WORCESTER, Mass. – Canisius guard Billy Baron totaled 31 points, nine rebounds and five assists, to lead the Golden Griffins to an 83-73 victory over the Holy Cross men's basketball team at the Hart Center. The Crusaders fall to 5-5 on the season with the loss, while Canisius improves to 7-4 overall.
Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) posted his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds on the night. Junior guard Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) added 15 points, four rebounds and four assists, while junior guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) finished with 11 points and two assists.
Baron scored the first six points of the game for Canisius, before the Crusaders went on a 15-2 run to claim a seven-point advantage (15-8) with 13:51 remaining in the first half. Holy Cross was still up by seven (19-12) at the 11:51-mark, when the Golden Griffins used 11-0 spurt to reclaim the lead. Canisius would eventually extend the margin to nine points (42-33) with 1:21 left in the half, before Miller and sophomore guard Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.) hit three-point field goals to make it a three-point game (42-39) at the break.
The Golden Griffins held onto a small lead early in the second half, before increasing the margin to eight points (61-53) with 8:55 left to play. The Crusaders then used a 9-4 run to make the score 65-62, and Canisius was still up by just three points (72-69) with two minutes remaining. But Jordan Heath hit a three-pointer with 1:36 on the clock to make the score 75-69, then the Golden Griffins drained eight of 10 free throws down the stretch to pull away for a 10-point victory.
Canisius hit 47.3 percent of its field goals on the night (26 of 55), while Holy Cross made only 40.4 percent of its shots (23 of 57). The Golden Griffins also connected on 40.0 percent of their three-pointers (eight of 20) and 82.1 percent of their free throws (23 of 28), while holding a 38-31 rebounding advantage.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 21, when it travels to New Jersey Tech for a 2:00 p.m. game.