Nov. 20, 2004
BOSTON, Mass. - Junior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) scored 13 of his game-high 17 points in the second half, as the Crusaders came back to defeat Boston University at Case Gym in the 2004-05 season opener for both teams.
Joining Hamilton in double figures for the Crusaders were sophomores Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) and Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Chaz Carr led the Terriers with 15 points.
Boston University led 25-22 at the half, largely on the strength of three-point shooting. The Terriers were 5-of-9 from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes. BU opened the second half on a 10-2 run, taking a 35-24 lead with 15:50 remaining on a layup by Kevin Gardner (seven points).
The Terriers' lead was still nine points (37-28) after a Rasahd Bell layup at the 12:42 mark, before consecutive baskets by Simmons, Hamilton and Thomas brought HC back to within three, 37-34, with 11:48 remaining.
A layup by Carr gave BU a 39-34 advantage, but it was the last basket by the Terriers for more than four minutes. During that span, the Crusaders went on a 14-0 run to take the lead for good. HC hit four consecutive three-pointers during the run -- the first from Simmons and the last three from Hamilton. Thomas had an assist on each of the three-pointers.
The closest Boston Unversity was able to get the rest of the way was three points (50-47 at the 1:38 mark) as the Crusaders missed 5-of-6 shots from the line. But Holy Cross hit its final four free throws and added in baskets by senior co-captain John Hurley (South Boston, Mass.) and Thomas for the final margin.
Holy Cross had just two turnovers in the second half, and ended the game will 11 steals -- six from Hamilton. The Crusaders also held the Terriers to under 40 percent shooting for the game (20-for-51, 39.2%).
The game marked the collegiate debut for a pair of Crusader freshmen. Guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) was scoreless in seven minutes of action, but grabbed three rebounds. Center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) played six minutes, grabbing two rebounds and coming up with a blocked shot during HC's 14-0 run.
The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday night, when they travel to Harvard for a 7:00 p.m. tip.