WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) totaled 17 points and seven rebounds, but the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Hartford 90-78 at the Chase Family Arena. Dudzinski scored the 1,000th point of his collegiate career with a turnaround jumper at the 4:27-mark of the first half, to become the 47th 1,000-point scorer in school history. The Crusaders fall to 5-4 on the season, while the Hawks improve to 3-7 overall.
Junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) scored a career-high 18 points, while hitting six of seven shots from the floor and four of five attempts from three-point range. Sophomore guard Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.) also played well, totaling 12 points, three assists and three steals. The Hawks were led by Yolonzo Moore, who scored all of his game-high 21 points in the second half.
The game was close early on, with the Crusaders holding a 10-8 lead after the first six minutes of play. Hartford then went on a 7-0 run to claim its first lead of the evening. The Hawks would increase their lead to eight points late in the first half, before taking a 39-33 advantage into the locker room.
Hartford extended its lead to 12 points (50-38) with 14:42 remaining in the second half, before Holy Cross used a 10-0 spurt to close the margin to two points (50-48). But the Hawks scored the next six points to go back in front by eight, and the Crusaders would get no closer than six points the rest of the way. Hartford eventually led by 18 late in the game, before finally winning by 12.
Holy Cross made 61.7 percent (29 of 47) of its field goal attempts on the night, but also allowed the Hawks to hit 58.5 percent (31 of 53) of their shots. Hartford also held a 25-20 rebounding advantage, and committed only 11 turnovers to 14 for the Crusaders.
Holy Cross returns to action on Monday, Dec. 16, when it plays host to Canisius at 7:00 p.m.