Holy Cross Men's Basketball Defeats Navy 79-60

R.J. Evans

WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomore guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) led the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 79-60 victory over the Navy Midshipmen with 20 points, connecting on 8 of 12 shots from the field, at the Hart Center on Wednesday night. Junior forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Holy Cross improves to 5-14 overall and 2-2 in the Patriot League, while Navy falls to 8-11 overall and 2-2 in the Patriot League.

The Crusaders started the game with an 8-2 run, but the game remained close throughout the first half which featured four ties and three lead changes. The Midshipmen brought the score to a tie (15-15), however Holy Cross responded with a 17-7 run that would put them ahead by 10 points. Navy did not go away though, tying the game once again at 34-34 and hitting a 3-point shot that would give them their first lead of the game (37-36). Holy Cross scored the last point of the half and the two teams went into the locker room tied at 37-37.

Holy Cross pulled back in front by four (47-43) with 15 minutes left in regulation. The Midshipmen were not able to regain the lead for the rest of the second half. A three-point shot by Devin Brown would put Holy Cross up by 11 (71-60) and a strong defensive effort held Navy to 60 points for the remainder of the game, finishing with a 79-60 victory for the Crusaders.

Junior guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) totaled 15 points, while senior center Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa) contributed seven points and eight rebounds. The Midshipmen were led by Chris Harris, Jeremy Wilson and Jordan Sugars who each had 13 points.

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, January 23, when they travel to Washington D.C. to play American. Tipoff is set for 2:00 p.m.