Jan. 20, 2010
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Holy Cross outscored Navy, 14-0, over the last five minutes to hand the Navy men's basketball team a 79-60 setback on Wednesday night at the Hart Center. The loss drops Navy's record to 8-11 overall and 2-2 in the Patriot League standings. Holy Cross improved to 5-14 overall and 2-2 in the Patriot League.
Navy trailed 65-60 on a Jordan Sugars lay-up with 4:49 to play, but the Midshipmen missed on all three of their field goal attempts and had two turnovers in that span, while Holy Cross connected on 3-of-4 field goal attempts and 6-of-9 free throw attempts down the stretch to pull away for the win.
Holy Cross, which was picked to win the Patriot League in the preseason poll, outscored the Midshipmen, 42-23, in the second half.
"I thought we competed hard, but we just didn't make the plays we needed to or do the things necessary to win tonight," said Navy head coach Billy Lange. "They are a talented team and their players made some big plays and hit some big shots down the stretch."
The game was tied at 37 at the halftime break, but Holy Cross quickly took control of the second half with a 10-3 spurt to take a 47-40 advantage with 15:51 left. Navy would cut the lead to one on two different occasions, the last coming at 53-52 on a Chris Harris layup with 10:21 to play, but Navy managed just eight points in the final 10 minutes of the contest and dropped its second game in a row.
Navy trailed in the first half, 8-2, before embarking on a 9-2 run to take its first lead of the game at 11-10 with 13:47 left on a Greg Brown three-pointer.
Navy would then trail, 22-19, with 8:33 to play, before Holy Cross went on a 10-3 run to grab a double-digit lead at 32-22 with 6:00 left before halftime. But Navy rallied and ended the half on a 15-5 run over the last six minutes to tie the game at halftime at 37.
Holy Cross pulled away in the second half by shooting 14-of-20 (.700) from the field in the second half and shot 27 free throws to Navy's 11 for the entire game. The Crusaders would shoot 61.7 percent from the field for the contest and outrebounded Navy, 37-28.
Navy did commit a season-low 10 turnovers, but shot just 38.7 percent (24-of-62) from the field and was just 4-of-18 (.222) from three-point range.
Chris Harris, Jordan Sugars and Jeremy Wilson each scored 13 points to lead Navy. Wilson went 6-of-9 from the field while playing a career-high 28 minutes. Sugars paced Navy with eight rebounds, while Harris dished out four assists.
R.J. Evans led three Holy Cross players with 20 points.
Navy will host Army on Sautrday at Alumni Hall, beginning at noon. Tickets are available by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY. The game will be aired by CBS College Sports with Dave Ryan and Pete Gillen calling all the action.
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