DURHAM, N.H. – New Hampshire guard Tyrone Conley hit a three-point field goal with 33 seconds remaining, to lift the Wildcats to a 55-52 victory over the Holy Cross men's basketball team at Lundholm Gymnasium. After trailing by one point in the final minute of play, Conley's shot gave New Hampshire the lead for good. The Crusaders fall to 0-3 on the season with the loss, while the Wildcats improve to 3-0.
The score was close throughout most of the first half, and Holy Cross held an 18-17 with 5:45 left to play before the intermission. New Hampshire then scored eight straight points to take a 25-18 advantage, and would eventually increase its lead to eight points (33-25) late in the half. The Wildcats went on to take a 33-27 advantage into the locker room.
New Hampshire scored the first four points of the second half to claim its largest lead of the night (37-27) with 18 minutes left to play. But the Crusaders refused to go away, using a 10-0 run to tie up the game at 37-37 with 13 minutes remaining. Freshman forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) scored five points during that spurt.
Neither team led by more than three points the rest of the way, and the Wildcats were up 51-48 with three minutes left on the clock. Junior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) then made a jumper and a layup to put Holy Cross in front 52-51 with less than a minute to play. But on the next possession, Conley's shot gave New Hampshire the lead, and the Crusaders would not score again.
Brown finished the game with a team-high 16 points and two steals, while junior guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) added 11 points and seven rebounds. Conley led the Wildcats with 16 points, four rebounds and three steals.
Holy Cross returns to action on Monday, Nov. 22, when it travels to Boston College for a 7:00 p.m. game.