Holy Cross beats Columbia 78-69, snaps 3-game skid

Holy Cross beats Columbia 78-69, snaps 3-game skid
January 8, 2013, 10:00 pm
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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) Dave Dudzinski tied a career high with 31 points and Justin Burrell added 29 to help Holy Cross snap a three-game skid and beat Columbia 78-69 Tuesday in a nonconference game.

Dudzinski was 10-for-14 shooting and made all nine free-throw attempts while Burrell, a 5-foot-9 sophomore, converted 9 of 13 shots from the floor and 9 of 10 free throws.

Holy Cross (8-7) shot 51 percent (26 of 51) from the field, made 20 of 22 free throws and hit a season-high 55 percent (6 of 11) from 3-point range.

There were five ties and 10 lead changes before Cullen Hamilton broke open a 25-all game with a free throw. Burrell then scored Holy Cross' last eight points of the half to put the Crusaders up 34-25 lead at intermission.

Grant Mullins had 16 points for Columbia (8-6), which never got closer than eight after the break.