WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Junior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) posted a double-double with 13 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, but the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Hartford 48-45 at the Chase Family Arena. Sophomore guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) added 10 points and three assists for the Crusaders. Holy Cross falls to 4-4 on the season with the loss, while Hartford improves to 4-3 overall.
The score was tied at 4-4 early on, before the Hawks scored five straight points to go up by five. Hartford would extend its lead to six points (12-6), before the Crusaders used a 6-0 run to tie up the score at 12-12. The Hawks came right back with a 7-2 spurt of their own to go back in front by five (19-14) with four minutes left before the break. Holy Cross responded with an 8-0 run to claim its first lead of the night, and would go on to take a 22-20 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
Early in the second half, Hartford used a 7-0 spurt to pull back in front (27-24) with 16 minutes left to play. After the Crusaders had tied up the score at 27-27, the Hawks went on an 11-0 run to reclaim the lead. Hartford would increase its advantage to 14 points (42-28) with eight minutes remaining, before Holy Cross used an 8-0 run to get back into the game. The Crusaders would trim the margin down to one point (46-45) with 17.8 seconds to go on a three-point field goal by senior guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.), before Evan Cooper hit a pair of free throws to put the Hawks back up by three (48-45). A three-point attempt by Burrell in the closing seconds was then off the mark, as Hartford held on for the victory.
Holy Cross held a 43-28 rebounding advantage on the night, and held the Hawks to 31.5 percent shooting from the field. But the Crusaders also committed 17 turnovers, and made just 35.3 percent of their own field goal attempts.
Mark Nwakamma led Hartford with 12 points and three steals, while Yolonzo Moore finished with 10 points, five rebounds and five steals.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 5, when it travels to Sacred Heart for a 7:00 p.m. game.