WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) totaled 16 points, eight rebounds and one assist to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 73-64 win over the visiting Colgate Raiders at the Hart Center on Wednesday evening. Five other Crusaders had double digit scoring nights including junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.), sophomore guard Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.), junior guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.), sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) and freshman guard Anthony Thompson (Glenn Dale, Md.). Colgate was led by Austin Tillotson, who finished with 20 points, six assists and two rebounds. With the win, the Crusaders advance to 7-8 overall (1-2 Patriot League) while the Raiders fall to 6-8 overall (0-3 Patriot League).
Holy Cross started the game off strong with three straight three-pointers as part of an 11-2 run and allowed their first points at 14:47 mark, more than five minutes into the start of the game. Colgate cut the lead to one with 10:26 remaining in the first half with a layup to make the score 16-15. Holy Cross was able to go into the locker room leading 34-27 following the first half.
Colgate scored the first six points of the second half, closing the gap to one point, 34-33, in favor of Holy Cross with 18:26 left in the half. Colgate gained a lead 44-42 with 12:17 left in the second half. Miller's three-pointer put the Crusaders up 59-51 with 4:43 remaining on the clock. The Crusaders were able to take a 64-53 lead with 2:36 left in the game after a fast break dunk by Green. The Raiders would not be able to catch up as the game resulted in a win for Holy Cross by a score of 73-64.
The Crusaders finished the game shooting 45.8% from the floor (22 of 48) and 43.8% from beyond the arc (7 of 16). The opposing Raiders of Colgate were held to 45.3% from the floor (24 of 53) and just 31.3% from three point range (5 of 16).
The Crusaders return to action Saturday, Jan. 11, when they travel to Patriot League foe Bucknell for a 2:00 p.m. game.