ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Tim Clifford scored a career-high 33 points as Holy Cross routed Navy 68-40 here Thursday.
The loss was the second worst home loss for the Mids in the Patriot League, behind a 76-47 loss to the Crusaders on Feb. 22, 2004.In a game postponed from Wednesday because of bad weather, the Crusaders started out hot, scoring the games first nine points, and led 28-6 after the game's first 14 minutes.Clifford, with 17 points, and Keith Simmons, with 8 points, combined for the first 25 Holy Cross points. Clifford, a 6-10, 270-pound center who averages 10.5 points a game, made 9 of 12 from the floor and scored 21 points in the first half as Holy Cross led 36-18. For the game, he made 12 of 19 from the floor and 8 for 8 at the free throw line.Simmons, the Patriot League's leading scorer, scored just 10 points but had 9 rebounds. He has now scored in double figures in 38 straight games.Torrey Thomas added 7 points an 6 assists for the Crusaders. Navy (13-13, 3-8) was led by T.J. Topercer's 8 points and Bryce Brigham's 7 points. The Mids' leading scorer, Greg Sprink, was held to 6 points.In the game's first 10 minutes, Navy made just 1 of 11 shots and had seven turnovers. They trailed 28-6 before a four-point and a three-point basket by Brigham gave them their first back-to-back scores of the game with four minutes left in the half.Holy Cross shot 58 percent in the first half as Navy shot just 22 percent and had 11 turnovers. Navy closed to within 17 points early in the second half, but Holy Cross went on a 10-2 run to lead 49-24 with 13 minutes to play.