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Holy Cross Too Much For Navy, 71-50

Greg Brown scored nine points with six rebounds and three steals in the loss to Holy Cross.

Greg Brown scored nine points with six rebounds and three steals in the loss to Holy Cross.

Jan. 19, 2011

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Holy Cross ended the game on a 27-10 run over the final 11 minutes of the game to hand the Navy men's basketball team a 71-50 setback on Wednesday night in front of 2,325 fans at Alumni Hall.

The loss drops Navy to 5-15 overall and 0-4 in the Patriot League, while Holy Cross improves to 4-14 overall and 3-1 in the Patriot League.

Navy struggled all night from the field, making just 18-of-64 (.281) from the field and an even-colder 1-of-25 (.040) from three-point distance. It was just the fourth time in Lange's 196 games at Navy that his squad did not make at least three three-pointers in a game.

"We will keep battling and fighting. It's hurtful to a basketball player's spirit when you don't make shots. We battled defensively and did some good things on defense. We just gotta make some shots. That is the reality of it," said Lange. "What happened when we weren't making shots is that we had to do some things with our defense to create some offense. We got very stagnant offensively and we got to standing around in the final 10 minutes. We just have to work through it."

Navy was playing catch-up from the start of the game. The Mids trailed 10-0 just four-plus minutes into the contest and after cutting the lead to five at 12-7 with 12:48 to play in the first half, Holy Cross would lead by at least nine points for the last 8:45 of the first half, before settling in for a 33-19 halftime advantage. The Mids shot just 7-of-32 (.219) from the field in the first half and missed all 12 of their three-point attempts.

Navy chipped away at the lead, finally cutting the margin to four at 44-40 with a steal and lay-up by Brennan Wyatt (Fr. / Greensboro, N.C.) with 10:54 to play.

But Holy Cross scored the next 10 points for a 54-40 advantage with 9:11 left, and the Mids never got closer than 10 points the rest of the way, finishing the game by making just two of their last 14 shots from the field.

Holy Cross shot 26-of-56 (.464) from the field, 10-of-20 (.500) from three-point range and 9-of-15 (.600) from the free throw line.

The Mids shot just 13-of-20 (.650) from the free throw line in addition to its 28.1 field goal percentage. Navy fell to 6-27 under Lange when making four or fewer three-pointers in a game.

"We have to make shots. If we don't make our threes in a game, then we are going to struggle to win games," said Lange. "We have to shoot better. Very few of them were questionable shots. We just got to keep working and knocking them down. That is the bottom line."

Navy was outrebounded by the Crusaders, 45-38, but had 14 offensive rebounds and outscored the Crusaders in the paint, 28-22. The Mids were guilty of just nine turnovers, while forcing 17 Holy Cross mistakes.

Jordan Sugars (Jr. / Winchester, Va.) was the only Mid in double figures with 16 points and a team-best eight rebounds. However, Sugars' streak of 29 straight games with a three-pointer came to a halt when he went 0-of-6 beyond the arc. J.J. Avila (Fr. / McAllen, Texas) added nine points and seven rebounds, while Greg Brown (Sr. / Waldorf, Md.) had nine points, six rebounds and three steals.

Eric Obeysekere led Holy Cross with 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Andrew Beinert had 14 points, eight assists and six rebounds.

Navy travels to Army on Saturday to face the Black Knights at 6:00 pm in West Point, N.Y. The game will be aired by CBS College Sports Television.

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