WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) tied his season high by scoring 26 points, as the Holy Cross men's basketball team earned a 66-63 victory over Army at the Hart Center. Dudzinski hit 10 of 19 field goal attempts, in addition seven rebounds and three steals on the night. The Crusaders improve to 15-10 on the season and 9-4 in the Patriot League with the victory, while the Black Knights fall to 12-12 overall and 8-5 in the conference.
Holy Cross was up by just one point (57-56) with less than two minutes remaining, before junior guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) knocked down a three-point field goal to make it a four-point game (60-56). After a jumper by Army's Kyle Wilson trimmed the lead to two points, Dudzinski scored off an inbounds pass from sophomore guard Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.) with 28.1 seconds left to make the score 62-58. The Black Knights were able to pull within one point twice in the closing seconds, but each time Burrell knocked down both ends of a one-and-one to put the Crusaders back up by three. A three-pointer by Wilson was then off the mark just before the final buzzer, allowing Holy Cross to pull out the victory.
The Crusaders had opened the game with an 11-8 lead, before going over eight minutes without scoring as Army claimed a 17-11 advantage. The Black Knights would go in front by eight points (29-21) late in the half, before Holy Cross used a quick 9-0 spurt to take a 30-29 advantage into the locker room. A 10-0 run early in the second half would give the Crusaders their largest lead of the night (40-31), and Holy Cross was still up by eight (48-40) with nine minutes left in regulation. But Army came back with an 11-2 spurt to pull ahead (51-50), and the score would stay close the rest of the way.
Burrell finished the night with 10 points and tied his career high with nine assists. Green added eight points, three rebounds and three assists, while junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) totaled eight points and eight rebounds. The Black Knights were led by Wilson with 23 points and five rebounds.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 15, when it travels to Lehigh for a 2:00 p.m. game.