Men's Basketball To Open Patriot League Play Against Lafayette

Eric Obeysekere

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The Teams: Holy Cross (1-13, 0-0 PL) vs. Lafayette (5-10, 0-0 PL)
Date: January 8, 2011
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Lafayette Radio: WJRH 104.9 FM, Easton, Pa.; Dick Hammer, play-by-play; Phil LaBella, color
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 31-16
Last Meeting: Lafayette 66, Holy Cross 63 (March 7, 2010; Patriot League Semifinals; Easton, Pa.)

Pos., No., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl.
F, 5, Mike Cavataio, 6-4, 190, Jr.
F, 35, Eric Obeysekere, 6-8, 209, So.
C, 42, Josh Jones, 6-7, 235, Sr.   
G, 2, Devin Brown, 6-1, 190, Jr.
G, 22, Andrew Beinert, 6-4, 185, Sr.

THE SERIES WITH LAFAYETTE: This will be the 48th meeting between the Crusaders and the Leopards on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 31-16. The Crusaders have won 10 of the last 13 meetings between the schools, but two of the Leopards' victories during that time came last year. For games played in Worcester, the Crusaders hold an 18-4 advantage, including seven straight victories and wins in 10 of the last 11 games. The schools first met on Feb. 4, 1947, with Holy Cross posting a 50-40 victory at the Boston Garden.

Overall: Holy Cross leads, 31-16
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 18-4
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 18-4
Milan Brown vs. Lafayette: 1-3
Fran O'Hanlon vs. Holy Cross: 15-18
Current Win Streak: Lafayette, one game
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1

CRUSADERS SET TO OPEN PATRIOT LEAGUE PLAY: Holy Cross will play its first conference game of the 2010-2011 campaign when it faces Lafayette at the Hart Center on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 3:30 p.m. Following that contest, the Crusaders will play three straight Patriot League games on the road. Holy Cross will travel to Army on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 7:00 p.m., head to Bucknell on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 2:00 p.m., and visit Navy on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 7:00 p.m. The next home game for the Crusaders after the Lafayette contest will be on Saturday, Jan. 22, against American.

CRUSADERS IN PATRIOT LEAGUE OPENERS: Holy Cross is beginning its 21st season of play in the Patriot League with the contest against Lafayette. During their first 20 years in the conference, the Crusaders have posted a 13-7 record in their first Patriot League game of the season. Holy Cross has gone 8-3 in league openers over the last 11 years, including three wins over Lafayette (86-57 in 2005-2006; 84-74 in 2006-2007; 81-67 in 2008-2009), two victories over both Colgate (68-51 in 1999-2000; 68-55 in 2000-2001) and Army (61-45 in 2002-2003; 60-32 in 2003-2004), and one win over Navy (70-57 in 2001-2002). The only losses during that time came at Bucknell in 2004-2005 (59-43) and at Lafayette in 2007-2008 (60-52) and 2009-2010 (84-74). The Crusaders also stand 12-8 all-time in their first Patriot League home game of the season, with a 7-4 mark since 1999-2000.

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 14 games played so far this year, Brown has averaged a team-best 13.7 points per contest while hitting 83.1 percent (59 of 71) of his free throws. During the Yale game, he scored a career-high 33 points to go along with five rebounds and two assists. Brown's 33 points against the Bulldogs were the most by a Crusader in a single game since Tim Clifford scored 34 points at Navy on Feb. 20, 2008. Earlier this year at Marist, he totaled 13 points and four assists, while hitting all eight of his free throw attempts. Brown also played well against Stony Brook, scoring a team-high 21 points on seven of 11 shooting from the field. Some of his other top performances this season have come at Massachusetts (18 points, four assists), at New Hampshire (16 points, two steals), at Wake Forest (16 points), against the College of Charleston (14 points, two assists), at Sacred Heart (10 points, three rebounds, 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. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Brown has now totaled 752 points, 138 rebounds and 87 assists, while hitting 37.7 percent (101 of 268) of his three-point field goal attempts and 82.2 percent of his free throws (217 of 264).

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 14 games played, he has averaged 7.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest. During the St. Joseph's game, Cavataio led the team with 12 points and eight rebounds, while hitting six of 11 shots from the field. Previously at Massachusetts, he filled up the stat line with 13 points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals. Earlier in the season, Cavataio 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. Cavataio sat out the 2008-2009 season after transferring to Holy Cross from St. John's, where he totaled 23 points and 20 rebounds during his only year with the Red Storm. During his two year career at Holy Cross, he has totaled 454 points, 242 rebounds and 95 assists.

STEVENS STEPS UP OFF THE BENCH: Sophomore guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.) has turned into one of the Crusaders' top players in the last few weeks. Over Holy Cross' last six games, Stevens has averaged 9.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 0.8 steals per contest, while hitting 44.4 percent (12 of 27) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the Sacred Heart game, he scored a career-high 15 points and handed out three assists. Previously at George Washington, Stevens totaled 13 points, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals. He also recorded 11 points and two assists at Hofstra, while finishing with nine points, three assists and two rebounds during the victory at Marist. Overall this season, Stevens is now averaging 6.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

YALE RECAP: Devin Brown scored a career-high 33 points, but it was not enough as Holy Cross was defeated by Yale 77-76 in overtime at the Hart Center on Jan. 5, 2011. Brown made 10 of 22 shots from the field, four of 10 attempts from three-point range and nine of 11 free throws. The score was tied at 71-71 with 1:36 left in overtime, when Mike Cavataio converted a three-point play to put Holy Cross up 74-71. After Yale's Jesse Pritchard hit one-of-two free throws, Jordan Stevens made lay up to put the Crusaders in front 76-72 with 26 seconds to play. Porter Braswell then made a lay up for the Bulldogs to trim the margin to two points, before the Crusaders missed a pair of free throws to give the ball back to Yale. With 6.8 seconds to go, Austin Morgan converted a three-point play to put the Bulldogs back in front 77-76. Holy Cross had one last possession, but a three-point shot by Stevens was just off the mark at the buzzer. The first half of the game featured five ties and six lead changes, with the largest lead being a seven-point advantage for the Crusaders. Holy Cross would take a 28-23 lead into the locker room halftime. The Crusaders then held onto a small lead early in the second half, until Yale pulled in front 41-40 with 11:50 left in regulation on a three-pointer by Morgan. The score remained close, until the Bulldogs eventually went up by five (61-56) with just 1:43 on the clock. After a three-pointer by Brown and a lay up by Andrew Beinert tied the score at 61-61, Yale went back in front on a Braswell lay up with 5.2 seconds to play. But Brown then drove the length of the court and hit a lay up with 0.2 seconds on the clock to force overtime. The Bulldogs were led by Morgan with 17 points and four assists, while Greg Mangano added 15 points and 14 rebounds. Cavataio finished with nine points and eight rebounds for Holy Cross, and Dave Dudzinski totaled nine points and three rebounds.

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).

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 14 games played this season, Beinert has averaged 7.2 points, 3.5 assists and 2.9 rebounds per contest, while hitting 39.3 percent (22 of 56) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the Sacred Heart game, he recorded 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. Previously against St. Joseph's, Beinert totaled seven points and eight assists with no turnovers. A few of his other top performances this season have been against Fairfield (19 points, three rebounds, three assists), at Marist (10 points, three rebounds), at Boston College (11 points, three rebounds, two assists) and at Wake Forest (eight points, seven 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. During his career as a Crusader, Beinert has now totaled 811 points, 266 assists, 221 rebounds and 90 steals, while hitting 41.5 percent (151 of 364) of his three-point field goal attempts.

HOLLAND RETURNS TO HOLY CROSS: Former Holy Cross basketball player Vincent Holland (Class of 1941) will be in attendance at the Crusaders' game against Lafayette on Jan. 8, and will present the game ball to the officials prior to the start of the contest. The captain of Holy Cross' 1940-1941 team, Holland will be attending a game at the Hart Center for the first time in 30 years. At 91 years of age, Holland is the oldest living former Holy Cross basketball team captain.

THE LAST MEETING WITH LAFAYETTE: R.J. Evans totaled 21 points, seven rebounds and three assists, but Holy Cross was defeated by Lafayette 66-63 at the Kirby Sports Center in the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament on March 7, 2010. Lafayette opened the game by jumping out to a 12-6 lead after the first six minutes of play, before Holy Cross scored eight straight points to claim a 14-12 advantage. The Crusaders were still up by one point (19-18) with 7:30 left in the half, when Jim Mower hit three straight three-pointers to put the Leopards up 27-19. Lafayette eventually extended its lead to nine points (39-30) heading into the locker room. The Leopards stayed hot early in the second half, using a 7-4 spurt to increase their lead to 12 points (46-34) with 17:31 remaining in regulation. Lafayette was still up by 10 points (55-45) with 11:32 left to play, when the Crusaders went on a 12-0 run to reclaim the lead. Mike Cavataio scored six points during that spurt, while a lay up by Evans with 6:31 remaining put Holy Cross in front. The lead would change hands several times during the closing minutes, before a tip-in by Cavataio gave the Crusaders a 63-62 lead with 53.6 seconds to play. But Jared Mintz then hit a short jumper in the lane with 37.6 seconds on the clock to put the Leopards back in front. Holy Cross had two shots on its next possession, but was unable to convert before Mintz knocked down a pair of free throws with 5.7 seconds to play, making the score 66-63. One last three-point attempt by Evans was just off the mark at the final buzzer, as Lafayette held on for the win.

BROWN TAKES OVER ON THE CRUSADER BENCH: Milan Brown is in his first season as the head men's basketball coach at Holy Cross in 2010-2011, with a record of 1-13. 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 96-133 (.419).

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).

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. He has missed Holy Cross' last three contest due to injury, but has averaged 11.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest in 11 games this season, while hitting 46.5 percent (47 of 101) 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. Over the course of his collegiate career, Keister has now totaled 740 points and 597 rebounds, while making 51.2 percent (296 of 578) of his field goal attempts and posting 22 double-doubles.

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 to help raise awareness for the growing problem of heart disease. Brown and Engelstad are competing against other college basketball coaches from around the nation in a free throw shooting tournament, which will benefit the American Heart Association. Brown defeated Ron Hunter of IUPUI 30-29 in the first round of the tournament, then downed Rick Stansbury of Mississippi State 30-29 in the second round. Next, he will face Mark Phelps of Drake in the round of 16. Engelstad defeated Notre Dame's Martin Inglesby 30-28 in the first round, before falling to Rusty LaRue of Wake Forest 31-30 in the second round.

OBEYSEKERE STEPS UP ON FRONT LINE: Sophomore forward Eric Obeysekere (Orinda, Calif.) has developed into a solid presence for the Crusaders in the low post. Over Holy Cross' last eight games, Obeysekere has averaged 5.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per contest. During the Sacred Heart game, he totaled six points, nine rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots. Previously at Marist, Obeysekere had career highs of nine points and 17 rebounds. His six blocks against Sacred Heart tied for fourth place on the Holy Cross single-game record list, while his 17 rebounds against Marist are the most by any Patriot League player in a single game this season. Overall this season, Obeysekere is now averaging 4.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 92nd season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1292-861 (.600), 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.

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.

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 since the Fairfield game 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. 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.

HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders are once again a strong rebounding team this year. Holy Cross has averaged 34.8 boards per contest and has outrebounded its opponents by an average margin of 1.6 rebounds per game in 2010-2011. The Crusaders have outrebounded six of their last eight opponents, including margins of +12 at Marist and +11 against Stony Brook. Senior center Andrew Keister leads the team with an average of 7.8 rebounds per game, while sophomore forward Eric Obeysekere stands second with 5.8 boards per contest. Junior guard Mike Cavataio has pulled down 5.2 rebounds per contest and junior guard R.J. Evans has chipped in with 4.1 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 AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 316-125 at the Hart Center, including an 0-5 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 103-33 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 66-14 record against Patriot League foes.

HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in three statistical categories, through games of Jan. 2. In addition, four Holy Cross players are listed among the national leaders in various statistics. The rankings:

Category Rank Player / Team Avg.
Rebounding 106 Andrew Keister 7.8
Free Throw Percentage 107 Devin Brown 83.3
Blocked Shots 120 Eric Obeysekere 1.5
  154 Holy Cross 3.5
Fewest Personal Fouls 132 Holy Cross 18.6
Assist-Turnover Ratio 199 Andrew Beinert 1.6
Assists 222 Andrew Beinert 3.5

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 LEOPARDS: Lafayette enters the game with an overall record of 5-10 on the year. The Leopards have lost four of their last five games, and are coming off a 76-73 loss to Columbia on Wednesday night. Senior forward Jared Mintz leads the team with averages of 16.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, while hitting 53.8 percent (85 of 158) of his shots from the field. Junior guard Jim Mower has averaged 13.2 points per game and hit 41.4 percent (41 of 99) of his three-point field goal attempts, while junior forward Ryan Willen has added 12.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest. Lafayette is led by head coach Fran O'Hanlon, who owns an overall record of 221-233 in 16 seasons with the Leopards.

DRIBBLES: Following the Lafayette contest, the Crusaders will hold a post-game autograph session on the Hart Center floor. All fans in attendance are invited to stick around after the game to receive autographs from every member of the Holy Cross team ... Freshman forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) had a strong game off the bench at Sacred Heart, scoring a career-high 15 points while making all six of his shots from the field (including two three-pointers). He previously had seven points and a career-high six boards against St. Joseph's, and is now averaging 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per game ... Senior forward Josh Jones (Ocala, Fla.) had the top game of his career at George Washington, totaling career highs of 13 points and five rebounds while hitting six of eight shots from the field. Earlier in the season, he scored nine points against both the College of Charleston and Marist. Jones is now averaging 3.5 points and 1.9 rebounds per game this year, and has hit 64.3 percent (18 of 28) of his field goal attempts ... Holy Cross' 0-8 start this year was the worst in school history. Previously, the Crusaders' worst start was 0-7 during the 1940-1941 season ... Holy Cross stands 0-5 so far this season when wearing its white uniforms, while going 1-8 in its purple uniforms ... The Crusaders have a 13-5 record in overtime contests since the beginning of the 1999-2000 season, including an 0-1 mark so far this year.