WORCESTER, Mass. – Army forward Ella Ellis totaled 23 points and six rebounds, to lead the Black Knights to an 80-66 victory over the Holy Cross men's basketball team at the Hart Center. The Crusaders fall to 10-11 overall and 2-4 in the Patriot League with the loss, while Army improves to 10-11 on the season and 3-3 in the conference.
Sophomore guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) led the Crusaders with 14 points, six assists and three rebounds. Senior center Phil Beans (Toledo, Ohio) finished with 13 points and three rebounds, while junior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) added 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots.
The game was close early on, and Army held a 9-8 advantage after the first six minutes of play. Holy Cross then went on an 8-0 to claim its largest lead of the night (16-9) with 10:57 remaining in the first half. The Crusaders were still up by three (29-26) with four minutes to go before the break, when the Black Knights used a 7-0 spurt to pull back in front. Army would eventually take a 38-34 advantage into the locker room.
Holy Cross was able to trim the margin down to two points (44-42) early in the second half, before the Black Knights scored the next six points to go back in front by eight (50-42). The Army lead would stay in single digits for the majority of the half, and the Crusaders were able to make it a four-point game (68-64) with 4:03 left after a pair of free throws by Dudzinski. But Holy Cross would not score again until less than a minute remained, as the Black Knights ran off 10 straight points to put the game away.
Army held a 37-26 rebounding advantage on the night, and also forced the Crusaders to commit 15 turnovers while giving the ball away 11 times themselves. The Black Knights also connected on all 17 of their foul shots, while Holy Cross went 16 of 17 at the line (94.1 percent).
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Feb. 2, when they travel to Colgate for a 2:00 p.m. game.