May 5, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) and senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.), members of the Holy Cross men's basketball team, are the 2006-2007 recipients of the Richard J. Maloney Award. The award was presented at the 52nd Annual Varsity Club Dinner, held at the Hogan Campus Center on Saturday, May 5.
The Maloney Award has been presented annually to the men's basketball team's most valuable player since 1981. This year marks only the third time that two players have shared the award. Rick Mashburn and Bill Walker both received the honor in 1993, while John Hurley and Greg Kinsey were both recognized in 2005.
The Patriot League Player of the Year and a first team all-conference selection, Simmons led the team and the league in scoring this season with an average of 16.9 points per game. He also led the team with 5.8 rebounds per game and was second on the squad with 2.3 steals per game, marks which ranked fifth and second in the conference, respectively. Simmons finished his career first on the school career list for games played (126), second for three-point field goals made (194), fifth for steals (191) and ninth for points scored (1,654).
Thomas was named first team All-Patriot League after ranking second on the team and seventh in the league in scoring with an average of 13.7 points per game, in addition to leading the conference with an average of 2.8 steals per game. He also ranked first on the team in assists (4.8 assists per game) and third in rebounding (4.7 rebounds per game), marks which placed him second and 11th in the conference, respectively. Thomas finished his career ranked second all-time at Holy Cross in steals (268) and games played (125), fifth in assists (468) and 10th in three-point field goals made (108), while scoring 1,201 career points.