NORFOLK, Va. – Sophomore guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) totaled 17 points, three rebounds and two steals, but the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Texas-San Antonio 60-56 on the second day of the Liberty Tax Classic at the Ted Constant Convention Center. Senior guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.) added 14 points, four rebounds and four steals for the Crusaders. Holy Cross falls to 1-1 on the season with the loss, while the Roadrunners improve to 1-1.
The Crusaders began the game by jumping out to a quick 7-2 lead, before Texas-San Antonio scored the next 10 points to claim a five-point edge. Holy Cross came right back with a 10-0 run of its own, including five points from sophomore forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.), to regain the lead. The Crusaders would eventually pull in front by 11 points (32-21) with five minutes left in the first half, before the Roadrunners used a 9-2 spurt to trim the margin to four points (34-30) heading into the locker room.
Holy Cross then went cold from the field to start the second half, as Texas-San Antonio used a 13-1 run to go in front by eight points (43-35) with 13 minute remaining. The Roadrunners built their lead up to 10 points (52-42) with nine minutes to go, when the Crusaders used an 8-2 spurt to keep things interesting. A pair of free throws by Burrell with 55.2 seconds left trimmed the lead down to two points (58-56), before Larry Wilkins hit one-of-two free throws for Texas-San Antonio. Holy Cross then had one final possession down by three points, but Burrell's three-point attempt with four seconds to go was just off the mark, and the Roadrunners held on for the win.
Miller finished the night with 10 points and two rebounds, while junior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) added eight points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots. Jeromie Hill totaled 17 points and 10 rebounds for Texas-San Antonio, and Michael Hale finished with 17 points, four steals and three assists.
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, Nov. 11, when they face Morgan State at 4:15 p.m. in their final game at the Liberty Tax Classic.