Feb. 26, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) totaled 18 points, six rebounds and three steals to lead Holy Cross to a 66-49 victory at the Hart Center on Feb. 26, 2005. Following the contest, Simmons was honored as the Most Valuable Player of Holy Cross' Winter Homecoming game. The Crusaders improve to 22-5 overall and 13-1 in the Patriot League with the victory, while the Black Knights fall to 3-23 overall and 1-13 in the league.
After Army scored on its first possession of the game, the Crusaders went on a 12-0 run to take control of the game. Following the 13:30 mark of the opening half, the Holy Cross lead would not dip below double figures, as the Crusaders expanded their advantage to 22 points at the break.
The Black Knights opened the second half on a 13-2 run to trim the Holy Cross lead down to 11 points with 15 minutes remaining, but that was as close as Army would get. The Crusaders went on a 7-0 run to build their advantage back to 18 points, and led by at least 14 points for the rest of the day.
Junior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) added nine points, four rebounds and three assists for the Crusaders, while senior forward John Hurley (South Boston, Mass.) totaled seven points and four boards. The Black Knights were led by Matt Bell with 14 points, while Jimmy Sewell added 11 points.
The game marked the final regular season appearance at the Hart Center for six senior members of the Holy Cross program. Hurley, senior guard Greg Kinsey (Hatboro, Pa.), senior center Nate Lufkin (Austin, Texas), senior guard Michael Smiley (Swampscott, Mass.), senior guard Dan Brault (York, Maine) and senior manager Loren McDermott (Bronx, N.Y.) were all honored before the game. In addition, all five senior players were in the starting lineup for the Crusaders.
Holy Cross returns to action on Friday, March 4, when it plays host to Army in a quarterfinal round game of the Patriot League Tournament. The opening tip for the Holy Cross-Army game is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.