Romeo Garcia could be out for the season after re-injuring his right hamstring at Monday’s practice. He had been hoping to play in Wednesday’s 7 p.m. game against Holy Cross at Alumni Hall.
Navy has been without its top defender most of the season. The 6-foot-4, 207-pound sophomore guard has played in only seven games because of injuries. He injured his left hamstring in October then injured his right hamstring on Dec. 28. He aggravated that muscle on Monday.
“He’s a big part of the team,” Navy Coach Billy Lange said earlier this season. “You talk about defense, he’s our best player. . . . He’s a guy that can play multiple positions.”
Navy (13-5, 2-1 Patriot League) puts its eight-game home winning streak on the line against Holy Cross (8-10, 3-0), which is tied atop the Patriot League standings with American. The Midshipmen, who had won five in a row before losing 84-69 at Lafayette on Saturday, must do a better job defensively than they did against the Leopards. Before Lafayette, which made 54.2 percent of its shots, Navy had allowed only three opponents to shoot better than 45 percent.
Holy Cross has benefited from the return of senior guard Pat Doherty, who missed the first 14 games of the season with Achilles’ tendon soreness. He has played in the Crusaders’ last four games — three of which were wins — and had 18 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals in their 68-56 win against Bucknell on Saturday.
January 21, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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