May 3, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.), a member of the Holy Cross men's basketball team, is the 2007-2008 recipient of the Richard J. Maloney Award. The award was presented at the 53rd annual Holy Cross Varsity Club dinner, held at the Hogan Campus Center on Satruday, May 3.
The Maloney Award has been presented annually to the men's basketball team's most valuable player since 1981. A first team All-Patriot League selection, Clifford averaged 18.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots per game on the year for the Crusaders, while shooting 57.1 percent from the floor (205 of 359) and 78.2 percent at the foul line (97 of 124). He finished the season ranked first in the league in field goal percentage and blocked shots, fourth in scoring and sixth in rebounding. Clifford led the team in scoring 24 times in 29 games played this year, including each of Holy Cross' last 15 contests. He also scored in double figures 27 straight times to end the season, while going for at least 20 points in 12 of those games.
Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Clifford totaled 1,246 points, 514 rebounds and 210 blocked shots. He is Holy Cross' all-time leader in career blocks, while standing 20th all-time in scoring.