WEST POINT, N.Y. – Senior center Phil Beans (Toledo, Ohio) posted 16 points and four rebounds, but the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Army 69-62 at Christl Arena. The Crusaders fall to 11-17 overall and 3-10 in the Patriot League with the loss, while the Black Knights improve to 15-13 on the season and 8-5 in the conference.
Junior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) finished the night with 15 points, three rebounds and two blocked shots. Sophomore guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) added 12 points and seven assists for the Crusaders, while senior guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.) had 10 points and three rebounds. The Black Knights were led by Ella Ellis with 31 points and five rebounds.
Holy Cross opened the game by scoring the first five points, and would go on to take a 22-14 lead with seven minutes remaining in the first half. Army responded with a 10-3 spurt over the next four and half minutes to make it a one-point game (25-24), then closed out the half with six straight points to take a 30-28 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
The Crusaders began the second half with six consecutive points to reclaim the lead, but were also whistled for seven fouls in the first four and half minutes of the second half. The score stayed close for the next several minutes, and Holy Cross was clinging to a two-point lead (44-42) with 10:45 left on the clock. The Black Knights scored the next five points to pull back in front, and were up 51-50 with six minutes to go. Army then used another 5-0 spurt to go up by six points, and the Crusaders would get no closer than three points the rest of the way and the Black Knights eventually posted a seven-point victory.
Holy Cross hit 47.8 percent of its field goal attempts on the night (22 of 46), while holding Army to 35.1 percent shooting (20 of 57). But the Black Knights outrebounded the Crusaders 39-29, and also held a 27-17 advantage in free throw attempts.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, March 2, when it plays host to Colgate at 12:00 p.m. in its regular season finale.