With Tim Clifford stuck on the bench, Kyle Cruze was Holy Cross' big man Monday night in a 62-60 win over Ohio University.
Cruze only scored 7 points. The rest of his line -- 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 turnovers and 1 steal -- was not all that impressive. But the senior guard was 3 for 3 from the field, and he was the guy that made the shot that mattered most, a driving layup with two seconds left that gave the Crusaders (5-0) their fifth straight win this season and their 21st in a row in the Hart Center.
The game featured six lead changes and seven ties, the last coming with 9 ticks on the clock when OU's Michael Allen hit his only field goal of the game, a three-pointer that made it 60-60, setting the stage for Cruze's heroics.
Clifford was nearly as perfect from the field, going 5 for 6 for 11 points. But the preseason Patriot League player of the year was sitting next to Ralph Willard when the game was on the line, having fouled out for the third time in five games. Clifford played just 22 minutes.
Colin Cunningham and Pat Doherty each scored 12 points for the Crusaders, who went 22 for 44 from the field, 6 for 15 from three-point range. Ohio (2-1) shot 44.4 percent (20-45) from the field and hit 9 of 19 from the arc.
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