Crusaders Fall 88-66 At Michigan

Dave Dudzinski

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) totaled 17 points and six rebounds, but the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Michigan 88-66 at the Crisler Center. The Crusaders fall to 6-6 on the season with the loss, while the Wolverines improve to 8-4 overall.

Junior guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) finished the night with 14 points, five assists and no turnovers, while hitting four of five attempts from three-point range. The Wolverines were led by Glenn Robinson with 23 points and five rebounds.

The game was close for the majority of the first half, and Michigan led by five points (31-26) with four minutes left before the break. The Wolverines then went on a 9-2 run to extend their lead to double-figures, eventually taking a 42-30 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

The Crusaders trailed by 10 points (48-38) with 16:57 left in regulation, when Michigan used an 18-4 spurt to put the game away. The Wolverines would go on to lead by as many as 28 points down the stretch, before claiming a 22-point victory in the end.

Michigan has an outstanding night shooting the ball, hitting 55.9 percent (33 of 59) of its field goals, 44.4 percent (eight of 18) of its three-pointers and 73.7 percent (14 of 19) of its free throws.  Holy Cross made 43.5 percent (10 of 23) of its shots from three-point range, but hit only 41.0 percent (25 of 61) of its field goals overall. The Wolverines also held a 37-28 rebounding advantage.

The Crusaders return to action on Thursday, Jan. 2, when they travel to Boston University for their Patriot League opener at 7:00 p.m.