WORCESTER, Mass. -- Justin Burrell scored 14 points to help Holy Cross defeat Patriot League-foe Navy 66-57 Monday, snapping a five-game losing streak.
Holy Cross (11-13, 3-6) opened the game on an 11-2 run behind 3-pointers from Cullen Hamilton and Burrell. Navy (7-18, 1-8) cut the deficit to six, 11-5, but would get no closer as Hamilton answered with a jumper and Jordan Stevens a dunk to give the Crusaders the lead for good.
Holy Cross led 43-28 at the break after a 56 percent (14 of 25) first-half shooting performance. The Crusaders outshot Navy 40 percent (20 of 49) to 38.2 percent (21 of 55) and scored 15 points off turnovers.
Worth Smith scored 19 points for Navy, which held Holy Cross to 6-of-24 shooting in the second half.
Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., who averaged 15.8 points in 13 games before being injured last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft.
Isaiah Briscoe has decided to withdraw from the NBA draft and will return to Kentucky for his sophomore season. Marcus Lee intends to transfer.
The Big 12/SEC Challenge will again feature Kansas and Kentucky, this time at Rupp Arena. That's not the only exciting matchup in next season's midseason conference showdown.