Bonus plus-minus: Navy-Holy Cross

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Just back from Annapolis, where Navy collected an impressive 74-68 victory over Holy Cross.

That’s mainly because beating Ralph Willard’s Crusaders is usually a fairly impressive feat in the Patriot League, given the size and physicality Bob Cousy U. often brings to bear against comparable teams.

Navy had lost 17 in a row to Holy Cross before last season; it’s now taken three straight, and the Mids are now tied for second in the PL – a half-game in arrears of American.

It will sound counterintuitive to credit the frontcourt, since Holy Cross held a 54-18 edge in the paint. But forwards Adam Teague and Mark Veazey played significant roles.

The plus-minus says Navy was far better off when Teague was on the floor, and when he had second-half foul trouble the Mids just went to a four-guard lineup. Veazey, meanwhile, turned in a graceful 20-point performance, flummoxing the Crusaders with his ability to float away from the basket and knock down mid-range baseline jumpers.

Here’s the full plus-minus for Navy, which has a visit to Army set for Sunday:

Player1st half
2nd half
TotalMin.
5-Harris+5+3+839
11-Colbert-2+4+225
22-Richards 
-1DNP-12
23-Avworo+20+228
24-Kina+20+236
25-Sugars-5+3-211
32-Brooks0DNP01
33-Teague+10+3+1323
44-Veazey+4+2+635

Patrick Stevens

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