ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Junior forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) totaled 22 points, 14 rebounds and four assists, but the Holy Cross men’s basketball team was defeated by Navy 83-80 at Alumni Hall. Keister made seven of 12 shots from the field and eight of nine free throw attempts on the night. Holy Cross falls to 7-19 overall and 4-7 in the Patriot League with the loss, while Navy improves to 13-13 on the season and 7-4 in the conference.
Sophomore guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) had an excellent game for the Crusaders, scoring a team-high 23 points and hitting five of eight attempts from three-point range. Chris Harris and Jordan Sugars led the Midshipmen with 21 points each.
The game was close throughout a first half which featured six ties and three lead changes. Navy led by five (7-2) early on, before Holy Cross went on a 19-9 run to pull ahead. The Crusaders would lead by as many as six points (35-29), but the Midshipmen closed out the half with a 6-2 spurt to cut the Holy Cross lead to two points (37-35) heading into the locker room.
The score stayed close early in the second half, and the Crusaders were up 51-49 with 14:39 left to play. Navy then went on a 15-5 run to claim its biggest lead of the night (64-56) with 10:37 on the clock. Holy Cross refused to go away, coming right back with a 16-2 spurt of its own to pull back in front by six (72-66) with 5:40 remaining. The Crusaders were still up by two, when Sugars hit a three-pointer with 2:00 left to play to give the Midshipmen the lead for good (79-78). Holy Cross would have one last possession down by three with 11 seconds to play, but was unable to convert as Navy held on for the win.
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, Feb. 21, when they play host to American at 2:00 p.m.