WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) totaled 22 points and seven rebounds, as the Holy Cross men's basketball team defeated Albany 62-57 at the Hart Center. Dudzinski scored 13 of the Crusaders' 15 points in the final eight minutes of the second half, to lead Holy Cross to the win. The Crusaders win their third straight game and improve to 5-3 on the season, while the Great Danes fall to 4-4 overall.
The score was tied at 47-47 with eight minutes left to play, when Dudzinski scored four straight points to give the Crusaders the lead for good. Holy Cross went up by six (55-49) on a layup by junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) with 4:44 remaining, before the Great Danes used a quick 6-2 spurt to trim the margin down to two points (57-55). The Crusaders were still up by two (59-57) in the final minute, when Dudzinski drained a three-pointer with 13.5 seconds on the clock to put the game away.
Albany led for the most of the first half, with its largest margin being five points (16-11) with 8:27 to go before the break. After the Great Danes led 27-25 at halftime, Miller hit a three-pointer on the opening possession of the second half to give Holy Cross a 28-27 advantage. Albany then scored the next 11 points, to take its largest lead of the night (38-28) with 15:42 remaining. But the Crusaders responded with a 12-2 run of the their own to tie the score at 40-40, including six points from freshman forward Malachi Alexander (Bowie, Md.), before Dudzinski led Holy Cross to victory down the stretch.
Alexander finished the game with 10 points and four rebounds, while Miller totaled eight points, three rebounds and two blocked shots. The Great Danes were led by Peter Hooley with 19 points, and Sam Rowley with 14 points and seven rebounds.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Dec. 7, when they travel to Hartford for a 7:00 p.m. game.