Dec. 19, 2005
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico -- Senior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) scored a career-high 38 points to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to an 82-65 victory over Tennessee-Chattanooga in the opening round of the San Juan Shootout at Mario Morales Coliseum. Hamilton made 13 of 20 shots from the floor, including seven of 10 from three-point range, and was also five of six at the free throw line. His seven made three-pointers tied the Holy Cross single game record, which was set by Rob Feaster against New Hampshire on Nov. 25, 1994. The Crusaders improve to 5-4 overall on the season with the victory, while the Mocs fall to 4-6 with the loss.
The score was tied at 10-10 after the first six minutes of play, before Tennessee-Chattanooga went on a 9-0 run. The Mocs were still up by nine (26-17) with eight minutes left in the first half, when Hamilton hit a pair of three-pointers to cut the lead to three points. The Crusaders later outscored the Mocs 8-3 over the final three minutes of the half, to take a 36-35 advantage into the locker room.
After the break, Holy Cross used a quick 8-2 run to build its lead up to seven points (44-37). Tennessee-Chattanooga was able to cut the lead down to three points, before the Crusaders went on a 15-4 run to go up 59-45 with 13 minutes left to play. Hamilton scored 10 of Holy Cross' 15 points during that run, including seven straight.
The Mocs did not give up, and were able to trim the Crusader lead down to seven points (68-61) with seven minutes left to play. But Holy Cross responded with excellent defense down the stretch, outscoring Tennessee-Chattanooga 14-4 over the final seven minutes to claim a 17-point victory.
Junior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) totaled 11 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Crusaders, while freshman forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) added 11 points and five rebounds. Alphonso Pugh led Tennessee-Chattanooga with 13 points and seven boards.
Holy Cross returns to action tomorrow, Dec. 20, when they take on Clemson (9-0 following a 101-60 victory over Puerto Rico-Mayaguez) in the San Juan Shootout semifinals. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (AST).