Dec. 19, 2006
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Junior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) totaled 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Providence 77-68 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Senior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) added 20 points, four rebounds and three steals for the Crusaders. Holy Cross falls to 6-4 on the season with the loss, while the Friars improve to 8-2 overall.
Providence held a 9-6 lead after five minutes of play, before going to a 15-3 run to make the score 24-9 with 11:01 left before the break. The Friars were able to extend their lead to as many as 18 points (34-16 at the 6:01-mark), before the Crusaders started to come to life. Holy Cross closed out the half on an 11-4 run to trail by just 11 points (38-27) heading into the locker room
Providence was still up by 10 points (44-34) with 17:51 left in regulation, before the Crusaders an 11-2 run to make it a one-point game (46-45) with 14:50 remaining. But that would be as close as Holy Cross could get, as the Friars responded with a 10-3 spurt of their own to take back control of the game. The Crusaders would trim the lead to no less than six points in the final 10 minutes, as Providence held on to win by nine (77-68).
Senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) finished the game with 13 points, four rebounds and four steals, while sophomore forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) added seven points, seven rebounds and three assists. The Friars were led by Weyinmi Efejuku with 21 points and six rebounds, while Geoff McDermott posted a double-double with 11 points and 17 rebounds.
Holy Cross returns to action on Thursday, December 21, when it takes on George Mason in a 7:00 p.m. game at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.