Crusaders Down Loyola (Md.) 60-51 For Fifth Straight Win

Dave Dudzinski

WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) posted his fourth double-double of the season with 24 points and 12 rebounds, as the Holy Cross men's basketball team defeated Loyola (Md.) 60-51 at the Hart Center. Dudzinski made eight of 11 shots from the floor and eight of 12 free throws on the night. The Crusaders have now won five straight games, to improve to 12-9 on the season and 6-3 in the Patriot League. The Greyhounds fall to 9-11 overall and 4-5 in the conference.

Holy Cross made 44.4 percent of its field goal attempts in the game (20 of 45), while holding Loyola to 34.0 percent shooting (17 of 50). The Crusaders also held a 38-30 rebounding advantage, while blocking a season-high 10 shots.

The game was close early on, with Holy Cross leading 9-6 after the first four minutes of play. The Crusaders then went on a 13-3 run over the next seven minutes to go in front by 13 (22-9), including a pair of dunks by junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.). Holy Cross would hold onto a comfortable lead for the remainder of the first half, eventually taking a 28-19 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

The Crusaders were able to extend their lead to 14 points (38-24) with 13:42 remaining in regulation, and still held a 12-point advantage (43-31) with 11:10 on the clock. The Greyhounds then went on a 10-3 run to close the gap, and were able to make it a two-point game (51-49) with 3:19 left to play. But Dylon Cormier missed a pair of free throws on Loyola's next possession, then freshman guard Anthony Thompson (Glenn Dale, Md.) converted a three-point play to put Holy Cross back up by five (54-49). The Crusaders went on to hit six of eight free throws in the final two minutes, while allowing the Greyhounds only two more points the rest of the way.

Junior guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) finished the game with 10 points on four of six shooting, while Miller totaled nine points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots. Cormier led Loyola with 15 points and three assists.

Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 1, when it travels to American for a 1:00 p.m. game.