Jan. 2, 2014
Opening a new year and its inaugural Patriot League schedule, the Boston University men's basketball team used a stellar defensive effort to defeat Holy Cross, 70-60, on Thursday afternoon at Agganis Arena.
Snapping a six-game losing streak in a rivalry that dates back to 1903-04, the Terriers improve to 8-6 and 1-0 in conference play, while the Crusaders drop to 6-7 (0-1 PL).
BU out-rebounded Holy Cross, 40-31, and held the Crusaders to their second lowest scoring output of the season following their 62-54 defeat at No. 12 North Carolina on Nov. 15. Seniors Travis Robinson and D.J. Irving both had a season-high eight rebounds and helped force Holy Cross into 19 turnovers. Sophomore and reigning Patriot League Player of the Week Maurice Watson Jr. led the offense with 12 points and six assists, while senior Dom Morris and sophomore John Papale had 11 points apiece.
A 6-foot-9 forward, Dave Dudzinski entered the game averaging 17.1 ppg while shooting 49.7 percent from the field. Morris with the help of sophomore Justin Alston and others clamped down and held him to just 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting. Dudzinski still finished with a double-double behind 10 rebounds. Cullen Hamilton went 4-of-6 from behind the arc to lead all players with 16 points.
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