March 9, 2007

Holy Cross 74, Bucknell 66

March 9, 2007

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  • The Crusaders won the fifth Patriot League Tournament title in school history. Holy Cross owns the most championships in league history, as no other school has won more than three. The Crusaders also ended Bucknell's bid to win three straight league titles. Holy Cross remains the only school to have won three straight Patriot League championships (2001, 2002, 2003).
  • Holy Cross won its 18th straight game at the Hart Center, to extend the longest winning streak in the building's history. The 18-game home winning streak is currently tied for the eighth longest in the nation.
  • The Crusaders will be making their 12th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament this season, and their fourth in the last seven seasons. Holy Cross won the NCAA championship in 1947.
  • Holy Cross senior guard Torey Thomas scored a career-high 28 points. His previous high was 23 against Fordham on Dec. 4, 2005. The 28 points were also the most by a Holy Cross player in the Patriot League Tournament since Rob Feaster scored 43 against Navy on March 5, 1994.
  • Senior guard Keith Simmons added 23 points for the Crusaders, to give Holy Cross two 20-point scorers in the same game for the third time this year. Previously, junior center Tim Clifford (21) and Simmons (20) accomplished the feat against Providence, while Clifford (22) and Thomas (20) did it against Harvard.
  • Clifford tied his career high with six blocked shots, all of them coming in the first half. His six blocks are the most by any Holy Cross player in Patriot League Tournament history.
  • Simmons was named the Patriot League Tournament MVP, becoming the fifth player in school history to earn that honor. He is also just the seventh player in conference history to be named the Patriot League Player of the Year and the Patriot League Tournament MVP in the same season.
  • Simmons was joined on the All-Patriot League Tournament team by Thomas and Clifford. This marks the second straight season Simmons has earned All-Patriot League Tournament honors.
  • In the 17-year history of the Patriot League Tournament, Holy Cross became the 12th top-seed to win the tournament title. The Crusaders are also the fifth team to win the title while playing all of their games at home (joining Navy in 1994 and 1998, Lafayette in 2000 and Bucknell in 2006).
  • Simmons made all three of his three-point attempts on the day, and now has a career three-point field goal percentage of .423 (194 of 459). He enters the NCAA Tournament second all-time in the Patriot League in three-point field goal percentage, just behind Andy Smith of Army (.424, 100 of 236, from 2000-2003).
  • Simmons also moved into ninth place on the all-time Holy Cross career scoring list, bringing his total to 1,650 points. During the Bucknell game, he moved past Togo Palazzi (1,633 points, from 1951-1954).