Men's Basketball Concludes Road Trip With Contest At Navy

Mike Cavataio

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (3-14, 2-1 PL) vs. Navy (5-14, 0-3 PL)
Date: January 19, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Alumni Hall (5,710), Annapolis, Md.
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Navy Radio: WNAV 1430 AM, Annapolis, Md.; Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 152; Pete Medhurst, play-by-play
Unofficial Live Statistics: Gametracker
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 31-18
Last Meeting: Navy 83, Holy Cross 80 (February 17, 2010; Annapolis, Md.)

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 NAVY: This will be the 50th meeting between the Crusaders and the Midshipmen on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 31-18. Navy has won four of the last six meetings between the schools, including an 83-80 victory in Annapolis on Feb. 17, 2010. Holy Cross was previously victorious in 16 straight meetings between the two schools from 2001-2007, while the Midshipmen won eight straight from 1997-2000. For games played in Annapolis, the series is tied at 11-11 with three straight victories by Navy. The schools first met on March 20, 1947, with Holy Cross posting a 55-47 victory at Madison Square Garden in the NCAA Tournament East Regional Semifinals.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 31-18
In Annapolis: Tied, 11-11
At Alumni Hall: Navy leads, 11-8
Milan Brown vs. Navy: 3-2
Billy Lange vs. Holy Cross: 4-9
Current Win Streak: Navy, one game
In Overtime: Navy leads, 2-1

CRUSADERS WRAP UP ROAD TRIP AT NAVY: Holy Cross will play the last of three straight games away from the Hart Center this week, when it travels to Navy on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders began the road trip last week with a 47-36 victory at Army on Jan. 12, and a narrow 74-72 loss at Bucknell on Jan. 16. Following the game at Navy, the Crusaders return home on Saturday, Jan. 22, to face American at 2:00 p.m. Holy Cross will then remain in Worcester for a contest against Colgate at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27.

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 14 games played this season, he has averaged 11.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest, while hitting 49.6 percent (65 of 131) of his shots from the floor. During Sunday's game at Bucknell, Keister totaled 13 points and four rebounds. Previously at Army, he led the team with 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots, while hitting seven of 10 attempts from the field. Keister also played well against Lafayette, scoring 15 points and pulling down a team-high 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 Hofstra (12 points, eight 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 785 points and 620 rebounds, while making 51.6 percent (314 of 608) of his field goal attempts and posting 22 double-doubles.

JONES PLAYS KEY MINUTES OFF THE BENCH: Senior forward Josh Jones (Ocala, Fla.) has been a key player for the Crusaders this season at the low post positions. In 16 games played, he has averaged 4.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per contest, while hitting 68.4 percent (26 of 38) of his field goal attempts. During Sunday's game at Bucknell, Jones tied for the team lead by scoring a career-high 14 points, while hitting all five of his field goal attempts. Previously at George Washington, he scored 13 points and pulled down a career-high five rebounds, and made six of eight shots from the floor. Earlier in the season, Jones scored nine points against both the College of Charleston and Marist. Prior to this season, he had played only 88 minutes in 36 games, scoring 11 points.

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 17 games played so far this year, Brown has averaged a team-best 13.0 points per contest while hitting 82.7 percent (62 of 75) of his free throws. During Sunday's game at Bucknell, he totaled 14 points, three rebounds and two assists, while hitting four of eight attempts from three-point range. Previously against Yale, Brown scored a career-high 33 points to go along with five rebounds and two assists. His 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. Brown also played well at Marist, finishing with 13 points and four assists, while hitting all eight of his free throw attempts. Some of his other top performances this season have come against Stony Brook (21 points), 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).

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).

BUCKNELL RECAP: Bucknell's Mike Muscala hit a 20-foot jump shot from the right corner with 1.4 seconds remaining, to give the Bison a 74-72 victory over Holy Cross at Sojka Pavilion. The Crusaders were led by Devin Brown and Josh Jones with 14 points each. Bucknell started the game hot, making nine of its first 15 shots from the field to take an early 25-15 lead. The Bison eventually went up by 11 points (34-23) with 6:20 left in the first half, before Holy Cross used a 9-2 run to trim the margin to four points (36-32). Andrew Keister scored six points during that spurt. Bucknell came back to close out the half with a 7-2 run of its own, to take a 43-34 advantage into the locker room. The Bison scored seven of the first nine points in the second half, increasing their lead to 14 points (50-36) with 17:26 left to play. Bucknell was still up by 11 (53-42) at the 13:13-mark, when Brown hit back-to-back three-pointers to trim the margin to five points. The Crusaders were able to make it a one-point game several times in the final nine minutes, before finally tying the score at 72-72 with 28.2 seconds remaining on a pair of free throws by Jones. But Muscala then hit the game winning shot in the closing seconds to give Bucknell the victory. Keister finished the game with 13 points and four rebounds, while Mike Cavataio added 12 points, six rebounds and six assists. Muscala led the Bison with game-highs of 23 points and 13 rebounds.

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 17 games played, he has averaged 7.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest, while making 81.0 percent (17 of 21) of his free throws. During Sunday's game at Bucknell, Cavataio totaled 12 points, six rebounds and six assists. Previously against St. Joseph's, he led the team with 12 points and eight rebounds, while hitting six of 11 shots from the field. Cavataio also had a strong game at Massachusetts, filling up the stat line with 13 points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals. Some of his other top games this season came against the College of Charleston (16 points, seven rebounds) and at New Hampshire (11 points, seven rebounds, two steals). In 31 games played last season, Cavataio averaged 11.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest. He 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. Cavataio 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. He 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, Cavataio has totaled 474 points, 261 rebounds and 108 assists.

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 17 games played this season, he has averaged 8.1 points, 3.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds per contest, while hitting 42.9 percent (30 of 70) 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 847 points, 275 assists, 234 rebounds and 91 steals, while hitting 42.1 percent (159 of 378) of his three-point field goal attempts.

THE LAST MEETING WITH NAVY: Andrew Keister totaled 22 points, 14 rebounds and four assists, but Holy Cross was defeated by Navy 83-80 at Alumni Hall on Feb. 17, 2010. Keister made seven of 12 shots from the field and eight of nine free throw attempts on the night. Devin Brown had an excellent game for the Crusaders, scoring a team-high 23 points and hitting five of eight attempts from three-point range. Chris Harris and Jordan Sugars led the Midshipmen with 21 points each. The game was close throughout a first half which featured six ties and three lead changes. Navy led by five (7-2) early on, before Holy Cross went on a 19-9 run to pull ahead. The Crusaders would lead by as many as six points (35-29), but the Midshipmen closed out the half with a 6-2 spurt to cut the Holy Cross lead to two points (37-35) heading into the locker room. The score stayed close early in the second half, and the Crusaders were up 51-49 with 14:39 left to play. Navy then went on a 15-5 run to claim its biggest lead of the night (64-56) with 10:37 on the clock. Holy Cross refused to go away, coming right back with a 16-2 spurt of its own to pull back in front by six (72-66) with 5:40 remaining. The Crusaders were still up by two, when Sugars hit a three-pointer with 2:00 left to play to give the Midshipmen the lead for good (79-78). Holy Cross would have one last possession down by three with 11 seconds to play, but was unable to convert as Navy 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 an overall record of 3-14 and a 2-1 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 98-134 (.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 nine games, Stevens has averaged 9.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest, while hitting 37.1 percent (13 of 35) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the 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 6.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

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 11 games, He has averaged 5.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per contest. During the 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 4.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks 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.

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 17 games played this season, he has averaged 5.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per contest, while hitting 51.4 percent (36 of 70) 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 1294-862 (.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 REMAINS OUT: Junior guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) would have once again been among the top players in the Patriot League this season, but he has not played since the Fairfield game due to injury. In eight games played 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 35.8 boards per contest and has outrebounded its opponents by an average margin of 3.0 rebounds per game in 2010-2011. The Crusaders have outrebounded nine of their last 11 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 7.6 rebounds per game, while sophomore forward Eric Obeysekere stands second with 6.6 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.

HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in six statistical categories, through games of Jan. 13. In addition, four Holy Cross players are listed among the national leaders in various statistics. The rankings:

Category    Rank    Player / Team    Avg.
Blocked Shots    69    Eric Obeysekere    1.9
    114    Holy Cross    3.9
Rebounding    105    Andrew Keister    7.9
Free Throw Percentage    112    Devin Brown    82.7
Rebounding Margin    113    Holy Cross    +2.8
Fewest Personal Fouls    142    Holy Cross    18.6
Assists    173    Holy Cross    13.0
    229    Andrew Beinert    3.5
Scoring Defense    195    Holy Cross    68.5
Field Goal Percentage    199    Holy Cross    43.1
Assist-Turnover Ratio    200    Andrew Beinert    1.6

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 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 MIDSHIPMEN: Navy has an overall record of 5-14 on the season, including an 0-3 mark in the Patriot League. The Midshipmen have lost three straight and eight out of their last nine games, and are coming off a 76-73 loss at Lafayette on Saturday. The leading scorer for the Midshipmen is junior guard Jordan Sugars, who has averaged 25.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game this year. Freshman forward J.J. Avila has added 11.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest, while senior guard Greg Brown has chipped in with 10.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest. Navy is led by head coach Billy Lange, who has an 86-109 mark in his seven seasons with the Midshipmen. Lange's career record stands at 125-128, including two seasons at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

DRIBBLES: The Crusaders opened Patriot League play with a 2-0 mark in conference games for the fourth time in the last six seasons, and the 10th time in their 21 years in the league ... Holy Cross stands 1-5 so far this season when wearing its white uniforms, while going 2-9 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.