February 3, 2010

Holy Cross Set To Face Lafayette On Saturday

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (5-17, 2-5 PL) vs. Lafayette (14-8, 5-2 PL)
Date: February 6, 2010
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Holy Cross Radio: WWFX 100.1 FM, Worcester; Jeremy Lechan, play-by-play; Click Here for Internet Broadcast
Holy Cross Student Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester
Lafayette Radio: WSAN 1470 AM, Whitehall, Pa.
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 30-15
Last Meeting: Lafayette 84, Holy Cross 74 (January 9, 2010; 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, 2, Devin Brown (6-1, 190, So.)
G, 22, Andrew Beinert (6-4, 185, Jr.) 

THE SERIES WITH LAFAYETTE: This will be the 46th meeting between the Crusaders and the Leopards on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 30-15. The Crusaders had won nine out of 10 meetings between the schools, before the Leopards posted an 84-74 victory in Easton earlier this season. For games played in Worcester, the Crusaders hold a 17-4 advantage, including six straight victories and wins in nine of the last 10 games. 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, 30-15
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 17-4
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 17-4
Sean Kearney vs. Lafayette: 0-1
Fran O'Hanlon vs. Holy Cross: 14-17
Current Win Streak: Lafayette, one game
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1

CRUSADERS CONCLUDE TWO-GAME HOMESTAND: Holy Cross will play the last of two straight games at the Hart Center this week, when it takes on Lafayette on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 3:30 p.m. The Crusaders will begin a string of three straight road games with a trip to Army on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7:00 p.m. That contest will be followed by games at Bucknell on Feb. 14 (2:00 p.m.) and at Navy on Feb. 17 (7:00 p.m.).

O'MALLEY AWARD ON THE LINE AGAINST LEOPARDS: The Martin J. O'Malley Award has been presented annually to the most outstanding player in Holy Cross' Winter Homecoming game since 1988. The honor has gone to a Holy Cross player in eight of the last 10 seasons, and 15 times in the past 18 years. All told, only four players from visiting teams have won the award. There has only been one player who has won the honor two times in his career (Rob Feaster, in 1993 and 1995). The award is named after Martin J. O'Malley, a 1926 Holy Cross graduate who played both basketball and football for the Crusaders. O'Malley also spent a number of years coaching basketball at St. John's Prep and North High School in Worcester, and was inducted into the Massachusetts State Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1984.

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 22 games played this season, Keister has averaged 9.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per contest, while hitting 49.4 percent (86 of 174) of his shots from the floor and posting eight double-doubles. During the Lehigh game, he posted 12 points, 14 rebounds and three assists. Previously against Navy, Keister totaled 13 points and 11 rebounds. He also played well against Army, leading the team with 17 points and a career-high tying 18 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), Stony Brook (13 points, 18 rebounds), 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 504 points and 419 rebounds, while making 51.4 percent (205 of 399) of his field goal attempts.

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 22 games played so far this year, he has averaged 13.1 points per contest, while scoring in double-figures 13 times and hitting 47.3 percent (53 of 112) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the Colgate game, Brown scored 19 points while hitting five of nine shots from behind the three-point line. Previously at American, he recorded 19 points, six rebounds and two assists. Brown also played well in the victory over Bucknell, leading the team with a career-high 29 points, while hitting 10 of 14 shots from the field. 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), Lafayette (18 points, three rebounds), St. Joseph's (17 points, three rebounds), Loyola (16 points, two rebounds, two steals), Army (13 points, 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 474 points, 103 rebounds and 63 assists, while hitting 40.4 percent (65 of 161) of his three-point field goal attempts and 80.1 percent of his free throws (133 of 166).

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 91st season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1287-844 (.604), 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.

LEHIGH RECAP: Dee Goens scored a career-high 13 points, but Holy Cross was defeated by Lehigh 78-60 at the Hart Center on Jan. 31, 2010. Goens made three of five field goal attempts on the day, in addition to sinking all seven of his shots from the foul line. The Crusaders started the game by jumping out to a quick 7-2 lead after the first three minutes of play. The Mountain Hawks scored the next seven points to take the lead, and the score stayed close for the next several minutes. With 3:30 left in the half, Andrew Beinert sank a three-pointer to tie the score at 25-25. But Lehigh then closed out the half with a 9-1 run to take a 34-26 advantage into the locker room. The Mountain Hawks held onto the lead early in the second half, and were up 47-37 with 13 minutes remaining in regulation. Lehigh then went on an 8-0 run over the next three and a half minutes to put the game away. Holy Cross would get no closer than 15 points the rest of the way, as the Mountain Hawks eventually claimed an 18-point victory. Andrew Keister posted a double-double for the Crusaders with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Lehigh was led by Gabe Knutson with 31 points and five rebounds, while C.J. McCollum added 17 points.

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 22 games played so far this year, Beinert has averaged 9.7 points, 3.0 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals per contest, while hitting 40 of 98 (40.8 percent) three-point field goal attempts. During the American game, he totaled 15 points and three assists. Previously in the victory over Bucknell, Beinert recorded 10 points and two assists. He also played well against Army, posting 10 points and three assists. 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), North Carolina State (11 points, three assists, two rebounds), Navy (nine points, five assists, four rebounds), Lafayette (nine points, three assists, two rebounds), Colgate (eight points, six assists, two rebounds, two 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 599 points, 176 assists, 162 rebounds and 66 steals, while hitting 40.7 percent (108 of 265) of his three-point field goal attempts.

CRUSADERS REMAIN SOLID AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 314-119 at the Hart Center, including a 3-6 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 101-27 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 64-13 record against Patriot League foes and a 12-4 mark in 2008-2009.

THE LAST MEETING WITH LAFAYETTE: 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. 31, the Crusaders' non-league schedule was ranked as the 171st-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 301st. Holy Cross played seven non-conference games against teams ranked in the top 135 of the RPI, and only faced four schools with RPI rankings of below 190.

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 Colgate game, he totaled 12 points, a career-high nine assists and seven rebounds. Previously in the victory over Navy, Cavataio scored 15 points on seven of 11 shooting from the field. He also played well against Army, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. 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), Lafayette (15 points, eight rebounds, two blocked shots), 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 22 games played, he has averaged 10.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.2 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.

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 21 games played this year, he has averaged 13.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per contest. During the American game, Evans totaled 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Previously against Navy, he led the team with 20 points, four rebounds and four assists. Evans also played well against Bucknell, scoring 15 points and handing out four assists. Some of his other top performances this season have come against Fairfield (21 points, 10 rebounds), Sacred Heart (20 points, five rebounds), Lafayette (19 points, five rebounds, two steals), 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 716 points, 275 rebounds, 101 assists and 65 steals.

CRUSADERS HEAT UP ON OFFENSE: Holy Cross turned in an outstanding shooting performance in the Jan. 20 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 two times in Patriot League play. 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.

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 22 games played, he has averaged 5.2 points and 5.4 rebounds, while making 49.5 percent (51 of 103) 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), Lehigh (six points, seven rebounds), Colgate (six points, five 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 507 points, 467 rebounds and 67 blocked shots, while making 50.6 percent (216 of 427) 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 5-17. 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.

HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders are once again a strong rebounding team this year, averaging 37.3 boards per contest and outrebounding their opponents by an average margin of 3.6 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 +4.3 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 9.2 rebounds per game, while sophomore guard Mike Cavataio stands second with 5.6 boards per contest. Senior center Eric Meister has pulled down 5.4 rebounds per contest and sophomore guard R.J. Evans has chipped in with 5.1 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 70.4 percent (352 of 500) of its foul shots this year. Junior guard Andrew Beinert leads the team by hitting 84.2 percent (48 of 57) of his free throws, while sophomore guard Mike Cavataio has made 80.0 percent (56 of 70) of his attempts at the charity stripe and sophomore guard Devin Brown has knocked down 72.3 percent (60 of 83) of his foul shots. 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 26 of 28 foul shots (92.9 percent) and Beans has made all 10 of his attempts at the charity stripe (100.0 percent).

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 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 LEOPARDS: Lafayette enters the game with an overall record of 14-8 on the year, including a 5-2 mark in the Patriot League. The Leopards have lost two of their last three games, and are coming off a 76-66 home loss to American. Junior forward Jared Mintz leads the team with averages of 15.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, while hitting 59.2 percent (119 of 201) of his shots from the field. Sophomore guard Jim Mower has averaged 13.3 points per game and hit 45.8 percent (60 of 126) of his three-point field goal attempts, while sophomore forward Ryan Willen has added 11.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest. Lafayette is led by head coach Fran O'Hanlon, who owns an overall record of 211-218 in 15 seasons with the Leopards.

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 13 points in the Lehigh game, and also had 10 points against Sacred Heart. He is now averaging 3.6 points per contest while making 26 of 28 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 21 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 3-7 so far this season when wearing their white uniforms, while going 1-8 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.