Men's Basketball Loses to Holy Cross, 67-52
Jan. 25, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Visiting Holy Cross (11-9, 5-3 PL) led wire-to-wire in a 67-52 victory over Navy (7-12, 2-6 PL) in men's basketball at Alumni Hall on Saturday evening. Holy Cross won its fourth straight game while Navy dropped its third in a row.
"They were better than we were tonight, give them credit," head coach Ed DeChellis said. "They made shots, they drove us, they got to the free throw line. Every time we made a mini-run at them we would foul them and put them back on the free throw line. We were running uphill the whole night.'
Navy was hampered by the Crusaders' defensive pressure and shot just 38 percent from the floor.
"We're not an explosive team offensively and we let their pressure really bother us tonight," said DeChellis. "They pressured us pretty good. They got after us. They got after the ball and made it hard for us to get into our offense."
With Holy Cross holding a slim 23-20 edge late in the first half, the Crusaders closed the period on an 8-2 run and then opened the second half on a 9-2 run. The combined run of 17-4 put Holy Cross up by 16 at 40-24 and Navy could not get closer than seven for the duration of the game.
Navy cut the margin to seven by going on a 14-5 run on the strength of its three-point shooting. Freshman guard Zach Fong hit two triples during the stretch and juniors Brandon Venturini and Worth Smith each connected for one.
Smith scored a game-high 19 points for Navy, after scoring 26 against Lehigh on Wednesday. Smith was 6-of-10 from the floor while grabbing six rebounds and blocking two shots. Venturini scored 15 points and made three shots from outside the arc.
Holy Cross took advantage of Navy's miscues by tallying 18 points off of turnovers and collecting 19 second-chance points. Holy Cross registered only one more field goal (19) than Navy (18) but scored 24 points on free throws (24-of-30). At one point in the second half, the Crusaders scored 11 straight points at the charity stripe.
Guard Justin Burrell led a trio of Crusaders in double figures with 17 points. Center Dave Dudzinski tallied 16 points and nine rebounds and Anthony Thompson added 10 points.
Smith averaged 22.5 points in two games this week and now leads Navy this season with 11.0 points per game.
Navy will travel to play first-place American (12-7, 8-0 PL) in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. The American game will be the midway point of Navy's 2014 Patriot League schedule.