Feb. 19, 2005
HAMILTON, N.Y. - Senior guard Greg Kinsey (Hatboro, Pa.) recorded 14 points and four rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 59-46 victory over Colgate at Cotterell Court. The Crusaders improve to 20-5 overall and 11-1 in the Patriot League, while winning their 12th-straight game. The Raiders fall to 11-14 overall and 6-6 in the league.
Colgate's Alvin Reed opened the day by scoring the game's first five points, but the Crusaders responded with a 13-0 run to take an eight-point advantage, including seven points from junior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.). Holy Cross extended the lead to as many as 14 points (23-9) in the opening half, before the Raiders used a 15-2 run to get back into the game.
The Crusaders led by just two-points at the break (28-26), then Colgate scored the first two points of the second half to tie the score. But the Raiders were unable to regain the lead, as Holy Cross responded with a 6-0 run to move back in front, with Kinsey scoring four of those points. The score stayed close over the next several minutes, and the Crusaders were up by just three (43-40) with seven minutes left in regulation. But Holy Cross then used a 7-0 run to extend the advantage to double figures (including five points from Hamilton), and Colgate would get no closer than six points the rest of the way. The Crusaders hit 11 of 16 free throw attempts down the stretch to secure the victory.
Hamilton totaled 14 points, nine rebounds and two steals, while senior center Nate Lufkin (Austin, Texas) added 10 points and five boards. Reed led Colgate with 16 points and three assists, while Andrew Zidar added 15 points and six rebounds.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, February 23, when it plays host to Bucknell in a 7:00 p.m. game at the Hart Center. The Crusaders can wrap up the Patriot League regular season title and the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament with a victory.