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Crusaders’ Season Ends In CIT Thriller

Saturday, March 22, 2014


The Holy Cross Crusaders 2013-2014 season officially came to an end Saturday night with a 71-66 loss to the Yale University Bulldogs in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The loss brings an end to the great career of Senior captain Dave Dudzinski.

Malcolm Miller led the way for the Crusaders by tying a game-high with 18 points. Miller also pulled down seven rebounds and blocked three shots. The Bulldogs got a game-high tying 18 points from Sophomore forward Justin Sears. Sears also blocked a game-high five shots, locking down the paint and helping secure the victory.

The first half of the game was truly a half of runs. The most notable run of the half came from Holy Cross, as they rattled off a late 12-2 run and took their largest lead of the night at 34-26. Yale then went on a 5-0 run to end the half trailing by just three, 34-31. Miller and Freshman guard Anthony Thomas dominated the first half, combining for 14 points.

The second half did not start the way the Crusaders wanted, s Yale started the half on an 11-2 run with Justin Sears asserting himself all over the court. After Holy Cross cut the deficit back to just two (42-40), the Bulldogs offense came alive again. This time to the tune of a 12-5 run. But just when things looked bleak for the Crusaders, they leaned on Miller and Dave Dudzinski. The two combined for 19 second-half points, allowing the Crusaders to get back into the game.

The game, once again, came down to the final minutes for Holy Cross. The Crusaders took a late lead off a pair of Anthony Thompson free throws, making it 66-65. But that would be it for Holy Cross. Yale's Armani Cotton hit a huge three-pointer with 1:13 left, giving the Bulldogs a 68-66 lead. The Crusaders had three chances to tie the game on the following possession with Justin Burrell missing a three pointer and Thompson missing a pair of shots before Yale forced an Eric Green turnover.

After a Matt Townsend free throw, the Bulldogs led 69-66, giving the Crusaders one final chance to tie the game. The game-tying attempt went to Malcolm Miller, but he could not connect and the Bulldogs came away with the victory.


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