Holy Cross Takes On Bucknell In Battle For First Place

Dave Dudzinski

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (3-13, 2-0 PL) vs. Bucknell (11-7, 2-0 PL)
Date: January 16, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Sojka Pavilion (4,000), Lewisburg, Pa.
CBS College Sports Television: Bob Socci, play-by-play; John Feinstein, color
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Bucknell Radio: WEGH 107.3 FM, Sunbury, Pa.; Doug Birdsong, play-by-play; Ed Sigl, color
Unofficial Live Statistics: Gametracker
Series Record: Bucknell leads, 28-25
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 67, Bucknell 64 (Patriot League Quarterfinals; March 10, 2010; Lewisburg, Pa.)

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, 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 BUCKNELL: This will be the 54th meeting between the Crusaders and the Bison on the hardwood, with Bucknell leading the all-time series 28-25. Holy Cross has won seven of the last 11 games between the schools, with the road team winning five of the last eight contests. For games played in Lewisburg, Bucknell holds a 13-10 advantage, but the Crusaders have won three of their last four visits to Sojka Pavilion. The schools first met on January 12, 1991, with Holy Cross posting an 80-78 victory in Lewisburg.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Bucknell leads, 28-25
In Lewisburg: Bucknell leads, 13-10
At Sojka Pavilion: Bucknell leads, 6-4
Milan Brown vs. Bucknell: 0-0
Dave Paulsen vs. Holy Cross: 3-4
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1

CRUSADERS CONTINUE ROAD TRIP AT BUCKNELL: Holy Cross will play the second of three straight games away from the Hart Center this weekend, when it travels to Bucknell for a contest which will be televised on CBS College Sports at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16. The Crusaders began the road trip with a 68-54 victory at Army on Wednesday night. Holy Cross stays on the road next week with a game at Navy on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 7:00 p.m. The next home game for Holy Cross does not come until Saturday, Jan. 22, when it plays host to American at 2:00 p.m.

CRUSADERS GET OFF TO FAST START IN LEAGUE PLAY: Holy Cross has opened Patriot League play with a perfect 2-0 mark in its first two conference games. This marks the fourth time in the last six years and the 10th time overall the Crusaders have started league play at 2-0. The best ever Patriot League start for Holy Cross came in the 2006-2007 season, when it began conference play at 10-0. In Patriot League history, the best ever start came in 2005-2006, when Bucknell won all 14 of its league games. The second-best winning streak to ever open up Patriot League play is 10 games, held by the 2006-2007 Crusaders. Of the previous nine times Holy Cross has opened the Patriot League season with a 2-0 mark, it has gone on to finish the year with a winning record in conference play every time (including seven seasons with at least 10 victories).

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 13 games played this season, he has averaged 11.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest, while hitting 50.0 percent (60 of 120) of his shots from the floor. During Wednesday's victory at Army, Keister led the team with 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots, while hitting seven of 10 shots from the field. Previously against Lafayette, he scored 15 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Keister also played well at Hofstra, leading the team with 12 points and eight rebounds. Some of his other top performances this season have come at Massachusetts (16 points, 11 rebounds), at Marist (16 points, seven 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 772 points and 614 rebounds, while making 51.8 percent (309 of 597) of his field goal attempts and posting 22 double-doubles.

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 9.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per contest, while hitting 40.6 percent (13 of 32) of his three-point field goal attempts. During Wednesday's victory at Army, he scored 15 points on six of eight shooting from the field, in addition to posting three rebounds and three assists. Previously at Sacred Heart, Stevens finished with 15 points and three assists. A few of his other top games this season have come against George Washington (13 points, four rebounds, two blocks, two steals), Hofstra (11 points, two assists) and Marist (nine points, three assists, two rebounds). Overall this season, Stevens is now averaging 6.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

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 16 games played this season, he has averaged 8.1 points, 3.5 assists and 3.1 rebounds per contest, while hitting 43.9 percent (29 of 66) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the 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), at Wake Forest (eight points, seven assists) and at Army (eight  points, four rebounds, four 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 840 points, 273 assists, 231 rebounds and 90 steals, while hitting 42.2 percent (158 of 374) of his three-point field goal attempts.

ARMY RECAP: Andrew Keister scored a season-high 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds, to lead Holy Cross to a 68-54 victory over Army at Christl Arena on Jan. 12, 2011. Jordan Stevens also played well for the Crusaders, tying his career-high with 15 points, in addition to posting three rebounds and three assists. Holy Cross started the game on fire, hitting nine of its first 11 shots from the field to take an early 23-7 lead. The Black Knights were able to close to within nine points (24-15) with 11:31 left in the first half, before the Crusaders responded with a 15-2 run over the next eight minutes to build their lead back to double figures. At one point during that stretch, Holy Cross held Army scoreless for a span of 6:03. The Crusaders eventually took a 43-26 advantage into the locker room. Holy Cross' lead would stay between 13 and 19 points for the first nine minutes of the second half, and the Crusaders led 51-35 with 11 minutes to play. Holy Cross then used a 12-2 run over the next five and a half minutes to put the game away. The Black Knights would close out the night with a 13-2 run, to make the final score look closer than it actually was. Eric Obeysekere totaled eight points, a game-high 14 rebounds and four blocked shots, while Andrew Beinert added eight points, four rebounds and four assists. Army's Julian Simmons scored a game-high 24 points, 14 of which came in the final 10 minutes of the second half. The Crusaders made 28 of 53 field goal attempts on the night (52.8 percent), while holding the Black Knights to just 18 of 60 shooting (30.0 percent). Holy Cross also held a 44-29 advantage on the boards.

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 16 games played so far this year, Brown has averaged a team-best 12.9 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 767 points, 140 rebounds and 93 assists, while hitting 36.9 percent (103 of 279) 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 16 games played, he has averaged 7.1 points and 5.4 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 462 points, 255 rebounds and 102 assists.

THE LAST MEETING WITH BUCKNELL: Mike Cavataio scored 20 points and Andrew Beinert added 19 points, as Holy Cross posted a 67-64 victory over Bucknell at Sojka Pavilion in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament on March 3, 2010. The score was tied at 51-51 with less than four minutes to play, before Beinert hit one-of-two free throws and knocked down a three-pointer to put Holy Cross up 55-51. Then at the 1:19-mark, Cavataio tipped in a missed a shot while being fouled, and converted the three-point play to make the score 58-51. After Bucknell had trimmed the lead to five points (58-53), Eric Meister drained both shots of a one-and-one to move Holy Cross' lead back to seven points (60-53). Those two foul shots began a stretch where the Crusaders hit nine of 10 free throws in the final minute of action to secure the victory. In the first half, the game was close most of the way, with Holy Cross leading 22-21 at the 6:54 mark. The Crusaders then scored five straight points, and eventually extended their lead to eight points (34-26) heading into the locker room. Bucknell started the second half on fire, scoring nine consecutive points to claim the lead. Neither team would lead by more than three points again until the closing minutes, when Holy Cross pulled away to claim the win. As a team, the Crusaders hit 46.8 percent of their field goals, 66.7 percent of their three-pointers and 85.0 percent of their free throws. On the defensive end, Holy Cross held Bucknell to just 37.3 percent shooting from the floor. Meister finished the night with nine points and nine rebounds, and R.J. Evans added nine points and four rebounds. The Bison were led by Darryl Shazier with 19 points, five rebounds and three assists.

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 3-13 and a 2-0 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 98-133 (.424).

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 10 games, He has averaged 5.7 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per contest. During Wednesday's victory at Army, Obeysekere recorded eight points, a game-high 14 rebounds and four blocked shots. Previously against Sacred Heart, he totaled six points, nine rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots. Obeysekere also played well at Marist, finishing with 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 4.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.

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).

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.

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 16 games played this season, he has averaged 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per contest, while hitting 51.5 percent (35 of 68) of his field goal attempts. During the 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 1294-861 (.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 the Jan. 8 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 35.6 boards per contest and has outrebounded its opponents by an average margin of 2.8 rebounds per game in 2010-2011. The Crusaders have outrebounded eight of their last 10 opponents, including margins of +15 at Army, +12 at Marist and +11 against Stony Brook. Senior center Andrew Keister leads the team with an average of 7.9 rebounds per game, while sophomore forward Eric Obeysekere stands second with 6.3 boards per contest. Junior guard Mike Cavataio has pulled down 5.4 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 four statistical categories, through games of Jan. 9. In addition, four Holy Cross players are listed among the national leaders in various statistics. The rankings:

Category Rank Player / Team Avg.
Blocked Shots 85 Eric Obeysekere 1.7
  137 Holy Cross 3.7
Rebounding 106 Andrew Keister 7.8
Free Throw Percentage 117 Devin Brown 82.7
Rebounding Margin 137 Holy Cross +1.9
Fewest Personal Fouls 158 Holy Cross 18.9
Assists 196 Holy Cross 12.7
  231 Andrew Beinert 3.5
Assist-Turnover Ratio 205 Andrew Beinert 1.6

HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Most 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 BISON: Bucknell has an overall record of 11-7 on the season, with a 2-0 mark in the Patriot League. The Bison have won five straight and nine out of their last 10 games, and are coming off a 75-60 victory at American on Wednesday night. Bucknell's leading scorer is sophomore forward Mike Muscala, who has averaged 15.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Bryson Johnson has added 10.2 points per contest, while senior guard G.W. Boon is chipping in with 10.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Bucknell is led by head coach Dave Paulsen, who stands 32-47 in three seasons with the Bison. Paulsen owns a career record 294-167, including eight years at Williams, three seasons at Le Moyne and three years at St. Lawrence.

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 63.6 percent (21 of 33) of his field goal attempts ... Holy Cross stands 1-5 so far this season when wearing its white uniforms, while going 2-8 in its purple uniforms ... 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 is the oldest living former Holy Cross basketball team captain at 19 years of age ... 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.