CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Senior forward Eric Obeysekere (Orinda, Calif.) scored a career-high 17 points, but the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Boston College 70-60 at the Silvio O. Conte Forum. Obeysekere hit seven of eight field goal attempts and three of four free throws on the day, in addition to pulling down six rebounds. The Crusaders fall to 7-6 on the season with the loss, while the Eagles improve to 7-5 on the year.
Junior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) totaled 15 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots for Holy Cross, while sophomore forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) added a career-high 13 points, four rebounds and two steals. Boston College was led by Patrick Heckmann with 19 points, five steals and three rebounds, and Ryan Anderson with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The Eagles led 5-4 early on, when the Crusaders used a 7-2 spurt to claim a four-point advantage (11-7). Holy Cross was still up by two points (15-13), when Boston College went on a 9-0 run to reclaim the lead (22-15). The Eagles would stay in front by at least four points for the remainder of the half, before eventually taking a 35-30 advantage into the locker room.
The Crusaders trimmed the margin down to two points (37-35) early in the second half, before Boston College went on a 15-0 run to claim its biggest lead of the day (52-35) with 9:47 left in regulation. The Eagles were then able to hold onto a double-digit advantage for the remainder of the game, posting a 10-point victory in the end.
Boston College shot 46.8 percent from the field (22 of 47) and 41.7 percent from three-point range (10 of 24) on the afternoon. Holy Cross connected on 44.1 percent of its field goal attempts (26 of 59), but made only 10.5 percent of its shots from beyond the three-point arc (two of 19).
The Crusaders will return to action on Friday, Jan. 4, when they play host to Yale at 7:00 p.m.