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Holy Cross 55, American U. 53

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- Keith Simmons scored a twisting layup in the lane with 4.8 remaining to lift Holy Cross to a 55-53 win over American University in the Patriot League tournament semifinals Sunday.

Tim Clifford had 19 points and eight rebounds, while Torey Thomas added 16 points and nine rebounds for Holy Cross (24-8).

Andre Ingram scored 20 points and four rebounds for American (16-14), which has lost seven straight versus the Crusaders

Simmons, the Patriot League's MVP and its leading scorer, finished the game with 11 points, three assists and two rebounds. He teamed with Thomas and Clifford to rally the Crusaders when they trailed 31-23 early in the second half.

The top-seeded Holy Cross will host the league championship game Friday afternoon against the Bucknell.

There were three ties and two lead changes in the first half.