Dec. 5, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Two teams known for their defense showed they can score too as Navy and Holy Cross each topped 80 points in road victories on Wednesday.
The Mids roared past Monmouth 85-66, while the Crusaders held off Sacred Heart 83-76. Also, Colgate fell at Quinnipiac 67-56.
Navy (5-5) trailed 48-41 with just over 14 minutes left, but connected on 15 of its last 22 field goals while making 14-of-19 free throw attempts in the second half to pull away for the 19-point win, its largest margin of victory in a road game since 2007-08. Navy took the lead for good with a 10-0 run that built a 63-53 advantage with 8:39 left and led by at least seven the rest of the way. Five players scored in double figures, led by Tilman Dunbar with 20 points and Thurgood Wynn with 19. The duo scored 29 in the second half alone as Navy held a 53-29 advantage after intermission. Kendall Knorr added 14 points, while Worth Smith had 11 and Will Kelly scored 10. Navy shot 32-of-56 (57.1%) in the game.
Justin Burrell scored a career-high 30 points to lead Holy Cross (5-4) to the 83-78 win at Sacred Heart. Burrell made 11-of-15 shots and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc and also dished out five assists in the game. After Holy Cross led by as many as 17 points, Sacred Heart rallied to tie the score at 72-72 with 2:02 to play. Jordan Stevens hit a three-pointer as the shot clock expired to put the Crusaders back in front for good, and Holy Cross made 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Dave Dudzinski had 19 points and Phil Beans scored 18 to combine for 67 of the team's 83 points along with Burrell. Holy Cross made 29-of-55 (52.7%) from the field, 15-of-18 at the line and held a 35-26 edge on the boards.
Colgate (3-6) was down by double digits early in the game and could not recover in a 67-56 loss at Quinnipiac. The Raiders trailed 21-7 in the early minutes, and never got closer than the five-point deficit they pulled into at the half. Quinnipiac put the game away with a 10-0 second-half run that stretched the lead to 17. Mitch Rolls and Murphy Burnatowski led the Raiders with 12 points apiece, while Luke Roh added 10.
American wraps up the weekday schedule on Thursday when it visits UMBC.
Recaps and box scores from Wednesday night's games are included below.
Navy 85 at Monmouth 66
Holy Cross 83 at Sacred Heart 76
Box Score | Justin Burrell post-game interview
at Quinnipiac 67, Colgate 56