Orange outlast Holy Cross
Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) – Demetris Nichols posted 21 points and six
rebounds, as the 15th-ranked Syracuse Orange beat Holy Cross, 72-64, at the
Paul Harris netted 14 points for Syracuse (7-0), which will play seven of
its next eight contests at the Carrier Dome and is not scheduled to play a
game outside the state of New York until January 7th. Josh Wright scored 13
points and Eric Devendorf added nine.
Keith Simmons scored 22 points for Holy Cross (5-1), which had been off to its
best start since winning the first six games of the 1988-89 campaign. Colin
Cunningham scored 11 points, and Alex Vander Baan added eight points and 11
With the Crusaders trailing by nine, Simmons hit a three-pointer with 42.7
seconds left to cut the Holy Cross deficit to 66-60.
Wright then converted 1-of-2 from the free-throw line with 42.2 seconds left
to make it a three-possession game. Simmons then got fouled and hit a pair
from the charity stripe with 35.6 seconds remaining for a 67-62 Holy Cross
Nichols hit a free throw with 20.6 seconds to go, but Cunningham got fouled
attempting a three-pointer. He hit two of the free throws with 17.4 seconds
left for a four-point Holy Cross deficit.
Devendorf then hit a pair from the free-throw line with 15.7 seconds left and
Nichols added a pair as well to seal the hard-fought win for Syracuse.
Syracuse opened the game on a 23-7 run capped by a Harris free throw with
7:04 remaining, and led 31-19 at halftime.
Holy Cross outrebounded the Orange, 39-32. Syracuse shot 20-for-46 (43.5
percent) from the floor, compared to 22-for-60 (36.7 percent) by the
Syracuse leads the all-time series against Holy Cross 13-12, but the programs
hadn’t squared off on the hardwood since 1981.