BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Sophomore guard Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.) totaled 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals, as the Holy Cross men's basketball team defeated Lehigh 72-67 at Stabler Arena. The Crusaders improve to 16-10 on the season and 10-4 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Mountain Hawks fall to 13-14 overall and 6-8 in the conference.
Junior guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) scored 13 points on the day, seven of them in the game's final 30 seconds, while junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) added 12 points, eight rebounds, five blocks and three assists. Freshman guard Anthony Thompson (Glenn Dale, Md.) recorded 13 points, two rebounds and two assists, and senior center Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) had 10 points and six rebounds.
The score was tied at 5-5 early on, before the Crusaders went on a quick 11-3 run, including two three-point field goals from Miller. The Mountain Hawks had trimmed the margin down to five points (24-19) with 10:30 left in the half, before three-pointers by junior forward Taylor Abt (Darnestown, Md.) and Thompson put Holy Cross up by 11 (30-19). Lehigh responded with an 8-0 spurt to close the gap, and the Crusaders would eventually hold a 41-37 lead heading into the locker room.
Holy Cross scored the first six points of the second half to pull in front by 10 (47-37), before an 11-3 spurt allowed Lehigh to get back into the game. The Crusaders would hold onto a slim lead for the next several minutes, before scoring four straight points to go in front by eight (63-55) with 5:07 left to play. The Mountain Hawks used a quick 5-0 run to make the score 63-60 with 4:10 remaining, before neither team scored again for over three and half minutes. Burrell then drained a pull-up jumper with 29.6 seconds on the clock to put Holy Cross up by five (65-60). The Crusaders went on to make seven of eight free throws the rest of the way to pull out the victory.
Lehigh was led by Tim Kempton with 17 points and three rebounds, and Mackey McKnight with 16 points and nine assists.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 19, when it plays host to Lafayette at 7:00 p.m.