WORCESTER, Mass. — Junior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) scored 32 points to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 72-61 victory over Navy at the Hart Center. Brown reached the 30-point mark for the second time this season, while leading the team in scoring for the seventh straight game and hitting at least 20 points for the fifth time in the last six contests. He also tied the school single-game record by making seven three-point field goals. Holy Cross improves to 6-19 overall and 5-6 in the Patriot League with the win, moving into a three-way tie for third place in the conference. Navy falls to 9-18 on the season and 4-7 in the league.
Senior center Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) totaled 16 points and 13 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double, and the 26th double-double of his collegiate career. Junior guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) also had a solid night, finishing with 10 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals. The Midshipmen were led by Jordan Sugars with 19 points and nine rebounds.
The game was close for most of a first half which featured two ties and five lead changes. The Crusaders led 8-5 early on, before a 10-2 spurt put Navy in front by five. The score would eventually be tied at 25-25 with 3:46 left in the half, when the Midshipmen used a 7-0 run to take a 32-25 advantage into the locker room.
Holy Cross scored the first nine points of the second half to take a 34-32 lead, with Brown hitting a pair of three-pointers and Keister converting a three-point play. The Crusaders were up 36-35 a few minutes later, when they used a 12-2 spurt to extend their advantage to double-figures (48-37). With the addition of that run, Holy Cross outscored Navy 23-5 over the first 8:09 of the second half. The Crusaders led by at least eight points the rest of the way, building their lead to 14 points on two occasions before finally claiming an 11-point victory.
Holy Cross committed just seven turnovers on the night, while holding the Midshipmen to 37.5 percent shooting from the field and 24.0 percent shooting from three-point range.
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, Feb. 20, when they travel to American for a 2:00 p.m. game.