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Holy Cross Shuts Down Navy in Second Half of 62-47 Setback

Worth Smith scored 17 points with five rebounds in Navy's loss to Holy Cross.

Jan. 16, 2013

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Holy Cross limited Navy to just 33.3 percent shooting in the second half and scored several timely baskets after halftime to lift the visitors to a 62-47 victory over the Navy men's basketball team on Wednesday night.

The loss drops Navy to 6-12 overall and 0-2 in the Patriot League, while Holy Cross improves to 9-8 overall and 1-1 in league play.

After trailing 31-27 at halftime, Navy managed to score just 20 points and netted one field goal and three points in the final seven minutes of the contest as the Crusaders ended the game on an 11-3 run to pull away for the victory.

The theme of the game was on the glass, where Holy Cross outrebounded the Midshipmen, 36-23, and used 13 offensive rebounds to score 15 second-chance points.

"We got crushed on the glass tonight. We couldn't keep them off the glass and get to the free throw line, which has been a theme for us for a long time," said Navy head coach Ed DeChellis. "It's hard to win when you score 47 points and just 20 points in a half. Defensively, we just aren't going to be able to hold teams to the low 40s and expect to win. We have to get back to doing the basics."

After leading 31-27 at the break, Holy Cross quickly pushed the lead to 40-29 with 16:14 to play, using a 9-2 spurt to open the second half. Navy would get to within five points at 43-38 on a layup by freshman point guard Tilman Dunbar (Woodbridge, Va.).

However, every time Navy cut into the lead, Holy Cross would answer, four times off offensive rebounds and would slowly pull away from the Midshipmen for a 62-47 advantage.

"They made a lot of big shots, but we have to limit opponent's second chances," said DeChellis. "That is the bottom line. We would get an initial stop, but miss a box out or not grab a loose ball, and they would answer. That was the difference."

Holy Cross would make its first seven shots of the contest in sprinting out to an 18-12 lead at the 11:39 mark of the first half. Navy would crawl to within one point at 20-19 on a Jerome Alexander (Fr. / Radford, Va.) jumper with 7:56 left, but went scoreless for the next three minutes, 21 seconds as Holy Cross crept to a 31-27 halftime cushion.

As a team, Navy shot 20-of-49 (.408) from the field, but was just 5-of-18 (.278) from three-point range and 2-of-4 (.500) from the free throw line. The Midshipmen were guilty of 11 turnovers.

Navy has just shot 56 free throws in the last six games with just 29 attempts in the last four games. The four free throw attempts tonight were tied for the third fewest in a game in school history.

Worth Smith (So. / Mooresville, N.C.) led Navy with a career-high tying 17 points on 8-of-14 field goal attempts and five rebounds. Dunbar would add 12 points and five assists, while Kendall Knorr (Fr. / Concord, N.C.) led the way with seven rebounds.

"Coach asked me to be more aggressive and wants me to attack more and have the green light," said Smith. "In the past, I have never been the guy to take a lot of shots. I need to get into the mindset to be more offensive and produce more."

Holy Cross shot 22-of-48 (.458) from the field, 8-of-20 (.400) from three-point range and 10-of-17 (.588) from the free throw line. The Crusaders were guilty of 11 turnovers.

Dave Dudzinski led Holy Cross with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Malcolm Miller scored 13 points with 13 rebounds.

Navy travels to Army on Sunday, Jan. 20, for a noon tip-off from Christl Arena. The contest will be televised on CBS Sports Network with Bob Socci, Chris Spatola and former NBA great Reggie Miller on the call courtside.




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