Crusaders To Conclude Regular Season At Lehigh
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (8-20, 5-8 PL) vs. Lehigh (18-10, 9-4 PL)
Date: February 27, 2010
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Stabler Arena (5,600), Bethlehem, Pa.
Television: Service Electric Cable, Bethlehem, Pa.; Mike Zambelli, play-by-play; Rich Baksa, color
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: WWFX 100.1 FM, Worcester; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here for Internet Broadcast
Lehigh Radio: WEEX 1230 AM, Easton, Pa.; WTKZ 1320 AM, Allentown, Pa.
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 33-12
Last Meeting: Lehigh 78, Holy Cross 60 (January 31, 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 LEHIGH: This will be the 46th meeting between the Crusaders and the Mountain Hawks on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 33-12. The Crusaders have won 19 out of the last 23 meetings between the schools, but Lehigh took this season's first game in Worcester 78-60. For games played in Bethlehem, Holy Cross holds an 11-8 advantage, including wins in six of the last nine years. The schools first met on Jan. 16, 1976, with Holy Cross posting an 84-60 victory at the Hart Center.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 33-12
In Bethlehem: Holy Cross leads, 11-8
At Stabler Arena: Holy Cross leads, 11-8
Sean Kearney vs. Lehigh: 0-1
Brett Reed vs. Holy Cross: 2-3
Current Win Streak: Lehigh, one game
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 4-0
CRUSADERS WRAP UP REGULAR SEASON ON SATURDAY NIGHT: Holy Cross will play its final regular season game of the 2009-2010 campaign on Saturday, February 27, when it travels to Lehigh for a 7:30 p.m. contest. Holy Cross enters the weekend in a tie for sixth place in the Patriot League with a 5-8 mark in conference games. The Crusaders can still finish as high as fifth and as low as eighth in the Patriot League standings. In addition, Holy Cross can be seeded anywhere from fifth to eighth in the Patriot League Tournament. Possible quarterfinal round opponents for the Crusaders in the conference tournament are Bucknell, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy.
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 28 games played this season, Keister has averaged 10.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per contest, while hitting 52.0 percent (119 of 229) of his shots from the floor and posting 12 double-doubles. During the Colgate game, he recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds, while hitting seven of nine shots from the field. Previously against American, Keister scored 15 points and tied his career-high with 18 rebounds. He also played well at Navy, totaling 22 points, 14 rebounds and four 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), against Army (17 points, 18 rebounds), against Lafayette (14 points, 10 rebounds), at Stony Brook (13 points, 18 rebounds), against Navy (13 points, 11 rebounds), against Marist (13 points, 10 rebounds), against Lehigh (12 points, 14 rebounds, three assists), 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 582 points and 501 rebounds, while making 52.4 percent (238 of 454) of his field goal attempts.
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 seven times this year, including the games against Colgate on Feb. 24 (30 of 51, 58.8 percent) 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 6-1 record when shooting at least 50 percent from the floor. The Crusaders have now won 58 of their last 60 games when they hits at least half their shots from the field.
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 led the team with 19 points, five assists and four rebounds, while hitting nine of 11 shots from the field. Previously at Navy, Cavataio totaled 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. He also played well at Bucknell, recording 17 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. 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 Army (15 points, nine rebounds, four assists), 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 28 games played, he has averaged 10.6 points, 5.5 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.
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. 24, the Crusaders' non-league schedule was ranked as the 187th-hardest in the nation by CBSSports.com. The only other Patriot League school to play a non-conference schedule ranked better than 300th is Colgate, which played a slate listed at 283rd. Holy Cross played seven non-conference games against teams ranked in the top 130 of the RPI, and only faced four schools with RPI rankings of below 195.
COLGATE RECAP: Colgate's Kyle Roemer scored seven of his 23 points in overtime, as the Raiders posted a 79-74 victory over Holy Cross at the Hart Center on Feb. 24, 2010. The Crusaders were led by Mike Cavataio, who totaled 19 points, five assists and four rebounds, while hitting nine of 11 field goal attempts. The game was tied at 63-63 in the final minute of regulation, when Holy Cross Andrew Keister was fouled grabbing a defensive rebound. Keister hit the front end of a one-and-one, but missed the second shot to allow the Raiders one last chance. A three-point attempt by Mitch Rolls was well off the mark in the closing seconds, but Colgate's Yaw Gyawu grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 0.7 seconds to play. Gyawu missed the first free throw, but hit the second to send the game into overtime. Both teams scored on three of their first four possessions in the extra session, and the score was tied at 70-70 with two minutes remaining. Roemer then hit a three-pointer to give the Raiders the lead for good. A layup by Cavataio with 36 seconds to go trimmed the deficit to one point (73-72), before Colgate hit all six of its free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win. Roemer made just eight of 23 field goals and six of 17 three-point attempts, but hit all three of his shots in overtime. Keister totaled 17 points and 10 rebounds for Holy Cross, while Andrew Beinert added 15 points and 10 assists.
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 28 games played so far this year, Beinert has averaged 9.8 points, 3.6 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals per contest, while hitting 50 of 122 (41.0 percent) three-point field goal attempts. During the Colgate game, he scored 15 points and tied his career-high by handing out 10 assists. Previously at Army, Beinert recorded 13 points, four rebounds and three assists. He also played well against Lafayette, posting 10 points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals. 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 American (15 points, three assists), 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 660 points, 209 assists, 176 rebounds and 75 steals, while hitting 40.8 percent (118 of 289) of his three-point field goal attempts.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 91st season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1290-847 (.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.
THE LAST MEETING WITH LEHIGH: Dee Goens scored a career-high 13 points, but Holy Cross was defeated by Lehigh 78-60 at the Hart Center on Jan. 31, 2010. Goens made three of five field goal attempts on the day, in addition to sinking all seven of his shots from the foul line. The Crusaders started the game by jumping out to a quick 7-2 lead after the first three minutes of play. The Mountain Hawks scored the next seven points to take the lead, and the score stayed close for the next several minutes. With 3:30 left in the half, Andrew Beinert sank a three-pointer to tie the score at 25-25. But Lehigh then closed out the half with a 9-1 run to take a 34-26 advantage into the locker room. The Mountain Hawks held onto the lead early in the second half, and were up 47-37 with 13 minutes remaining in regulation. Lehigh then went on an 8-0 run over the next three and a half minutes to put the game away. Holy Cross would get no closer than 15 points the rest of the way, as the Mountain Hawks eventually claimed an 18-point victory. Andrew Keister posted a double-double for the Crusaders with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Lehigh was led by Gabe Knutson with 31 points and five rebounds, while C.J. McCollum added 17 points.
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 28 games played this year, he has averaged 13.2 points per contest, while scoring in double-figures 16 times and hitting 45.4 percent (64 of 141) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the victory over American, Brown recorded a team-best 16 points and four rebounds. Previously against Navy, he scored 23 points and hit five out of eight three-point field goal attempts. Brown also played well at Bucknell, leading the team with 19 points and making all 10 of his free throws. 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), at Colgate (19 points), 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 555 points, 115 rebounds and 68 assists, while hitting 40.0 percent (76 of 190) of his three-point field goal attempts and 82.2 percent of his free throws (157 of 191).
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 8-20. 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.
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.
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 28 games played, he has averaged 5.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.7 blocked shots, while making 51.5 percent (67 of 130) 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 541 points, 504 rebounds and 78 blocked shots, while making 51.0 percent (232 of 455) 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. Overall this season, Holy Cross has totaled 83 blocked shots, and ranks third in the Patriot League with an average of 3.0 blocks per game.
HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders are once again a strong rebounding team this year, averaging 37.2 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 +5.7 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 9.5 rebounds per game, while senior center Eric Meister stands second with 5.6 boards per contest. Sophomore guard Mike Cavataio has pulled down 5.5 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.
SENIOR SALUTE: Two members of the Holy Cross basketball team will be wrapping up their careers at the conclusion of the 2009-2010 season. Senior center Eric Meister and senior forward Adam May (Mentor, Ohio) were both honored before the Colgate game on Feb. 24 for their contributions to the program. Over the last four years, the senior class has helped Holy Cross to an overall record of 66-57, the 2007 Patriot League regular season and tournament titles, a trip to the NCAA Tournament and two appearances in the Patriot League championship game.
CRUSADERS REMAIN SOLID AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 316-120 at the Hart Center, including a 5-7 mark 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 103-28 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 66-14 record against Patriot League foes and a 12-4 mark in 2008-2009.
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 69.5 percent (427 of 614) of its foul shots this year. Sophomore guard Mike Cavataio leads the team by hitting 78.8 percent (63 of 80) of his free throws, while junior guard Andrew Beinert has made 78.7 percent (59 of 75) of his attempts at the charity stripe and sophomore guard Devin Brown has knocked down 77.8 percent (84 of 108) of his foul shots. Even though he has fewer attempts, freshman guard Dee Goens (Alpharetta, Ga.) has also been an excellent free throw shooter, hitting hit 36 of 45 foul shots (80.0 percent). All told, 10 of the 12 players on the Holy Cross roster who have attempted a free throw this year are hitting over 70.0 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 MOUNTAIN HAWKS: Lehigh has an overall record of 18-10 on the season, including a 9-4 mark in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks have won three of their last four games, and are coming off an 81-59 victory over Bucknell on Wednesday. The leading scorer for Lehigh is freshman guard C.J. McCollum, who has averaged 18.4 points per game while hitting 42.4 percent (61 of 144) of his three-point field goal attempts. Senior guard Marquis Hall has added 10.9 points and 5.5 assists per contest, while senior forward Zahir Carrington is chipping in with 10.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. The Mountain Hawks are led by head coach Brett Reed, who stands 47-39 in three seasons at Lehigh. Reed previously served as an assistant coach for the Mountain Hawks from 2002-2007.
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 10 points in Sunday's win over American, after netting a career-high 13 points in the Lehigh game. He is now averaging 3.9 points per contest while making 36 of 45 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 5-8 so far this season when wearing their white uniforms, while going 2-9 in their purple uniforms and 1-3 in their black uniforms ... Holy Cross has tied the school single-season record for losses, sharing the mark with the 1997-1998 (7-20) and 1998-1999 (7-20) teams.