WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) recorded 20 points and five rebounds, but the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Boston University 68-64 at the Hart Center. Prior to the contest, Dudzinski was honored before playing in the final regular season home game of his collegiate career. The Crusaders fall to 18-12 on the season and 12-6 in the Patriot League with the loss, while the Terriers improve to 22-9 overall and 15-3 in the conference.
Boston University made 52.0 percent of its field goals on the day (26 of 50), in addition to holding a 31-27 rebounding advantage. Holy Cross connected on just 41.2 percent of its shots from the floor (21 of 51), but only committed eight turnovers.
The Crusaders led 5-4 early on, before the Terriers scored eight straight points to claim a 12-5 advantage. Boston University would later lead by eight (15-7), when Holy Cross went on a 10-2 run to tie up the game at 17-17. The score would remain close for the rest of the half, before the Terriers took a 30-28 advantage into the locker room.
A three-pointer by Dudzinski to open the second half gave Holy Cross the lead, and the Crusaders would go in front by six (41-35) with 16:42 left to play. But Boston University responded with a 13-2 spurt over the next four minutes to pull back ahead. The Terriers were up by eight (63-55) with 5:07 remaining, before Holy Cross scored six straight point to close the gap to two (63-61). The Crusaders were still down by two (66-64) in the final minute, but freshman guard Anthony Thompson (Glenn Dale, Md.) was stripped of the ball while driving to the basket, allowing Boston University to hold onto the lead. D.J. Irving then hit two free throws with 7.2 seconds left to give the Terriers an insurmountable 68-64 advantage.
Sophomore guard Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.) finished the day with 10 points, five assists, three rebounds and three steals, while Thompson and senior guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) scored nine points each. Boston University was led by Irving with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Holy Cross returns to action on Wednesday, March 5, when it plays host to Lehigh (14-17 overall, 7-11 Patriot League) in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament at 7:00 p.m. For ticket information, click here.