November 20, 2007

Men's Basketball Holds Off Harvard, Posts 80-69 Victory

Nov. 20, 2007

Box Score

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Senior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) had 22 points and four rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to an 80-69 victory over Harvard at the Hart Center. Clifford hit 10 of 16 field goal attempts on the night, in addition to making both of his foul shots. The Crusaders improve to 4-0 on the year with the win, while the Crimson fall to 2-3.

Junior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) scored the first nine points of the game for Holy Cross, as the Crusaders jumped out to a 9-4 lead after three minutes of play. A few minutes later Holy Cross went on a 12-3 run, including six points by sophomore forward Adam May (Mentor, Ohio), to take its biggest lead of the day, 27-12 with eight minutes left in the half. The Crusaders were still up by 15 at the 2:56-mark, before Harvard closed the half with an 8-3 spurt to trail by 10 points at the break (42-32).

Holy Cross held a nine point lead (57-48) with 10:23 left to play, when the Crimson started to rally. Harvard went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to two points, and would eventually tie the score at 62-62 with 5:56 remaining in the game. Clifford hit a basket on the Crusaders' next possession to put Holy Cross back in front, but the lead was still just one point (66-65) with 4:21 left to play. The Crusaders then went on a 10-0 spurt over the next three and a half minutes to put the game away, with five different players scoring two points during that span.

Vander Baan finished the night with 18 points and eight rebounds, while May added a career-high 16 points and six boards. Junior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) also had a big game with 13 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals, while junior guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) totaled seven points, eight assists and four steals. Harvard was led by Drew Housman with 19 points and three rebounds, and Jeremy Lin with 15 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Holy Cross returns to action on Monday, November 26, when it plays host to Ohio at 7:00 p.m.