Crusaders Return Home To Face Army
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (3-13, 0-1 PL) vs. Army (10-5, 0-1 PL)
Date: January 13, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
WCTR Television: Kevin Shea, play-by-play; Kevin Wells, color
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Holy Cross Radio: Dick Lutsk, play-by-play; Click Here for Internet Broadcast
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 53-15
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 62, Army 59 (February 11, 2009; Worcester, Mass.)
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos., No., Name (Ht., Wt., Cl.)
F, 5, Mike Cavataio (6-4, 190, So.)
F, 10, R.J. Evans (6-3, 200, So.)
C, 34, Andrew Keister (6-9, 235, Jr.)
G, 2, Devin Brown (6-1, 190, So.)
G, 22, Andrew Beinert (6-4, 185, Jr.)
THE SERIES WITH ARMY: This will be the 69th meeting between the Crusaders and the Black Knights on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 53-15. The Crusaders have won three straight and 16 of the last 17 meetings in the series. Army's only win during that time came on Jan. 16, 2008, at the Hart Center (53-39). Prior to that, Army did not have a victory over Holy Cross since Jan. 23, 2002, when it posted a 57-46 win at home. For games played in Worcester, Holy Cross holds a 30-3 advantage. The schools first met on Feb. 22, 1926, with Army posting a 41-27 victory at West Point.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 53-15
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 30-3
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 29-3
Sean Kearney vs. Army: 0-0
Zach Spiker vs. Holy Cross: 0-0
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, three games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-1
CRUSADERS OPEN THREE-GAME HOMESTAND: Holy Cross will play its next three games at home, all against Patriot League opponents. The Crusaders begin the homestand when they face Army on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross will then play host to Bucknell on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 3:30 p.m., and take on Navy on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 7:00 p.m. The next road game for the Crusaders will not come until Saturday, Jan. 23, when they travel to American for a 2:00 p.m. contest.
CRUSADERS IN PATRIOT LEAGUE HOME OPENERS: Holy Cross is now in its 20th season of play in the Patriot League, and will play its first league home game of the year against Army. During their first 19 seasons in the conference, the Crusaders have posted a 12-7 mark in their opening Patriot League home game of the year. Holy Cross has a 7-3 mark in its opening conference home game over the last 10 years, including victories in four of the last five seasons. The Crusaders also stand 13-7 in their first overall Patriot League game of the season, following Saturday's 84-74 loss at Lafayette. Even with that loss, Holy Cross has still won its opening Patriot League game eight times in the last 11 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 16 games played so far this year, he has averaged 12.0 points per contest, while scoring in double-figures nine times and hitting 48.0 percent (36 of 75) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the Lafayette game, Brown recorded 18 points and three rebounds. In the previous contest at North Carolina State, he led the team with 21 points, five rebounds and three assists. Brown also played well against Central Connecticut State, totaling a team-high 19 points, four rebounds and three assists. Some of his other top performances this season have come against George Washington (20 points, five rebounds), 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 377 points, 89 rebounds and 58 assists, while hitting 38.7 percent (48 of 124) of his three-point field goal attempts.
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 16 games played this year, he has averaged 14.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest. During the Lafayette game, Evans recorded 19 points, five rebounds and two steals. In the previous contest at North Carolina State, he totaled 13 points and seven rebounds. Evans also played well against Central Connecticut State, posting a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. 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), Stony Brook (12 points, three 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 660 points, 257 rebounds, 87 assists and 62 steals.
LAFAYETTE RECAP: R.J. Evans scored 19 points and Devin Brown added 18 points, but Holy Cross fell to Lafayette 84-74 at the Kirby Sports Center on Jan. 9. Evans tallied the first two buckets of the game for the Crusaders as Holy Cross opened a 12-6 lead in the first 8:10 of play. Lafayette responded with an 11-4 run to take its first lead of the contest, 17-16, on a jumper by Darion Benbow. The Crusaders tied the game at 19 on a three-pointer by Brown, but the Leopards outscored Holy Cross 14-9 the rest of the half to go into the locker room with a 33-28 lead. Lafayette shot 34.4 percent (11 of 32) over the game's first 20 minutes, while the Crusaders hit on 40 percent of their attempts (12 of 30). Holy Cross had a 24-18 advantage on the boards in the first half. The Crusaders opened the second half on fire, as they turned a five-point deficit into a three-point lead over the first 4:38 and led 43-40 at the under-16 media timeout. Jeff Kari then scored eight points during Lafayette's ensuing 17-3 run to put the Leopards up, 57-46, with 10:44 remaining in the game. Mike Cavataio hit two free throws to pull the Crusaders to within 59-52 with 8:12 left, but that was as close as Holy Cross would get the rest of the way. Lafayette had four players in double figures, as Ryan Willen led all scorers with 20 points, while Jared Mintz added 16, Kari finished with 14 and Jim Mower had 13. Cavataio added 15 points for the Crusaders, while Andrew Keister grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. Lafayette finished the game shooting 45.9 percent (28 of 61) from the floor, while Holy Cross shot 43.5 percent (30 of 69). The Crusaders outrebounded the Leopards for the game 42-36, but Lafayette's bench outscored Holy Cross' reserves 26-7.
HOLY CROSS FACES TOUGH SLATE: During the 2009-2010 campaign, Holy Cross has faced far and away the toughest non-conference schedule of any school in the Patriot League. Through games of Jan. 10, the Crusaders' non-league schedule was ranked as the 111th-hardest in the nation by CBSSports.com. The second-toughest non-conference schedule of any Patriot League school belongs to Colgate, which has played a slate listed at 313th. Holy Cross played nine non-conference games against teams ranked in the top 150 of the RPI, and only faced three schools with RPI rankings of below 221.
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 16 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 27 of 75 (36.0 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), Lafayette (nine points, three assists, two rebounds), 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 538 points, 156 assists, 154 rebounds and 59 steals, while hitting 39.3 percent (95 of 242) of his three-point field goal attempts.
THE LAST MEETING WITH ARMY: Andrew Keister recorded a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, to lead Holy Cross to a 62-59 victory over Army at the Hart Center on Feb. 11, 2009. Colin Cunningham added 16 points, four rebounds and three assists for the Crusaders. Army started the game with a 5-0 run, and was still in front 13-8 with 10 minutes left in the first half. The Black Knights then went on a 12-0 spurt to go up by 17 points (25-8) with 5:47 remaining before the break. The Crusaders were able to get within eight points late in the half, before Army took a 32-20 advantage into the intermission. Holy Cross came out of the locker room on fire to start the second half, scoring 10 straight points and eventually going in front 44-40 with 12 minutes left to play. But Army refused to go away, as the next 10 minutes featured five ties and six lead changes. The score was tied at 56-56 when Cunningham hit two free throws with 2:27 on the clock to give the Crusaders the lead for good. Cunningham then added a jumper at the 1:32-mark to put Holy Cross up 60-57, but the Crusaders made just two of six free throws in the final minute, allowing the Black Knights to stay in the game. Army's Nathan Hedgecock missed a three-point field goal at the buzzer which could have forced overtime, as Holy Cross held on to win 62-59. Army was led by Kenny Brewer with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Josh Miller added 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.
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 3-13. 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.
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 Lafayette game, he finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. During the previous contest at North Carolina State, Cavataio recorded 11 points, nine rebounds and three assists. He also played well against Central Connecticut State, totaling 13 points and six rebounds. Some of Cavataio's other top performances so far this season have come against Brown (21 points, six rebounds), 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 16 games played, he has averaged 10.7 points, 6.4 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 16 games played this season, he has averaged 9.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest, while hitting 48.0 percent (61 of 127) 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 439 points and 360 rebounds, while making 51.1 percent (180 of 352) 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 16 games played, he has averaged 5.2 points and 5.2 rebounds, while making 48.7 percent (38 of 78) 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, 431 rebounds and 65 blocked shots, while making 50.5 percent (203 of 402) of his field goal attempts.
CRUSADERS LOOKING FOR SIXTH PATRIOT LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON TITLE: During the 2009-2010 campaign, Holy Cross will attempt 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 1285-840 (.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.
HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders are once again a strong rebounding team this year, after averaging 38.5 boards per contest and outrebounding their opponents by an average margin of 3.5 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 8.3 rebounds per game, while sophomore guard Mike Cavataio stands second with 6.4 boards per contest. Sophomore guard R.J. Evans has pulled down 5.6 rebounds per contest and senior center Eric Meister has chipped in with 5.2 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 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 KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross has been a good free throw shooting team during the 2009-2010 season, making 68.2 percent (240 of 352) 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 79.2 percent (42 of 53) 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).
THE HOLY CROSS 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 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.
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).
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 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 seven 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. 23 at American: RCN
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 BLACK KNIGHTS: Army enters the game with an overall record of 10-5 and an 0-1 mark in the Patriot League. After winning nine of their first 11 games this season, the Black Knights have lost three of their last four, including a 68-58 overtime setback at Colgate on Saturday. Sophomore guard Jared Mintz leads the team with an average of 13.1 points per game, while hitting 45.7 percent (37 of 81) of his shots from three-point range. Senior forward Cleveland Richard is averaging 12.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest, while senior guard Josh Miller has added 9.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. Army is led by Zach Spiker, who stands 10-5 in his first season as a collegiate head coach. Prior to his time with the Black Knights, Spiker served as an assistant coach at Cornell, West Virginia and Winthrop.
DRIBBLES: Freshman guard Dee Goens scored a career-high 10 points in the Sacred Heart game. He is now averaging 2.9 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 16 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, 58.8 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 1-6 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.