NEWARK, N.J. – Junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) totaled 18 points, nine rebounds, seven blocked shots and three assists, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 74-55 victory over the New Jersey Institute of Technology at the Fleisher Athletic Center. Miller tied his career high for points scored, while setting a new career high for blocked shots and a season high for rebounds. The Crusaders improve to 6-5 on the season with the victory, while the Highlanders fall to 6-7 overall.
Sophomore guard Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.) finished the game with 15 points, five assists, five steals and four rebounds, while senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) recorded 14 points and six rebounds. New Jersey Tech was led by Terrence Smith, who posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The game was close throughout the majority of the first half, as neither team led by more than three points for the first 19 minutes of play. The Highlanders held a narrow 23-21 lead with three minutes left before the break, when the Crusaders scored 11 straight points to take a 32-23 advantage into the locker room.
Holy Cross came out on fire to start the second half, hitting its first four shots while scoring the next 12 points to cap a 23-0 run and make the score 44-23. The Crusaders would maintain a comfortable lead for the next several minutes, and led 57-40 with 7:50 remaining in regulation. New Jersey Tech then used a 9-1 spurt to cut the margin to single digits (58-49) with five minutes to go. But Miller knocked down three free throws after being fouled on a three-point attempt with 4:19 left on the clock, and Holy Cross would lead by double-digits the rest of the way.
The Crusaders shot 41.5 percent (22 of 53) from the field and 36.4 percent (eight of 22) from three-point range on the day, while holding the Highlanders to 30.0 percent (18 of 60) shooting overall and 14.3 percent (two of 14) from beyond the arc.
Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, Dec. 28, when it travels to Michigan for a 6:30 p.m. game which will be shown live on the Big Ten Network.