Nov. 18, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Senior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) recorded 18 points and a career high-tying 11 rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 65-57 victory over Siena at the Hart Center. Simmons posted the second double-double of his collegiate career, while sophomore forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) added 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. The Crusaders improve to 3-0 on the season with the victory, while the Saints fall to 0-2.
The teams traded baskets early in the game, and the Crusaders held a 16-14 lead with 10 minutes left to play before the break. Siena then went on an 11-0 run over the next two minutes, to build its largest lead of the day (nine points, 25-16). But Holy Cross responded with an 18-4 run of its own to close out the half, taking a 34-29 lead into the locker room.
The Crusaders stayed hot to start the second half, using a 10-2 run to take a 13-point lead (44-31) with 15 minutes left in regulation. But the Saints came right back with a 13-2 spurt of their own to make it a two-point game, and eventually tied the score at 50-50 with six minutes remaining.
Holy Cross was able to go back in front by two, before David Ryan hit a three-pointer to give Siena its first lead of the second half (55-54), with just 3:12 left to play. But Vander Baan made a put back after an offensive rebound on the next possession, igniting an 11-1 run which put the game away. Overall the Crusaders held the Saints to just two points over the final three minutes of play.
Senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) scored a game-high 20 points for Holy Cross, to go along with five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Michael Haddix led Siena with 13 points and four rebounds, while Ryan and Kenny Hasbrouck scored 11 points each. As a team, the Crusaders posted a 43-21 rebounding advantage, in addition to posting 11 steals.
Holy Cross returns to action on Tuesday, November 21, when travels to Harvard for a 7:00 p.m. game.