Holy Cross Travels To Harvard On Wednesday Night

Josh Jones

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The Teams: Holy Cross (0-1, 0-0 PL) vs. Harvard (0-1, 0-0 Ivy)
Date: November 17, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Lavietes Pavilion (2,050), Cambridge, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: www.GoCrimson.com
Holy Cross Radio: Dick Lutsk, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Harvard Radio: WHRB 95.3 FM, Cambridge, Mass.
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 41-21
Last Meeting: Harvard 87, Holy Cross 77; November 13, 2009; Worcester, Mass.

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 HARVARD: This will be the 64th meeting between the Crusaders and the Crimson on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 41-22. The Crusaders have won seven of the last 10 meetings in the series, but Harvard has come out victorious in each of the last two years (69-59 in 2008-2009 and 87-77 in 2009-2010). For games played in Cambridge, Holy Cross holds a 21-8 advantage, including a 10-4 record at Lavietes Pavilion. Holy Cross and Harvard first met on January 15, 1901, with the Crimson posting a 20-10 victory in Worcester.

Overall: Holy Cross leads, 41-22
In Cambridge: Holy Cross leads, 21-8
At Lavietes Pavilion: Holy Cross leads, 10-4
Milan Brown vs. Harvard: 0-0
Tommy Amaker vs. Holy Cross: 2-1
Current Win Streak: Harvard, two games
In Overtime: Harvard leads, 1-0

HOLY CROSS IN ROAD OPENERS: The Crusaders have an all-time record of 45-46 in their opening road contest of the season. Holy Cross lost its first away game of both the 2008-2009 (61-49 at Northeastern) and 2009-2010 (69-67 at St. Joseph's) campaigns, but prior to that the Crusaders had won four straight times in their opening road contest of the season. Holy Cross posted victories at Fairfield in 2007-2008 (67-54), at Harvard in 2006-2007 (82-69), at William & Mary in 2005-2006 (67-55) and at Boston University in 2004-2005 (58-48).

IMPRESSIVE AGAINST THE IVY LEAGUE: The Crusaders have enjoyed a great deal of success against schools from the Ivy League over the last 11 years. Holy Cross stands 23-15 against Ivy League foes since the beginning of the 1999-2000 season. The Crusaders had lost four straight games against Ivy League foes, before posting an 85-79 overtime victory at Brown last season. Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 197-117 against the eight schools which are members of the Ivy League (43-17 vs. Brown, 4-6 against Columbia, 3-2 vs. Cornell, 66-31 against Dartmouth, 41-22 vs. Harvard, 3-3 against Pennsylvania, 2-7 vs. Princeton and 35-29 against Yale).

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).

CAVATAIO SHINES ON THE WING: Junior guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) should once again be among Holy Cross' top players during the 2010-2011 campaign. During the season opener against the College of Charleston, Cavataio totaled 16 points and seven rebounds, while hitting seven of 10 shots from the floor. 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 in 2009-2010. 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.

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, with a record of 0-1. The 16th head coach in the history of the program, he joined the Crusaders after spending the previous 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).

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.

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. During the season opener against the College of Charleston, Evans recorded 16 points, five assists, three steals and two rebounds. 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 last 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 819 points, 311 rebounds, 129 assists and 75 steals over the course of his Holy Cross career.

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON RECAP: Andrew Keister posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, but Holy Cross was defeated by the College of Charleston 93-84 at the Hart Center on Nov. 13, 2010. Mike Cavataio added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Crusaders, while R.J. Evans totaled 16 points and five assists. The game was close early on, and the Cougars held a one-point lead (14-13) after five minutes of play. Charleston then went on an 11-4 run to increase its lead to eight points. The Cougars eventually extended their lead to 10 (30-20), before Holy Cross scored seven straight points to make the score 30-27 with seven minutes left in the half. Charleston then responded with a 15-2 run of its own, and would go on to take a 52-39 lead into the locker room. The Crusaders were able to stay in the game during the second half, at one point cutting the lead to 10 points (73-63) with nine minutes remaining. But Holy Cross would get no closer until the final minute of play, as the Cougars posted a nine-point victory. Jeremy Simmons led Charleston with 22 points and eight rebounds, while Willis Hall added 20 points and four rebounds. The Cougars shot 63.6 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from three-point range, in addition to making 82.4 percent of their free throws. The Crusaders also had a solid shooting night at 51.6 percent from the floor, and also held a 33-25 advantage on the glass.

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. During the 2010-2011 season opener against the College of Charleston, Keister posted his 20th career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. In 31 games played last season, he 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. Keister 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 624 points and 523 rebounds, while making 52.4 percent (256 of 489) of his field goal attempts.

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 during the 2010-2011 campaign. Against the College of Charleston in the season opener, Brown scored 14 points and handed out two assists. 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 last season. 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 574 points, 116 rebounds and 70 assists, while hitting 39.9 percent (79 of 198) of his three-point field goal attempts and 81.9 percent of his free throws (163 of 199).

THE LAST MEETING WITH HARVARD: Andrew Keister totaled 22 points and eight rebounds, but it was not enough as Holy Cross was defeated by Harvard 87-77 at the Hart Center on Nov. 13, 2009. The teams combined to make their first nine shots from the floor, as the Crusaders jumped out to an early 10-8 lead. The Crimson then used a 9-2 spurt to go in front, and eventually led 23-17 with 7:26 left in the first half. Holy Cross came back with a 13-2 run of its own to claim its largest lead of the night, 30-25 with 3:13 remaining before the break. But Harvard then closed out the half with a 9-0 spurt, to go in front 34-30 heading into the locker room. The first eight minutes of the second half featured six ties and two lead changes, and the score was eventually tied at 49-49 after a pair of free throws by R.J. Evans with 12:06 left to play. But the Crimson then went on a 10-0 run to take the lead for good, on a pair of dunks by Jeremy Lin and two three-pointers by Dee Giger. The Crusaders continued to fight the rest of way, but were never able to get any closer than eight points down the stretch. Harvard made 11 of 12 free throws in the final two and a half minutes to hold on for the win. Evans finished the night with 12 points, while Devin Brown added 12 points and five rebounds. Mike Cavataio also played well in his Holy Cross debut, totaling 11 points, five assists and three rebounds. The Crimson was led by Lin with 24 points and seven assists, while Giger finished with 13 points and three rebounds.

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, 220 assists, 183 rebounds and 80 steals, while hitting 41.6 percent (129 of 310) of his three-point field goal attempts.

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 REMAIN SOLID AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 316-121 at the Hart Center, including an 0-1 mark so far this 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 103-29 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 66-14 record against Patriot League foes.

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 marks the 92nd season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1291-850 (.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 outrebounding the College of Charleston 33-25 in their season opener. During the 2009-2010 campaign, Holy Cross averaged 36.6 boards per contest and outrebounded its 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.

SHOTS FROM THE HEART: Holy Cross head coach Milan Brown and assistant coach Dan Engelstad are taking part in Shots from the Heart, a project created by CollegeInsider.com to help raise awareness for the growing problem of heart disease. Brown and Engelstad will compete against other college basketball coaches from around the nation in a free throw shooting tournament, which will benefit the American Heart Association. The first round of the tournament will take place from Nov. 15-30 with winners advancing to the next round, which will be competed the following month. The event will conclude with a free throw final contested at the 2011 Final Four in Houston. Brown will face Ron Hunter of IUPUI in the first round, while Engelstad will take on Notre Dame's Martin Inglesby.

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 CRIMSON: Harvard stands 0-1 so far this year, after dropping its season opener 66-53 at George Mason. Junior forward Keith Wright led the Crimson with 22 points and 16 rebounds, while hitting nine of 12 shots from the field. Sophomore guard Christian Webster was the only other member of the Crimson to score in double figures, totaling 11 points, six rebounds and four assists. Harvard is coming off a 2009-2010 season in which it posted an overall record of 21-8, while placing third in the Ivy League with a 10-4 mark in conference games. The Crimson is led by Tommy Amaker, who is now in his fourth season as Harvard's head coach. Amaker stands 43-45 with the Crimson, while owning a career record of 220-183 (including six years at Michigan and four seasons at Seton Hall).

DRIBBLES: Senior forward Josh Jones (Ocala, Fla.) earned his first career start in the season opener against the College of Charleston. He responded with a solid performance, totaling nine points and four rebounds while hitting three of four shots from the field ... The Crusaders have a 13-4 record in overtime contests since the beginning of the 1999-2000 season, including a 1-1 mark last year ...  Holy Cross stands 0-1 so far this season when wearing its white uniforms, while going 0-0 in its purple uniforms and 0-0 in its black uniforms.