Saturday's other games

Last updated: 9:20 a.m. (Sunday)

Holy Cross 74, Colgate 64 (final): Colgate closed to within 2, 66-64, with 1:55 to play, but the Crusaders held the Raiders scoreless the rest of the way.

Kevin Hamilton's 3-pointer at the 1:46 mark pushed the HC lead back to two possessions and Hamilton made sure it would stand up with two steals and a free throw in the final stretch.

Yesterday we addressed a question about Holy Cross' freshmen by saying we had not seen enough of rookie point guard Pat Doherty to form an opinion. That might change in a hurry.

The Crusaders' win over Colgate was marred by an injury to starting point man Torey Thomas. Ralph Willard told the Boston Herald:
"It's like a separated shoulder but we'll know more after we get film on it,'' said Willard, referring to an MRI which had yet to be scheduled following the game. "At that point, we'll make a determination on his status, but obviously we would miss Torey's energy and leadership (if he's sidelined) for any length of time. He's a big part of our team."
Doherty certainly filled in pretty well, scoring 14 points and dishing out 5 assists in 29 minutes of action against Colgate. The kid was 5-for-7 from the field, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range. He did also, though, have 5 of the Crusaders' 11 turnovers.

Jen Toland of the Worcester Telegram-Gazette (as usual, we won't link because you need a subscription) points out the turnovers might have been mostly due to jitters:
Doherty’s day started shakily with four first-half turnovers, but he settled down in the second. Doherty scored 8 points in the second half, had 3 of his 5 assists and turned the ball over once.
Like they did against Bucknell earlier in the week, Colgate's merry band of snipers made a game of it with their 3-point shooting. Back to Jen Toland's story:
Colgate was just the fifth team to score more than 60 points against the Crusaders in regulation this season. The Raiders made 11 of their first 12 3-point attempts (an incredible 91 percent) and finished 11 for 15 (a not-too-shabby 73 percent).
Like it did against Bucknell, though, Colgate's jump-shooting ways hurt them at the foul line. The Raiders shot 62 percent from the field in the second half, 49 percent for the game. But they only went to the line 8 times (making 5).

Holy Cross shot pretty well, too-- 27-of-52 (52 percent), 9-of-18 beyond the arc. They might have won by a more comfortable margin had they made more than 50 percent of the 22 free throws they shot.
AP Wrap | Box Score

American 76, Lafayette 74 (Final):Andre Ingram lost the ball, then got it back and hit a jumper with 1 second left to win it for AU (9-6, 2-1) after they had squandered a 6-point lead in the final 43 seconds. Lafayette (5-19, 1-2) tied it at 74-74 on a Paul Cummins layup with 14 seconds to go. Cummins was fouled on the play, but missed the free throw that would have given Lafayette a lead.

Jeff Jones told Kathy Orton of the Washington Post:
"We desperately need to learn how to finish a team off."
Ingram led four Eagles in double figures with 20. Sean Knitter had a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double off the bench for Lafayette.

Not to keep bringing it up, but you have to wonder if fatigue is part of the problem. Ingram played 38 minutes again, as did Jason Thomas. Two other starters played at least 30 minutes. Lafayette's bench outscored the AU reserves 38-6.

AU has the road trip from hell next weekend, at Army Friday night and on to Worcester for a Sunday afternoon match with Holy Cross. If my theory about American's lack of depth being its Achilles heel is on target, I suspect we will see more evidence of that next week.
AP Wrap | Box Score

Lehigh 72, Navy 67 (final): Down 16 with nine minutes to play, Navy used three treys by David Hamilton to spark a 17-1 run, tying it 60-60 with 4:13 left. But Lehigh scored the next six points to pull away.
Annapolis Capital story AP Wrap | Box Score

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