HANOVER, N.H. – Senior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) scored 16 of his game-high 18 points in the final 7:04 of play, as the Holy Cross men's basketball team rallied from 15 points down to defeat Dartmouth 65-61 at Leede Arena. Brown connected on four of his final five shots from the field, two of them from three-point range, and also hit all four of his free throw attempts in the final 30 seconds. Holy Cross improves to 6-7 on the season with the victory, while Dartmouth falls to 3-11 on the year.
The Crusaders shot 51.9 percent from the field in the second half (14 of 27), and hit 85.7 percent of their free throws (six of seven) after the break. Holy Cross also held a 36-27 advantage on the glass and turned the ball over just 11 times.
The Big Green started the game hot, hitting nine of their first 13 shots from the field to jump out to a 22-7 lead after the first eight minutes of play. The Crusaders responded with an 11-2 run over the next three minutes to get back into the game. Holy Cross was able to close the gap to three points (27-24) with five minutes left in the half, before Dartmouth expanded the margin back to nine points (37-28) heading into the locker room.
The Dartmouth lead was at eight points (44-36) with 15 minutes remaining in regulation, when the Crusaders used a 9-2 spurt to make it a one-point game (46-45). Holy Cross claimed its first lead of the day (49-48) on a put back by Brown with 7:04 left to play, took the lead for good when sophomore forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) hit a pair of free throws with 6:33 remaining. The Crusaders were still clinging to a one-point lead (53-52) with four minutes to go, before using a 10-3 run to put the game. Brown scored all 10 of Holy Cross' points during that late spurt.
Dudzinski finished the game with 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots, while junior guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.) added 11 points off the bench. Dartmouth was led by Jabari Trotter with 15 points, and Javonte Brooks with 14 points and four rebounds.
Holy Cross returns to action on Tuesday, Jan. 3, when it travels to Yale for a 7:00 p.m. game.