GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (5-14, 2-2 PL) vs. American (4-15, 1-3 PL)
Date: January 23, 2010
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Bender Arena (3,044), Washington, D.C.
RCN Television: Chris Michael, play-by-play; Dave Ross, 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
American Radio: WFED 1050 AM, Washington, D.C.
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 15-7
Last Meeting: American 73, Holy Cross 57 (March 13, 2009; Washington, D.C.; Patriot League Championship Game)
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 AMERICAN: This will be the 23rd meeting between the Crusaders and the Eagles on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 15-7. American has won four of the last five games between the schools, but prior to that Holy Cross had won eight straight contests in the series. For games played in Washington the Crusaders hold a 7-5 advantage, but the Eagles have won three straight. Holy Cross and American first met on Dec. 21, 1967, with the Crusaders winning 81-57 on the road.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 15-7
In Washington: Holy Cross leads, 7-5
At Bender Arena: Holy Cross leads, 6-5
Sean Kearney vs. American: 0-0
Jeff Jones vs. Holy Cross: 7-14
Current Win Streak: American, two games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-0
CRUSADERS RETURN TO THE ROAD THIS WEEK: After playing its last three games at the Hart Center, Holy Cross hits the road once again this week for two games in the span of five days. The Crusaders, who are riding a two-game winning streak, begin the road trip when they travel to American for a 2:00 p.m. contest on Saturday, Jan. 23. Holy Cross then heads to Colgate for a game on Wednesday, Jan. 27. The next home contest for the Crusaders comes on Sunday, Jan. 31, against Lehigh at 12:00 p.m.
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 19 games played this year, he has averaged 14.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest. During the Navy game, Evans led the team with 20 points, four rebounds and four assists. In the previous contest against Bucknell, he scored 15 points and handed out four assists. Evans also played well at Lafayette, recording 19 points, five rebounds and two steals. 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), Central Connecticut State (16 points, 10 rebounds), St. Joseph's (16 points, nine rebounds, three assists), George Washington (16 points, seven rebounds, four assists), North Carolina State (13 points, seven rebounds), 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 701 points, 270 rebounds, 98 assists and 63 steals.
HOLY CROSS FACES TOUGH SLATE: During the 2009-2010 campaign, Holy Cross faced far and away the toughest non-conference schedule of any school in the Patriot League. Through games of Jan. 21, the Crusaders' non-league schedule was ranked as the 123rd-hardest in the nation by CBSSports.com. The second-toughest non-conference schedule of any Patriot League school belongs to Colgate, which played a slate listed at 304th. Holy Cross played eight non-conference games against teams ranked in the top 120 of the RPI, and only faced four schools with RPI rankings of below 206.
CRUSADERS HEAT UP ON OFFENSE: Holy Cross turned an outstanding shooting performance in Wednesday's victory over Navy, hitting 61.7 percent (29 of 47) of its shots from the field. That marked the first time the Crusaders hit at least 60 percent of their shots in a game since Jan. 23, 2004, when they shot 60.8 percent (31 of 51) against Navy. Holy Cross has now hit at least 50 percent of its field goal attempts four times this year, including each of its last two games. The Crusaders have a perfect 4-0 record this year when shooting at least 50 percent from the floor, while winning those game by an average of 15.3 points. In fact, Holy Cross has now won 56 of its last 57 games when it hits at least half its shots from the field, with the only loss during that time being a 61-58 setback at Sacred Heart on Dec. 30, 2007.
BROWN PLAYS KEY MINUTES IN THE BACKCOURT: Sophomore guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) has once again been one of the top players in the Holy Cross backcourt this season. In 19 games played so far this year, he has averaged 12.7 points per contest, while scoring in double-figures 11 times and hitting 47.3 percent (44 of 93) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the Bucknell game, Brown led the team with a career-high 29 points, while hitting 10 of 14 shots from the field. Previously against Army, he totaled 13 points and two steals. Brown also played well at Lafayette, recording 18 points and three rebounds. Some of his other top performances this season have come against North Carolina State (21 points, five rebounds, three assists), George Washington (20 points, five rebounds), Central Connecticut State (19 points, four rebounds, three assists), 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 427 points, 93 rebounds and 59 assists, while hitting 39.4 percent (56 of 142) of his three-point field goal attempts and 80.7 percent of his free throws (121 of 150).
NAVY RECAP: R.J. Evans scored 20 points on eight of 12 shooting from the field, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 79-60 victory over Navy at the Hart Center on Jan. 20. Andrew Keister also had a strong night, posting a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The Crusaders started the game with an 8-2 run, but the score remained close throughout a first half which featured four ties and three lead changes. The Midshipmen tied the score at 15-15, however Holy Cross responded with a 17-7 run that would put them ahead by 10 points. Navy did not go away, tying the game once again at 34-34 and hitting a three-point shot that would give them their first lead of the game (37-36). Holy Cross scored the last point of the half and the two teams went into the locker room tied at 37-37. Holy Cross pulled back in front by four (47-43) with 15 minutes left in regulation, and the Midshipmen were not regain the lead for the rest of the night. A three-point shot by Devin Brown would put Holy Cross up by 11 (71-60) and a strong defensive stand held Navy scoreless for the final 4:49 of play, as the Crusaders pulled away for a 19-point victory. Mike Cavataio scored 15 points for Holy Cross, while Eric Meister contributed seven points and eight rebounds. The Midshipmen were led by Chris Harris, Jeremy Wilson and Jordan Sugars with 13 points each.
KEISTER DOMINATES DOWN LOW: 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 19 games played this season, he has averaged 9.7 points and 8.9 rebounds per contest, while hitting 50.3 percent (75 of 149) of his shots from the floor and posting seven double-doubles. During the Navy game, Keister totaled 13 points and 11 rebounds. Previously against Army, he led the team with 17 points and a career-high tying 18 rebounds. Keister also played well at Stony Brook, scoring 13 points and pulling down 18 rebounds. His 18 boards against both Army and Stony Brook were the most by a Holy Cross player since Nate Lufkin posted 19 rebounds against Lafayette on Feb. 6, 2002. 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), UMass (12 points, four rebounds), Brown (10 points, 11 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 477 points and 397 rebounds, while making 51.9 percent (194 of 374) of his field goal attempts.
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 5-14. 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 AMERICAN: American guard Garrison Carr scored 24 points to lead the Eagles to a 73-57 victory over Holy Cross in the championship game of the Patriot League Tournament at Bender Arena on March 13, 2009. Following the game, Carr was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. The Crusaders were led by R.J. Evans with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Eric Meister added 12 points and 12 rebounds. Both Evans and Meister were named to the All-Patriot League Tournament team. Pat Doherty also had a strong day for Holy Cross with 13 points and four assists. The game was close early in the first half as both teams struggled to score, and the Crusaders held a 9-8 lead after eight minutes of play. The Eagles then went on a 9-0 run to claim the lead, and eventually took a 28-18 advantage into the locker room. American then stayed hot to start the second half, using a 17-7 spurt over the next five minutes of play to take a 20-point lead (45-25). Holy Cross responded with a 9-1 run of its own to stay in the game, but was never able to cut the deficit to less than 11 points. The Eagles eventually pulled away for a 16-point victory in the final minute. In addition to Evans, Meister and Carr, American's Derrick Mercer and Brian Gilmore were named to the All-Tournament team, along with Army's Cleveland Richard.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 91st season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1287-841 (.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.
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 Navy game, he scored 15 points on seven of 11 shooting from the field. Previously against Army, Cavataio totaled 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. He also played well at Lafayette, finishing with 15 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. 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), Central Connecticut State (13 points, six rebounds), North Carolina State (11 points, nine rebounds and three assists), 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 19 games played, he has averaged 10.6 points, 5.8 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.
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 19 games played so far this year, Beinert has averaged 9.6 points, 3.0 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 0.8 steals per contest, while hitting 33 of 84 (39.3 percent) three-point field goal attempts. During the victory over Bucknell, he recorded 10 points and two assists. In the previous contest against Army, Beinert posted 10 points and three assists. He also played well at North Carolina State, totaling 11 points, three assists and two rebounds. Some of Beinert's other top games his year have come against Loyola (17 points, six rebounds, six assists, three steals), Stony Brook (16 points), Brown (15 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals), Rhode Island (14 points, three assists), George Washington (13 points, three assists, two rebounds), Central Connecticut State (12 points, six rebounds, three assists), UMass (12 points, three steals), Navy (nine points, five assists, four rebounds), 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 567 points, 166 assists, 159 rebounds and 61 steals, while hitting 40.2 percent (101 of 251) of his three-point 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 19 games played, he has averaged 5.3 points and 5.4 rebounds, while making 49.5 percent (45 of 91) of his shots from the floor. In the victory over Navy, Meister totaled seven points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. During the previous game against Bucknell, he recorded eight points and 11 rebounds. Meister also played well against Sacred Heart, scoring a season-high 14 points and pulling down a career-best 16 rebounds. Some of his other top games this season have come against Loyola (nine points, eight rebounds), UMass (nine points, seven rebounds), Western Michigan (eight points, seven 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 493 points, 451 rebounds and 66 blocked shots, while making 50.6 percent (210 of 415) 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 38.2 boards per contest and outrebounding their opponents by an average margin of 4.7 rebounds per game so far in 2009-2010. Holy Cross has been even more impressive on the boards since the start of conference play, posting a +10.0 rebound margin against Patriot League foes. The Crusaders' top game overall on the boards this year came at St. Joseph's, when they pulled down a season-best 50 rebounds. Junior forward Andrew Keister leads the team with an average of 8.9 rebounds per game, while sophomore guard Mike Cavataio stands second with 5.8 boards per contest. Sophomore guard R.J. Evans has pulled down 5.4 rebounds per contest and senior center Eric Meister has chipped in with 5.4 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 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).
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 REMAIN TOUGH AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 314-118 at the Hart Center, including a 3-5 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 101-26 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 64-12 record against Patriot League foes and a 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 69.1 percent (299 of 433) of its foul shots this year. Junior guard Andrew Beinert leads the team by hitting 84.3 percent (43 of 51) of his free throws, while sophomore guard Mike Cavataio has made 77.0 percent (47 of 61) 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 17 of 19 foul shots (89.5 percent) and Beans has made all 10 of his attempts at the charity stripe (100.0 percent).
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.
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 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 Cable
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 EAGLES: American has an overall record of 4-15 on the season, including a 1-3 mark in the Patriot League. The Eagles have lost four of their last five games, but did win their last contest at Bender Arena (73-63 over Colgate on Jan. 17). The leading scorer for American is junior forward Vlad Moldoveanu, who has averaged 18.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Stephen Lumpkins is also enjoying a fine season, averaging 11.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest, while junior guard Nick Hendra has added 9.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. The Eagles are led by head coach Jeff Jones, who owns a 153-136 record in 10 seasons at American. Jones' career record stands at 299-240, including eight years as the head coach at the University of Virginia.
DRIBBLES: Holy Cross' 82 points against Bucknell on Jan. 16 were its most in a non-overtime game since a 97-88 victory over San Francisco on Dec. 27, 2008 ... 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 17 of 19 free throw attempts this season ... Freshman forward Phil Beans matched his career-highs with six points and four rebounds in the victory over Bucknell. He has now totaled 30 points and 22 rebounds in 18 games off the bench this year ... The Crusaders set season-highs by hitting 61.7 percent of their field goal attempts in the victory over Navy on Jan. 20, 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 3-6 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.