February 23, 2008

Holy Cross Downs Northeastern 61-47 In ESPNU BracketBusters

Feb. 23, 2008

Box Score

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Senior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) totaled 26 points, five rebounds and four blocked shots, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 61-47 victory over Northeastern at the Hart Center, in a contest which was part of the 2008 O'Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters. Clifford made 13 of 16 shots from the field, and has now hit 27 of 32 shots over the last two games. The Crusaders improve to 15-11 overall on the season, while the Huskies fall to 12-15 with the loss.

The score was tied 7-7 after the first seven minutes of play, when Holy Cross went on a 6-1 run to claim the lead. After Northeastern was able to pull within four points (16-12), the Crusaders used a 10-3 spurt to build their lead up to double figures (26-15), with junior forward Greg McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) scoring five points during that time. Holy Cross eventually held a 32-21 advantage heading into the locker room.

The Crusaders increased their lead to 13 points (36-23) early in the second half, before the Huskies went on a 9-2 run to work their way back into the game. Northeastern would eventually get as close as four points (46-42) with 4:40 left to play, before Holy Cross reclaimed control of the action. The Crusaders used a 7-0 run to build their lead back to double figures, and eventually led by as many as 16 points in the closing minutes.

Holy Cross turned in another outstanding performance on the defensive end of the court, holding the Huskies to just 28.8 percent shooting from the field, and 17.6 percent shooting from three-point range. The Crusaders also forced 15 turnovers, while totaling six blocked shots and nine steals.

McCarthy finished the game with 11 points, six rebounds and three assists, while junior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) added eight points and six assists. The Huskies were led by Eugene Spates with 12 points.

Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, February 27, when it plays host to Colgate in a 7:00 p.m. game.