GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (2-13, 1-0 PL) vs. Army (9-7, 1-0 PL)
Date: January 12, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Christl Arena (5,043), West Point, N.Y.
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Army Radio: WALL 1340 AM, Middletown, N.Y.; WEOK 1390 AM, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Rich DeMarco, play-by-play
Unofficial Live Statistics: www.GoArmySports.com
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 54-16
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 70, Army 56 (Feb. 10, 2010; West Point, N.Y.)
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
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 ARMY: This will be the 71st meeting between the Crusaders and the Black Knights on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 54-16. The Crusaders have won 17 out of the last 19 meetings in the series, although both of Army's victories during that time have come in the last three years. For games played at West Point, the Crusaders hold a 21-12 advantage, with eight straight victories. The schools first met on Feb. 22, 1926, with Army posting a 41-27 victory at West Point.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 54-16
At West Point: Holy Cross leads, 21-12
At Christl Arena: Holy Cross leads, 16-8
Milan Brown vs. Army: 0-0
Zach Spiker vs. Holy Cross: 1-1
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-1
CRUSADERS EMBARK ON THREE-GAME ROAD TRIP: Holy Cross will play its next three games on the road, all against Patriot League opponents. The Crusaders begin the road trip when they travel to Army on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross will then head to Bucknell on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 2:00 p.m., and play at Navy on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 7:00 p.m. The next home game for the Crusaders will not come until Saturday, Jan. 22, when they play host to American at 2:00 p.m.
CRUSADERS IN PATRIOT LEAGUE ROAD OPENERS: Holy Cross is now in its 21st season of play in the Patriot League, and will play its first league road game of the year at Army. During their first 20 seasons in the conference, the Crusaders have posted a 12-8 mark in their opening Patriot League road game of the year. Holy Cross has a 7-4 mark in its opening conference road game over the last 11 years, including victories in four of the last six seasons. The Crusaders also stand 14-7 in their first overall Patriot League game of the season, following Saturday's 70-65 victory over Lafayette. Holy Cross has now won its opening Patriot League game nine times in the last 12 years.
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 12 games played this season, he has averaged 11.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest, while hitting 48.2 percent (53 of 110) of his shots from the floor. During Saturday's victory over Lafayette, Keister scored 15 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Previously at Hofstra, he led the team with 12 points and eight rebounds. Keister also played well at Marist, totaling 16 points and seven boards. Some of his other top performances this season have come at Massachusetts (16 points, 11 rebounds), against Fairfield (16 points, seven 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 755 points and 605 rebounds, while making 51.4 percent (302 of 587) of his field goal attempts and posting 22 double-doubles.
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 15 games played this season, he has averaged 8.1 points, 3.5 assists and 3.1 rebounds per contest, while hitting 43.5 percent (27 of 62) of his three-point field goal attempts. During Saturday's victory over Lafayette, Beinert tied his career high by scoring 21 points, in addition to grabbing six rebounds and handing out three assists. Previously at Sacred Heart, he recorded 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. Beinert also played well against St. Joseph's, totaling 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 832 points, 269 assists, 227 rebounds and 90 steals, while hitting 42.2 percent (156 of 370) of his three-point field goal attempts.
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).
LAFAYETTE RECAP: Andrew Beinert tied his career high by scoring 21 points, to lead Holy Cross to a 70-65 victory over Lafayette at the Hart Center on Jan. 8, 2011. Beinert also had six rebounds and three assists, while hitting seven of nine shots from the field and five of six three-point attempts. The Crusaders trailed 49-36 with 13 minutes remaining in the second half, before a pair of dunks by Eric Obeysekere and Dave Dudzinski and a Dudzinski free throw trimmed the margin to eight points (49-41). The Leopards were still up by eight (56-48) with seven minutes to play, when Holy Cross used an 11-0 run to claim its first lead of the second half (59-56 at the 4:55-mark). Beinert scored eight of his points during that spurt, including a layup to tie the score and a three-point field goal to put the Crusaders in front. The score stayed close for the next few minutes, until a pair of free throw's by Jared Mintz put Lafayette back up 63-62 with 2:27 remaining. But after two free throws by Dudzinski gave Holy Cross a one-point advantage, Devin Brown drained a three-point field goal with 45.1 seconds on the clock to make the score 67-63. Brown would then connect on three of four free throws in the final 20 seconds as the Crusaders held on for the victory. The score had been close throughout the first half, as neither team led by more than five points. The Leopards eventually took a 33-28 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Lafayette then used an 11-0 run early in the second half to take a 13-point lead, before Holy Cross rallied for the victory. Andrew Keister totaled 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds, in his return from an injury which had held him out of the previous three games. Dudzinski added nine points and five rebounds, while Brown finished with nine points and two assists. The Leopards were led by Darion Benbow with 13 points and five rebounds.
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 15 games played so far this year, Brown has averaged a team-best 13.4 points per contest while hitting 82.7 percent (62 of 75) 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 761 points, 139 rebounds and 89 assists, while hitting 37.2 percent (103 of 277) of his three-point field goal attempts and 82.1 percent of his free throws (220 of 268).
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 15 games played, he has averaged 7.1 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 456 points, 247 rebounds and 98 assists.
THE LAST MEETING WITH ARMY: Eric Meister totaled 10 points, nine rebounds and a school single-game record nine blocked shots, to lead Holy Cross to a 70-56 victory over Army at Christl Arena on Feb. 10, 2010. Meister broke the old mark of seven blocked shots, which had been shared by Josh Sankes and Tim Clifford. Mike Cavataio also had a big night for the Crusaders, recording 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists. R.J. Evans added 14 points, four rebounds and four assists, while Andrew Beinert chipped in with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists. Army was led by Cleveland Richard with 15 points, three rebounds and three assists. The game was close early on, with the Crusaders holding an 8-7 lead after the first five minutes of play. Holy Cross then went on a 9-1 run, going ahead by nine (20-11) with 12:05 to go in the half on a jump shot by Cavataio. The Crusaders eventually went up by 11 points (32-21) with 3:51 left before the break, before Army closed out the half on a 6-0 run to trim the Holy Cross lead to 32-27 heading into the locker room. The Crusaders were still up by five (36-31) early in the second half, before scoring 10 straight points to build their lead back to double-figures. That run was capped by an old fashioned three-point play by Cavataio with 11:37 remaining to make the score 46-31. Holy Cross would extend its lead to 21 points (63-42) with 2:38 left to play, before eventually claiming a 14-point victory (70-56). Holy Cross shot 55.3 percent from the field on the night (26 of 47), while holding the Black Knights to just 32.2 percent shooting (19 of 59).
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 an overall record of 2-13 and a 1-0 mark in the Patriot League. 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 97-133 (.422).
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 seven games, Stevens has averaged 9.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.7 steals per contest, while hitting 41.4 percent (12 of 29) 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 6.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per 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 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 nine games, Obeysekere has averaged 5.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.6 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 1.7 blocks per game.
DUDZINSKI BECOMING A FACTOR DOWN LOW: Freshman forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) is developing into a key player for the Crusaders at the low post positions. In 15 games played this season, he has averaged 5.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 53.1 percent (34 of 64) of his field goal attempts. During Saturday's victory over Lafayette, Dudzinski recorded nine points and five rebounds, including a pair of free throws with 1:37 remaining to give Holy Cross the lead for good. Previously at Sacred Heart, he scored a career-high 15 points while making all six of his shots from the field (including two three-pointers). Earlier in the year against St. Joseph's, he had seven points and a career-high six rebounds. Dudzinski came to Holy Cross from Kaneland High School, where he was a second team All-State selection.
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).
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 92nd season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1293-861 (.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.
HOLY CROSS RALLIES TO DEFEAT LAFAYETTE: During Saturday's game against Lafayette, the Crusaders came back from 13 points down (49-36) with 13 minutes to play to earn a 70-65 win. That marked the largest comeback victory for Holy Cross since Feb. 11, 2009, when the Crusaders rallied from 17 points down against Army (27-10 with four minutes left in the first half) to win 62-59. It was also the biggest second half comeback since Dec. 27, 2008, when Holy Cross trailed San Francisco 73-60 with 9:09 to go, and responded with a 37-15 run to earn a 97-88 victory.
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 35.1 boards per contest and has outrebounded its opponents by an average margin of 1.9 rebounds per game in 2010-2011. The Crusaders have outrebounded seven of their last nine 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 317-125 at the Hart Center, including a 1-5 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 104-33 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 67-14 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. 6. In addition, four Holy Cross players are listed among the national leaders in various statistics. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg.|
|Blocked Shots||79||Eric Obeysekere||1.8|
|Free Throw Percentage||107||Devin Brown||83.1|
|Blocked Shots||144||Holy Cross||3.6|
|Rebounding Margin||151||Holy Cross||+1.6|
|Fewest Personal Fouls||159||Holy Cross||18.9|
|Assist-Turnover Ratio||220||Andrew Beinert||1.5|
HOLLAND RETURNS TO HOLY CROSS: Former Holy Cross basketball player Vincent Holland (Class of 1941) was in attendance at the Crusaders' game against Lafayette on Jan. 8, and presented the game ball to the officials prior to the start of the contest. The captain of Holy Cross' 1940-1941 team, Holland attended 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.
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 is 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 was available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The contests against the College of Charleston, Stony Brook and St. Joseph's were shown. The package, done in association with Stretch Internet, was 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 most 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 BLACK KNIGHTS: Army enters the game with an overall record of 9-7 and a 1-0 mark in the Patriot League. The Black Knights have won four of their last five games, and are coming off a 73-66 victory at Colgate on Saturday. Junior guard Julian Simmons leads the team with an average of 16.8 points per game, while hitting 43.6 percent (48 of 110) of his shots from three-point range. Senior forward Jeremy Hence is averaging 15.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest, while sophomore forward Ella Ellis has added 12.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Army is led by Zach Spiker, who stands 23-22 in two seasons as a collegiate head coach. Prior to his time with the Black Knights, Spiker served as an assistant coach at Cornell, West Virginia and Winthrop.
DRIBBLES: 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 62.5 percent (20 of 32) of his field goal attempts ... Holy Cross stands 1-5 so far this season when wearing its white uniforms, while going 1-8 in its purple uniforms ... 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 ... 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.