Nov. 28, 2005
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Junior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) recorded 18 points and five rebounds, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team dropped a 68-64 decision to Vermont at Patrick Gymnasium. The Crusaders fall to 2-3 overall on the season, while the Catamounts improve to 2-3.
Both teams started the game cold from the field, and the score was tied 4-4 after the opening six minutes of action. Vermont then went on an 11-0 run to take the lead, and eventually led by 14 points (31-17) with four minutes left in the first half. But Holy Cross responded by closing the half with a 9-3 run, cutting the lead to eight points (34-26) heading into the locker room.
The Crusaders were called for 14 fouls in the opening half, including three each on sophomore center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.), freshman forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) and senior forward Kevin Hyland (White Plains, N.Y.), allowing the Catamounts to attempt 23 free throws before the break. But Vermont converted on only 15 of its 23 foul shots (65.2 percent), keeping Holy Cross in the game at halftime.
After the break, the Crusaders used a 14-5 run to claim their first lead of the game (40-39) with 14 minutes left to play. Holy Cross was up by two (44-42) at the 11:56 mark, before going cold from the field. The Crusaders did not score again until just 4:16 remained, as Vermont went on a 12-0 run to take a 10-point lead. The Catamounts were still up by nine (62-53) with 1:16 left, before Holy Cross scored 11 points in the remaining time to make things interesting.
For the game, Vermont made 29 of 43 free throw attempts (67.4 percent), compared to 12 of 13 (92.3 percent) for Holy Cross. The Crusaders were also outrebounded 40-22.
Holy Cross returns to action on Thursday, Dec. 1, when it travels to Siena for a 7:00 p.m. game.