GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Event: Patriot League Quarterfinals
The Teams: Holy Cross (8-21, 5-9 PL) vs. Bucknell (14-16, 9-5 PL)
Date: March 3, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Sojka Pavilion (4,000), Lewisburg, Pa.
CBS College Sports Television: Bob Socci, play-by-play; John Griffin, color
Unofficial Live Statistics: Gametracker
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, 28-24
Last Meeting: Bucknell 68, Holy Cross 63 (February 14, 2010; Lewisburg, Pa.)
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos., No., Name (Ht., Wt., Cl.)
F, 5, Mike Cavataio (6-4, 190, So.)
F, 34, Andrew Keister (6-9, 235, Jr.)
C, 53, Eric Meister (6-8, 225, Sr.)
G, 10, R.J. Evans (6-3, 200, So.)
G, 22, Andrew Beinert (6-4, 185, Jr.)
THE SERIES WITH BUCKNELL: This will be the 53rd meeting between the Crusaders and the Bison on the hardwood, with Bucknell leading the all-time series 28-24. Holy Cross has won six of the last 10 games between the schools, with the road team winning four of the last seven contests. For games played in Lewisburg, Bucknell holds a 13-9 advantage, but the Crusaders have won two of their last three 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, 28-24
In Lewisburg: Bucknell leads, 13-9
At Sojka Pavilion: Bucknell leads, 6-3
Sean Kearney vs. Bucknell: 1-1
Dave Paulsen vs. Holy Cross: 3-3
Current Win Streak: Bucknell, one game
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1
CRUSADERS SET FOR 2010 PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT: Holy Cross opens up play in the 2010 Patriot League Tournament on Wednesday, March 3, when it travels to Bucknell for the quarterfinals at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders are the seventh seed in the tournament, while the Bison are seeded second. The winner of the Holy Cross-Bucknell game will move on to face the Colgate-Lafayette winner in the semifinals on Sunday, March 7, with the championship game set for Friday, March 12. For the third straight year, all games in the Patriot League Tournament will be played on the campus of the higher seed.
HOLY CROSS LOOKS TO PULL UPSET: The Crusaders will attempt to become the sixth No. 7 seed in Patriot League Tournament history to defeat the No. 2 seed in the quarterfinals. The last victory for the No. 7 seed came in 2008, when Bucknell posted an 87-86 triple overtime win at Navy ... No team seeded lower than second has ever won a Patriot League Tournament title, with the No. 1 seed capturing 14 championships and the No. 2 seed taking five titles ... The top seed in the tournament has advanced to the championship game in each of the 19 years the Patriot League Tournament has been played. The other title game appearances all belong to the No. 2 (13 times) and No. 3 (six times) seeds. No team seeded lower than third has ever advanced to the Patriot League championship game.
THE SEEDINGS: Holy Cross is the No. 7 seed in the 2010 Patriot League Championship. This marks the first time the Crusaders have ever been the seventh seed in the tournament ... Throughout its history in the Patriot League, Holy Cross has been the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament four times (10-1 record), No. 2 four times (10-2), No. 3 three times (5-3), No. 4 three times (1-3), No. 5 twice (0-2), No. 6 twice (0-2) and No. 8 once (0-1) ... Holy Cross stands 3-11 all-time in Patriot League Tournament games when it has been seeded lower than its opponent. The Crusaders have lost their last four games as the lower seed, with the last victory coming at American in the 2002 championship game (58-54).
TOURNAMENT TIP-INS: The Crusaders, who will face Bucknell in the quarterfinals, stand 6-6 all-time against the Bison in Patriot League Tournament play. This marks the eighth time in the last nine seasons the two schools have met in the conference tournament ... Holy Cross has won the last two postseason meetings between the schools, in the 2007 championship game (74-66) and the 2009 quarterfinals (75-56) ... In Patriot League quarterfinal meetings between Holy Cross and Bucknell, the Bison hold a 3-2 advantage. The Crusaders posted victories in 1994 and 2009, while Bucknell was victorious in 1998, 1999 and 2004 ... For the fourth year in a row, all games in the Patriot League Tournament will be played on the campus sites of the higher seed ... Holy Cross stands 2-5 all-time in Patriot League Tournament games which have been played on the opposing team's home court, including a 1-1 mark at Bucknell. The Crusaders won in Lewisburg in the 1993 championship game, while falling at Sojka Pavilion in the 2006 title game ... In the conference's history, teams playing on their home court have an overall record of 56-12 during the Patriot League Tournament ... Six teams have won Patriot League championships in the past while playing at home for the entire tournament: Navy in 1994 and 1998, Lafayette in 2000, Bucknell in 2006, Holy Cross in 2007 and American in 2008 and 2009 ... Since the Patriot League moved to its current format of having the higher seed play host to each game (beginning in 2007), home teams stand 8-4 in the quarterfinals, 6-0 in the semifinals and 3-0 in the championship game.
KEISTER EARNS SECOND STRAIGHT ALL-LEAGUE HONOR: Junior forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) has been one of the top low post players in the Patriot League over the last two seasons, and has been selected second team All-Patriot League. This is the second straight all-conference honor for Keister, who was named first team All-Patriot League in 2008-2009. In 29 games played this season, he has averaged 10.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest, while hitting 52.3 percent (125 of 239) of his shots from the floor and posting 12 double-doubles. During the regular season finale at Lehigh, Keister totaled 14 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Previously against Colgate, he recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds, while hitting seven of nine shots from the field. Keister also played well against American, scoring 15 points and tying his career-high with 18 rebounds. Some of his other top games this season have come at Navy (22 points, 14 rebounds, four assists), 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) and against UMass (12 points, four rebounds). Last year, Keister averaged 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 season, he 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 596 points and 509 rebounds, while making 52.6 percent (244 of 464) of his field goal attempts.
CRUSADERS AND BISON TO TANGLE IN TOURNAMENT ONCE AGAIN: When Holy Cross and Bucknell meet in the Patriot League quarterfinals, it will mark the eighth time in the last nine seasons in which the schools have met in the conference tournament. The Bison posted victories in 2006 (74-59 in the championship game), 2005 (61-57 in the title game) and 2004 (66-60 in the quarterfinals), while the Crusaders were victorious in 2009 (75-56 in the quarterfinals), 2007 (74-66 in the championship game), 2003 (75-50 in the semifinals) and 2002 (64-57 in the semifinals). Overall, this will be the 13th meeting of the schools in the Patriot League Tournament, with the series tied at 6-6 in those contests. This will also mark the sixth time the Crusaders and the Bison have met in the quarterfinals, with Bucknell holding a 3-2 advantage in those games (Bucknell won 60-56 in 1998, 76-52 in 1999 and 66-60 in 2004, while Holy Cross won 96-91 in 1994 and 75-56 in 2009).
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 29 games played this year, Beinert has averaged 10.2 points, 3.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals per contest, while hitting 55 of 128 (43.0 percent) three-point field goal attempts. During the regular season finale at Lehigh, he led the team with a career-high 21 points and three steals, while hitting five of six shots from three-point range. Previously against Colgate, Beinert scored 15 points and tied his career-high by handing out 10 assists. He also played well at Army, recording 13 points, four rebounds 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 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 Lafayette (10 points, five assists, two rebounds, two steals), 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 681 points, 211 assists, 177 rebounds and 78 steals, while hitting 41.7 percent (123 of 295) of his three-point field goal attempts.
HOLY CROSS FACES TOUGH SLATE: During the 2009-2010 campaign, Holy Cross faced far and away the toughest non-conference schedule of any school in the Patriot League. Through games of Feb. 27, the Crusaders' non-league schedule was ranked as the 188th-hardest in the nation by CBSSports.com. The next toughest non-conference schedule in the Patriot League belongs to Colgate, which played a slate listed at 276th. Holy Cross played seven non-conference games against teams ranked in the top 125 of the RPI, and only faced five schools with RPI rankings of below 195.
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. During the regular season finale at Lehigh, he recorded 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. Previously against Colgate, Cavataio led the team with 19 points, five assists and four rebounds, while hitting nine of 11 shots from the field. He also played well at Navy, totaling 10 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), (17 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals), 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 29 games played, he has averaged 10.9 points, 5.4 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 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.
THE FIRST 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.
THE SECOND MEETING WITH BUCKNELL: Devin Brown scored a team-high 19 points, but the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by Bucknell 68-63 at Sojka Pavilion on Feb. 14, 2010. The Crusaders rallied from 20 points down in the second half, but were unable to complete the comeback as the Bison held on for a five-point victory. Mike Cavataio finished with 17 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots for the Crusaders, while R.J. Evans added 13 points, five rebounds and two assists. Darryl Shazier led the Bison with 27 points, four rebounds and three steals. The Crusaders jumped out to a lead early in the game, going in front 13-9 with 12:27 remaining in the first half as Cavataio scored 11 of the team's first 13 points. Bucknell then responded with a 15-3 run over the next six minutes to claim the lead. The Bison eventually went in front by nine points late in the half, and led 36-27 heading into the locker room. Bucknell held a 10-point lead (45-35) with 14:35 left to play, when it went on a 12-2 spurt to increase its lead to 20 points (57-37) with 8:22 remaining. Holy Cross responded with a 17-5 run over the next six minutes to make the score 62-54, with Brown scoring 11 of his points during that spurt. The Crusaders eventually closed the gap to 68-63, and had possession of the ball with 14 seconds left after forcing a turnover. But Holy Cross could not get another shot to fall, allowing the Bison to escape with a 68-63 win.
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 26 games played this year, he has averaged 13.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest. During the regular season finale at Lehigh, Evans totaled 13 points, five assists and four rebounds. Previously at Bucknell, he recorded 13 points, five rebounds and two assists. Evans also had a solid all-around game in the victory at Army with 14 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), 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 Lafayette (15 points, eight rebounds, career-high six 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 773 points, 298 rebounds, 120 assists and 69 steals.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 91st season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1290-848 (.603), 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.
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 8-21. 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.
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 29 games played, he has averaged 5.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.7 blocked shots, while making 51.9 percent (69 of 133) 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 545 points, 505 rebounds and 78 blocked shots, while making 51.1 percent (234 of 458) of his field goal attempts.
HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders are once again a strong rebounding team this year, averaging 36.8 boards per contest and outrebounding their opponents by an average margin of 4.0 rebounds per game so far in 2009-2010. Holy Cross has been even more impressive on the boards since the start of conference play, posting a +4.7 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 9.4 rebounds per game, while sophomore guard Mike Cavataio stands second with 5.4 boards per contest. Senior center Eric Meister has pulled down 5.4 rebounds per contest and sophomore guard R.J. Evans has chipped in with 5.0 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 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.
LEHIGH RECAP: Andrew Beinert scored a career-high 21 points, but Holy Cross was defeated by Lehigh 91-80 at Stabler Arena on Feb. 27, 2010. Beinert hit seven out of 12 field goal attempts on the night, including five of six shots from three-point range. The Mountain Hawks had an outstanding night shooting the ball, hitting 15 of 27 three-point attempts (55.6 percent), and 30 of 56 shots overall (53.6 percent). C.J. McCollum led Lehigh with 28 points, while Marquis Hall recorded 25 points and 12 assists. Mike Cavataio totaled 17 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Crusaders, with Andrew Keister added 14 points and eight rebounds. The score was close throughout a first half which featured two ties and five lead changes. Lehigh took its biggest lead of the half (21-14) at the 11:19-mark, before Holy Cross scored nine straight points to pull back in front. The Mountain Hawks eventually held a one-point lead 34-33 heading into the locker room. Lehigh was still ahead by one point (51-50) with 14 minutes left to play in regulation, when it used a 10-3 run to extend its lead to eight points (61-53). The Crusaders refused to go away, coming back to make it a two-point game (76-74) on a pair of free throws by Cavataio with 4:46 remaining. But the Mountain Hawks responded with a layup by Zahir Carrington and a three-pointer from Hall to build their lead back to seven points (81-74). Holy Cross would get no closer than five points the rest of the way, as Lehigh made all 10 of its free throws in the final three minutes to hold on for the win.
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 86 blocked shots, and ranks second in the Patriot League with an average of 3.0 blocks per game.
CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross has been a good free throw shooting team during the 2009-2010 season, making 69.9 percent (441 of 631) of its foul shots this year. Sophomore guard Mike Cavataio leads the team by hitting 80.7 percent (71 of 88) of his free throws, while junior guard Andrew Beinert has made 79.2 percent (61 of 77) 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 37 of 47 foul shots (78.7 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.
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.
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 66-58, the 2007 Patriot League regular season and tournament titles, a trip to the NCAA Tournament and two appearances in the Patriot League championship game.
HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Most of the Crusaders' basketball contests during the 2009-2010 season have been carried by The Pike, WWFX 100.1 FM in Worcester. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is 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 have handled either play-by-play or color commentary for selected games. The Pike is currently scheduled to air 24 of the Crusaders' 30 games. All games aired on The Pike can also be heard live over the internet through the Worcester Pike website. The six 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 eight 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
Mar. 3 at Bucknell: CBS College Sports
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 14-16 on the season, with a 9-5 mark in the Patriot League. The Bison have won their last six games at Sojka Pavilion, and five of their last six contests overall. Bucknell's leading scorer is freshman forward Mike Muscala, who has averaged 9.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. Junior guard Darryl Shazier has added 9.8 points and 3.8 assists per contest, while senior forward Patrick Behan is chipping in with 9.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Bucknell is led by head coach Dave Paulsen, who stands 21-39 in two seasons with the Bison. Paulsen's career record stands at 283-159, 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 10 points in the win over American, after netting a career-high 13 points in the first Lehigh game. He is now averaging 4.1 points per contest while making 37 of 47 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 2-10 in their purple uniforms and 1-3 in their black uniforms ... Holy Cross has broken the school single-season record for losses, which was previously shared the 1997-1998 (7-20) and 1998-1999 (7-20) teams ... The Crusaders have a 13-4 record in overtime contests since the beginning of the 1999-2000 season, including a 1-1 mark this year.