WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross put an end to its longest Patriot League losing streak since 1999 with a 66-57 win at home against Navy on Tuesday evening.
The Crusaders improved to 3-6 in the Patriot League and 11-13 overall with the win, while the Mids dropped to 1-8 in the League and 7-18 on the season. The Crusaders had dropped five straight games for the first time since 1999.
Holy Cross never trailed in the game, jumping out to an 11-2 lead less than four minutes into the contest and building the advantage as high as 18 points in the first half before settling on a 43-28 lead at the break. Navy scored the first 10 points of the second half to get back within five, and would get as close as four points on two ocassions. The Mids trailed 62-57 with 1:58 to play, but missed a pair of three-pointers to make it a one-possession game. Holy Cross sealed the win in the final 30 seconds with four foul shots for the 66-57 final.
Justin Burrell led the Crusaders with 14 points and five assists, while Dave Dudzinski added 13 points and eight rebounds. Holy Cross shot 14-of-25 from the field in the first half to build the lead, though the Crusaders cooled off in the second half and finished 20-of-49 for the game. Holy Cross also had an advantage at the foul line with a 19-of-25 night, and dished out 15 assists in the game. The Crusaders beat Navy for the sixth straight time, sweeping the season series with the Mids for the third year in a row. Holy Cross also beat Navy for the fifth straight year at the Hart Center.
Worth Smith led Navy with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Brandon Venturini added 14. Tilman Dunbar scored seven points and dished out seven assists. The Mids were under 40 percent from the field (21-of-55) and three-point range (7-of-12). The Mids lost for the sixth straight time and 12th in the last 13 games.
The school recaps and the box score from the game are included below.