagles hit the first basket of the game, the Crusaders scored the next seven points to take a 7-2 lead. A few minutes later, Holy Cross went on a 13-1 run to build a 29-13 advantage with 3:36 left before the break. American was able to trim the lead to 11 points, before the Crusaders took a 34-22 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, the Holy Cross lead grew as large as 18 points (51-33) when Simmons hit a three-pointer with 10:37 left to play. But the Eagles then went on a 13-3 run to cut the lead down to eight points. American would get as close as four points (61-57) with 1:24 left, but the Crusaders hit 12 of 14 shots at the free throw line in the final five minutes to hang on for the seven-point victory.
Senior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) recorded 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals for Holy Cross, while making 11 of 12 attempts at the foul line. As a team, the Crusaders shot 80.0 percent (28 of 35) at the charity stripe.
American was led by Andre Ingram with 16 points and six rebounds, while Arvydas Eitutavicius added 12 points. The Eagles were 20 of 29 (69.0 percent) at the free throw line.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 22, when they travel to Colgate for a 7:00 p.m. contest.