Dec. 30, 2005
BOSTON, Mass. - Junior guard Keith Simmons had 15 points and five rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 59-44 victory over Northeastern at Solomon Court. The Crusaders turned in one of their top defensive performances of the season, limiting the Huskies to just 44 points and 30.6 percent shooting from the field. Holy Cross improves to 6-7 on the season with the victory, while Northeastern falls to 6-4.
Holy Cross played outstanding defense from the opening tip, outscoring Northeastern 15-2 over the first 10 minutes of play. The Huskies made only one of nine field goal attempts during that span, while being forced to commit six turnovers. The Crusaders would lead by at least 10 points for the remainder of the half, and expanded their lead to 17 points (28-11) heading into the locker room.
Northeastern opened the second half with an 11-5 run to cut the lead down to 11 points, then scored five straight points a few minutes later to make the score 40-31 with 11 minutes left to play. But Holy Cross responded with a 13-3 run of its own to take control of the game with just under five minutes remaining. The Huskies would get no closer than 14 points down the stretch, before the Crusaders finally won by 15.
Senior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) totaled 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Holy Cross, while freshman forward Alex Vander Baan added seven points and a team-high nine boards.
Janon Cole had 11 points and eight rebounds for Northeastern, which was playing without leading scorer Jose Juan Barea, who missed the game due to injury.
The Crusaders return to action on Monday, January 2, when they play host to Boston University in a 7:00 p.m. game which will be show live on the New England Sports Network.