Dec. 20, 2005
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico -- Freshman forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) totaled a career-high 15 points and seven rebounds, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team suffered a 71-48 loss to Clemson in the semifinals of the San Juan Shootout at Mario Morales Coliseum. The Crusaders fall to 5-5 overall this season with the loss, while the Tigers improve to 10-0 with the victory.
Both teams struggled to score early in the game, and Clemson held a 9-6 lead after eight minutes of play. The Tigers then used an 11-3 run to build an 11-point lead with five minutes left in the first half. But the Crusaders responded with a 13-2 run of their own to tie the score at 22-22, before Clemson took a 25-24 lead into the locker room.
The score stayed close early in the second half, and the Tigers were up by four (44-40) with 11 minutes left to play. But Clemson then outscored Holy Cross 27-8 the rest of the way, to claim a 23-point victory, as the Crusaders made only two field goals in the final 11 minutes of action.
Senior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) had 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals for Holy Cross, Clemson was led by Vernon Hamilton with 18 points, while Cliff Hammonds added 15 points, six assists and three steals.
Holy Cross returns to action tomorrow, Dec. 21, when it takes on Mississippi State (7-3) in the third place game of the San Juan Shootout. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. (AST).