Nov. 29, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Sophomore guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) totaled a career-high 18 points, four assists and three steals, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 63-58 victory over Yale at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. The Crusaders improve to 6-1 on the year with the victory, matching the team's best start through seven games since the 1989-1990 team began the season at 6-1. The Bulldogs fall to 1-4 overall with the loss.
After Yale's Casey Hughes, scored the first basket of the game, the Crusaders went on a 12-1 run over the next six minutes to take a 12-3 lead. The Holy Cross lead would fluctuate from four to 10 points for the rest of the half, before the Crusaders finally took a 28-20 lead into the locker room.
The Bulldogs kept the score close throughout the early parts of the second half, and eventually cut the lead down to three points, 43-40 with eight minutes left to play. Holy Cross would then use a 13-6 run to build its lead back up to double figures, 56-46 with 3:15 remaining. But Yale refused to go away, responding with a 6-0 run of its own to make the score 56-52 with 1:30 left in the game. The Bulldogs were able to make it a three-point game in the closing seconds, but Holy Cross made seven of 10 free throw attempts in the final minute of play to secure the victory.
Senior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) finished the game with 12 points and five rebounds, while sophomore forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) recorded 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) and junior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) also added eight points each. Yale was led by Ross Morin and Eric Flato with 13 points a piece.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, December 2, when it travels to Dayton for a 7:00 p.m. game.