The Holy Cross Crusaders held a block party Wednesday night. The host Crusaders blocked 10 shots and cruised to a 60-51 victory over Loyola Maryland.
Senior center Dave Dudzinski led the Crusaders with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while junior forward Malcolm Miller controlled the defensive end with six blocked shots, all in the first half.
Holy Cross (12-9, 6-3) won its fifth in a row to conclude the first half of Patriot League play. Loyola (9-11, 4-5) finished the first half winning every conference home game while losing every conference road game.
Senior guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), the league's leading scorer (21.9), was held to 15 points as he shot just four of 11 from the free-throw line.
UMBC 73, Binghamton 61: Five UMBC players scored in double figures as the visiting Retrievers won their second game in a row.
Guard Quentin Jones had 16 points to lead the Retrievers (7-14, 3-5 America East). Forward Chase Plummer scored 15, guard Rodney Elliott and forward Brett Roseboro 14, and guard Charles Taylor 10. Elliott just missed a triple double by adding 11 rebounds and eight assists.
Forward Nick Madray finished with 20 points and nine rebounds for the Bearcats (4-17, 1-7), who lost their sixth in a row. Guard Jordan Reed scored 12 off the bench, and guard Yosef Yacob had 11.
Defense carried the day for the Retrievers, who held Binghamton to 35.3 percent shooting, including 20 percent (4-for-20) from 3-point range.
American 74, Navy 52: One of the hottest teams in NCAA Division I remained on fire when the Eagles won their ninth straight.
The Eagles (13-7, 9-0) also strengthened their hold as the top team in the Patriot League thanks to a huge game from guard and reigning league Player of the Week Jesse Reed, who averages 13.1 points per game but opened Wednesday's contest by scoring 15 of American's first 21 points.
Navy (7-13, 2-7), meanwhile, lost its fourth straight. The Midshipmen, led by guard Zach Fong's 11 points, clearly missed leading scorer Tillman Dunbar, suspended for the rest of the season Jan. 15 for violating team rules.
Bowie State 62, Virginia State 59: The visiting Bulldogs (10-11, 4-6 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association), led by Andre Jackson (Western Tech) with 15 points, won their third in a row.
The Trojans fell to 11-8, 4-4.
Catholic 86, Goucher 76: Alex Noble had 19 points in a losing effort for the host Gophers (7-11, 2-5 Landmark Conference).
The first-place Cardinals improved to 12-6, 6-1.
Navy 48, American 44: The defending Patriot League champion Mids (17-3, 9-0) held off a late rally by the Eagles (13-7, 6-3) to win their ninth straight.
American drew to within 38-37 on a pair of free throws by Alexis Dobbs with 4:12 left in the game.
Navy outscored the Eagles, 11-6, the rest of the way to win. Kara Pollinger had a game-high 17 points for the Mids.
UMES 68, New Jersey Institute of Technology 61: The host Hawks (4-13, led by Mariah McCoy with 27 points, held on to beat the Highlanders (5-19).