Feb. 16, 2011
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Holy Cross' Devin Brown scored 26 of his 32 points in the second half and Holy Cross outscored Navy, 47-29, in the final 20 minutes to lift the Crusaders to a 72-61 victory on Wednesday night at the Hart Center.
The loss drops Navy to 9-18 overall and 4-7 in the Patriot League, good for sixth place. Holy Cross improves to 6-19 overall and 5-6 in the league standings.
Navy led 32-25 at halftime after playing one of its best halves of the year, but had turnovers on its first three possessions of the second half, which resulted in nine Holy Cross points and the Crusaders never trailed after that.
"I was very impressed with our guys and the way we started the game and the way we played in the first half. We played almost-flawless basketball and probably the best half of ball we had played all year in the first half," said Navy head coach Billy Lange. "I was very disappointed in the way we started the second half. It just set the tone for the rest of the game. It has been a strength of ours coming out strong in the second half and it just wasn't to be. It was all they needed to get back in the game."
Devin Brown started the second half by draining back-to-back threes and finished the half going 6-of-11 from long distance while also shooting eight free throws. Brown finished the contest 10-of-25 from the field, 7-of-15 from three-point range and 5-of-10 from the free throw line for 32 points, one shy of his career high.
"You can't really attribute it to one thing in the second half. It would be pure speculation," said Lange. "You could say it was focus or effort or a little bit of everything, but we had those things for the first 20 minutes, so to say it was one thing wouldn't make much sense."
The Crusaders would start the half on a 23-5 run over the first eight minutes of the second half to take a 48-37 lead with 11:51 left to play. Navy would get no closer than eight at 58-50 with 6:02 left to play the rest of the way, in falling to Holy Cross for the second time this season.
Navy would lead by five early on at 17-12, but Holy Cross would manage to tie the game at 25-25 when the Midshipmen closed the half on a 7-0 run for a 32-25 halftime lead. The Mids shot 11-of-26 (.423) in the first half, had just four turnovers and outrebounded the Crusaders 19-14 in the opening 20 minutes.
However, Navy shot just 10-of-30 (.333) in the second half, had eight turnovers and were outrebounded by four in the final 20 minutes.
For the game, Navy shot 21-of-56 (.375) from the field, 6-of-25 (.240) from three-point range and 13-of-18 (.722) from the free throw line. Navy had 12 assists and 12 turnovers and outrebounded the Crusaders for the first time since the 2006 season, 37-36.
Holy Cross shot 24-of-55 (.436) from the field, 8-of-19 (.421) from three-point range and 16-of-29 (.552) from the free throw line, while recording 19 assists against just seven turnovers.
Jordan Sugars (Jr. / Winchester, Va.) led Navy with 19 points, nine rebounds and two assists. O.J. Avworo (Sr. / Houston, Texas) added 14 points, three rebounds and three assists and Mark Veazey (Sr. / Lilburn, Ga.) scored 10 points with eight rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench.
Andrew Keister chipped in with 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Crusaders.
Navy will host Army on Saturday at 2:30 at Alumni Hall. The game will be televised by CBS College Sports and aired on the radio on WNAV (1430 AM). The game is a sell-out.
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