Holy Cross To Open Patriot League Play At Lafayette

Dee Goens

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (3-12, 0-0 PL) vs. Lafayette (9-6, 0-0 PL)
Date: January 9, 2010
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Allan P. Kirby Sports Center (3,500), Easton, Pa.
Television: Lafayette Sports Network (live); Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (tape delay, Sunday, 9:00 p.m.); Gary Laubach, play-by-play; John Leone, color
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: WWFX 100.1 FM, Worcester; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here for Internet Broadcast
Unofficial Live Statistics: Gametracker
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 30-14
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 64, Lafayette 50 (February 7, 2009; Easton, Pa.)

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos., No., Name (Ht., Wt., Cl.)
F, 5, Mike Cavataio (6-4, 190, So.)
F, 34, Andrew Keister (6-9, 235, Jr.)
C, 53, Eric Meister (6-8, 225, Sr.)
G, 10, R.J. Evans (6-3, 200, So.)
G, 22, Andrew Beinert (6-4, 185, Jr.)

THE SERIES WITH LAFAYETTE: This will be the 45th meeting between the Crusaders and the Leopards on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 30-14. The Crusaders have won nine of the last 10 meetings between the schools, with the only victory for the Leopards during that time coming on Jan. 12, 2008, at the Kirby Sports Center (60-52). For games played in Easton, the Crusaders hold a slim 11-9 lead, having won five of their last seven visits to the Kirby Sports Center. The schools first met on Feb. 4, 1947, with Holy Cross posting a 50-40 victory at the Boston Garden.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 30-14
In Easton: Holy Cross leads, 11-9
At the Kirby Sports Center: Holy Cross leads, 11-9
Sean Kearney vs. Lafayette: 0-0
Fran O'Hanlon vs. Holy Cross: 13-17
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, three games
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1

CRUSADERS SET TO OPEN PATRIOT LEAGUE PLAY: Holy Cross will play its first conference game of the 2009-2010 campaign when it travels to Lafayette on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 1:00 p.m. Following that contest, the Crusaders will play three straight Patriot League games at home. Holy Cross will play host to Army on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 7:00 p.m., face Bucknell on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 3:30 p.m., and play Navy on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 7:00 p.m. The next road game for the Crusaders after the Lafayette contest will be on Saturday, Jan. 23, at American.

CRUSADERS IN PATRIOT LEAGUE OPENERS: Holy Cross is beginning its 20th season of play in the Patriot League with the contest at Lafayette. During their first 19 years in the conference, the Crusaders have posted a 13-6 record in their first Patriot League game of the season. Holy Cross has gone 8-2 in league openers over the last 10 years, including three wins over Lafayette (86-57 in 2005-2006; 84-74 in 2006-2007; 81-67 in 2008-2009), two victories over both Colgate (68-51 in 1999-2000; 68-55 in 2000-2001) and Army (61-45 in 2002-2003; 60-32 in 2003-2004), and one win over Navy (70-57 in 2001-2002). The only losses during that time came at Bucknell in 2004-2005 (59-43) and at Lafayette in 2007-2008 (60-52). The Crusaders also stand 12-7 all-time in their first Patriot League road game of the season, with a 7-3 mark in the last 10 years.

BROWN PLAYS KEY MINUTES OFF THE BENCH: Sophomore guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) has once again been one of the top players in the Holy Cross backcourt this season. In 15 games played so far this year, he has averaged 11.6 points per contest, while scoring in double-figures eight times and hitting 47.8 percent (33 of 69) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the North Carolina State game, Brown recorded a game-high 21 points, five rebounds and three assists. In the previous contest against Central Connecticut State, he started for the first time this season and totaled a team-high 19 points, four rebounds and three assists. Brown also played well against George Washington, leading the team in scoring with 20 points and pulling down five rebounds. Some of his other top performances this season have come against Sacred Heart (19 points), St. Joseph's (17 points, three rebounds), Loyola (16 points, two rebounds, two steals), Harvard (12 points, five rebounds, two assists) and Rhode Island (12 points, four assists). Last year, Brown averaged 5.8 points and 1.6 rebounds per game, while leading the Patriot League by making 88.0 percent of his free throws (73 of 83). A few of his top games in 2008-2009 came against Fairfield (22 points, five of nine shooting from the field, 10 of 10 shooting at the foul line) and San Francisco (22 points, five assists, 11 of 12 shooting on free throws). Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Brown has now totaled 359 points, 86 rebounds and 58 assists, while hitting 38.1 percent (45 of 118) of his three-point field goal attempts.

HOLY CROSS FACES TOUGH SLATE: Even though Holy Cross is off to a 3-12 start so far this season, it faced far and away the toughest non-conference schedule of any school in the Patriot League. Through games of Jan. 6, the Crusaders' schedule was ranked as the 76th-hardest in the nation by CBSSports.com. The only other school in the Patriot League to play a schedule ranked better than 325th is Colgate, which has played a slate listed at 299th. Holy Cross played six non-conference games against teams ranked in the top 100 of the RPI, and has only faced three schools with RPI rankings of below 193.

BEINERT LEADS HOLY CROSS FROM THE POINT: Junior guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) has been one of the Crusaders' top players in the backcourt over the last three seasons. In 15 games played so far this year, Beinert has averaged 9.6 points, 2.9 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 0.9 steals per contest, while hitting 26 of 70 (37.1 percent) three-point field goal attempts. During the North Carolina State game, he totaled 11 points, three assists and two rebounds. In the previous contest against Central Connecticut State, Beinert recorded 12 points, six rebounds and three assists. He also played well at Stony Brook, leading the team in scoring with 16 points and making four of five attempts from three-point range. Some of Beinert's other top games his year have come against Loyola (17 points, six rebounds, six assists, three steals), Brown (15 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals), Rhode Island (14 points, three assists), George Washington (13 points, three assists, two rebounds), UMass (12 points, three steals), Marist (eight points, five assists, four rebounds) and Harvard (seven points, four rebounds, four assists). Last year, he averaged 8.5 points, 2.1 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game, while leading the Patriot League by hitting 45.4 percent (49 of 108) of his three-point field goal attempts. Three of Beinert's top games in 2008-2009 came at American, against Bucknell and at Boston University, as he totaled 18 points and three assists in each of those contests. Overall last season, Beinert scored in double-figures 12 times, while leading the team in scoring four times. During his career as a Crusader, Beinert has now totaled 529 points, 153 assists, 152 rebounds and 59 steals, while hitting 39.7 percent (94 of 237) of his three-point field goal attempts.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE RECAP: Devin Brown finished with 21 points, five rebounds and three assists, but Holy Cross was defeated by North Carolina State 87-70 at the RBC Center on Jan. 6, 2010. Brown made four of six attempts from three-point range, while leading the team in scoring for the third time in the last four games. The Crusaders started the game hot, jumping out to a quick 10-4 lead after the first six minutes of play. Holy Cross was still in front 14-11, when the Wolfpack went on a 9-0 run to take their first lead of the night. North Carolina State eventually extended its advantage to eight points (27-19), before the Crusaders closed out the half with a 12-6 spurt to trail by just two (33-31) heading into the locker room. Holy Cross made it a one-point game (33-32) in the opening minute of the second half, but the Wolfpack then scored eight straight points to increase their lead to nine points (41-32). The Crusaders were still down by just eight points (52-44) with 10:44 remaining, before North Carolina State used a 6-0 run to extend its lead to double-figures. The Wolfpack would lead by at least 11 points the rest of the way, eventually claiming a 17-point victory. R.J. Evans totaled 13 points and seven rebounds for Holy Cross. Mike Cavataio added 11 points and nine rebounds, while Andrew Beinert recorded 11 points and three assists. Tracy Smith led North Carolina State with 19 points and five rebounds, with Dennis Horner adding 18 points and six rebounds.

EVANS HAVING ANOTHER STELLAR YEAR: Sophomore guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) is enjoying another outstanding season for the Crusaders, after earning Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors in 2008-2009. In 15 games played this year, he has averaged 14.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per contest. During the North Carolina State game, Evans totaled 13 points and seven rebounds. In the previous contest against Central Connecticut State, he posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Evans also played well at Stony Brook, recording 12 points and three assists. Some of his other top performances this season have come against Fairfield (21 points, 10 rebounds), Sacred Heart (20 points, five rebounds), UMass (18 points, four rebounds, three assists), Brown (17 points, 10 rebounds), St. Joseph's (16 points, nine rebounds, three assists), George Washington (16 points, seven rebounds, four assists), Nevada-Las Vegas (13 points, three rebounds, three assists), Western Michigan (12 points, seven rebounds, four assists), Harvard (12 points) and Loyola (11 points, five rebounds, three assists). A year ago, Evans averaged a team-best 13.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals per contest, while scoring in double-figures in 21 of his last 26 games. He also earned All-Patriot League Tournament honors after averaging 20.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in three postseason games, including a career-high 31 points, six rebounds and three steals in the quarterfinal victory over Bucknell. A few of Evans' other top games in 2008-2009 came against San Francisco (26 points, 10 rebounds) and Siena (21 points, six rebounds, five assists, four steals). Evans' 429 points scored last season were the second-most ever by a Holy Cross freshman, behind only Ronnie Perry with 574 points in 1976-1977. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 641 points, 252 rebounds, 86 assists and 60 steals.

KEARNEY LEADS CRUSADERS FROM THE BENCH: Sean Kearney is in his first season as the head men's basketball coach at Holy Cross in 2009-2010, with an overall record of 3-12. He earned his first career victory with the 68-56 win over Marist on Nov. 30. This is the first collegiate head coaching position in the career of Kearney, who is the 15th head coach in the history of the program. Kearney came to Holy Cross from the University of Notre Dame, where he served as associate head coach for nine years under Mike Brey, helping the Irish to an overall record of 188-101 and five trips to the NCAA Tournament. Prior to his time at Notre Dame, Kearney was an assistant coach at Delaware, Northwestern, Philadelphia University and Providence. A 1981 graduate of the University of Scranton, Kearney's teams have advanced to the NCAA Tournament 10 times and the National Invitation Tournament five times during his 23 seasons as a collegiate assistant coach.

THE LAST MEETING WITH LAFAYETTE: Andrew Keister posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, to lead Holy Cross to a 64-50 victory over Lafayette at the Allan P. Kirby Sports Center on Feb. 7, 2009. Keister had a perfect day shooting the ball, making all seven of his field goal attempts and both of his free throws. The score was close throughout a first half which included seven ties and six lead changes. After Lafayette opened the game with a three-point field goal, Holy Cross scored eight straight points to go in front 8-3. The Leopards came back to tie the score at 8-8, and neither team would lead by more than four points for the rest of the half. The teams eventually went into the locker room tied at 30-30. Lafayette started the second half with a 7-4 run, to go in front 37-34 with 17 minutes left to play. But the Crusaders responded with an 11-0 spurt over the next four minutes to take a 45-37 lead. The Leopards came back to score the next four points, before Holy Cross used a 10-1 run to go in front 55-42 and put the game away. The Crusaders led by at least 10 points the rest of the way, before finally winning 64-50. R.J. Evans finished with 11 points, three rebounds and three steals for Holy Cross. Colin Cunningham added 10 points, five assists and three steals, while Andrew Beinert had 10 points and three rebounds. Lafayette was led by Ryan Willen with 17 points and seven rebounds.

CAVATAIO SHINES AT HOLY CROSS: Sophomore guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) has been one of the top players on the team during his first season in a Holy Cross uniform. In the North Carolina State game, he recorded 11 points, nine rebounds and three assists. During the previous contest against Central Connecticut State, Cavataio totaled 13 points and six rebounds. He also played well at Brown, leading the team with a career-high 21 points and six rebounds. Some of Cavataio's other top performances so far this season have come against Marist (19 points, eight rebounds), Western Michigan (15 points, 12 rebounds), Loyola (14 points, four assists, three rebounds), Harvard (11 points, five assists, three rebounds, two assists), Nevada-Las Vegas (nine points, career-high 13 rebounds), St. Joseph's (nine points, eight rebounds, four assists), Rhode Island (eight points, two rebounds) and George Washington (seven points, eight rebounds). Through 15 games played, he has averaged 10.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest. Cavataio sat out the 2008-2009 season, after transferring to Holy Cross from St. John's University, where totaled 23 points and 20 rebounds during his only year with the Red Storm. As a senior at St. Francis Prep, Cavataio averaged 25.0 points per game.

KEISTER BUILDS ON STRONG SOPHOMORE SEASON: Junior forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) has been one of the top low post players in the Patriot League over the last two years. In 15 games played this season, he has averaged 9.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 48.0 percent (59 of 123) of his shots from the floor. During the Stony Brook game, Keister scored 13 points and pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds. His 18 boards against Stony Brook were the most by a Holy Cross player since Nate Lufkin posted 19 rebounds against Lafayette on Feb. 6, 2002. Previously against UMass, Keister recorded 12 points and four rebounds. He also played well in the overtime victory at Brown, posting a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Some of Keister's other top games this season have come against Harvard (22 points, eight rebounds), Rhode Island (21 points, 11 rebounds, nine of 14 shooting from the field), Marist (13 points, 10 rebounds), St. Joseph's (10 points, 11 rebounds) and Western Michigan (10 points, four rebounds, two steals). Last year, he earned first team All-Patriot League honors after averaging 12.5 points and 8.8 rebounds in conference regular season play, and hitting 67.3 percent (72 of 107) of his field goal attempts. He led the team with seven double-doubles in 2008-2009, including a 27-point, 14-rebound performance at Navy. A few of Keister's other top games last season came against Army at home (21 points, 12 rebounds), at Bucknell (18 points, 10 rebounds) and at Central Florida (18 points, five rebounds). Overall last year, Keister averaged 8.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while leading the Patriot League by hitting 58.8 percent (104 of 177) of his shots from the field. Over the course of his collegiate career, Keister has now totaled 433 points and 347 rebounds, while making 51.1 percent (178 of 348) of his field goal attempts.

MEISTER CLEANS THE GLASS FOR THE CRUSADERS: Senior center Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) is once again a key player for Holy Cross in the low post this season. Through 15 games played, he has averaged 5.5 points and 5.3 rebounds, while making 49.4 percent (38 of 77) of his shots from the floor. In the Sacred Heart game, Meister scored a season-high 14 points and pulled down a career-best 16 rebounds. Previously against UMass, he posted nine points and a team-high seven rebounds. Meister also played well at Western Michigan, recording eight points and seven rebounds. Some of his other top games this season have come against Loyola (nine points, eight rebounds), St. Joseph's (six points, nine rebounds) and Harvard (six points, four assists, three rebounds). Last year, Meister earned All-Patriot League Tournament honors, after averaging 12.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in three postseason games, while hitting 15 of 26 field goal attempts (57.7 percent). During the Patriot League semifinal victory over Colgate, he scored a career-high 19 points on nine of 10 shooting from the field, in addition to grabbing nine rebounds. A few of Meister's other top performances during the 2008-2009 season came at Lehigh (15 points, four rebounds) and at American in the Patriot League championship game (12 points, 12 rebounds). Overall last year, he averaged 6.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 0.9 blocked shots per game. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Meister has now totaled 476 points, 428 rebounds and 65 blocked shots, while making 50.6 percent (203 of 401) of his field goal attempts.

HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders are once again a strong rebounding team this year, after averaging 38.3 boards per contest and outrebounding their opponents by an average margin of 3.3 rebounds per game so far in 2009-2010. Holy Cross' top game on the boards this year came at St. Joseph's, when it pulled down a season-best 50 rebounds. Junior forward Andrew Keister leads the team with an average of 8.0 rebounds per game, while sophomore guard Mike Cavataio stands second with 6.3 boards per contest. Sophomore guard R.J. Evans has pulled down 5.7 rebounds per contest and senior center Eric Meister has chipped in with 5.3 boards per game. Last season, the Crusaders averaged 36.0 rebounds per game and outrebounded the opposition by 6.7 rebounds per contest. Entering 2009-2010, the Crusaders had posted a positive rebounding margin in 10 straight seasons, including eight years in which they outrebounded the opposition by at least four boards per game.

CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross has been a good free throw shooting team during the 2009-2010 season, making 68.8 percent (231 of 336) of its foul shots this year. Junior guard Andrew Beinert leads the team by hitting 88.9 percent (32 of 36) of his free throws, while sophomore guard Mike Cavataio has made 79.6 percent (39 of 49) of his attempts at the charity stripe. Even though they have fewer attempts, freshman guard Dee Goens (Alpharetta, Ga.) and freshmen forward Phil Beans (Toledo, Ohio) have also been excellent free throw shooters early in their careers. Goens has hit 14 of 15 foul shots (93.3 percent) and Beans has made all eight of his attempts at the charity stripe (100.0 percent).

CRUSADERS REMAIN TOUGH AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 312-117 at the Hart Center, including a 1-4 mark so far in 2009-2010. The Crusaders posted their 300th win in the building against Sacred Heart on Nov. 14, 2008. Holy Cross had a 23-game winning streak at the Hart Center from Feb. 15, 2006-Jan. 2, 2008, which was the longest streak in the history of the building and the sixth-longest home court winning streak in the nation at the time. In 2006-2007 the Crusaders posted a perfect 14-0 mark at the Hart Center, setting a school record for the most home victories since they moved into the building. During the Hart Center's history, Holy Cross has posted a winning record at home in 30 out of 34 seasons, while recording double-figure home victories 16 times. The Crusaders stand 99-25 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 62-11 record against Patriot League foes and an 12-4 mark in 2008-2009.

CRUSADERS LOOKING FOR SIXTH PATRIOT LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON TITLE: Holy Cross enters the 2009-2010 campaign attempting to win the Patriot League regular season title for the sixth time in school history. The last championship for the Crusaders came in 2006-2007, when they tied for first place in the conference with Bucknell, as both teams posted 13-1 records in league play. Prior to that, Holy Cross won outright Patriot League regular season titles in 2001, 2003 and 2005, while sharing the regular season championship in 1994. The Crusaders are the only team in league history to win more than two outright titles, while their five total championships are tied for the most in conference history with Navy (one outright, four shared) and Bucknell (two outright, three shared).

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 91st season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1285-839 (.605), while making 24 postseason tournament appearances - 12 trips to the NCAA Tournament and 12 to the National Invitation Tournament. In the history of collegiate basketball, Holy Cross is one of only 16 schools to have won the NCAA Tournament (1946-1947) as well as the National Invitational Tournament (1953-1954). Throughout its history, Holy Cross has had six first team All-America selections, sent 10 players to the National Basketball Association, had four players inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, had 23 players drafted by professional teams, had three players go on to coach professionally, and had 15 players who have coached in college.

CRUSADERS HAVE FIVE PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CROWNS: Three years ago, the Crusaders captured their fifth Patriot League Tournament championship with their 74-66 victory over Bucknell on March 9, 2007. Holy Cross' previous tournament titles came in 2003 (72-64 over American), 2002 (58-54 at American), 2001 (68-64 over Navy in overtime) and 1993 (98-73 at Bucknell). The Crusaders' five conference tournament championships are the most in Patriot League history, with Navy having the second most (three in 1994, 1997 and 1998). Holy Cross has also appeared in the championship game seven times in the last nine years. Overall, the Crusaders have made a conference-record 10 appearances in the Patriot League championship game.

HOLY CROSS A FIXTURE IN CONFERENCE TITLE GAME: When the Crusaders faced American in the Patriot League championship game last season, it marked the seventh time Holy Cross appeared in the conference title game in the last nine years. The Crusaders have gone 4-3 in their seven championship game appearances during that time, winning the title in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2007. Only five other teams in the nation have played in their conference championship game as many times as Holy Cross has over the last nine years.

EVANS & KEISTER NAMED PRESEASON ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE: Sophomore guard R.J. Evans and junior forward Andrew Keister were selected to the preseason All-Patriot League team, in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. Evans and Keister were joined on the preseason all-conference team by Lehigh senior forward Zahir Carrington, Lehigh senior guard Marquis Hall and Army senior guard Cleveland Richard. In addition, Hall was selected as the preseason Patriot League Player of the Year. Keister and Hall both earned first team All-Patriot League honors at the conclusion of the 2008-2009 season, while Carrington and Richards were second team all-conference selections, and Evans was the Patriot League Rookie of the Year.

HOLY CROSS NAMES CAPTAINS: Junior guard Andrew Beinert, junior forward Andrew Keister and senior center Eric Meister are the Crusaders' captains for the 2009-2010 season. These three players took over the leadership role from Colin Cunningham, Pat Doherty and Alex Vander Baan, who served as the Crusaders' senior captains during the 2008-2009 season.

CRUSADERS PICKED FIRST IN PRESEASON POLL: In the 2009-2010 Patriot League preseason poll, Holy Cross was picked to finish in first place in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. The Crusaders received 95 total points in the poll, including 13 first place votes. Lehigh placed second in the poll with 78 points and three first place votes, while Bucknell was third with 63 points. Rounding out the poll were Army (fourth, 59 points), Colgate (fifth, 51 points), American (sixth, 45 points), Navy (seventh, 43 points) and Lafayette (eighth, 14 points).

HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Most of the Crusaders' basketball contests during the 2009-2010 season will be carried by The Pike, WWFX 100.1 FM in Worcester.  Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre will be in his 23rd season calling the play-by-play for Crusader basketball on the radio. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk are in their sixth year on the Holy Cross broadcast crew, and will handle either play-by-play or color commentary for selected games. The Pike is currently scheduled to air 24 of the Crusaders' 29 regular season games. All games aired on The Pike can also be heard live over the internet through the Worcester Pike website. The five games not carried on The Pike will be broadcast exclusively over the internet through SportsJuice. In addition, the Holy Cross student station, WCHC 88.1 FM, will carry a number of games this year.

CRUSADERS ON TELEVISION: Holy Cross will have at least six games shown on live television during the 2009-2010 season. The Crusaders had 10 television appearances last year, while appearing on television eight times in 2007-2008, 13 times in 2006-2007, 10 times in 2005-2006 and 10 times in 2004-2005. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2009-2010 season:

Dec. 28 vs. George Washington: WCTR-TV3
Jan. 9 at Lafayette: Lafayette Sports Network / MASN
Jan. 13 vs. Army: WCTR-TV3
Jan. 31 vs. Lehigh: CBS College Sports
Feb. 14 at Bucknell: CBS College Sports
Feb. 27 at Lehigh: Service Electric Cable

CRUSADER VISION: Live video streaming of two non-conference home games during the 2009-2010 season will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The contests against Loyola (Ill.) and George Washington will be shown. The package, done in association with Stretch Internet, is available through individual game pay-per-view, or through an annual subscription. For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision, click here.

PATRIOT LEAGUE ALL-ACCESS: Live video streaming of all Patriot League regular season games during the 2009-2010 season will be available over the internet through Patriot League All-Access. The package, done in association with CBS College Sports Online, is available for a monthly subscription. For details on how to sign up for Patriot League All-Access, visit www.patriotleague.org.

SCOUTING THE LEOPARDS: Lafayette enters the game with an overall record of 9-6 on the year. The Leopards have won two straight and five of their last six games, with the only loss during that time coming at Delaware in overtime (82-72). Junior forward Jared Mintz leads the team with averages of 15.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, while hitting 61.3 percent (84 of 137) of his shots from the field. Sophomore guard Jim Mower has averaged 13.5 points per game and hit 48.2 percent (40 of 83) of his three-point field goal attempts, while sophomore forward Ryan Willen has added 10.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest. Lafayette is led by head coach Fran O'Hanlon, who owns an overall record of 206-216 in 15 seasons with the Leopards.

DRIBBLES: Freshman guard Dee Goens scored a career-high 10 points in the Sacred Heart game. He is now averaging 3.2 points per contest while making 14 of 15 free throw attempts this season ... Freshman forward Phil Beans has totaled 24 points and 18 rebounds in 15 games off the bench this year ... The Crusaders set season-highs by hitting 57.9 percent of their field goal attempts in the victory over Marist on Nov. 30, 58.85 percent of their three-pointers at North Carolina State on Jan. 6, and 88.9 percent of their free throws in the Dec. 9 game at Fairfield ... Holy Cross' 0-6 start this season was its worst since the 1940-1941 season, when it began the year 0-7 ... The Crusaders stand 1-5 so far this season when wearing their white uniforms, while going 1-5 in their purple uniforms and 1-2 in their black uniforms ... Following the victory over Brown, Holy Cross now has a 13-3 record in overtime contests since the beginning of the 1999-2000 season.