NORFOLK, Va. – Junior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) hit a pair of free throws with 17.0 seconds remaining, to break a 70-70 tie and lift the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 74-73 victory over Morgan State on the final day of the Liberty Tax Classic at the Ted Constant Convention Center. Dudzinski finished with a game-high 20 points and eight rebounds, while hitting seven of 14 field goal attempts and all six of his free throws. The Crusaders improve to 2-1 on the season with the win, while the Bears fall to 1-2.
Holy Cross led 70-59 with four minutes to go, when Morgan State scored 11 straight points to tie the game up at 70-70 with 1:34 remaining. The score stayed the same, until Dudzinski was fouled on an in-bounds pass with 17.0 seconds left and hit both ends of a one-and-one. On the Bears' next possession, sophomore forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) blocked a shot attempted by Anthony Hubbard, and sophomore guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) then hit two free throws with 4.8 seconds remaining to put the Crusaders up 74-70. A three-pointer by Morgan State's DeWayne Jackson at the buzzer concluded the scoring.
Senior center Phil Beans (Toledo, Ohio) totaled 17 points and six rebounds in the game, while Burrell added 16 points and four assists. Holy Cross held a 36-30 advantage on the boards and hit 91.7 percent of its free throw attempts as a team (22 of 24), while the Bears connected only just 60.0 percent of their foul shots (15 of 25). Hubbard led Morgan State with 17 points and eight rebounds.
The Bears had started the game by jumping out to a 13-8 lead with 15:47 remaining in the first half. The Crusaders responded with a 6-1 spurt to tie the score at 14-14, before Justin Black hit a shot to put Morgan State up 16-14. Holy Cross then went on a 13-0 run to claim an 11-point lead (27-16) with eight minutes left before the break, as both Burrell and freshman guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) scored four points during that time. The Crusaders would eventually lead by as many as 15 points, before taking a 37-28 advantage into the locker room.
Holy Cross scored the first five points of the second half to extend its lead back to double figures, 42-28 with 17:33 remaining in regulation. The Crusaders would lead by at least 11 points for the next several minutes, before the Bears used a quick 6-0 spurt to make the score 55-46 with 10 minutes left to play. Holy Cross would still lead by at least eight points until the final four minutes, when Morgan State rallied to tie up the score before the Crusaders eventually pulled out the victory.
Following the contest, both Beans and Burrell were named to the Liberty Tax Classic All-Tournament team.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 14, when it play host to Maine at 7:00 p.m., in its home opener at the Hart Center.
2012 Liberty Tax Classic All-Tournament Team
Michael Hale, Texas-San Antonio (MVP)
Phil Beans, Holy Cross
Justin Burrell, Holy Cross
Jeromie Hill, Texas-San Antonio
DeWayne Jackson, Morgan State
Keenan Palmore, Old Dominion