WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) scored a career-high 35 points, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 122-118 double overtime victory over Sacred Heart at the Hart Center. The Crusaders improve to 1-1 on the season with the victory, while the Pioneers fall to 0-2 overall.
Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) finished with 26 points, while tying his career-high with 15 rebounds. Freshman forward Malachi Alexander (Bowie, Md.) also posted a double-double, recording career-highs for 23 points and 13 rebounds. Evan Kelley totaled 32 points and eight rebounds to lead the Pioneers, while Steve Glowiak added 28 points.
Sacred Heart held a 97-94 lead with 13 seconds left in regulation, when Glowiak went to the line for two free throws. Glowiak hit the first before missing the second, leaving the Pioneers with a four-point advantage. Freshman guard Anthony Thompson was then fouled driving into the lane with only six seconds on the clock. Thompson connected on the first shot and missed the second, but Dudzinski grabbed the rebound and was fouled while putting the ball back into the basket with three seconds left. Dudzinski was able to convert the three-point play, and the game went to overtime tied at 98-98.
The Crusaders jumped out to a 105-100 lead in the first overtime period, before Glowiak made a layup and a three-pointer to tie the score at 105-105. Sophomore guard Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.) and Alexander each made one of two free throws to put Holy Cross up by two (107-105), before Sacred Heart's Phil Gaetano drained a pair of foul shots with 13 seconds left to force the second overtime.
The Pioneers were up 113-111 with three minutes left in the second extra session, before Alexander hit a jumper to tie the score. Hamilton would then drain a three-pointer with 1:09 remaining, breaking a 113-113 tie and putting the Crusaders in the lead for good. Holy Cross then hit six of eight free throws in the final minute to escape with the victory.
The 240 combined points scored by the Crusaders and the Pioneers set a new Hart Center record, breaking the old mark of 222 which happened twice in 1988. In addition, Holy Cross set Hart Center records for free throws made (45) and attempted (56), while finishing just two shy of the school single-game record for free throws made (47 against Seton Hall in 1970).
The Crusaders return to action on Friday, Nov. 15, when they travel to No. 12 North Carolina for an 8:00 p.m. game on ESPNU.