Crusaders Set To Open Season Against College Of Charleston

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The Teams: Holy Cross (0-0, 0-0 PL) vs. College of Charleston (0-1, 0-0 SC)
Date: November 13, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: Crusader Vision
Holy Cross Radio: Dick Lutsk, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Holy Cross Student Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: First Meeting

Pos., No., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl.
F, 5, Mike Cavataio, 6-4, 190, Jr. 
F, 42, Josh Jones, 6-7, 235, Sr.  
C, 34, Andrew Keister, 6-9, 235, Sr.   
G, 10, R.J. Evans, 6-3, 200, Jr.   
G, 22, Andrew Beinert, 6-4, 185, Sr.   

THE SERIES WITH THE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON: This will be the first meeting between the Crusaders and the Cougars on the hardwood. Against the 12 schools which currently compete in the Southern Conference, Holy Cross stands 4-3 all-time (1-0 vs. Chattanooga, 0-1 against the Citadel, 2-2 vs. Davidson, 1-0 against Furman). The Crusaders last game against a Southern Conference opponent was an 82-65 victory over Chattanooga at the San Juan Shootout on Dec. 19, 2005. Holy Cross also has a 1-4 all-time record against schools from the state of South Carolina (0-1 against the Citadel, 0-2 vs. Clemson, 1-0 against Furman, 0-1 vs. South Carolina).

FOR OPENERS: Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 65-26 in its opening game of the season. The Crusaders had won six straight game on opening day, before suffering an 87-77 loss to Harvard last year. This season will mark the 47th time Holy Cross has opened the year at home, with the Crusaders posting a 39-7 mark in the previous 46 contests. Over the last 11 years, Holy Cross stands 8-3 in season openers. During that time, Holy Cross has defeated Providence (54-43 in 1999-2000), Quinnipiac (85-57 in 2001-2002), Boston University (59-57 in 2003-2004; 58-48 in 2004-2005), High Point (85-73 in 2005-2006), Fairfield (67-65 in overtime in 2006-2007), Hofstra (61-47 in 2007-2008) and Sacred Heart (67-58 in 2008-2009) on opening day, while falling to Providence (63-57 in 2000-2001), Kansas (81-57 in 2002-2003) and Harvard (87-77 in 2009-2010).

HOLY CROSS IN HOME OPENERS: The Crusaders have an all-time record of 73-15 in their opening home contest of the season. Since moving into the Hart Center, Holy Cross has posted a 27-8 mark in its home opener, including an 8-2 mark over the last 10 years. Last season, the Crusaders were defeated by Harvard 87-77 in their opening home game of the year, to snap a three-game winning streak in home openers.

CRUSADERS PICKED FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL: In the 2010-2011 Patriot League preseason poll, Holy Cross was picked to finish in fourth place in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. The Crusaders received 70 total points in the conference preseason poll, along with two first-place votes. American placed first in the poll with 79 total points and seven first-place votes, followed by Bucknell in second (76 points, three first-place votes) and Lafayette in third (73 points, two first-place votes). The preseason rankings were rounded out by Lehigh (fifth, 69 points, two first-place votes), Navy (sixth, 35 points), Colgate (seventh, 31 points) and Army (eighth, 15 points).

BROWN ENTERS FIRST SEASON WITH THE CRUSADERS: Milan Brown is in his first season as the head men's basketball coach at Holy Cross in 2010-2011. The 16th head coach in the history of the program, he joined the Crusaders after spending the last seven seasons as head coach at Mount St. Mary's. During the last three years at Mount St. Mary's, Brown led the Mountaineers to three straight winning seasons and a pair of postseason appearances. His teams posted a 54-44 record (.551) during those three years, including a 35-19 mark (.648) in Northeast Conference play. During the 2007-2008 campaign, Brown led Mount St. Mary's to the first NCAA Division I Tournament victory in school history, with a 69-60 win over Coppin State in the opening round. Brown's career collegiate head coaching record stands at 95-120 (.443).

BEINERT LEADS HOLY CROSS FROM THE POINT: Senior guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) has been one of the Crusaders' top players in the backcourt over the last three seasons. In 31 games played last year, Beinert averaged 10.5 points, 3.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals per contest, while hitting 61 of 141 (43.3 percent) three-point field goal attempts. He finished the season ranked fourth in the Patriot League in assists and three-point field goal percentage, while standing 17th in scoring. Some of Beinert's top games in 2009-2010 came at Lehigh (career-high 21 points and three steals, while hitting five of six shots from three-point range), at Bucknell in the Patriot League quarterfinals (19 points and three assists) and against Loyola (17 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals). During his career as a Crusader, Beinert has now totaled 710 points, 217 assists, 181 rebounds and 79 steals, while hitting 41.9 percent (129 of 308) of his three-point field goal attempts.

KEISTER NAMED PRESEASON ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE: Senior center Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) has been selected to the preseason All-Patriot League team, in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. Keister was joined on the preseason all-conference team by Lehigh sophomore guard C.J. McCollum, Lafayette senior forward Jared Mintz, American senior forward Vlad Moldoveanu, Bucknell sophomore forward Mike Muscala and Navy junior guard Jordan Sugars. In addition, McCollum was selected as the preseason Patriot League Player of the Year.

CAVATAIO SHINES ON THE WING: Junior guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) was one of the top players during the 2009-2010 campaign. In 31 games played last season, he averaged 11.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest. Cavataio also shot 47.1 percent (131 of 278) from the field and 82.1 percent (78 of 95) on the free throw line. He finished last year ranked fourth in the Patriot League in free throw percentage, eighth in field goal percentage, ninth in rebounding and 14th in scoring. A few of Cavataio's top performances in 2009-2010 came at Brown (21 points and six rebounds), at Bucknell in the Patriot League quarterfinals (20 points, four rebounds, two assists), against Colgate (19 points, five assists, four rebounds) and against Marist (19 points, eight rebounds). Cavataio previously sat out the 2008-2009 season after transferring to Holy Cross from St. John's University, where he totaled 23 points and 20 rebounds during his only year with the Red Storm.

KEISTER LOOKS TO CONTINUE DOMINATING IN THE LOW POST: Junior forward Andrew Keister has been one of the top low post players in the Patriot League over the last two seasons, and has twice been selected All-Patriot League. He earned first team All-Patriot League in 2008-2009, then was named second team all-conference in 2009-2010. In 31 games played last season, Keister averaged 10.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per contest, while hitting 51.6 percent (130 of 252) of his shots from the floor and posting 12 double-doubles. He led the Patriot League in rebounding a year ago, while ranking third in field goal percentage and 19th in scoring. Some of Keister's top games in 2009-2010 came at Navy (22 points, 14 rebounds and four assists), against Harvard (22 points and eight rebounds), at Rhode Island (21 points and 11 rebounds) and against Army (17 points and 18 rebounds). Over the course of his collegiate career, Keister has now totaled 609 points and 513 rebounds, while making 52.2 percent (249 of 477) of his field goal attempts.

ASSUMPTION RECAP: Devin Brown scored 25 points while hitting seven of 15 three-point attempts, as the Holy Cross men's basketball team posted a 77-70 victory over Assumption in an exhibition game at the Hart Center on Nov. 8, 2010. R.J. Evans added 18 points on eight of 12 shooting from the field, in addition to pulling down five rebounds. Holy Cross held a 5-2 advantage early in the game, before the Greyhounds scored seven straight points to take the lead. Assumption eventually increased its edge to six points (22-16) with eight minutes left in the first half. The Crusaders then scored nine straight points to pull back in front, with Brown hitting a pair of three-pointers during that spurt. Holy Cross eventually took a 32-31 lead into the locker room. The score stayed close early in the second half, and the Crusaders were still up by one point (49-48) with 13:28 left to play. Holy Cross then used an 11-2 run to increase their lead to double figures, with another Brown three-pointer capping the spurt. The Crusaders would go up by 12 points (69-57) with just under five minutes remaining, before eventually claiming a seven-point victory. Mike Cavataio finished the night with 10 points and four rebounds, while Jordan Stevens added six points and team-high nine rebounds. Assumption was led by Tim Beinert with 15 points and six rebounds.

EVANS KEEPS ON SCORING: Junior guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) should once again be among the top players in the Patriot League during the 2010-2011 season. In 28 games played last year, he averaged a team-best 13.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest. Evans finished the season ranked eighth in the Patriot League in scoring, 11th in assists and 14th in rebounding. A few of Evans' top performances in 2009-2010 came at Lafayette in the Patriot League semifinals (21 points, seven rebounds and three assists), at Fairfield (21 points and 10 rebounds), against Sacred Heart (20 points and five rebounds) and against Navy (20 points, four rebounds and four assists). The 2008-2009 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, Evans has now totaled 803 points, 309 rebounds, 124 assists and 72 steals over the course of his Holy Cross career.

BROWN PLAYS KEY MINUTES OFF THE BENCH: Junior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) looks to return to his role as one of the Patriot League's top sixth men this season. In 30 games played last year, he averaged 12.5 points per contest, while scoring in double-figures 16 times. Brown also hit 44.8 percent (64 of 143) of his three-point field goal attempts and 77.3 percent (85 of 110) of his free throws. He finished the 2009-2010 campaign ranked third in the Patriot League in three-point field goal percentage, eighth in free throw percentage and 11th in scoring. Some of Brown's top games last season came against Bucknell (career-high 29 points), at Navy (23 points, five of eight shooting from three-point range), at North Carolina State (21 points, five rebounds and three assists) and against George Washington (20 points and five rebounds). Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Brown has now totaled 560 points, 116 rebounds and 68 assists, while hitting 39.6 percent (76 of 192) of his three-point field goal attempts and 81.9 percent of his free throws (158 of 193).

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 last year. 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 35 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.

CRUSADERS LOOKING FOR SIXTH PATRIOT LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON TITLE: During the 2010-2011 campaign, Holy Cross will attempt to win the Patriot League regular season title for the sixth time in school history. The last championship for the Crusaders came in 2007, when they tied for first place in the conference with Bucknell, as both teams posted 13-1 records in league play. Prior to that, Holy Cross won outright Patriot League regular season titles in 2001, 2003 and 2005, while sharing the regular season championship in 1994. The Crusaders are the only team in league history to win more than two outright titles, while their five total championships are tied for the most in conference history with Navy (one outright, four shared) and Bucknell (two outright, three shared).

CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross was a good free throw shooting team during the 2009-2010 season, making 70.1 percent (464 of 662) of its foul shots last year. Guard Mike Cavataio led the team by hitting 82.1 percent (78 of 95) of his free throws, while guard Devin Brown made 77.3 percent (85 of 110) of his attempts at the charity stripe and guard Andrew Beinert knocked down 77.1 percent (64 of 83) of his foul shots. Even though he had fewer attempts, guard Dee Goens (Alpharetta, Ga.) was also 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 attempted a free throw last year hit over 70.0 percent.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year will mark the 92nd season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1291-849 (.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.

HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders look to once again be a strong rebounding team this year, after averaging 36.6 boards per contest and outrebounding their opponents by an average margin of 4.1 rebounds per game in 2009-2010. Holy Cross was even more impressive on the boards during conference regular season play last season, posting a +4.7 rebound margin against Patriot League foes. The Crusaders' top game overall on the boards last year came at St. Joseph's, when they pulled down a season-best 50 rebounds. Center Andrew Keister led the team with an average of 8.9 rebounds per game, while forward Eric Meister stood second with 5.6 boards per contest. Guard Mike Cavataio pulled down 5.5 rebounds per contest and guard R.J. Evans has chipped in with 5.1 boards per game. Entering 2010-2011, the Crusaders had posted a positive rebounding margin in 11 straight seasons, including nine years in which they outrebounded the opposition by at least four boards per game.

CRUSADERS HAVE FIVE PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CROWNS: Four years ago, the Crusaders captured their fifth Patriot League Tournament 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 in seven times in the last nine years. Overall, the Crusaders have made a conference-record 10 appearances in the Patriot League championship game.

HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: All of the Crusaders' basketball contests during the 2010-2011 season will be carried live over the internet. The games will be streamed by Stretch Internet free of charge, and can be heard by clicking here. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre will be in his 24th season calling the play-by-play for Crusader basketball on the radio. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk are in their seventh year on the Holy Cross broadcast crew, and will handle either play-by-play or color commentary for selected games. 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 2010-2011 season. The Crusaders had nine television appearances last year, while appearing on television 10 times in 2008-2009, 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 2010-2011 season:

Nov. 27 at Massachusetts: CBS 3 Now
Dec. 22 at Hofstra: Verizon FiOS1
Dec. 28 vs. St. Joseph's: WCTR-TV3
Jan. 16 at Bucknell: CBS College Sports
Jan. 27 vs. Colgate: CBS College Sports
Jan. 29 at Lehigh: Service Electric Cable
Feb. 5 at Lafayette: Lafayette Sports Network
Feb. 9 vs. Army: WCTR-TV3

CRUSADER VISION: Live video streaming of two home non-conference games during the 2010-2011 season will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The contests against the College of Charleston and St. Joseph's will be shown. The package, done in association with Stretch Internet, is available through individual game pay-per-view. 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 2010-2011 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, click here.

SCOUTING THE COUGARS: The College of Charleston stands 0-1 on the year, after falling at Maryland 75-74 in its season opener. The Cougars are coming off a 2009-2010 season in which they posted an overall record of 22-12, while placing second in the Southern Conference with a 14-4 mark in conference games. The College of Charleston also played in the College Basketball Invitational last year, where they advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Virginia Commonwealth 93-86. The team's top returning scorer is senior guard Andrew Goudelock, who averaged 19.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game last year. Senior guard Donavan Monroe (12.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game) and senior forward Jeremy Simmons (11.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game) also return to the starting lineup. The Cougars are led by Bobby Cremins, who is entering his fifth season as the College of Charleston's head coach. Cremins stands 87-49 with the Cougars, while owning a career record of 541-356 (including six years at Appalachian State and 19 seasons at Georgia Tech).