WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) totaled 14 points and five assists to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 66-57 victory over Navy at the Hart Center. Junior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) also had a strong night for the Crusaders, finishing with 13 points and eight rebounds. Holy Cross improves to 11-13 overall and 3-6 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Midshipmen fall to 7-18 on the season and 1-8 in the conference.
Holy Cross started the game hot, jumping out to a quick 11-2 lead after the first three and half minutes of play. The Midshipmen were able to trim the margin down to six points (17-11), before a 10-2 spurt put the Crusaders up by 14 (27-13). The Holy Cross lead would grow as large as 18 points (37-19), before the Crusaders eventually took a 43-28 advantage into the locker room at half time.
Navy came out on fire to start the second half, hitting its first four shots and using a 10-0 run to make the score 43-38 with 17 minutes left to play. The Midshipmen would later trim the margin to four points (49-45), before the Crusaders used an 8-0 spurt to go back up by 12 (57-45) with 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Holy Cross still held a double-digit lead (62-51) with 5:32 on the clock, when the Midshipmen scored the next six points to make it a five-point game (62-57) with 1:58 to go. But the Crusaders would not let Navy score another point the rest of the way, and hit all four of their free throws in the final minute to hold on for the win.
Sophomore forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) finished the game with nine points and four rebounds for Holy Cross. Senior forward Eric Obeysekere (Orinda, Calif.) added eight points and nine rebounds, while senior guard Dee Goens (Alpharetta, Ga.) totaled six points, five assists and four rebounds. The Midshipmen were led by Worth Smith with 19 points and eight rebounds.
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, Feb. 17, when they travel to American for a 12:00 p.m. game which will be shown live on the CBS Sports Network.