Holy Cross Handles Navy In Men's Basketball
Jan. 17, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass.--Keith Simmons poured in 22 points, while Alex Vander Baan added 13 to lead Holy Cross (13-6, 4-0 in the Patriot League) to a 61-42 victory over Navy (11-8, 1-3 in the Patriot League) Wednesday night at the Hart Center.
The win was the 16th-straight by Holy Cross over the Midshipmen and the 42 points are the least amount of points scored by Navy under current head coach Billy Lange and the least since a 66-38 loss to Lehigh in 2004 (82 games).
"The effort was there, but Holy Cross imposed their will in the second half and we didn't respond with intelligence," said Navy head basketball coach Billy Lange. "They are easily the best team in the conference and they wore us down in the second half. We didn't do the things we needed to do to stay in the game."
Navy hung tough with the Patriot League leaders in the first half, trailing just 20-19 at the intermission, but Holy Cross went on a 15-2 run over the first six minutes of the second half and never looked back.
Navy will be back in action Sunday afternoon as they travel to West Point, N.Y. to take on Service Academy rival Army. Tip-off is 12 noon and the game will be televised nationally by ESPNU.