Holy Cross Returns Home To Face American

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The Teams: Holy Cross (7-19, 4-7 PL) vs. American (8-18, 5-6 PL)
Date: February 21, 2010
Time: 2:00 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; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here for Internet Broadcast
Holy Cross Student Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 15-8
Last Meeting: American 71, Holy Cross 64 (January 23, 2010; Washington, D.C.)

Pos., No., Name (Ht., Wt., Cl.)
F, 5, Mike Cavataio (6-4, 190, So.)
F, 34, Andrew Keister (6-9, 235, Jr.)
C, 53, Eric Meister (6-8, 225, Sr.)
G, 10, R.J. Evans (6-3, 200, So.)
G, 22, Andrew Beinert (6-4, 185, Jr.)

THE SERIES WITH AMERICAN: This will be the 24th meeting between the Crusaders and the Eagles on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 15-8. American has won three straight and five of the last six games between the schools, but prior to that Holy Cross had won eight consecutive contests in the series. For games played in Worcester the Crusaders hold an 8-2 advantage, including a 71-62 victory last season. Holy Cross and American first met on Dec. 21, 1967, with the Crusaders winning 81-57 on the road.

Overall: Holy Cross leads, 15-8
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 8-2
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 8-2
Sean Kearney vs. American: 0-1
Jeff Jones vs. Holy Cross: 8-14
Current Win Streak: American, three games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-0

CRUSADERS RETURN HOME TO FACE AMERICAN: Following a three-game road trip, Holy Cross returns to the Hart Center for a contest against American on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 2:00 p.m. The Crusaders will then play their last home game of the regular season against Colgate on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross will hit the road for its final game of the regular season at Lehigh on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. With three games left to play, the Crusaders can still finish as high as second or as low as eighth in the Patriot League standings.

BLACK OUT: Sunday's contest against American will mark the second-annual Black Out Game at the Hart Center. All Holy Cross fans are encouraged to wear black clothing to the game in support of their team. The special black Sader Nation t-shirt will all also be on sale at the Hart Center for $10.00. Last season, the Crusaders won their first-ever Black Out Game with a 67-58 victory over Sacred Heart.

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 26 games played so far this year, he has averaged 13.3 points per contest, while scoring in double-figures 15 times and hitting 46.6 percent (62 of 133) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the game at Navy, Brown recorded a team-high 23 points and hit five out of eight three-point field goal attempts. Previously at Bucknell, he led the team with 19 points and made all 10 of his free throws. Brown also played well at Colgate, scoring 19 points while hitting five of nine shots from behind the three-point line. Some of his other top performances this season have come against Bucknell (career-high 29 points), at North Carolina State (21 points, five rebounds, three assists), against George Washington (20 points, five rebounds), at American (19 points, six rebounds, two assists), 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). Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Brown has now totaled 530 points, 110 rebounds and 67 assists, while hitting 40.7 percent (74 of 182) of his three-point field goal attempts and 81.8 percent of his free throws (148 of 181).

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 26 games played this season, Keister has averaged 9.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest, while hitting 50.7 percent (105 of 207) of his shots from the floor and posting 10 double-doubles. During the game at Navy, he totaled 22 points, 14 rebounds and four assists. Previously against Lafayette, Keister recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds, while hitting seven of nine shots from the field. He also played well against Lehigh, posting 12 points, 14 rebounds and three assists. 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 Navy (13 points, 11 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. Overall last year, Keister averaged 8.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while posting seven double-doubles and 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 550 points and 454 rebounds, while making 51.9 percent (224 of 432) of his field goal attempts.

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. 17, the Crusaders' non-league schedule was ranked as the 189th-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 283rd. Holy Cross played eight non-conference games against teams ranked in the top 150 of the RPI, and only faced four schools with RPI rankings of below 195.

NAVY RECAP: Andrew Keister totaled 22 points, 14 rebounds and four assists, but Holy Cross was defeated by Navy 83-80 at Alumni Hall on Feb. 17, 2010. Keister made seven of 12 shots from the field and eight of nine free throw attempts on the night. Devin Brown had an excellent game for the Crusaders, scoring a team-high 23 points and hitting five of eight attempts from three-point range. Chris Harris and Jordan Sugars led the Midshipmen with 21 points each. The game was close throughout a first half which featured six ties and three lead changes. Navy led by five (7-2) early on, before Holy Cross went on a 19-9 run to pull ahead. The Crusaders would lead by as many as six points (35-29), but the Midshipmen closed out the half with a 6-2 spurt to cut the Holy Cross lead to two points (37-35) heading into the locker room. The score stayed close early in the second half, and the Crusaders were up 51-49 with 14:39 left to play. Navy then went on a 15-5 run to claim its biggest lead of the night (64-56) with 10:37 on the clock. Holy Cross refused to go away, coming right back with a 16-2 spurt of its own to pull back in front by six (72-66) with 5:40 remaining. The Crusaders were still up by two, when Sugars hit a three-pointer with 2:00 left to play to give the Midshipmen the lead for good (79-78). Holy Cross would have one last possession down by three with 11 seconds to play, but was unable to convert as Navy held on for the win.

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 game at Navy, he totaled 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Previously at Bucknell, Cavataio recorded 17 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots. He also played well at Army, leading the team with 15 points, nine rebounds and four 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 Navy (15 points), against Loyola (14 points, four assists, three rebounds), against Central Connecticut State (13 points, six rebounds), at Colgate (12 points, nine rebounds and four assists), 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 26 games played, he has averaged 10.5 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.

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 the 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 AMERICAN: Holy Cross was not able to complete a late come back in the last minute of the second half, falling to American 71-64 at Bender Arena on Jan. 23, 2010. Devin Brown scored a team-high 19 points, hitting six of his nine field goal attempts. The Eagles started the game hot, jumping out to an early 13-6 lead after the first six minutes of play. Later in the half, the Crusaders used an 8-1 run to claim the lead (21-20), with Brown hitting back-to-back three-point field goals to put Holy Cross in front. Neither school led by more than four points for the remainder of the first half, before the teams went into the locker room tied at 30-30. The Crusaders led 34-32 early in the second half, before American scored seven straight points to claim the lead for good. The Eagles eventually led by 11 points (58-47) with 4:48 left to play, when Holy Cross started to claw its way back into the game. A three-pointer by Brown with 1:17 remaining made the score 65-61, then R.J. Evans converted an old-fashioned three-point play to make it a three-point game (67-63) with one minute left to play. But that was as close as the Crusaders would get, as American made four of six free throws in the final minute to hold on for the win. Andrew Beinert finished with 15 points and three assists for Holy Cross, while Evans added 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. American was led by Vlad Moldoveanu with 20 points and eight rebounds.

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 26 games played so far this year, Beinert has averaged 9.7 points, 3.3 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals per contest, while hitting 47 of 116 (40.5 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 Navy (eight points, nine assists, five rebounds, two steals), 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. During his career as a Crusader, Beinert has now totaled 637 points, 195 assists, 174 rebounds and 71 steals, while hitting 40.6 percent (115 of 283) of his three-point field goal attempts.

EVANS HAVING ANOTHER STELLAR YEAR: Sophomore guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) is enjoying another outstanding season for the Crusaders, after earning Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors in 2008-2009. In 25 games played this year, he has averaged 13.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest. During the game at Bucknell, Evans recorded 13 points, five rebounds and two assists. Previously in the victory at Army, he had a solid all-around game with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists. Evans also played well against Lafayette, totaling 15 points, eight rebounds and a career-high six assists. 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 American (14 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals), 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. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 760 points, 294 rebounds, 115 assists and 68 steals.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 91st season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1289-846 (.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 26 games played, he has averaged 5.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 0.7 blocked shots, while making 51.2 percent (63 of 123) of his shots from the floor. In the contest at Navy, Meister totaled eight points and seven rebounds. Previously in the victory at Army, he recorded 10 points, nine rebounds and a school single-game record nine blocked shots. Meister also played well against Lafayette, posting eight points, 10 rebounds and four assists. 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), against Navy (seven points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals), 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). 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 533 points, 499 rebounds and 77 blocked shots, while making 51.0 percent (228 of 447) 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 HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders are once again a strong rebounding team this year, averaging 37.8 boards per contest and outrebounding their opponents by an average margin of 5.1 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 +7.5 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 9.1 rebounds per game, while senior center Eric Meister stands second with 5.7 boards per contest. Sophomore guard Mike Cavataio has pulled down 5.6 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.

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. Overall this season, Holy Cross has totaled 78 blocked shots, and ranks second in the Patriot League with an average of 3.0 blocks 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 7-19. He earned his first career victory with the 68-56 win over Marist on Nov. 30. This is the first collegiate head coaching position in the career of Kearney, who is the 15th head coach in the history of the program. Kearney came to Holy Cross from the University of Notre Dame, where he served as associate head coach for nine years under Mike Brey, helping the Irish to an overall record of 188-101 and five trips to the NCAA Tournament. Prior to his time at Notre Dame, Kearney was an assistant coach at Delaware, Northwestern, Philadelphia University and Providence. A 1981 graduate of the University of Scranton, Kearney's teams have advanced to the NCAA Tournament 10 times and the National Invitation Tournament five times during his 23 seasons as a collegiate assistant coach.

THE 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 70.2 percent (406 of 578) of its foul shots this year. Junior guard Andrew Beinert leads the team by hitting 80.9 percent (55 of 68) of his free throws, while sophomore guard Mike Cavataio has made 80.8 percent (63 of 78) of his attempts at the charity stripe and sophomore guard Devin Brown has knocked down 76.5 percent (75 of 98) 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 33 of 39 foul shots (84.6 percent) and Beans has made all 10 of his attempts at the charity stripe (100.0 percent).

HOLY CROSS A FIXTURE IN CONFERENCE TITLE GAME: When the Crusaders faced American in the Patriot League championship game last season, it marked the seventh time Holy Cross appeared in the conference title game in the last nine years. The Crusaders have gone 4-3 in their seven championship game appearances during that time, winning the title in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2007. Only five other teams in the nation have played in their conference championship game as many times as Holy Cross has over the last nine years.

CRUSADERS 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.

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 EAGLES: American has an overall record of 8-18 on the season, including a 5-6 mark in the Patriot League. The Eagles had lost three straight games, before posting a 57-54 victory over Army on Wednesday night. The leading scorer for American is junior forward Vlad Moldoveanu, who has averaged 19.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Stephen Lumpkins is also enjoying a fine season, averaging 11.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest, while junior guard Nick Hendra has added 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. The Eagles are led by head coach Jeff Jones, who owns a 157-139 record in 10 seasons at American. Jones' career record stands at 303-243, including eight years as the head coach at the University of Virginia.

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 33 of 39 free throw attempts this season ... 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 2-9 in their purple uniforms and 1-3 in their black uniforms ... The Holy Cross school single-season record for losses is 20, shared by the 1997-1998 (7-20) and 1998-1999 (7-20) teams ... Following the victory over Brown, Holy Cross now has a 13-3 record in overtime contests since the beginning of the 1999-2000 season.