Dec. 1, 2005
ALBANY, N.Y. - Junior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) recorded 20 points and seven rebounds, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Siena 68-63 at Pepsi Arena. The Crusaders fall to 2-4 on the season with the loss, while the Saints improve to 2-2.
Siena started the game hot, and jumped out to a 12-2 lead after the first seven minutes of play. Holy Cross would respond with a 7-0 run later in the half, and trailed by just two points (26-24) at the break.
The Crusaders tied the score at 29-29 early in the second half, but then the Saints went on an 8-0 to take control of the game. Siena would increase its lead to as many as 15 points (51-36) at the 10:35 mark, and was still up by 10 (60-50) with just over two minutes left to play. Holy Cross managed to make it a four-point game on a basket by freshman forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) with 54.7 seconds remaining, but turned the ball over on its next possession and would get no closer than five points the rest of the way.
Cunningham finished the game with career-highs of 16 points and nine rebounds for the Crusaders, while junior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) added five points, five assists, five steals and 11 rebounds.
Siena was led by Tay Fisher and David Ryan with 18 points each. The Saints made 10 of 22 three-point field goal attempts on the night, including five by Fisher and four from Ryan.
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, Dec. 4, when they play host to Fordham in a 1:00 p.m. game at the Hart Center.