WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) recorded 15 points and six rebounds, but the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by American 69-54 at the Hart Center. All five of the Eagles' starters scored in double figures, led by Jesse Reed with 14 points and six rebounds. The Crusaders fall to 6-8 on the season and 0-2 in the Patriot League with the loss, while American improves to 6-7 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
The game was tied at 2-2 early on, when American scored 10 of the next 11 points to take a 12-3 advantage. The Eagles' lead would stand at 10 points (22-12) with 8:30 remaining in the first half, before the Crusaders used a quick 7-0 run to close the margin to three points (22-19). American came right back with an 8-0 run of its own to push its lead to 11 points, and eventually took a 34-28 edge into the locker room at halftime.
A layup by sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) made the score 34-30 early in the second half, but the Eagles scored the next six points to reclaim control. American's lead would stay between seven and 11 points for the next several minutes, and would stand at 52-44 with 9:42 left in regulation. The Eagles then used a 9-0 run to put the game away, as Holy Cross could get no closer than 13 points in the closing minutes.
American hit 51.9 percent of its field goal attempts on the day (27 of 52), and was a perfect 11 of 11 at the free throw line. The Crusaders managed to hit just 30.4 percent of their shots from the floor (17 of 56) and 23.8 percent of their attempts from beyond the three-point arc (five of 21).
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 8, when it plays host to Colgate at 7:00 p.m.