WEST POINT, N.Y. – Junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) totaled 17 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 78-75 victory over Army at Christl Arena. Freshman forward Malachi Alexander (Bowie, Md.) also had a strong night for the Crusaders, finishing with 16 points and five rebounds. Holy Cross improves to 8-9 on the season and 2-3 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Black Knights fall to 8-8 overall and 4-1 in the conference.
Sophomore forward Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.) posted the first double-double of his collegiate career with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) added 15 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots, while freshman guard Anthony Thompson (Glenn Dale, Md.) chipped in with 13 points and two assists. Army was led by Tanner Plomb with 29 points and 10 rebounds, and Kyle Wilson with 17 points.
The teams were tied at 43-43 with 14:33 remaining in regulation, before the Black Knights went on a 13-0 run and eventually took a 14-point lead (63-49) with 9:45 left to play. The Crusaders scored the next seven points to get back into the game, but still trailed 67-62 with five minutes to go. An 8-2 spurt then gave Holy Cross its first lead of the second half, with a layup by Green making the score 70-69. A layup by Miller on the next possession put the Crusaders in front for good, and Holy Cross went on to make four of six free throws in the final minute. A desperation three-pointer by Wilson was off the mark at the final buzzer, allowing the Crusaders to hold on for the win.
The game was close throughout a first half which featured six ties and 11 lead changes. Holy Cross held a two-point lead on four different occasions in the half, and was up by one point (24-23) with five minutes left before the break. Army scored the next five points to pull back in front, and eventually took a 37-32 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
The Crusaders made 50.0 percent of their field goal attempts (24 of 48) and 75.7 percent of their free throws (28 of 37) on the night, while holding a 36-29 advantage on the boards. The Black Knights hit 45.3 percent of their shots from the floor (29 of 64) and 60.0 percent of their free throws (nine of 15).
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 18, when it plays host to Lehigh at 4:00 p.m.