Feb. 20, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Senior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) had a career-high 34 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team dropped a 72-66 decision to Navy at Alumni Hall. Clifford made 14 of 18 shots from the field, in addition to hitting six of eight attempts from the free throw line. The Crusaders fall to 14-11 overall and 5-7 in the Patriot League with the loss, while the Midshipmen improve to 14-12 on the season and 7-4 in the conference.
Senior guard Kyle Cruze (Knoxville, Tenn.) hit a three-pointer to open the game, but Navy then went on an 11-2 run over the next four minutes to claim a six-point lead. The Midshipmen would eventually build their lead up to seven points (18-11) with 10:38 left in the half, before the Crusaders responded with a 16-6 run to claim a three-point lead (27-24). Junior guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) capped that spurt with back-to-back three-point field goals, to put Holy Cross in front. Heading into the locker room, the Crusaders held a 30-29 advantage.
Holy Cross was still up by one point (42-41) with 13 minutes left in regulation, when it went on a 9-4 run to increase its lead to six points (51-45). But Navy then outscored the Crusaders 18-4 over the next five minutes to take the lead for good, 63-55. Holy Cross was able to cut the lead down to two points (68-66) in the final minute and had a chance to tie the score, but Doherty was unable to convert on a running shot in the lane. The Midshipmen then made all four of their free throws in the final 10 seconds to put the game away.
Doherty finished the game with 11 points and five rebounds, while Navy was led by Greg Sprink with 25 points and seven boards. The Midshipmen shot 25 free throws, hitting 92.0 percent, while the Crusaders had just 11 attempts from the foul line.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, February 23, when it plays host to Northeastern in a 4:00 p.m. game.