Nov. 26, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Senior guard Kyle Cruze (Knoxville, Tenn.) drove the lane and hit a layup with two seconds remaining, to break a 60-60 tie and lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 62-60 victory over Ohio at the Hart Center. Cruze finished the game with seven points, four assists and three rebounds, while making all three of his field goal attempts. The Crusaders improve to 5-0 on the year with the win, while the Bobcats fall to 2-1. Holy Cross starts the season with five straight wins for the second year in a row, while improving its Hart Center winning streak to 21 games.
The game was tight throughout a first half which featured four ties and five lead changes. After the score was tied at 19-19 with 5:22 left in the half, Ohio went on a 5-0 run to go up 24-19. The Bobcats would eventually take a three-point lead (31-28) into the lockerroom.
Ohio increased its lead to six points early in the second half, before the Crusaders went on a 6-0 run to tie up the score at 34-34. The Bobcats were able to go back in front, and still held a 46-43 advantage with nine minutes left to play. Holy Cross then went on a 9-0 run, including five points by junior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.), to take its first lead of the second half (52-46 with 6:32 remaining). The Crusaders were still up by six (59-53) at the 2:43-mark, before Ohio went on a 7-1 run, and Michael Allen's three-pointer with nine seconds left tied up the score at 60-60. But Cruze then drove the length of the court for the game winning shot.
Junior guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) finished with 12 points, six assists and three steals for Holy Cross, while Cunningham added 12 points and three rebounds. Senior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) also had a solid night with 11 points and three rebounds. Ohio was led by Justin Orr with 18 points and four rebounds, while Leon Williams added 12 points and 10 boards.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, November 28, when it plays host to Yale at 7:00 p.m.