UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Sophomore guard Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.) posted career highs of 18 points, six rebounds and five steals, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to an 80-55 victory over Hartford in the Baseball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Green hit seven of 13 field goal attempts and all four of his free throws on the night. The Crusaders improve to 3-3 on the season with the win, while the Hawks fall to 2-5 overall.
The Crusaders turned in one of their top defensive performances of the season, making 10 steals while forcing Hartford to commit 21 turnovers. Holy Cross also held a 35-18 rebounding advantage, and held the Hawks to 37.5 percent shooting from the field (15 of 40). In addition, the Crusaders made 58.7 percent (27 of 46) of their own field goal attempts.
Holy Cross played outstanding defense from the opening tip, holding Hartford to just one point in the first 11 minutes while jumping out to an 18-1 lead. Green scored 10 of his points during that run, while junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) added a pair of three-point field goals. The Crusaders went on to hold the Hawks to just one made field goal in the first half, while taking a 35-14 advantage into the locker room. Hartford hit just one of 13 field goal attempts before the intermission, in addition to committing 13 turnovers. Holy Cross tied the NCAA single-game record for fewest field goals allowed in a single half, matching the mark of one set by Kansas State against Savannah State on Jan. 7, 2008.
The Crusaders continued to dominate the game in the second half, increasing their lead to 32 points (60-28) with 8:56 left to play. The Hawks would get no closer than 19 points the rest of the way, as Holy Cross eventually posted a 25-point victory.
Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) finished the game with 18 points and nine rebounds, while freshman forward Malachi Alexander (Bowie, Md.) added 13 points and seven boards. Taylor Dyson led Hartford with 15 points.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Nov. 30, when they travel to New Hampshire for a 1:00 p.m. game.