Dec. 1, 2004
WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) scored a team-high 12 points, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team suffered a 56-53 loss against Princeton at the Hart Center. The defeat was the first of the season for the Crusaders, who now stand 3-1, while the Tigers improve to 3-2 with the victory.
Princeton led for much of the first half, and took a 27-21 lead into the locker room. The Tigers extended their lead to 10 points (44-34) with nine minutes remaining in the game, and were still up by nine (52-43) with two and a half minutes to play, when Holy Cross mounted a comeback attempt.
The Crusaders went on an 8-0 run over the next two minutes, with senior guard Greg Kinsey (Hatboro, Pa.) hitting a three-pointer and a layup during that span, making the score 52-51 with only 26 seconds remaining. But Holy Cross was unable to complete the comeback, as the Tigers hit all four of their free throw attempts in the closing seconds to secure the win.
Kinsey and junior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) both scored 11 points for the Crusaders, while sophomore guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) had seven points, six rebounds and five assists. Princeton was led by guard Sean Greenman with 17 points, while center Judson Wallace added 14 points and seven rebounds.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, December 4, when they play travel to Minnesota for a 2:00 p.m. (EST) game.