Nov. 7, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) totaled 15 points and five assists, while senior forward Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) added 11 points, nine rebounds and two steals, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to an 68-39 victory over Salem State in an exhibition game at the Hart Center. Doherty hit five of six field goal attempts on the night, including all three of his three-point attempts, in addition to making two out of three tries from the foul line.
The game stayed close in the opening minutes with the teams trading baskets, before Holy Cross went on a 15-0 run to go up 24-8 and take the lead for good. During the run Holy Cross got two baskets from freshman forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.), and Doherty and Simmons each added three-point goals. Holy Cross closed out the half with a solid 28-12 lead heading into the locker room.
After the break, Holy Cross used a quick 10-2 run to build its lead up to 22 points (36-14). The Crusaders continued to dominate play in the half, and would extend their lead to as many as 30 points.
Sophomore forward Greg McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) finished the game with seven points and five blocked shots. Senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) also played well for the Crusaders, totaling six points, three assists and four steals. Salem State was lead by forward Eric Downie who totaled 10 points, two blocks and two steals. Dylan Holmes also scored 10 points and added four steals for Salem State.
The Crusaders made eight of 19 shots from three-point range on the day (42.1 percent), and also outrebounded Salem State 45-23. In addition, Holy Cross held Salem State to just 23.3 percent shooting from the field (10 of 43).
Holy Cross opens up the regular season on Sunday, Nov. 12, when it plays host to Fairfield at 4:00 p.m.