Holy Cross Hits The Road To Play Army
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (6-17, 3-5 PL) vs. Army (13-9, 3-5 PL)
Date: February 10, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Christl Arena (5,043), West Point, N.Y.
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
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Holy Cross Radio: WWFX 100.1 FM, Worcester; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here for Internet Broadcast
Army Radio: WALL 1340 AM, Middletown, N.Y.; WEOK 1390 AM, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Rich DeMarco
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 53-16
Last Meeting: Army 67, Holy Cross 64 (January 13, 2010; Worcester, Mass.)
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 ARMY: This will be the 70th meeting between the Crusaders and the Black Knights on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 53-16. The Crusaders had won 16 out of 17 meetings in the series, before Army posted a 67-64 victory at the Hart Center earlier this year. Holy Cross will now look to stop the Black Knights from sweeping the season series between the schools for the first time ever (the teams have played at least twice every year since the beginning of the 1983-1984 season, as members of both the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and the Patriot League). For games played at West Point, the Crusaders hold a 20-12 advantage, with seven straight victories. 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, 53-16
At West Point: Holy Cross leads, 20-12
At Christl Arena: Holy Cross leads, 15-8
Sean Kearney vs. Army: 0-1
Zach Spiker vs. Holy Cross: 1-0
Current Win Streak: Army, one game
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-1
CRUSADERS OPEN UP THREE-GAME ROAD TRIP AT ARMY: Holy Cross will play the first of three straight games away from the Hart Center this week, when it travels to Army on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders will then head to Bucknell for a contest which will be televised on CBS College Sports at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14. The road trip will continue next week with a game at Navy on Feb. 17 at 7:00 p.m. The next home game for Holy Cross does not come until Feb. 21, when it plays host to American at 2:00 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 22 games played this year, he has averaged 13.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest. After playing only two minutes at Colgate and missing the Lehigh game due to injury, Evans returned to action against Lafayette and totaled 15 points, eight rebounds and a career-high six assists. Previously against American, he recorded 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Evans also played well against Navy, leading the team with 20 points, four rebounds and four assists. Some of his other top performances this season have come at Fairfield (21 points, 10 rebounds), against Sacred Heart (20 points, five rebounds), at Lafayette (19 points, five rebounds, two steals), against UMass (18 points, four rebounds, three assists), at Brown (17 points, 10 rebounds), against Central Connecticut State (16 points, 10 rebounds), at St. Joseph's (16 points, nine rebounds, three assists), against George Washington (16 points, seven rebounds, four assists), against Bucknell (15 points, four assists), at North Carolina State (13 points, seven rebounds), at Nevada-Las Vegas (13 points, three rebounds, three assists), at Western Michigan (12 points, seven rebounds, four assists), at Stony Brook (12 points, three assists), against Harvard (12 points) and against 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 731 points, 283 rebounds, 107 assists and 66 steals.
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 23 games played this season, Keister has averaged 9.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per contest, while hitting 50.8 percent (93 of 183) of his shots from the floor and posting nine double-doubles. During the Lafayette game, he recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds, while hitting seven of nine shots from the field. Previously against Lehigh, Keister posted 12 points, 14 rebounds and three assists. He also played well against Navy, totaling 13 points and 11 rebounds. Some of Keister's other top games this season have come against Harvard (22 points, eight rebounds), at Rhode Island (21 points, 11 rebounds, nine of 14 shooting from the field), against Army (17 points, 18 rebounds), at Stony Brook (13 points, 18 rebounds), against Marist (13 points, 10 rebounds), against UMass (12 points, four rebounds), at Brown (10 points, 11 rebounds), at St. Joseph's (10 points, 11 rebounds) and at 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 518 points and 429 rebounds, while making 52.0 percent (212 of 408) of his field goal attempts.
LAFAYETTE RECAP: Andrew Keister posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, to lead Holy Cross to a 73-46 victory over Lafayette at the Hart Center on Feb. 6, 2010. Following the contest, Keister received the Martin J. O'Malley Award as the Most Valuable Player of the Crusaders' Winter Homecoming game. R.J. Evans, who missed Holy Cross' previous game due to injury, returned to action with 15 points, eight rebounds and a career-high six assists. Andrew Beinert added 10 points and five assists for the Crusaders, while Lafayette was led by Ryan Willen with 14 points and five rebounds. Holy Cross started the day by jumping out to a 17-7 lead after the first seven minutes of action. The Leopards trimmed the lead to five points (23-18) with six minutes left in the first half, before the Crusaders went on a 7-0 run to increase their lead to 12 points (30-18). Holy Cross eventually took a 36-26 advantage into the locker room. Lafayette closed the gap to seven points (44-37) with 15:52 left in regulation, before the Crusaders used a 13-0 spurt over the next six minutes to put the game away. The Leopards would get no closer than 17 points the rest of the way, and Holy Cross pulled away down the stretch for a 27-point victory (73-46). The Crusaders shot 51.7 percent (31 of 60) from the field on the day, improving their record this season when hitting at least half of their shots to 5-0. Holy Cross also had a 45-23 advantage on rebounds, while holding Lafayette to season lows for points (46) and field goal percentage (28.1 percent, 16 of 57).
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 23 games played so far this year, Beinert has averaged 9.7 points, 3.1 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals per contest, while hitting 42 of 104 (40.4 percent) three-point field goal attempts. During the Lafayette game, he posted 10 points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals. Previously at American, Beinert totaled 15 points and three assists. He also played well in the victory over Bucknell, recording 10 points and two assists. Some of Beinert's other top games his year have come against Loyola (17 points, six rebounds, six assists, three steals), at Stony Brook (16 points), at Brown (15 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals), at Rhode Island (14 points, three assists), against George Washington (13 points, three assists, two rebounds), against Central Connecticut State (12 points, six rebounds, three assists), against UMass (12 points, three steals), at North Carolina State (11 points, three assists, two rebounds), against Army (10 points, three assists), against Navy (nine points, five assists, four rebounds), at Lafayette (nine points, three assists, two rebounds), at Colgate (eight points, six assists, two rebounds, two steals), against Marist (eight points, five assists, four rebounds) and against 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 609 points, 181 assists, 164 rebounds and 68 steals, while hitting 40.6 percent (110 of 271) of his three-point field goal attempts.
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 five times this year, including three times in Patriot League play. The Crusaders have a perfect 5-0 record this year when shooting at least 50 percent from the floor, while winning those game by an average of 17.6 points. In fact, Holy Cross has now won 57 of its last 58 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.
THE LAST MEETING WITH ARMY: Andrew Keister posted a double-double with 17 points and 18 rebounds, but Holy Cross was defeated by Army 67-64 at the Hart Center on Jan. 13, 2010. Keister made seven of eight shots from the floor, while coming up just one rebound shy of the Hart Center single-game record. Army started the game hot, making three of their first four shots from the field to take an 8-2 lead just 2:17 into the game. The Black Knights would increase their lead to seven points (11-4), before Devin Brown scored six straight points to get the Crusaders back into the game. Army held onto a slim lead for the rest of the half, before Andrew Beinert hit a three-point field goal just before halftime to tie the score at 32-32 heading into the locker room. The game remained close early in the second half, before the Black Knights went on an 8-2 run to go in front by seven points (51-44). But Holy Cross refused to go away, eventually coming back to take a 60-59 lead after Beinert hit a three-pointer and a pair of free throws. The Crusaders were still up by one (64-63) with just under three minutes to play, when Army took the lead for good on a layup by Eric Zastoupil. Holy Cross would not score again, as the Black Knights held on for the victory. Brown finished the game with 13 points, while Mike Cavataio added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. Army was led by Josh Miller with 22 points and five assists.
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 23 games played so far this year, he has averaged 12.8 points per contest, while scoring in double-figures 13 times and hitting 47.4 percent (54 of 114) 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 at North Carolina State (21 points, five rebounds, three assists), against George Washington (20 points, five rebounds), against Central Connecticut State (19 points, four rebounds, three assists), against Sacred Heart (19 points), at Lafayette (18 points, three rebounds), at St. Joseph's (17 points, three rebounds), against Loyola (16 points, two rebounds, two steals), against Army (13 points, two steals), against Harvard (12 points, five rebounds, two assists) and at 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 479 points, 104 rebounds and 63 assists, while hitting 40.5 percent (66 of 163) 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 1288-844 (.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.
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 23 games played, he has averaged 5.3 points and 5.6 rebounds, while making 49.5 percent (55 of 111) of his shots from the floor. In the victory over Lafayette, Meister posted eight points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Previously against Navy, he totaled seven points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. Meister also played well against Bucknell, recording eight points and 11 rebounds. Some of his other top games this season have come against Sacred Heart (14 points, career-high 16 rebounds), against Loyola (nine points, eight rebounds), against UMass (nine points, seven rebounds), at Western Michigan (eight points, seven rebounds), at St. Joseph's (six points, nine rebounds), against Lehigh (six points, seven rebounds), at Colgate (six points, five rebounds) and against 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 515 points, 477 rebounds and 68 blocked shots, while making 50.6 percent (220 of 435) of his field goal attempts.
CRUSADERS REMAIN SOLID AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 315-119 at the Hart Center, including a 4-6 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 102-27 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 65-13 record against Patriot League foes and a 12-4 mark in 2008-2009.
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 at Brown (21 points, six rebounds), against Marist (19 points, eight rebounds), at Western Michigan (15 points, 12 rebounds), at Lafayette (15 points, eight rebounds, two blocked shots), against Loyola (14 points, four assists, three rebounds), against Central Connecticut State (13 points, six rebounds), at North Carolina State (11 points, nine rebounds and three assists), against Harvard (11 points, five assists, three rebounds, two assists), at Nevada-Las Vegas (nine points, career-high 13 rebounds), at St. Joseph's (nine points, eight rebounds, four assists), against Lafayette (eight points, five rebounds, two assists), at Rhode Island (eight points, two rebounds) and against George Washington (seven points, eight rebounds). Through 23 games played, he has averaged 10.0 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.
HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders are once again a strong rebounding team this year, averaging 37.7 boards per contest and outrebounding their opponents by an average margin of 4.4 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 +6.5 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 5.6 rebounds per contest and sophomore guard R.J. Evans 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.
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 Feb. 7, the Crusaders' non-league schedule was ranked as the 174th-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 296th. 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.
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 6-17. 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.
CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross has been a good free throw shooting team during the 2009-2010 season, making 69.9 percent (360 of 515) 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 31 of 36 foul shots (86.1 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).
SCOUTING THE BLACK KNIGHTS: Army enters the game with an overall record of 13-9 and a 3-5 mark in the Patriot League. The Black Knights had lost three straight games, before posting a 63-49 victory over Colgate on Sunday. Sophomore guard Julian Simmons leads the team with an average of 13.0 points per game, while hitting 43.9 percent (54 of 123) of his shots from three-point range. Senior forward Cleveland Richard is averaging 13.0 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest, while senior guard Josh Miller has added 9.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Army is led by Zach Spiker, who stands 13-9 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.
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.
DRIBBLES: The Crusaders' 27-point margin of victory over Lafayette on Feb. 6 was its largest since defeating Lafayette 83-53 in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament on Feb. 28, 2007 ... 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 3.9 points per contest while making 31 of 36 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 22 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 4-7 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.