COL BKB: Holy Cross 78, Notre Dame 73

March 15, 2005 at 11:08 PM

SOUTH BEND, Ind., March 15 (UPI) -- Kevin Hamilton scored 26 points Tuesday night to lead Holy Cross to a 78-73 victory over Notre Dame in the first round of the NIT.

Torey Thomas added 16 points for the Crusaders (25-6), who have a second-round matchup against one of four possible opponents -- Drexel, Buffalo, Hofstra or Saint Joseph's. Tuesday was Holy Cross' first postseason victory since beating Southern Mississippi in the first round of the NIT back in 1981.

Chris Thomas led Notre Dame (17-12) with 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

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