Nov. 27, 2006
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Senior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) totaled 22 points and three rebounds, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team suffered a close 72-64 loss to 15th-ranked Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. The Crusaders were dealt their first loss of the season, falling to 5-1 overall, while the Orange improve to 7-0 on the year.
The Crusaders started the game cold from the field, making just one shot in the first nine minutes of play, as Syracuse built an early 12-2 lead. The Orange would eventually increase their lead to as many as 18 points (30-12) with two minutes left before the break. But Holy Cross did close out the first half on a 7-1 run, to make the score 31-19 heading into the locker room.
In the second half, Syracuse was able to build its lead back up to as many as 15 points (51-36 with 10:40 remaining). But the Crusaders then used a 10-4 run to get back into the game, and were down just 57-50 with 6:24 left to play. Holy Cross was eventually able to cut the lead down to four points in the final minute of play, before the Orange hit all four of their free throw attempts in the final 16 seconds to hold on for the victory.
Sophomore forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) finished with 11 points and four rebounds for the Crusaders, while sophomore forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) added eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Demetris Nichols led Syracuse with 21 points and six rebounds, with Paul Harris (14 points) and Josh Wright (13 points) also scoring in double figures.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, November 29, when it travels to Yale for a 7:00 p.m. game.