ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Freshman guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) scored a career-high 17 points to go along with four assists and four rebounds, leading the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 64-52 victory over Navy at Alumni Hall. Burrell hit three of four shots from three-point range on the night, in addition to making eight of 10 free throws. The Crusaders improve to 10-13 overall and 4-5 in the Patriot League with the win, while Navy falls to 3-20 on the season and 0-9 in the conference.
Holy Cross had one of its top defensive games of the season, holding the Midshipmen to 38.5 percent shooting from the field (20 of 52) and 21.7 percent shooting from three-point range (five of 23). The Crusaders also shot 62.5 percent from the floor (10 of 16) and 55.6 percent from three-point range (five of nine) in the second half, and made 81.0 percent of their free throws (17 of 21) on the night.
After Navy's James Loupos scored the first point of the game on a free throw, Holy Cross went on a 10-0 run to pull in front. Burrell scored six points during that spurt with a pair of three-point field goals. The Crusaders' lead would be at seven points (22-15) with four minutes left before the break, when the Midshipmen closed out the half on a 9-2 run to tie the score at 24-24 heading into the locker room.
The game stayed close early in the second half, and the score was tied at 39-39 with 12:36 left to play. Holy Cross then went on an 8-0 run to pull in front 47-39, with junior center Phil Beans (Toledo, Ohio) scoring five of those points. A 7-0 spurt a few minutes later gave the Crusaders a 13-point advantage (56-43) and put the game away. Navy would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way, as Holy Cross eventually posted a 12-point win.
Junior guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) finished the game with 12 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Beans added 10 points, three rebounds and two blocked shots. Jordan Sugars led the Midshipmen with 20 points on eight of 18 shooting from the field.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 11, when it plays host to American at 2:00 p.m.