Dec. 21, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) totaled 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by George Mason 58-46 at the DCU Center. The Crusaders fall to 6-5 on the season with the loss, while the Patriots improve to 5-4 overall.
The score was close throughout much of the first half, and George Mason held a 13-12 lead with 7:46 left before the break. But the Patriots then went on a 9-0 run to build a 10-point advantage. Holy Cross would respond with a 5-0 spurt of its own a few minutes later, but would trail 29-22 heading into the locker room.
Both teams struggled to score early in the second half, although George Mason was able to build its lead back up to 10 points, 43-33 with 9:13 left to play. The Crusaders then went on an 8-0 run over the next two minutes to make the score 43-41. But the Patriots would score the next four points, and Holy Cross was unable to get any closer than four points the rest of the way. George Mason would close out the game with an 8-1 run over the final four minutes of play, to pull away for a 12-point victory.
Junior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) recorded 12 points and four rebounds for the Crusaders, with senior guard Keith Simmons adding 11 points, four rebounds and three assists. Folarin Campbell led George Mason with 18 points, five rebounds and three assists, while John Vaughan chipped in with 15 points.
Holy Cross returns to action next Thursday, December 28, when plays at La Salle on the opening day of the La Salle Invitational.