Dec. 22, 2007
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Senior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) totaled 26 points and six rebounds, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Siena 84-77 in overtime at the Times Union Center. Clifford made 11 of 16 shots from the floor on the day, including two of four attempts from three-point range. The Crusaders fall to 7-2 on the year with the loss, while the Saints improve to 6-3.
Siena made its first four shots of the day, to jump out to a quick 10-4 lead. Junior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) then scored five straight points to bring Holy Cross within one, 10-9. The Saints responded with a 13-4 run, to claim their biggest lead of the half, 23-13 with nine minutes left before the break. But the Crusaders came right back with a 7-0 spurt to get back into the game. Holy Cross would eventually claim a 30-29 lead with 1:30 left in the half, before Siena took a 34-31 advantage into the locker room.
The Saints maintained a small lead early in the second half, before using a 6-0 spurt to build their lead back up to 10 points (50-40) with 11:44 left in regulation. The Crusaders would close to within one point two times in the closing minutes, before Josh Duell hit a three-pointer to bring Siena's lead back to seven points with one minute left. But the Saints made just four of seven free throw attempts in the final minute, and Clifford hit two three-pointers in the last 12 seconds, including one as time expired, to force overtime tied at 70-70.
In the extra session, Holy Cross struggled on the offensive end of the court, missing its first six shots as Siena took a 75-70 lead. The Saints would also convert nine of their 10 free throws in overtime to secure the win.
Cunningham finished the game with 15 points and four assists, while junior guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) recorded 15 points and seven assists, and junior forward Alex Vander Baan added 13 points and six rebounds. Siena was led by Edwin Ubiles with 29 points and eight rebounds, with Kenny Hasbrouck adding 21 points and five assists.
Holy Cross returns to action on Sunday, December 30, when it travels to Sacred Heart for a 4:00 p.m. game.