Nov. 15, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Senior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) totaled 19 points, six rebounds and two assists, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 62-47 victory over Hampton at the Hart Center. Simmons hit seven of 13 shots from the field, in addition to making four out of five free throw attempts. The Crusaders improve to 2-0 on the season with the victory, while the Pirates fall to 1-2.
Holy Cross started the game hot, jumping out to a quick 7-0 lead after just two minutes of play, as Simmons scored five points during that stretch. Hampton fought back to tie the score at 13-13, before the Crusaders used an 11-2 run to go up by 11 (24-13) with 7:20 left in the first half. The Pirates continued to hang tough, and trailed by just 30-24 at the half, following a three-pointer by Junior Pehoua with just two seconds remaining.
Hampton then came out of the locker room to start the second half on fire, using an 8-0 spurt to claim its first lead of the game, 32-30 with 16:43 left to play. The score stayed close for the next several minutes, and the Crusaders were up by two (46-44) with 7:58 remaining. But Holy Cross would then go on an 8-0 to put the game away, with sophomore forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) scoring five points during that spurt. Holy Cross went on to hold the Pirates to just three points over the final 7:58, and eventually pulled away for the 15-point victory, despite making just five of 11 free throws in the final four minutes of play.
Vander Baan finished the night with nine points and six rebounds, while senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) added 10 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals. Junior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) also had a solid game with six points, a team-high eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
Hampton was led by Pehoua with 16 points and three rebounds, while Kevin Clark and Adrian Woodard both added six points.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, November 18, when it plays host to Siena in a 3:00 p.m. contest at the Hart Center.