WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) recorded 19 points and four assists, as the Holy Cross men's basketball team defeated Dartmouth 67-56 at the Hart Center. Burrell made five of eight field goal attempts, including all three of his shots from three-point range, while also downing all six of his foul shots. The Crusaders improve to 6-4 on the season with the victory, while the Big Green falls to 2-5.
Senior center Phil Beans (Toledo, Ohio) had a big game for Holy Cross with 18 points and three rebounds, while hitting four of six attempts from beyond the three-point arc. Freshman guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) added 10 points, five rebounds and three assists, while junior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) chipped in with 10 points, four rebounds and two assists.
Burrell started the game by scoring the first five points, and the Crusaders would go up by 10 (18-8) with 11:50 left in the first half. Holy Cross then went cold from the field and did not score another point for almost seven minutes, but Dartmouth could manage only six points during that time to make the score 18-14. After a three-pointer by Burrell broke the Crusader scoring drought, Holy Cross went on to build its lead back up to nine points (31-22) at halftime.
The Crusaders increased their advantage to 14 points (40-26) early in the second half, before the Big Green used an 8-0 run to get back into the game. Dartmouth eventually cut the margin down to four points (47-43) with eight minutes left to play, before another Burrell three-pointer put Holy Cross back up by seven. The Crusaders still led by just five (53-48) with 4:37 remaining, when they used a 10-2 run to put the game away. Holy Cross hit 10 of 13 free throws in the final four minutes to help secure the victory.
The Crusaders made 45.7 percent of their field goal attempts on the afternoon (21 of 46), including 52.6 percent of their shots from three-point range (10 of 19).
Holy Cross will now take a 10-day break for final exams, before returning to action on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at San Francisco.