BOSTON, Mass. – Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) totaled 25 points, six rebounds and three steals, but the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Harvard 82-72 in the final game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tripleheader at the TD Garden. Dudzinski hit nine of 14 shots from the field, two of three attempts from three-point range and all five of his free throws on the night. The Crusaders open the season at 0-1, while the Crimson begin the year 1-0.
Holy Cross held a 5-4 lead early in the game, before going on a 9-2 run to take an eight-point advantage (14-6) with 15 minutes remaining in the first half. The Crusaders were still up by five (23-18), when Harvard scored the next seven points to pull in front. After the score was tied at 25-25, the Crimson used a 10-1 spurt to claim a nine-point lead (35-26). Harvard would eventually take a 45-39 advantage into the locker room at half time.
The Crimson was able to extend its lead to 10 points (53-43) early in the second half, and led 58-51 with 8:22 left to play. Holy Cross then went on a 10-1 run, reclaiming the lead (61-60) with 5:49 to go on a three-point play by freshman forward Malachi Alexander (Bowie, Md.). But Siyani Chambers scored the next seven points, putting Harvard back in front for good. The Crusaders would get no closer than four points the rest of the way, as the Crimson hit seven of eight free throws down the stretch to earn the victory.
Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) scored nine points for Holy Cross, while junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) added eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots. Alexander also played well, scoring all seven of his points in the second half.
Harvard was led by Jonah Travis with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Wesley Saunders with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists.
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 13, when they play host to Sacred Heart at 7:00 p.m.