SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Junior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) scored a career-high 31 points to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 73-63 victory over San Francisco at War Memorial Gymnasium. Dudzinski hit 11 of 16 field goal attempts on the night, including both of his shots from three-point range, while connecting on seven of eight attempts from the foul line. Holy Cross improves to 7-4 on the season with the win, while San Francisco falls to 5-4 on the year.
Sophomore guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) totaled 15 points, two rebounds and two assists for the Crusaders, while sophomore forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) chipped in with eight points, six rebounds and two assists. The Dons were led by Cody Doolin with 18 points and five assists, and Cole Dickerson with 17 points and 17 rebounds.
San Francisco opened the game by scoring the first five points, but Holy Cross came right back with an 11-2 run to claim the lead. The Crusaders would increase their advantage to eight points (19-11) with 10:46 left in the first half, before the Dons used an 8-0 spurt to tie up the score at 19-19. Holy Cross had pulled back in front by two (34-32) with two minutes left before the break, when it used a 7-1 run to go ahead by eight (41-33). The Crusaders eventually took a 43-36 lead into the locker room.
Senior center Phil Beans (Toledo, Ohio) hit a three-pointer to open the second half, giving Holy Cross a 10-point advantage. San Francisco would trim the margin down to six points (52-46), when the Crusaders went on an 8-0 run to pull in front by 14 (60-46) with 10 minutes remaining. The Dons responded with an 8-1 spurt to make the score 61-54, before Holy Cross scored the next five points to extend its lead back to double-digits (66-54). San Francisco refused to go away, scoring five straight points to trim the margin down to 66-59 with four minutes to go. But the Crusaders then held the Dons scoreless for the next three minutes, and pulled out the victory despite making just five of 10 free throws in the final three minutes.
Holy Cross held a 41-34 rebounding advantage on the night, while hitting 47.1 percent of its field goals (24 of 51) and 38.1 percent of its three-pointers (eight of 21). The Crusaders also held the Dons to 37.7 percent shooting from the field (23 of 61) and 25.0 percent shooting from beyond the three-point arc (five of 20).
Holy Cross will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 22, when it travels to Harvard for a 2:00 p.m. game.