January 20, 2011

Crusaders Return Home To Battle American

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (4-14, 3-1 PL) vs. American (13-6, 3-1 PL)
Date: January 22, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
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Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 16-8
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 64, American 51 (February 21, 2010; Worcester, Mass.)

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 AMERICAN: This will be the 25th meeting between the Crusaders and the Eagles on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 16-8. American has won five of the last seven games between the schools, but the Crusaders won the last meeting 64-51 on Feb. 21, 2010. Previously, Holy Cross won eight consecutive contests in the series from 2005-2008. For games played in Worcester the Crusaders hold a 9-2 advantage with two straight wins. Holy Cross and American first met on Dec. 21, 1967, with the Crusaders winning 81-57 on the road.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 16-8
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 9-2
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 9-2
Milan Brown vs. American: 2-3
Jeff Jones vs. Holy Cross: 8-15
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-0

CRUSADERS RETURN HOME THIS WEEK: Following a three-game road trip where it posted a 2-1 record, Holy Cross returns to the Hart Center on Saturday, Jan. 22, to face American at 2:00 p.m. The Crusaders then stay at home to play host to Colgate at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, in a contest which will be shown live on CBS College Sports Television. Following that game, Holy Cross hits the road once again, traveling to Lehigh on Jan. 29 and Lafayette on Feb. 5.

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 12 games, he has averaged 6.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per contest. During Wednesday's victory at Navy, Obeysekere led the team with career highs of 16 points and seven blocked shots, to go along with 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. Previously at Army, he recorded eight points, a game-high 14 rebounds and four blocks. Obeysekere also played well earlier in the season against Marist (nine points, career-high 17 rebounds) and Sacred Heart (six points, nine rebounds, six blocks). His seven blocks against Navy tied for second 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 5.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks 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 18 games played this season, he has averaged 8.4 points, 3.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds per contest, while hitting 43.6 percent (34 of 78) of his three-point field goal attempts. During Wednesday's victory at Navy, Beinert finished with 14 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Previously against Lafayette, he tied his career high by scoring 21 points, in addition to grabbing six rebounds and handing out three assists. Beinert also played well at Sacred Heart, recording 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. 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), at Army (eight  points, four rebounds, four assists) and against St. Joseph's (seven points, eight assists, no turnovers). 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 861 points, 283 assists, 240 rebounds and 92 steals, while hitting 42.2 percent (163 of 386) of his three-point field goal attempts.

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 month. Over Holy Cross' last 10 games, Stevens has averaged 9.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest, while hitting 43.6 percent (17 of 39) of his three-point field goal attempts. During Wednesday's victory at Navy, he scored 15 points while hitting all four of his attempts from three-point range. Previously at Army, Stevens totaled 15 points, three rebounds and three assists. He also played well at Sacred Heart, finishing with 15 points and three assists. A few of Stevens' 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, he is now averaging 7.2 points and 2.2 rebounds 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.

NAVY RECAP: Eric Obeysekere posted his first career double-double with a career-high 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots, to lead Holy Cross to a 71-50 victory over Navy at Alumni Hall on Jan. 19, 2011. Jordan Stevens also had a big night for the Crusaders, tying his career high with 15 points while hitting all four of his three-point field goal attempts. Holy Cross opened the night with a 10-0 run over the first 4:40, hitting five of its first eight field goal attempts. The Midshipmen trimmed the margin to six points (17-11) with nine minutes left in the first half, before Devin Brown and Andrew Beinert hit back-to-back three-pointers to make it a 12-point game (23-11). The Crusaders eventually led by 17 points late in the half, before taking a 33-19 advantage into the locker room. With 14:32 remaining in the second half, Holy Cross had increased its lead to 15 points (44-29) after a three-pointer by Stevens and a layup by Josh Jones. Navy then went on an 11-0 run over the next three and a half minutes, to make the score 44-40 with 10:54 left on the clock. But Beinert and Brown would then hit back-to-back shots from the behind the arc once again, igniting a 10-0 run which built the Crusaders' lead back to 14 points (54-40). Holy Cross would lead by at least 10 points the rest of the way, eventually pulling away for a 21-point victory. The Crusaders had one of their top defensive performances of the season, holding the Midshipmen to just 28.1 percent shooting from the field (18 of 64) and 4.0 percent shooting from three-point range (one of 25). Holy Cross also recorded a 45-38 advantage on the glass. Beinert finished the night with 14 points, eight assists and six rebounds, while Brown added eight points and a career-high seven rebounds. Andrew Keister also played well, totaling nine points and six rebounds. Navy was led by Jordan Sugars with 16 points and eight rebounds.

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 15 games played this season, he has averaged 11.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest, while hitting 48.9 percent (68 of 139) of his shots from the floor. During the Bucknell game, 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 794 points and 626 rebounds, while making 51.5 percent (317 of 616) of his field goal attempts and posting 22 double-doubles.

HOLY CROSS TO HONOR THREE ALL-TIME GREATS AT HALFTIME CEREMONY: Three all-time Crusader greats will be honored at halftime of the Feb. 12 game between Holy Cross and Bucknell. Jack Foley (Class of 1962) and Ronald K. Perry (Class of 1980) will be on hand to witness their jerseys being unveiled in the Hart Center rafters — only the second time Holy Cross has held such a ceremony for former basketball players. On Nov. 16, 2008, George Kaftan (Class of 1949), Bob Cousy (Class of 1950), Togo Palazzi (Class of 1954) and Tom Heinsohn (Class of 1956) received the same honor. With the addition of Foley and Perry, each of the six first team All-Americans in Holy Cross history will have their jerseys in the Hart Center rafters. In addition, Ronald S. Perry (Class of 1954), a national champion at Holy Cross in two sports (baseball and basketball) will be honored for his outstanding contributions to the Holy Cross athletic program, and his unique place in Crusader athletic history. He will be honored with a display in the Hart Center lobby. While the jerseys of Foley and Perry are being placed in the rafters, their numbers are not officially being retired. While at Holy Cross, Foley wore No. 32 and Perry wore No. 15. Current Crusader junior guard Charlie Mills (Tampa, Fla.) is wearing No. 15 this season, while sophomore guard Jordan Stevens wears No. 32.

THE LAST MEETING WITH AMERICAN: Andrew Keister scored 15 points and tied his career-high with 18 rebounds, as Holy Cross posted a 64-51 victory over American at the Hart Center on Feb. 21, 2010. Keister's 18 rebounds came up just one shy of the Hart Center record of 19, which is shared by Josh Sankes and Nate Lufkin. Devin Brown totaled 16 points and four rebounds for the Crusaders, while Dee Goens added 10 points off the bench. The Eagles were led by Stephen Lumpkins with 16 points and seven rebounds. Holy Cross started the game hot, jumping out to a 12-3 lead after the first six minutes of play. American would close the gap to four points (14-10), before the Crusaders went on an 11-2 run to increase their lead to double figures (25-12). Holy Cross eventually took a 35-24 lead into the locker room. The Eagles kept the game close early in the second half, eventually cutting the margin to five points (41-36) with 11:52 to left to play. It was still a seven-point game (48-41) with eight minutes to go, when the Crusaders scored eight straight points to put the game away, including a pair of baskets by Eric Meister. American would get no closer than 11 points in the final three minutes of action, as Holy Cross eventually posted a 13-point victory. The Crusaders had a strong day on the defensive end of the court, holding American to just 39.6 percent (19 of 48) shooting from the field and 18.2 percent (four of 22) shooting from three-point range. Holy Cross also forced the Eagles to commit 14 turnovers, while giving the ball away only six times.

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 18 games played, he has averaged 7.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest, while making 78.3 percent (18 of 23) of his free throws. During the Bucknell game, 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 481 points, 266 rebounds and 108 assists.

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 18 games played so far this year, Brown has averaged a team-best 12.7 points per contest while hitting 82.7 percent (62 of 75) of his free throws. During the Bucknell game, 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 775 points, 147 rebounds and 95 assists, while hitting 36.8 percent (105 of 285) of his three-point field goal attempts and 82.1 percent of his free throws (220 of 268).

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 17 games played, he has averaged 4.0 points and 1.9 rebounds per contest, while hitting 67.5 percent (27 of 40) of his field goal attempts. During the Bucknell game, 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 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 4-14 and a 3-1 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 99-134 (.425).

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.

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).

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 18 games played this season, he has averaged 4.8 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 1295-862 (.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.

CRUSADERS TURN UP THE DEFENSIVE PRESSURE IN CONFERENCE PLAY: Holy Cross has been an outstanding team on the defensive end of the court since the beginning of Patriot League play. In four games against conference foes, the Crusaders have allowed just 60.8 points per game, while holding their opponents to 35.0 percent shooting from the field and 25.0 percent shooting from three-point range. In two of its four conference games so far this year, Holy Cross has held its opponent to under 55 points (Navy scored just 50 points, while Army only had 54 points).

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 averaged 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 came 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 36.3 boards per contest and has outrebounded its opponents by an average margin of 3.2 rebounds per game in 2010-2011. The Crusaders have outrebounded 10 of their last 12 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 7.5 rebounds per game, while sophomore forward Eric Obeysekere stands second with 6.8 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. 16. In addition, four Holy Cross players are listed among the national leaders in various statistics. The rankings:

Category Rank Player / Team Avg.
Blocked Shots 66 Eric Obeysekere 1.0
  118 Holy Cross 3.8
Rebounding Margin 106 Holy Cross +3.0
Free Throw Percentage 111 Devin Brown 82.7
Rebounding 119 Andrew Keister 7.6
  239 Eric Obeysekere 6.6
Fewest Personal Fouls 136 Holy Cross 18.5
Assists 169 Holy Cross 13.1
  244 Andrew Beinert 3.4
Assist-Turnover Ratio 184 Andrew Beinert 1.7
  197 Holy Cross 0.9
Field Goal Percentage 190 Holy Cross 43.3

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 EAGLES: American has an overall record of 13-6 on the season, including a 3-1 mark in the Patriot League. The Eagles have won six of their last seven games, and are coming off a 65-62 victory over Army on Wednesday night. The leading scorer for American is senior forward Vlad Moldoveanu, who has averaged 21.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Junior forward Stephen Lumpkins is also enjoying a fine season, averaging 12.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest, while junior guard Troy Brewer has added 11.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. The Eagles are led by head coach Jeff Jones, who owns a 173-147 record in 11 seasons at American. Jones' career record stands at 319-251, including eight years as the head coach at the University of Virginia.

DRIBBLES: Holy Cross had its top defensive game of the season at Navy on Jan. 19, holding the Midshipmen to just 50 points on 28.1 percent shooting from the field (18 of 64) and 4.0 percent shooting from three-point range (one of 25) ... 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 3-9 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.