Holy Cross Concludes Season With 71-66 Loss To Yale

Malcolm Miller

WORCESTER, Mass. Junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) totaled 18 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots, but the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Yale 71-66 at the Hart Center in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The Crusaders finish their season at 20-14, while the Bulldogs improve to 17-13 overall and move on to the CIT quarterfinals.

Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) finished the night with 11 points, three rebounds and two steals, while freshman guard Anthony Thompson (Glenn Dale, Md.) added 11 points, three assists and two rebounds. Justin Sears led the Bulldogs with 18 points, three rebounds and five blocks.

The score was close early on, and Holy Cross led 9-8 at the 14:15-mark. Baskets by
Robert Champion (Charlotte, N.C.) and Miller put the Crusaders up by five (13-8), before Yale scored the next seven points to pull in front. The Bulldogs were later up 24-22 with 6:15 left in the half, before Holy Cross used a 12-2 run to claim its largest lead of the night (34-26). Yale responded by scoring the next five points, and the Crusaders led 34-31 heading into the locker room at halftime.

Yale started the second half on fire, scoring 11 of the first 13 points to take a 42-36 lead. The Crusaders came back with four straight points to cut the deficit to 42-40, before the Bulldogs used a 12-5 spurt to go in front by nine (54-45) with 10:45 remaining. But Holy Cross refused to go away quietly, scoring nine straight points and tying the game at 54-54 on a dunk by Miller. Yale responded by scoring the next six points, and was still up by six (64-58) with 4:32 left to play. The Crusaders then ran off six straight points to tie the score, and would eventually pull in front 66-65 on a pair of free throws by Thompson with 1:43 remaining. But on Yale's next possession, Armani Cotton drained a three-pointer to put the Bulldogs back in front for good. Holy Cross would not score again, and Yale hit three of four free throws in the final 10 seconds to escape with the victory.

The Crusaders made 15 of 16 free throws on the night (93.8 percent), but connected on only 43.1 percent of their field goal attempts (22 of 51). The Bulldogs were able to hit 55.3 percent of their shots from the floor (26 of 47) and 66.7 percent of their three-pointers (six of nine).