WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) totaled 19 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 60-50 victory over New Hampshire at the Hart Center. Dudzinski made seven of 12 field goals on the afternoon, including his only three-point attempt, in addition to downing all four of his foul shots. The Crusaders improve to 4-2 on the season with the victory, while the Wildcats fall to 2-3 overall.
Holy Cross held a 33-23 advantage at the break, before New Hampshire opened up the second half with a 6-0 run to get back into the game. The Wildcats eventually came back to tie up the score at 36-36 with 15:20 left to play on a layup by Patrick Konan, then would take their first lead of the day (42-41) with 10:44 to go on a pair of free throws by Chris Pelcher. But the Crusaders came right back with a 7-0 run over the next four minutes to pull back in front, and New Hampshire would get no closer than five points the rest of the way. Holy Cross hit all 12 of its free throw attempts in the final five minutes to secure the victory.
The game was close early on in the first half, and the Crusaders led 15-14 at the 10-minute mark. Holy Cross then used a 12-2 spurt to build its lead to double digits, with freshman guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) hitting a pair of three-pointers during that run. The Wildcats were able to trim the lead down to eight points late in the half, before the Crusaders took a 33-23 advantage into the locker room.
Hamilton finished the game with 11 points and two rebounds, while sophomore forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) added 10 points, seven rebounds and two steals. New Hampshire was led by Konan with 13 points and four rebounds.
Holy Cross held a 43-32 rebounding advantage on the afternoon, in addition to committing only 10 turnovers. The Crusaders also made 89.5 percent (17 of 19) of their free throw attempts.
Holy Cross returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 27, when it travels to Providence for a 7:00 p.m. game.