WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) totaled 22 points and nine rebounds, but the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by American 57-46 at Bender Arena in the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament. The Eagles improve to 19-12 on the season and advance to play at Boston University in the conference championship game, while the Crusaders fall to 19-13 overall.
Holy Cross held a 33-28 rebounding advantage on the night, but made only 38.0 percent of its field goal attempts (19 of 50) and 33.3 percent of its three-pointers (six of 18). American was able to connect on 44.4 percent of its shots from the floor (20 of 45) and 46.7 percent of its three-pointers (seven of 15). The Eagles also held a 14-5 advantage in free throw attempts.
The game was close early on, and the Crusaders led 7-6 with 14 minutes remaining in the first half. American then scored 10 straight points to pull in front, and would later lead by eight (18-10) with nine minutes left before the break. Holy Cross responded with a 12-0 run over the next four minutes, including seven points by junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) and five points from Dudzinski, to claim a 22-18 advantage. The Crusaders went on to take a 28-22 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Holy Cross started the second half hot, increasing its lead to 10 points (39-29) with 16 minutes left in regulation. But the Crusaders then went cold from the field, as the Eagles scored the next eight points to begin a 20-2 run which saw them take control of the game. Holy Cross would get no closer than six points the rest of the way, as American pulled away in the closing minutes for an 11-point victory.
Miller posted his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman guard Anthony Thompson (Glenn Dale, Md.) added 10 points and three assists. The Eagles were led by Jesse Reed with 18 points and three rebounds.