Jan. 21, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Sophomore forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) had career-highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Navy 74-68 at Alumni Hall. Freshman guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) added 19 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for the Crusaders. Holy Cross falls to 8-11 overall and 3-1 in the Patriot League, while Navy improves to 14-5 on the season and 3-1 in the conference.
The Crusaders led 8-7 at the 16:12 mark of the first half, when the Midshipmen scored six straight points to take the lead. Navy would eventually expand its lead to eight points (24-16), before Holy Cross used a 13-3 spurt to go back in front (29-27) with three minutes left before the break. The Midshipmen then closed out the half with an 8-3 run, to take a 35-32 advantage into the locker room.
The scored stayed close early in the second half, and Navy was up 40-39 with 15 minutes left to play. The Midshipmen then went on an 8-0 run, and would eventually expand their lead to 11 points (65-54) with 5:20 remaining. But the Crusaders responded with a 10-2 spurt of their own, to cut the Navy lead to 67-64 with 1:10 left in the game. Holy Cross would get as close as two points (70-68) with 23 seconds on the clock, before the Midshipmen hit four straight free throws in the closing seconds to hold on for the win.
Chris Harris and Mark Veazey both scored 20 points to lead Navy.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Jan. 24, when they play host to American in a 2:00 p.m. game which will be shown live on ESPNU.