Nov. 21, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) scored 22 points on nine of 11 shooting from the field, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to an 82-69 victory over Harvard at Lavietes Pavilion. Senior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) also had an outstanding game, totaling 20 points and six rebounds. The Crusaders improve to 4-0 on the season with the victory, while the Crimson falls to 1-3.
Clifford started the game hot, scoring nine points in the first 4:15 of play, as the Crusaders jumped out to an early 11-4 lead. The Crimson responded with a quick 6-0 run, but a few minutes later Holy Cross used a 9-0 spurt to build its biggest lead of the half, 29-15. Harvard would once again battle back with another 6-0 run, and trailed just 35-29 at the break. At halftime, Clifford had 16 points, including a perfect seven for seven shooting performance from the floor.
The Crimson then opened the second half with an 11-2 run, claiming its first lead of the night (40-37) at the 16:50-mark on a three-pointer by Jim Goffredo. But Harvard was never able to expand its lead to more than three points, and the score was tied at 63-63 with 4:29 remaining in the game. Holy Cross then went on a 14-0 run over the next 3:30, to put the game away. The Crusaders hit three key three-pointers during that stretch, one each from Simmons, sophomore guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) and sophomore forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.). The Holy Cross lead would grow as large as 16 points in the final minute, before the Crusaders finally won 82-69.
Senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) had 12 points and six assists on the evening, while freshman forward Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds, to go along with four points, two blocks and two steals. Goffredo led Harvard with 22 points and four rebounds, while Brian Cusworth added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
As a team, Holy Cross hit 10 of 18 three-point field goals in the game (55.6 percent), including a seven of nine performance in the second half (77.8 percent). The Crusaders also connected on 29 of 51 total field goal attempts on the night (56.9 percent).
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, November 25, when it plays host to William & Mary in a 2:00 p.m. game at the Hart Center.