HC Defeats The Netherlands National Team, 65-58

Aug. 18, 2007

ALKMAAR, Netherlands - The Holy Cross men's basketball team defeated the national team of the Netherlands, 65-58, in the third game of its European Tour to improve to 1-2 on the trip. Previously the Crusaders were defeated by the national teams of Switzerland and Norway. The three games were played in Alkmaar, which is 30 miles north of Amsterdam. The trip will continue onto Andorra and Spain where the Crusaders will wrap up play with a game against a team from Andorra and a team from Barcelona.

The Dutch jumped out to an early 9-0 lead. Senior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) got into early foul trouble and junior center Greg McCarthy's (Mansfield, Mass.) 12 points, all in the second quarter kept the Crusaders in the game as they only trailed by five at halftime (34-29).

Junior guard Pat Doherty was unable to play, as most of the ball handling duties in the second half went to juniors Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) and Lawrence Dixon (Columbia, Md.). The Dutch extended their lead in the third quarter to 11 at the 30 minute mark of the game.

Holy Cross then came out strong on both ends of the court. The Crusaders were trailing by a score of 56-52 with six minutes remaining in the contest before fighting back to tie it at 56-56. The tie was then broken by five straight points by sophomore forward Adam May (Mentor, Ohio). Holy Cross would keep the lead and earn the 65-58 victory.

May led the Crusaders with 17 total points on the day, while McCarthy added 12 points. Cunningham, junior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) and freshman forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) added 10 points each.

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