November 18, 2010

Men's Basketball Heads To New Hampshire On Saturday

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (0-2, 0-0 PL) vs. New Hampshire (2-0, 0-0 AEC)
Date: November 20, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Lundholm Gymnasium (3,000), Durham, N.H.
Live Video Streaming: www.UNHWildcats.tv
Holy Cross Radio: Dick Lutsk, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 20-9
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 64, New Hampshire 54; December 28, 2000; Worcester, Mass.

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
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 NEW HAMPSHIRE: This will be the 30th meeting between the Crusaders and the Wildcats on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 20-9. The Crusaders have won the last two meetings between the schools, with the last game being played 10 years ago. For contests played in Durham, Holy Cross holds an 8-6 advantage, including a victory during its last trip (73-53 on Feb. 15, 2000). Holy Cross and New Hampshire first met on Jan. 10, 1973, with the Crusaders posting a 78-60 victory in Worcester.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 20-9
In Durham: Holy Cross leads, 8-6
At Lundholm Gymnasium: Holy Cross leads, 8-6
Milan Brown vs. New Hampshire: 0-1
Bill Herrion vs. Holy Cross: 0-0
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, two games
In Overtime: New Hampshire leads, 1-0

CRUSADERS AGAINST THE AMERICA EAST CONFERENCE: Against the nine schools which currently compete in the America East Conference, Holy Cross stands 98-37 all-time (51-12 vs. Boston University, 5-5 against Hartford, 6-0 vs. Maine, 20-9 against New Hampshire, 0-1 vs. Stony Brook and 16-10 against Vermont). The Crusaders played in the America East, then known as the ECAC North Atlantic, for four seasons from 1979-1983, posting a 9-7 record in conference play (the league played only a tournament and no regular season in the first two years). In 1980, Holy Cross won the ECAC Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

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).

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 two games played so far this season, he is averaging 14.5 points, 3.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 50.0 percent (13 of 26) of his field goal attempts). Evans recorded 16 points, five assists, three steals and two rebounds against the College of Charleston, then scored 13 points at Harvard. 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 832 points, 313 rebounds, 130 assists and 76 steals over the course of his Holy Cross career.

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 0-2. 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 95-122 (.438).

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.) 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.

HARVARD RECAP: R.J. Evans scored a team-high 13 points, but Holy Cross was defeated by Harvard 72-49 at Lavietes Pavilion on Nov. 17, 2010. Harvard started the game hot, jumping out to a 16-2 lead after the first seven minutes of play. The Crimson increased its lead to 17 points (23-6) with 11 minutes remaining in the first half, before Holy Cross stepped up its play on the defensive end and held Harvard scoreless for almost five minutes. Unfortunately, the Crusaders were able to score only three points of their own during that time, and the Crimson would go on to take a 32-14 advantage into the locker room. Coming out to start the second half, Harvard was on fire once again, scoring 10 straight points to increase its lead to 28 (42-14). The Crimson would eventually lead by as many as 33, before finally claiming a 23-point victory. Dave Dudzinski totaled eight points, five rebounds and two steals, while Devin Brown added eight points. Harvard was led by Keith Wright with 18 points and six rebounds, and Christian Webster added 12 points and five boards.

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 582 points, 117 rebounds and 70 assists, while hitting 40.3 percent (81 of 201) of his three-point field goal attempts and 81.9 percent of his free throws (163 of 199).

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 713 points, 222 assists, 187 rebounds and 80 steals, while hitting 41.5 percent (130 of 313) 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).

THE LAST MEETING WITH NEW HAMPSHIRE: Josh Sankes totaled 18 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots, to lead Holy Cross to a 64-54 victory over New Hampshire at the Hart Center on Dec. 28, 2000. Jared Curry added 11 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for the Crusaders. Sankes scored 11 of his 18 points in the first half, as Holy Cross jumped out to a 33-22 lead at the break. The Crusaders held New Hampshire to just 26.9 percent shooting and outrebounded the Wildcats 24-16 in the opening stanza. New Hampshire cut the deficit to just one point (37-36) with 15:03 left in the second half on a three-pointer by Jeff Senulis. Holy Cross then used a 14-2 spurt over the next 7:11 to take a commanding 51-38 lead with 7:52 remaining. That run put the game away, as the Wildcats would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way. Holy Cross finished the game by holding New Hampshire to 28.8 percent shooting, while holding a 45-38 advantage on the glass. The Wildcats were led by Austin Ganly with 15 points and four rebounds, while Allen Gould added 13 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

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 525 rebounds, while making 52.1 percent (256 of 491) of his field goal attempts.

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 1291-851 (.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 three 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, Stony Brook 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 WILDCATS: New Hampshire stands 2-0 so far this year, winning its first two games against Dartmouth (55-53) and Division III Lesley (79-47). Senior guard Alvin Abreu is averaging 14.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game this season, while sophomore forward Fred Myrcik has added 14.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest. Senior guard Tyrone Conley is chipping in with 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, and senior center Dane DiLiegro is averaging 8.5 points and a team-best 8.0 rebounds per contest. New Hampshire is coming off a 2009-2010 season in which it posted an overall record of 13-17, while placing sixth in the America East Conference with a 6-10 mark in league games. The Wildcats are led by Bill Herrion, who is now in his sixth season as New Hampshire's head coach. Herrion stands 60-90 with the Wildcats, while owning a career record of 297-259 (including eight years at Drexel and six seasons at East Carolina).

DRIBBLES: Freshman forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) had a strong night off the bench at Harvard, scoring eight points and pulling down a team-high five rebounds in 24 minutes of action ... 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 0-1 in its purple uniforms and 0-0 in its black uniforms.