The Holy Cross men's basketball team moved on quickly from last Wednesday's loss to Lafayette.

"We talked about it right after the game," Holy Cross senior forward Dave Dudzinski said. "We said, 'OK, the sky isn't falling. We're good to go. Let's finish the season strong and take it one game at a time.'"

Two outstanding days of practice preceded Sunday's game against Patriot League foe Navy at the Hart Center and the Crusaders bounced back nicely with a 74-57 win.

The victory assured Holy Cross (17-11, 11-5) a top-four finish in the league and a home game in the PL quarterfinals on March 5. The Crusaders have two regular-season games remaining.

"The Lafayette loss was a wake-up call," sophomore forward Eric Green said. "It was good to move on and get back on a roll doing what we're supposed to do."

The Crusaders swept the season series with Navy (9-18, 4-12) and extended their win streak against the Midshipmen to eight games.

With 22 points and 10 rebounds, both game highs, Dudzinski posted his second straight double-double. Dudzinski received the Martin J. O'Malley Award as the MVP of the Winter Homecoming game.

Freshman guard Anthony Thompson tied a career high with 17 points and also had three steals. Green also gave a strong effort at both ends and finished with 14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and a block.

Aside from a lapse midway through the second half, Holy Cross played solid defensively. The Crusaders dominated the glass, 45-24, and tied a season high with 10 steals.

HC didn't shoot the ball particularly well —39.6 percent — but got to the line 31 times and sank 25 free throws.

"When we get there we can be tough to play," HC coach Milan Brown said, "because it means we're driving the basketball and we're throwing it in to the post. That's a big difference when you're only shooting 39 percent, but if you shoot 31 free throws you're still going to have a chance to win."

In the first half, the Crusaders played aggressively at the defensive end while building their lead to 20 points. They held the Mids without a field goal for almost nine minutes early in the half and came away with eight steals, including Green's swipe of an inbounds pass that he took in for one of his two first-half dunks.

The Crusaders scored 15 points off nine first-half Navy turnovers and held the Mids to 32 percent shooting. HC led, 34-19, at the break. It was the fourth time this year HC has held an opponent under 20 points in the first half.

"The guys were locked in," Brown said. "When we're active on (the defensive) end we can make it hard for people to score. Navy, I think, missed a few shots they probably should have made, but we were just active and we were locked into our assignments."