January 2, 2014

Holy Cross Downed By Boston U. 70-60 In League Opener

BOSTON, Mass. – Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) posted his seventh career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, but the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Boston University 70-60 at Agganis Arena. The Crusaders fall to 6-7 on the season and 0-1 in the Patriot League, while the Terriers move to 8-6 overall and 1-0 in the conference.

Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) scored a game-high 16 points, while hitting four of six attempts from three-point range. Boston University was led by Maurice Watson with 12 points and six assists.

The game was close early on, as the score was tied 20-20 with eight minutes remaining before the break. The Terriers scored the next eight points to pull in front, but the Crusaders responded with a 9-2 spurt a few minutes later to cut the lead to one point (32-31). Boston University eventually took a 36-31 advantage into the locker room.

The Terriers held onto a slim lead early in the second half, and were up 46-44 with 14:02 left in regulation. Boston University then went on a 13-5 run over the next 5:16 to extend its lead to double figures (59-49). Holy Cross would get no closer than six points the rest of the way, as the Terriers eventually posted a 10-point win.

Both teams struggled to hold onto the ball, as the Crusaders committed 19 turnovers and Boston University gave the ball away 17 times. The Terriers held a 40-31 advantage on the glass, in addition to making 90.0 percent (18 of 20) of their free thows.

Holy Cross returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 5, when it plays host to American at 1:00 p.m.