December 30, 2007

Men's Basketball Drops Close Game At Sacred Heart, 61-58

Dec. 30, 2007

Box Score

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Senior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) totaled 24 points and seven rebounds, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Sacred Heart 61-58 at the William H. Pitt Health & Recreation Center. Clifford made 10 of 15 shots from the floor on the day, in addition to hitting four of five free throw attempts. The Crusaders fall to 7-3 on the year with the loss, while the Pioneers improve to 5-8.

Sacred Heart opened the game on a 7-2 run, and would eventually increase its lead to nine points (22-13) with nine minutes left in the half. But Holy Cross came back with a 9-0 spurt of its own to tie the score at 22-22, including four points by Clifford. After the Pioneers went back in front by four, the Crusaders closed the have with a 7-2 run to take a 29-28 advantage into the locker room.

Early in the second half, Sacred Heart reclaimed the lead (38-36) with 16 minutes left to play. Holy Cross then went on an 8-0 run over the next five minutes of play, to claim a 44-38 lead. But the Pioneers came right back with a 13-5 run of their own to reclaim the lead, 51-49 with 6:49 left. The Crusaders stayed close down the stretch, but were never able to regain the lead. Holy Cross had the ball with 18 seconds left trailing by just three points, but was not able to convert as Sacred Heart held on for the win.

Junior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) recorded 10 points and four rebounds for the Crusaders. Luke Granato led the Pioneers with 18 points, hitting six of 10 three-point attempts.

Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, January 2, when it plays host to Boston University in a 7:00 p.m. game.