Holy Cross Returns To Action Against St. Joseph's On Dec. 28

Mike Cavataio

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The Teams: Holy Cross (1-9, 0-0 PL) vs. St. Joseph's (3-8, 0-0 A-10)
Date: December 28, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
WCTR Television: Kevin Shea, play-by-play; Kevin Wells, color
Live Video Streaming: Crusader Vision
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
St. Joseph's Radio: WNTP 990 AM, Philadelphia, Pa.
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: St. Joseph's leads, 4-2
Last Meeting: St. Joseph's 69, Holy Cross 67 (November 17, 2009; Philadelphia, Pa.)

Pos., No., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl.
F, 5, Mike Cavataio, 6-4, 190, Jr.
F, 35, Eric Obeysekere, 6-8, 209, So.
C, 34, Andrew Keister, 6-9, 235, Sr.   
G, 2, Devin Brown, 6-1, 190, Jr.
G, 22, Andrew Beinert, 6-4, 185, Sr.

THE SERIES WITH ST. JOSEPH'S: This will be only the seventh meeting between the Crusaders and the Hawks on the hardwood. St. Joseph's won the last contest, posting a 69-67 victory at Hagan Arena on Nov. 17, 2009. Previously, Holy Cross won two straight in the series with a 71-66 victory at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse on Dec. 2, 2007, and a 73-69 overtime win at the Hart Center on Nov. 16, 2008. The Hawks captured the first three games in the series, defeating the Crusaders 82-63 in Philadelphia on Dec. 26, 1964; 62-58 in College Park, Md., on Dec. 30, 1978; and 68-60 in Philadelphia on March 25, 2005, in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Overall: St. Joseph's leads, 4-2
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 1-0
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 1-0
Milan Brown vs. St. Joseph's: 0-0
Phil Martelli vs. Holy Cross: 2-2
Current Win Streak: St. Joseph's, one game
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 1-0

HOLY CROSS RETURNS HOME TO FACE ST. JOSEPH'S: After splitting a pair of contests on a recent two-game road trip, the Crusaders return home on Tuesday, Dec. 28, when they play host to St. Joseph's at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross then hits the road once again, for contests at George Washington on Friday, Dec. 31, and at Sacred Heart on Sunday, Jan. 2. After the St. Joseph's game, the Crusaders will not play at home again until Wednesday, Jan. 5, when they take on Yale at 7:00 p.m.

HOLY CROSS AGAINST THE ATLANTIC 10: The Crusaders have enjoyed a decent amount of success against schools from the Atlantic 10 Conference over the last 11 years. Holy Cross stands 12-11 against Atlantic 10 foes since the beginning of the 1999-2000 season, even though they have lost five in a row. From 1999-2005, the Crusaders won eight straight against Atlantic 10 opponents, but that streak was snapped with a 68-60 loss at St. Joseph's in the 2005 National Invitation Tournament. The Crusaders own an all-time record of 127-115 against the 14 schools which are currently members of the Atlantic 10 (0-1 vs. Charlotte, 1-3 against Dayton, 3-5 vs. Duquesne, 39-41 against Fordham, 0-3 vs. George Washington, 6-16 against La Salle, 36-20 vs. Massachusetts, 26-13 against Rhode Island, 3-2 vs. St. Bonaventure, 2-5 against St. Joseph's, 2-3 vs. St. Louis, 6-3 against Temple and 3-0 vs. Xavier).

KEISTER CONTINUES TO DOMINATE 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. Keister earned first team All-Patriot League in 2008-2009, then was named second team all-conference in 2009-2010. In 10 games played so far this season, he has averaged 11.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest, while hitting 46.7 percent (43 of 92) of his shots from the floor. During the Hofstra game, Keister led the team with 12 points and eight rebounds. Previously at Marist, he totaled 16 points and seven boards. Keister also played well against Fairfield, posting his 22nd career double-double with 16 points and seven rebounds. Some of his other top performances this season have come at Massachusetts (16 points, 11 rebounds), at Wake Forest (16 points, five rebounds), against the College of Charleston (15 points, 10 rebounds), at Boston College (10 points, seven rebounds) and at New Hampshire (10 points, seven rebounds). 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 732 points and 588 rebounds, while making 51.3 percent (292 of 569) of his field goal attempts and posting 22 double-doubles.

BROWN PLAYS KEY MINUTES FOR THE CRUSADERS: Junior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) continues to be one of Holy Cross' top players during the 2010-2011 campaign. In 10 games played so far this year, he has averaged a team-best 13.5 points per contest while hitting 85.5 percent (47 of 55) of his free throws. During the victory at Marist, Brown totaled 13 points and four assists, while hitting all eight of his free throw attempts. Previously against Stony Brook, he scored a team-high 21 points on seven of 11 shooting from the field. Brown also played well at Wake Forest, when he tied for the team lead in scoring with 16 points. Some of his other top performances this season have come at Massachusetts (18 points, four assists), at New Hampshire (16 points, two steals), against the College of Charleston (14 points, two assists) and at Hofstra (10 points). 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. A few 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 695 points, 127 rebounds and 82 assists, while hitting 37.6 percent (92 of 245) of his three-point field goal attempts and 82.7 percent of his free throws (205 of 248).

THE JESUIT BASKETBALL SPOTLIGHT: The matchup between Holy Cross and St. Joseph's is part of the nationwide Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project, using Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education. Both Holy Cross and St. Joseph's are Jesuit schools. The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project highlights more than 90 games this season between men's and women's teams from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States. Each of the 28 is dedicated to strong academics and teaching women and men to serve others and live a faith that does justice. The spotlight project includes awareness announcements during these designated games and during gamecasts on radio and television. Jesuit, Catholic colleges and universities in the United States have more than 200,000 students currently and more than 1.7 million living alumni. The Jesuit educational mission began in Europe approximately 500 years ago. For more information on Jesuit higher education in the United States, visit 'www.ajcunet.edu'.

HOFSTRA RECAP: Hofstra's Mike Moore scored 12 of his game-high 15 points in the second half, as the Pride pulled away for a 71-56 victory over Holy Cross at the Mack Sports Complex on Dec. 22, 2010. Andrew Keister led the Crusaders with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Jordan Stevens scored a career-high 11 points off the bench. Hofstra took an early 6-2 lead to open the game, before Holy Cross used an 8-2 spurt to claim a 10-8 advantage with 11 minutes left in the first half. But the Pride then went on a 16-0 run over the next four minutes to take its biggest lead of the half, 24-10. Hofstra would eventually take a 34-22 advantage into the locker room. The Crusaders started the second half strong, using a 7-4 spurt to cut the Pride's lead to single digits (41-32) with just under 17 minutes left to play. Holy Cross would eventually make the score 43-38 on a three-pointer by Stevens with 13:54 remaining in regulation. But Hofstra responded with a 7-1 run over the next three minutes to build its lead back to 11 points (50-39). The Crusaders would get no closer than seven points the rest of the way, before the Pride pulled away for a 15-point victory. Devin Brown scored 10 points for Holy Cross, and Eric Obeysekere added six points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

HOLY CROSS FACES TOUGH SLATE: Even though Holy Cross is off to an 1-9 start this season, it has faced the toughest non-conference schedule of any school in the Patriot League. Through games of Dec. 21, the Crusaders' schedule was ranked as the 132nd-hardest in the nation by CBSSports.com. The only other Patriot League school to play a schedule that comes close is Bucknell at 152nd. Holy Cross has played three teams ranked in the top 100 of the ratings percentage index, and its opponents have combined to go 62-47 this season for a .569 winning percentage.

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 four seasons. In 10 games played this season, Beinert has averaged 6.8 points, 3.1 assists and 2.4 rebounds per contest, while hitting 47.4 percent (18 of 38) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the victory at Marist, he scored 10 points (all in the second half) and pulled down three rebounds. Previously against Fairfield, Beinert led the team with 19 points, three rebounds and three assists, while hitting five of seven attempts from three-point range. A few of his other top performances this season have been at Wake Forest (eight points, seven assists) and at Boston College (11 points, three rebounds, two assists). 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 last 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 778 points, 248 assists, 205 rebounds and 88 steals, while hitting 42.5 percent (147 of 346) of his three-point field goal attempts.

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 now moves on to face Rick Stansbury of Mississippi State in the second round, while Engelstad will take on Rusty LaRue of Wake Forest.

THE LAST MEETING WITH ST. JOSEPH'S: St. Joseph's guard Carl Jones scored 18 points, including 12 of his team's final 14 points, to lead the Hawks to a 69-67 victory over Holy Cross at Hagan Arena on Nov. 17, 2009. Devin Brown led the Crusaders with 17 points and three rebounds. The Crusaders held an early 8-6 lead after the first six minutes of play, before the Hawks went on a 7-0 run to pull in front. St. Joseph's would eventually go ahead by as many as eight points, before taking a 37-31 advantage into the locker room. The St. Joseph's lead would stay between three and eight points for most of the second half, and the Hawks were up 63-56 with 3:41 left to play. But Holy Cross then went on a 7-0 run, with Brown hitting a three-pointer to tie the score at 63-63 with 2:26 remaining on the clock. Jones hit a jumper to put St. Joseph's back in front, before Andrew Beinert knocked down a jump shot of his own to make the score 65-65 at the 1:43-mark. But Jones hit a pair of three throws on the next possession to give the Hawks a lead they would never relinquish. St. Joseph's eventually went up 69-65 on two more free throws by Jones, before a layup by Brown concluded the scoring for Holy Cross. R.J. Evans finished the game with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Andrew Keister posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Holy Cross did an outstanding job of rebounding the ball, holding a 50-33 advantage on the glass.

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 10 games played, Cavataio has averaged 6.8 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 previously had 16 points and seven rebounds against the College of Charleston, while recording 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.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 92nd season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1292-857 (.601), 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 REMAIN SOLID AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 316-123 at the Hart Center, including an 0-3 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 103-31 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 66-14 record against Patriot League foes.

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 1-9. Brown earned his first victory with the Crusaders on Dec. 19, 2010, at Marist. The 16th head coach in the history of the program, he came to Holy Cross after spending the previous seven seasons as head coach at Mount St. Mary's. During his final 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 96-129 (.432).

EVANS KEEPS ON SCORING: Junior guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) is once again among the top players in the Patriot League this season, but has sat out the last two contests due to injury. In eight games played so far this season, he is averaging 9.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest, while hitting 46.3 percent (31 of 67) of his field goal attempts. During the Stony Brook game, Evans totaled 11 points, five rebounds and two assists. Previously at Massachusetts, he finished with 11 points and three rebounds. Some of Evans' other top performances this year have been against the College of Charleston (16 points, five assists, three steals, two rebounds), at Harvard (13 points) and at Boston College (12 points, seven 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 879 points, 342 rebounds, 137 assists and 81 steals over the course of his Holy Cross career.

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.

HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in three statistical categories, through games of Dec. 19. In addition, junior guard Devin Brown ranks 52nd in free throw percentage, senior center Andrew Keister is 124th in rebounding and senior guard Andrew Beinert ranks 174th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio. The rankings:

Category Rank Player / Team Avg.
Free Throw Percentage 52 Devin Brown 87.5
Fewest Personal Fouls 124 Holy Cross 18.6
Rebounding 124 Andrew Keister 7.7
Rebounding Margin 156 Holy Cross +1.7
Assist-Turnover Ratio 174 Andrew Beinert 1.6
Assists 192 Holy Cross 12.9

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).

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: ive 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 HAWKS: St. Joseph's enters the game with an overall record of 3-8 on the season. The Hawks have lost their last six games, since posting a 76-70 victory over Rutgers on Nov. 26. Sophomore guard Carl Jones leads the team with an average of 18.8 ponits per game, to go along with 2.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest. Freshman guard Langston Galloway is also off to a strong start this season, with averages of 13.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. St. Joseph's is led by head coach Phil Martelli, who owns an overall record of 292-195 in 16 seasons with the Hawks. Martelli has been named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year four times, while leading St. Joseph's to five NCAA Tournament appearances.

DRIBBLES: Sophomore forward Eric Obeysekere (Orinda, Calif.) had career highs of nine points and 17 rebounds during Sunday's victory at Marist. The 17 rebounds were the most by any player in the Patriot League in a single game this season. Obeysekere is now averaging 3.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game this season ... Sophomore guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.) scored a career-high 11 points during the Hofstra game. He previously had nine points and a career-high three assists during the win at Marist ... 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 a career-high nine points and four rebounds while hitting three of four shots from the field. He then matched his career high with nine points at Marist ... Freshman forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) had a strong game off the bench against Fairfield, totaling a career-high nine points and four rebounds in 20 minutes of action. He had eight points and a career-high five boards earlier in the year at Harvard, and is now averaging 3.9 points and 2.5 rebounds per game ...  Holy Cross stands 0-3 so far this season when wearing its white uniforms, while going 1-6 in its purple uniforms ... 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.