WORCESTER, Mass. Keith Simmons scored a game-high 18 points, and Torey Thomas chipped in 16 points to help lead Holy Cross past Army, 66-42, in a Patriot League men’s basketball game Tuesday evening at the Hart Center.
Holy Cross (11-6, 2-0 Patriot League) used a 23-3 scoring run spanning the first and second halves, turning a 23-21 deficit near the end of the first half into a 44-26 advantage at the 11:43 mark of the second half.
Army (10-7, 0-2 Patriot League) was unable to trim Holy Cross’ lead below 15 points the rest of the way as Crusaders cruised to the 24-point victory.
The first half was a low-scoring affair that featured 14 lead changes and five ties. The game went back and forth throughout the opening 20 minutes with neither team able to open up a lead of more than three points until Holy Cross ended the stanza on a 6-0 spurt to take a 27-23 lead into halftime.
Army limited Holy Cross to 33.3 percent shooting from the field (8-of-24) in the first half. Conversely, the Crusaders shot 63.6 percent (14-of-22) in the second half. The Black Knights shot 45.5 percent from the floor for the game. Holy Cross outrebounded Army, 27-17.
Jarell Brown led Army with 10 points, while Matt Bell added eight points.
The Black Knights return to action on Saturday, Jan. 13, hosting Lehigh at 1 p.m. at Christl Arena. The game marks Army’s Patriot League home opener.