WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) scored a season-high 19 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists, as the Holy Cross men's basketball team posted a 66-50 victory over Bucknell at the Hart Center. Burrell hit six of 11 field goal attempts, three of six three-pointers and all four of his free throws on the day. The Crusaders improve to 14-10 on the season and 8-4 in the Patriot League with the victory, while the Bison fall to 10-13 overall and 5-7 in the conference.
Holy Cross turned in a strong defensive performance, holding the Bison to just 32.7 percent shooting from the field (16 of 49) and 31.8 percent shooting from three-point range (seven of 22). The Crusaders also held a 38-30 rebounding advantage, while totaling nine steals and six blocked shots.
The game was close for much of the first half, and the score was tied at 12-12 with eight minutes left before the break. Holy Cross then went on an 8-2 run to claim a six-point lead (20-14), capped by a dunk from junior forward Taylor Abt (Darnestown, Md.) off an offensive rebound. The Crusaders would go on to lead by eight points late in the half, before taking a 27-21 advantage into the locker room.
Holy Cross scored the first five points of the second half to extend its lead to double figures (32-21). The Bison would get no closer than eight points for the next several minutes, and the Crusaders would eventually lead 46-33 with 9:15 left in regulation. Holy Cross then used a 7-0 spurt to extend its advantage to 20 points (53-33), putting the game away. The Crusaders would go on to lead by 21 points late in the game, before finally claiming a 16-point victory.
Junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) finished the day with 14 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals, while senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) added nine points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Bucknell was led by Cameron Ayers with 15 points, all in the first half.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 12, when it plays host to Army at 7:00 p.m.