Crusaders Return Home To Face Stony Brook

Andrew Beinert

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (0-6, 0-0 PL) vs. Stony Brook (3-4, 0-0 AEC)
Date: December 7, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: Crusader Vision
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Stony Brook Radio: WUSB 90.1 FM, Stony Brook, N.Y.; Mike Solano, play-by-play; Curt Hylton, color
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Stony Brook leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: Stony Brook 69, Holy Cross 60; December 31, 2009; Stony Brook, N.Y.

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos., No., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl.
F, 5, Mike Cavataio, 6-4, 190, Jr. 
F, 44, Phil Beans, 6-9, 233, So.  
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 STONY BROOK: This will be only the second meeting between the Crusaders and the Seawolves on the hardwood. The first game between the two schools took place on Dec. 31, 2009, with Stony Brook winning 69-60 at home.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Stony Brook leads, 1-0
In Worcester: First Meeting
At the Hart Center: First Meeting
Milan Brown vs. Stony Brook: 0-0
Steve Pikiell vs. Holy Cross: 1-0
Current Win Streak: Stony Brook, one game

CRUSADERS AGAINST THE AMERICA EAST CONFERENCE: Against the nine schools which currently compete in the America East Conference, Holy Cross stands 98-38 all-time (51-12 vs. Boston University, 5-5 against Hartford, 6-0 vs. Maine, 20-10 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.

HOLY CROSS RETURNS HOME FOR TWO GAMES: Following a five-game road trip, the Crusaders return to the Hart Center to face Stony Brook on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7:00 p.m.. Holy Cross will remain at home for its next contest, facing Fairfield on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 4:00 p.m.

HOLY CROSS FACES TOUGH SLATE: Even though Holy Cross is off to an 0-6 start so far this season, it has faced far and away the toughest non-conference schedule of any school in the Patriot League. Through games of Dec. 5, the Crusaders' schedule was ranked as the 41st-hardest in the nation by CBSSports.com. The next toughest schedule of any school in the Patriot League belongs to Lafayette at 168th. Holy Cross' opponents have combined to go 32-13 so far this season, with the Crusaders only facing one team ranked 200th or below in the ratings percentage index.

KEISTER LOOKS TO CONTINUE DOMINATING IN THE LOW POST: Senior center 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 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 six games played so far this season, Keister has averaged 11.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 56.9 percent (29 of 51) of his shots from the floor. During Saturday's game at Wake Forest, he led the team with 16 points and five rebounds. Previously against Massachusetts, Keister posted his 21st career double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. He also totaled 15 points and 10 rebounds against the College of Charleston, while recording 10 points and seven rebounds at both Boston College and New Hampshire. 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 676 points and 553 rebounds, while making 52.7 percent (278 of 528) of his field goal attempts.

KEISTER NAMED PRESEASON ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE: Senior center Andrew Keister was 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 Player of the Year.

BROWN PLAYS KEY MINUTES OFF THE BENCH: Junior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) has returned to his role as one of the Patriot League's top sixth men during the 2010-2011 campaign. In six games played so far this year, Brown has averaged a team-best 13.8 points per contest while hitting 86.7 percent (26 of 30) of his free throws. During Saturday's game at Wake Forest, he tied for the team lead in scoring with 16 points. Previously at Massachusetts, Brown totaled 18 points and four assists, while hitting all 11 of his free throw attempts. He also recorded 16 points and two steals at New Hampshire, and posted 14 points and two assists against the College of Charleston. In 30 games played last year, Brown averaged 12.5 points per contest, while scoring in double-figures 16 times. He 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. Brown 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 643 points, 120 rebounds and 75 assists, while hitting 38.7 percent (87 of 225) of his three-point field goal attempts and 82.5 percent of his free throws (184 of 223).

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. Over the last three games Beinert has averaged 9.3 points and 4.7 assists, while hitting eight of 13 shots from three-point range (61.5 percent). He totaled 11 points, three rebounds and two assists at Boston College, and had eight points and seven assists at Wake Forest. 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 741 points, 236 assists, 195 rebounds and 83 steals, while hitting 42.1 percent (138 of 328) of his three-point field goal attempts.

WAKE FOREST RECAP: Wake Forest's Travis McKie posted a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, as the Demon Deacons recorded a 75-64 victory over Holy Cross at Lawrence Joel Coliseum on Dec. 4, 2010. Andrew Keister and Devin Brown led the Crusaders with 16 points each. Holy Cross started the game hot, jumping out to a quick 7-2 lead after the first four minutes of play. Wake Forest came back to score the next nine points and claim an 11-7 advantage with 13 minutes left in the half. The Demon Deacons would eventually increase their lead to nine points (21-12), before the Crusaders used an 8-2 spurt to get back into the game. Wake Forest would go on to take a 32-27 lead into the locker room. The Crusaders made it a one-point game (34-33) early in the second half, before Wake Forest scored the next eight points to go back in front by nine (42-33). The Demon Deacons went on to increase their lead to 15 points (61-46) with 7:18 remaining in the game. Holy Cross then went on a 14-5 run to close the gap, and trailed 66-60 with two minutes left to play. But that was as close as the Crusaders would get, as Wake Forest would eventually pull away for an 11-point win.

CAVATAIO SHINES ON THE WING: Junior guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) is once again among Holy Cross' top players during the 2010-2011 campaign. In six games played, Cavataio has averaged 8.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest. During the Massachusetts game, he filled up the stat line with 13 points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals. Cavataio opened the year with 16 points and seven rebounds against the College of Charleston, then recorded 11 points, seven rebounds and two steals at New Hampshire. 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.

EVANS KEEPS ON SCORING: Junior guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) is once again among the top players in the Patriot League during the 2010-2011 season. In six games played so far this season, Evans is averaging 10.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest, while hitting 49.0 percent (24 of 49) of his field goal attempts. He recorded 16 points, five assists, three steals and two rebounds against the College of Charleston in the season opener, then scored 13 points at Harvard. Evans also totaled 12 points and seven rebounds at Boston College, while finishing with 11 points and three rebounds at Massachusetts. 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 863 points, 330 rebounds, 133 assists and 79 steals over the course of his Holy Cross career.

THE LAST MEETING WITH STONY BROOK: Andrew Keister scored 13 points and pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds, but Holy Cross was defeated by Stony Brook 69-60 at the Pritchard Gymnasium on Dec. 31, 2009. Keister hit six of eight shots from the field in the game, while pulling down 14 boards on the defensive end of the court. The Seawolves started the game hot, hitting their first four shots (three from three-point range) to take a quick 11-0 lead just 2:26 into the game. Stony Brook would eventually go up by 12 (17-5), and still had an 11-point lead (23-12) with 10:53 left in the first half. The Crusaders then went on a 9-2 run to get back into the game, and closed the gap to just three points (33-30) at the 1:31-mark. The Seawolves responded to score the final five points of the half, and led 38-30 heading into the locker room. Stony Brook was still up by nine points (49-40) with 14 minutes left to play, when Holy Cross used a 10-2 spurt to close the gap to 52-50. The game stayed close the rest of the way, with the Crusaders eventually making it a one-point game (61-60) with 3:50 remaining on a free throw by R.J. Evans. But Holy Cross would not score again, as the Seawolves closed out the game on an 8-0 run to claim a nine-point victory. Evans finished the day with 12 points and three assists, while Andrew Beinert added a team-high 16 points. Stony Brook was led by Bryan Dougher and Tommy Brenton with 18 points each.

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 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, with a record of 0-6. 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 95-126 (.430).

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. In the first round of the tournament, Brown defeated Ron Hunter of IUPUI 30-29, while Engelstad downed Notre Dame's Martin Inglesby 30-28. Brown will now move on to face Rick Stansbury of Mississippi State in December, while Engelstad will take on Rusty LaRue of Wake Forest in the second round.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 92nd season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1291-855 (.602), 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.

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).

HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in two statistical categories, through games of Dec. 5. In addition, senior guard Andrew Beinert ranks 60th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio, junior guard Devin Brown ranks 73rd in free throw percentage and senior center Andrew Keister is 190th in rebounding. The rankings:

Category Rank Player / Team Avg.
Fewest Personal Fouls 58 Holy Cross 17.2
Assist-Turnover Ratio 60 Andrew Beinert 2.4
Free Throw Percentage 73 Devin Brown 86.7
Field Goal Percentage 158 Holy Cross 44.2
Rebounding 190 Andrew Keister 7.0


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.

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.

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 seven 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:

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 SEAWOLVES: Stony Brook enters the game with an overall record of 3-4 on the season. The Seawolves are coming off a 73-72 loss at Columbia on Saturday, and have dropped their last three games. Junior guard Bryan Dougher leads the team with averages of 17.1 points and 2.4 assists per game so far this season, while hitting 38.8 percent (26 of 67) of his three-point field goal attempts. Junior forward Al Rapier has added 8.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest, while senior guard Chris Martin is averaging 8.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Stony Brook is led by head coach Steve Pikiell, who owns an overall record of 61-95 over six seasons. Prior to his time with the Seawolves, Pikiell served as an assistant coach at George Washington, Central Connecticut, Yale and Connecticut.

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. He then added seven points and four boards at New Hampshire, and is now averaging 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game ... 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 0-5 in its purple uniforms.