ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Junior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) and sophomore forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) both posted double-doubles, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 62-47 victory over Navy at Alumni Hall. Dudzinski totaled a team-best 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Miller tied his career-high with 13 points and set a new career-high with 13 rebounds. The Crusaders improve to 9-8 on the season and 1-1 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Midshipmen fall to 6-12 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
Holy Cross hit 45.8 percent of its field goal attempts (22 of 48) and 40.0 percent of its shots from three-point range (eight of 20) on the night, in addition to holding a 36-23 rebounding advantage. The Crusaders also held the Midshipmen to 40.8 percent shooting from the floor (20 of 49) and 27.8 percent shooting from beyond the three-point arc (five of 18).
The score was tied at 9-9 after the first five minutes of play, when Holy Cross went on a 6-0 run to claim a 15-9 advantage. Navy was able to close the margin down to one point (20-19) with 7:57 left in the first half, before the Crusaders scored the next five points to go back up by six (25-19). Holy Cross extended its lead to seven points late in the half, and eventually took a 31-27 advantage into the locker room.
After Navy scored the first basket of the second half, the Crusaders used a 9-0 run to increase their edge to 11 points (40-29). The Holy Cross lead would stay between five and 11 points for the next several minutes, and the score was 51-44 with 7:07 remaining in regulation. The Crusaders then stepped up on the defensive end, holding the Midshipmen scoreless for the next 6:16 and scoring eight straight points to put the game away.
Senior center Phil Beans (Toledo, Ohio) totaled 10 points and four rebounds for Holy Cross, while sophomore forward Taylor Abt (Darnestown, Md.) added seven points and two boards. Navy was led by Worth Smith with 17 points and five rebounds.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 19, when it plays host to American at 2:00 p.m.