Feb. 22, 2006
HAMILTON, N.Y. -- Junior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) recorded 21 points and 11 rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 62-56 victory over Colgate at Cotterell Court. Simmons scored the 1,000th point of his collegiate career with a slam dunk at the 17:46-mark of the second half, to become the 42nd 1,000-point scorer in school history. The Crusaders improve to 17-11 overall and 10-3 in the Patriot League with the victory, while the Raiders fall to 9-18 overall and 3-10 in the conference.
The Raiders opened the game with an 8-2 run, but the Crusaders responded with a 9-2 spurt of their own to take an 11-10 lead. Holy Cross was still up by just two points (19-17) with nine minutes left in the first half, before using a 6-0 run to build an eight-point lead. The Crusaders later scored the final seven points of the half, and took a 32-22 lead into the locker room.
Holy Cross led by as many as 13 points early in the second, but Colgate came back to trim the lead to four points (48-44) with 6:42 left to play. Both teams then struggled to score down the stretch, although the Crusaders were able to make 10 of 14 attempts at the foul line in the final five minutes of play to secure the win.
Senior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) totaled 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals for Holy Cross, while junior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) added 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Colgate was led by Alvin Reed with 19 points and five assists.
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, Feb. 26, when they play host to Lehigh in the 2005-2006 regular season finale at 1:00 p.m. Holy Cross can clinch the second seed and home court advantage in the first two rounds of next week's Patriot League tournament with a win over Lehigh on Saturday by virtue of the Moutain Hawks' loss at Bucknell tonight.