ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Junior guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) totaled 17 points, three rebounds and two assists, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 67-52 victory over Navy at Alumni Hall. The Crusaders have now won four straight games, to improve to 11-9 on the season and 5-3 in the Patriot League. The Midshipmen fall to 7-12 overall and 2-6 in the conference.
Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) finished the game with 16 points and nine rebounds, while hitting seven of nine field goal attempts. Freshman guard Anthony Thompson (Glenn Dale, Md.) added 10 points, four rebounds and two assists. The Midshipmen were led by Worth Smith with 19 points , six rebounds and two blocks.
The game was tied at 4-4 early on, before Holy Cross went on a 7-1 run to claim the lead (11-5). The Crusaders would later expand the advantage to eight points (20-12), before Navy used an 8-3 spurt to close the gap to three points (23-20). But Holy Cross came back to finish the half with an 8-2 run, taking a 31-22 lead into the locker room.
The Crusaders started the second half hot, using a 9-2 spurt to extend their lead to 16 points (40-24). The Midshipmen refused to go away, scoring the next eight points to get back into the game. The Holy Cross lead would stay between seven and 13 points for the next several minutes, and the score was 56-47 with five minutes left to play. The Crusaders then used an 11-0 run to put the game away, before eventually posting a 15-point victory.
Holy Cross made 46.3 percent of its field goal attempts (19 of 41) and 80.0 percent of its free throws (24 of 30) on the night, while holding a 36-30 rebounding advantage. Navy connected on just 37.5 percent of its shots from the floor (18 of 48) and 52.9 percent of its foul shots (nine of 17).
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 29, when they play host to Loyola (Md.) at 7:00 p.m.