Nov. 10, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Junior guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) tied his career high with 18 points, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 61-47 victory over Hofstra at the Hart Center. Doherty made nine of 10 free throw attempts on the night, while also dishing out four assists. The Crusaders open the year at 1-0, while winning their season opener for the fifth straight year. The Pride begin the season at 0-1.
Doherty scored the first five points of the game with a three-pointer and a jump shot, but Hofstra came back with a 9-0 run to go up by four. The Pride were still up by one point (19-18) with 6:56 left in the first half, before the Crusaders went on a 9-0 run to take the lead for good. Hofstra came as close as three points late in the half, before sophomore forward Adam May (Mentor, Ohio) scored six straight points to give Holy Cross a 33-24 lead at the break.
The Crusaders continued to play outstanding defense early in the second half, and built their lead up to 17 points (44-27) with 12:48 left in the game. At one point, Hofstra went 16:23 without making a field goal. The Pride was able to get no closer than 10 points down the stretch, as Holy Cross cruised to the victory.
The Crusaders held a 45-34 rebounding advantage on the night, while forcing 14 turnovers and holding Hofstra to just 26.5 percent shooting from the field.
Junior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) finished the game with 10 points, a career-high 15 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots, while senior guard Kyle Cruze (Knoxville, Tenn.) added 10 points, two rebounds and two steals. The Pride was led by senior guard Antoine Agudio with 28 points on nine-of-23 shooting from the floor.
Holy Cross returns to action on Tuesday, November 13, when it travels to Fairfield for a 7:30 p.m. game.