Holy Cross 76, Army 42

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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP)—Kevin Hamilton scored 16 points as top-seeded Holy Cross pulled away in the second half for a 76-42 win over Army in the first round of the Patriot League tournament on Friday night.

Holy Cross (23-5), which won its 15th straight game, will play Lehigh at home in the semifinals on Sunday. Lehigh, the defending tournament champion, defeated Colgate 77-60 on Friday.

The Crusaders led 29-27 at halftime, but outscored the Cadets 47-15 in the second half.

Holy Cross opened the second half with a 14-3 run sparked by Hamilton with a pair of 3-pointers, for a 43-30 lead.

Corban Bates scored two field goals and Colin Harris added a pair of free throws as Army (3-24) pulled within 43-34 with 13:28 left.

But Keith Simmons scored eight points in a 12-4 run as Holy Cross took a 58-40 lead with 7:40 left.

Matt Bell, who had 13 points to lead Army, scored nine points and Erik Engstrom had four as the Cadets led most of the first half. Hamilton scored a 3-pointer with 50 seconds left in the half to give the Crusaders the halftime lead.

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