Feb. 21, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Senior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) recorded 18 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 68-57 victory over Colgate at the Hart Center. The Crusaders improve to 21-8 overall on the season and 12-1 in the Patriot League, while the Raiders fall to 9-18 overall and 4-9 in the conference. Holy Cross also won its 15th straight game at the Hart Center, to tie the longest winning streak in the building's history.
The score was close throughout most of the first half, which featured five ties and four lead changes. After the score was deadlocked at 23-23 with four minutes left to play before the break, the Crusaders closed out the half with a 10-1 run to take a 33-24 advantage into the locker room.
Holy Cross then came out of the locker room with a 7-2 run, increasing its lead to 14 points. Moments later, the Crusaders would use an 8-0 spurt to build their lead up to 20 points (48-28 with 13 minutes remaining), putting the game away. Holy Cross would eventually go up by as many as 23 points with six minutes left to play, but Colgate closed the game with a 9-0 run to make the final score look respectable.
Senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) totaled 11 points, five rebounds three assists and three steals on the night for the Crusaders. Junior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) added 14 points, four steals and three rebounds, while sophomore forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) chipped in with 11 points, five rebounds and five assists. The Raiders were led by Jon Simon with 17 points, while Kendall Chones scored 14 points.
Holy Cross returns to action on Sunday, February 25, when it travels to Lehigh for the regular season finale at 1:00 p.m.