GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (7-17, 4-5 PL) vs. Bucknell (10-15, 5-4 PL)
Date: February 14, 2010
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Sojka Pavilion (4,000), Lewisburg, Pa.
CBS College Sports Television: Bob Socci, play-by-play; John Feinstein, color
Holy Cross Radio: WWFX 100.1 FM, Worcester; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here for Internet Broadcast
Bucknell Radio: WEGH 107.3 FM, Sunbury, Pa.
Series Record: Bucknell leads, 27-24
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 82, Bucknell 69 (January 16, 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 BUCKNELL: This will be the 52nd meeting between the Crusaders and the Bison on the hardwood, with Bucknell leading the all-time series 27-24. Holy Cross has won six of the last nine games between the schools, with the road team winning four of the last six contests. For games played in Lewisburg, Bucknell holds a 12-9 advantage, but the Crusaders have won their last two visits to Sojka Pavilion. The schools first met on January 12, 1991, with Holy Cross posting an 80-78 victory in Lewisburg.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Bucknell leads, 27-24
In Lewisburg: Bucknell leads, 12-9
At Sojka Pavilion: Bucknell leads, 5-3
Sean Kearney vs. Bucknell: 1-0
Dave Paulsen vs. Holy Cross: 2-3
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, two game
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1
CRUSADERS CONTINUE ROAD TRIP AT BUCKNELL: Holy Cross will play the second of three straight games away from the Hart Center this weekend, when it travels to Bucknell for a contest which will be shown on CBS College Sports Television at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14. The Crusaders began the road trip with a 70-56 victory at Army on Wednesday night. Holy Cross stays on the road next week with a game at Navy on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7:00 p.m. The next home game for Holy Cross does not come until next Sunday, Feb. 21, when it plays host to American at 2:00 p.m.
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 24 games played, he has averaged 5.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocked shots, while making 50.4 percent (59 of 117) of his shots from the floor. In the victory at Army, Meister recorded 10 points, nine rebounds and a school single-game record nine blocked shots. Previously against Lafayette, he posted eight points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Meister also played well against Navy, totaling seven points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. 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), against Bucknell (eight points, 11 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 525 points, 486 rebounds and 77 blocked shots, while making 50.8 percent (224 of 441) of his field goal attempts.
BLOCK PARTY: Senior center Eric Meister broke the Holy Cross single-game record for blocked shots during the victory at Army on Feb. 10, when he swatted away nine of the Black Knights' shot attempts. The previous record of seven blocked shots had been shared by Josh Sankes (against Colgate on Feb. 5, 2000) and Tim Clifford (against Lehigh on Feb. 2, 2008). Meister's nine blocks against Army nearly matched his total from the first 23 games of the season, as he entered the contest with 10 blocked shots. As a team, Holy Cross totaled a season-best 11 blocks against the Black Knights. That marked the Crusaders' most blocked shots in a single game since they totaled 11 blocks at Navy on Feb. 22, 2004.
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 23 games played this year, he has averaged 13.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest. During the victory at Army, Evans had a solid all-around game with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists. Previously against Lafayette, he totaled 15 points, eight rebounds and a career-high six assists. Evans also played well against American, recording 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Some of his other top performances this season have come at Fairfield (21 points, 10 rebounds), against Sacred Heart (20 points, five rebounds), against Navy (20 points, four rebounds, four assists), 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 745 points, 287 rebounds, 111 assists and 67 steals.
ARMY RECAP: Eric Meister totaled 10 points, nine rebounds and a school single-game record nine blocked shots, to lead Holy Cross to a 70-56 victory over Army at Christl Arena on Feb. 10, 2010. Meister broke the old mark of seven blocked shots, which had been shared by Josh Sankes and Tim Clifford. Mike Cavataio also had a big night for the Crusaders, recording 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists. R.J. Evans added 14 points, four rebounds and four assists, while Andrew Beinert chipped in with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists. Army was led by Cleveland Richard with 15 points, three rebounds and three assists. The game was close early on, with the Crusaders holding an 8-7 lead after the first five minutes of play. Holy Cross then went on a 9-1 run, going ahead by nine (20-11) with 12:05 to go in the half on a jump shot by Cavataio. The Crusaders eventually went up by 11 points (32-21) with 3:51 left before the break, before Army closed out the half on a 6-0 run to trim the Holy Cross lead to 32-27 heading into the locker room. The Crusaders were still up by five (36-31) early in the second half, before scoring 10 straight points to build their lead back to double-figures. That run was capped by an old fashioned three-point play by Cavataio with 11:37 remaining to make the score 46-31. Holy Cross would extend its lead to 21 points (63-42) with 2:38 left to play, before eventually claiming a 14-point victory (70-56). Holy Cross shot 55.3 percent from the field on the night (26 of 47), while holding the Black Knights to just 32.2 percent shooting (19 of 59).
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 victory at Army, he led the team with 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Previously against Colgate, Cavataio totaled 12 points, a career-high nine assists and seven rebounds. He also played well against Navy, scoring 15 points on seven of 11 shooting from the field. 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), against Army (11 points, five rebounds, three 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 24 games played, he has averaged 10.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 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.
CRUSADERS HEAT UP ON OFFENSE: Holy Cross has turned in some outstanding shooting performances so far this season. The Crusaders have hit at least 50 percent of their field goal attempts six times this year, including each of their last two games, against Lafayette on Feb. 6 (31 of 60, 51.7 percent) and at Army on Feb. 10 (26 of 47, 55.3 percent). Earlier in the season against Navy on Jan. 20, Holy Cross hit 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. On the year, Holy Cross has a perfect 6-0 record when shooting at least 50 percent from the floor, while winning those game by an average of 17.0 points. In fact, the Crusaders have now won 58 of their last 59 games when they hits at least half their 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 BUCKNELL: Devin Brown scored a career-high 29 points to lead Holy Cross to an 82-69 victory over Bucknell at the Hart Center on Jan. 16, 2010. Brown connected on 10 of 14 shots from the field, including four of six shots from three-point range, and also made all five of his free throw attempts. The game was close throughout a first half which featured five ties and three lead changes. The Bison were up by three points (13-10) early on, before the Crusaders scored five straight points to take their first lead of the day. Holy Cross would later go up by four points (27-23), but Bucknell scored the last four points of the half, and the teams went into the locker room tied at 27-27. The Bison pulled back in front by four (42-38) with 14 minutes left in regulation, before Brown scored five straight points to ignite a 10-0 run and give the Crusaders the lead for good. Holy Cross would eventually go up by 14 points (60-46) on a Brown three-pointer, and Bucknell would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way. The Crusaders made 16 of 21 free throws in the final five minutes of action to secure the win. R.J. Evans totaled 15 points and four assists for Holy Cross, while Andrew Beinert added 10 points and Eric Meister posted eight points and 11 rebounds. The Bison were led by Bryson Johnson and Darryl Shazier with 16 points each. The Crusaders shot 52.0 percent from the field as a team, and held a 35-19 advantage on the boards.
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 24 games played so far this year, Beinert has averaged 9.9 points, 3.1 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals per contest, while hitting 45 of 108 (41.7 percent) three-point field goal attempts. During the victory at Army, he recorded 13 points, four rebounds and three assists. Previously against Lafayette, Beinert posted 10 points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals. He also played well at American, totaling 15 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), 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 Bucknell (10 points, two 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 622 points, 184 assists, 168 rebounds and 69 steals, while hitting 41.1 percent (113 of 275) of his three-point 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 24 games played so far this year, he has averaged 12.6 points per contest, while scoring in double-figures 13 times and hitting 45.9 percent (56 of 122) 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 488 points, 107 rebounds and 64 assists, while hitting 39.8 percent (68 of 171) of his three-point field goal attempts and 80.2 percent of his free throws (134 of 167).
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 91st season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1289-844 (.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.
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 24 games played this season, Keister has averaged 9.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 51.1 percent (97 of 190) 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 526 points and 433 rebounds, while making 52.0 percent (216 of 415) 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.
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. 10, the Crusaders' non-league schedule was ranked as the 187th-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 289th. Holy Cross played eight non-conference games against teams ranked in the top 140 of the RPI, and only faced four schools with RPI rankings of below 190.
HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders are once again a strong rebounding team this year, averaging 37.6 boards per contest and outrebounding their opponents by an average margin of 4.6 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 +6.8 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 9.0 rebounds per game, while sophomore guard Mike Cavataio stands second with 5.8 boards per contest. Senior center Eric Meister has pulled down 5.8 rebounds per contest and sophomore guard R.J. Evans has chipped in with 5.2 boards per game. Last season, the Crusaders averaged 36.0 rebounds per game and outrebounded the opposition by 6.7 rebounds per contest. Entering 2009-2010, the Crusaders had posted a positive rebounding margin in 10 straight seasons, including eight years in which they outrebounded the opposition by at least four boards per game.
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 7-17. 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 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).
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 KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross has been a good free throw shooting team during the 2009-2010 season, making 69.9 percent (371 of 531) of its foul shots this year. Junior guard Andrew Beinert leads the team by hitting 84.7 percent (50 of 59) of his free throws, while sophomore guard Mike Cavataio has made 80.3 percent (57 of 71) of his attempts at the charity stripe and sophomore guard Devin Brown has knocked down 72.6 percent (61 of 84) 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 32 of 38 foul shots (84.2 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).
HOLY CROSS A FIXTURE IN CONFERENCE TITLE GAME: When the Crusaders faced American in the Patriot League championship game last season, it marked the seventh time Holy Cross appeared in the conference title game in the last nine years. The Crusaders have gone 4-3 in their seven championship game appearances during that time, winning the title in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2007. Only five other teams in the nation have played in their conference championship game as many times as Holy Cross has over the last nine years.
EVANS & KEISTER NAMED PRESEASON ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE: Sophomore guard R.J. Evans and junior forward Andrew Keister were selected to the preseason All-Patriot League team, in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. Evans and Keister were joined on the preseason all-conference team by Lehigh senior forward Zahir Carrington, Lehigh senior guard Marquis Hall and Army senior guard Cleveland Richard. In addition, Hall was selected as the preseason Patriot League Player of the Year. Keister and Hall both earned first team All-Patriot League honors at the conclusion of the 2008-2009 season, while Carrington and Richards were second team all-conference selections, and Evans was the Patriot League Rookie of the Year.
HOLY CROSS 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 BISON: Bucknell has an overall record of 10-15 on the season, with a 5-4 mark in the Patriot League. The Bison have won four of their last five games, and are coming off a 73-59 victory at American on Thursday. Bucknell's leading scorer is junior guard Darryl Shazier, who has averaged 9.8 points and 3.8 assists per game. Freshman guard Bryson Johnson has added 9.6 points per contest, while senior forward Patrick Behan is chipping in with 9.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Bucknell is led by head coach Dave Paulsen, who stands 17-38 in two seasons with the Bison. Paulsen's career record stands at 279-158, including eight years at Williams, three seasons at Le Moyne and three years at St. Lawrence.
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 3.7 points per contest while making 32 of 38 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 2-8 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.