Holy Cross Holds On For 63-52 Win At New Hampshire

Dave Dudzinski

DURHAM, N.H. – Freshman guard Anthony Thompson (Glenn Dale, Md.) totaled 17 points, five rebounds and two assists, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 63-52 victory over New Hampshire at Lundholm Gymnasium. Thompson made all 10 of his free throw attempts on the night, including six in the final two minutes to help the Crusaders hold on for the victory. Holy Cross improves  to 4-3 on the season with the win, while the Wildcats fall to 2-4 overall.

Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) finished the game with 17 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore guard Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.) added nine points and three rebounds. New Hampshire was led by Patrick Konan with 13 points and six rebounds.

Holy Cross opened the game by jumping out to a quick 7-2 lead, and was still up 11-9 with 12:44 left in the first half. The Crusaders then used an 8-0 run to expand their lead to double digits (19-9), but the Wildcats came right back with an 8-0 spurt of their own to make the score 19-17. Holy Cross responded with another 8-0 run, and would eventually lead by 12 points late in the half, before taking a 36-25 advantage into the locker room.

The Crusaders started the second half strong, holding New Hampshire without a made field goal for the first 7:59 while expanding their advantage to 17 points (46-29). The Wildcats then began to chip away at the lead over the next several minutes, and would eventually get the margin down to five points (57-52) with two minutes to go. But Holy Cross would not allow New Hampshire to score again, as Thompson made all six of his free throws the rest of the way to account for the final margin.

The Crusaders made 41.5 percent (22 of 53) of their field goal attempts on the night, while posting a 36-30 rebounding advantage and holding the Wildcats to 36.4 percent (16 of 44) shooting.  Holy Cross did overcome an uncharacteristically poor night on the foul line, making just 61.9 percent (13 of 21) of their attempts.

The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 4, when they play host to Albany at 7:00 p.m.