Patriot League Men's Basketball Gameday: Jan. 4

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Holy Cross' Justin Burrell
Holy Cross' Justin Burrell

Jan. 4, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Holy Cross suffered its first home loss of the season as Yale came away with a 61-54 win at the Hart Center on Friday.

The Crusaders (7-7) battled throughout the night, coming back from an early 11-point deficit to trail by two points at halftime and rallying from a 47-41 gap to tie the score at 51-51 with 2:45 to go. Yale went back ahead with the next six points, but Holy Cross had a chance to tie down 57-54. Justin Burrell had his three-point attempt blocked, and the Bulldogs hit their foul shots down the stretch to cap the 61-54 final.

Dave Dudzinski had a standout effort for the Crusaders with 18 points, nine rebounds and four blocks while Burrell added 17 points. The Crusaders held Yale to 3-of-22 shooting from beyond the arc, but only 5-of-17 from three-point range themselves and were outrebounded 44-32 by the Bulldogs.

Five Patriot League teams are in action on Saturday, including Bucknell at No. 12 Missouri on Fox Sports Midwest and ESPN3 at 4 p.m. and Lehigh at VCU on NBC Sports Network at 5 p.m. In addition, Army hosts Columbia, Colgate goes to Dartmouth and Navy is at Norfolk State.

The recap and bosx score from Friday's game are included below.

Yale 61 at Holy Cross 54
Box Score