Holy Cross Claims Title At William & Mary Tip-Off Classic
Nov. 19, 2005
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Junior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) recorded 15 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and four steals to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 67-55 victory over William & Mary in the championship game of the William & Mary Tip-Off Classic at Kaplan Arena. This marks the first regular season tournament title for the Crusaders since the 1982-1983 season, when they won the Worcester County Classic. Holy Cross now stands 2-0 on the season, while William & Mary falls to 1-1.
Holy Cross started the game hot, jumping out to a 11-1 lead after just 3:18 of play. After William & Mary had cut the lead to six points, the Crusaders used a 11-0 run to go up 26-9. Holy Cross would lead by as many as 23 points in the opening half, before taking a 39-18 advantage into the locker room.
After the intermission, the Crusaders extended their lead to as many as 25 points, before going cold from the floor. Holy Cross went of six minutes without scoring a point, and William & Mary used a 13-0 run to get back into the game. But the Tribe would get no closer than 10 points down the stretch, and the Crusaders made five of six free throws in the final to minutes to secure the victory.
Senior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) led Holy Cross in scoring with 18 points, in addition to pulling down nine rebounds. Junior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) added 16 points for the Crusaders. Calvin Baker led the Tribe with 15 points, while Corey Cofield and Brian Hutt added 13 points each.
Following the conclusion of the game, two Crusaders were named to the William & Mary Tip-Off Classic All-Tournament team. Hamilton earned Tournament Most Valuable Player honors, and was joined on the All-Tournament team by Simmons.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 22, when they take on Harvard in their home opener at the Hart Center (8:30 p.m.).