Fast starts are becoming the norm for Holy Cross. Winning at home already is.
The Crusaders improved to 5-0 for the second consecutive season, edging previously unbeaten Ohio, 62-60, last night at the Hart Center when Kyle Cruze drove the length of the court for a tiebreaking layup with two seconds remaining. Holy Cross was victorious for the 21st straight time at home to extend a school record.
Colin Cunningham and Pat Doherty each had 12 points to lead the Crusaders, and Tim Clifford added 11 in 22 foul-plagued minutes. Cruze finished with 7 points and four assists.
Justin Orr scored 18 points for the Bobcats (2-1), who had never faced Holy Cross before.
UConn 93, Florida A&M 54 - At Hartford, Jeff Adrien totaled 16 points and 15 rebounds for his third double-double of the season and the Huskies (5-1) rolled over the Rattlers in their final tuneup before taking on 14th-ranked Gonzaga Saturday in Boston.
UConn's Hasheem Thabeet finished just shy of a triple-double, scoring 12 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, and blocking 9 shots. Jerome Dyson contributed 15 points and a career-high nine assists.
The Huskies scored the first 15 points and Florida A&M (2-4) didn't get on the board until eight minutes had elapsed. UConn led by as many as 42 points in the second half, and will take the momentum into the opener of the Hall of Fame Challenge at TD Banknorth Garden this weekend. BC and Providence will play the nightcap.
Tennessee 81, Louisiana Tech 60 - In the 40th meeting of the longstanding rivalry, Candace Parker scored 13 points and three teammates joined her in double figures for the top-ranked Lady Vols (5-0), who led by 31 in the first half in Knoxville, Tenn.
Michigan St. 65, Delaware St. 62 - Courtney Davidson made four free throws in the final 8.6 seconds as the No. 19 Spartans (5-1) held off the host Hornets (2-3).