GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (4-16, 3-3 PL) vs. Lehigh (11-10, 2-4 PL)
Date: January 29, 2011
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Stabler Arena (5,600), Bethlehem, Pa.
Television: Service Electric Cable, Bethlehem, Pa.; Mike Zambelli, play-by-play; Rich Baksa, color
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Lehigh Radio: WEEX 1230 AM, Easton, Pa.; WTKZ 1320 AM, Allentown, Pa.; Matt Kerr, play-by-play; Greg Falkenbach, color
Unofficial Live Statistics: Stretch Internet Game Central
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 33-13
Last Meeting: Lehigh 91, Holy Cross 80 (February 27, 2010; Bethlehem, 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 LEHIGH: This will be the 47th meeting between the Crusaders and the Mountain Hawks on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 33-13. The Crusaders have won 19 out of the last 24 meetings between the schools, but Lehigh has been victorious in two straight and three of the last five games. For games played in Bethlehem, Holy Cross holds an 11-9 advantage, including wins in six of the last 10 years. The schools first met on Jan. 16, 1976, with Holy Cross posting an 84-60 victory at the Hart Center.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 33-13
In Bethlehem: Holy Cross leads, 11-9
At Stabler Arena: Holy Cross leads, 11-9
Milan Brown vs. Lehigh: 0-0
Brett Reed vs. Holy Cross: 3-3
Current Win Streak: Lehigh, two games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 4-0
CRUSADERS RETURN TO THE ROAD: Following a brief two-game homestand, Holy Cross hits the road once again, traveling to Lehigh on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 1:00 p.m. The Crusaders have won two of their last three road games, with three of their four wins this season coming away from home. Holy Cross will then have a full week off prior to its next game, at Lafayette on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 1:00 p.m. The Crusaders will not play at home again until Feb. 9, when they face Army at 7:00 p.m.
COACHES VS. CANCER WEEKEND: During the Lehigh game, members of the Holy Cross coaching staff will be taking part in the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers Awareness Weekend, a collaborative initiative of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society. The coaches will wear sneakers instead of dress shoes with their usual game attire to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of coaches across the country, Coaches vs. Cancer participants have raised more than $60 million since 1993 to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking cancer research, provide up-to-date cancer information and education, advocate for public health policies that benefit communities, and deliver services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
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 20 games played this year, Brown has averaged a team-best 13.2 points per contest while hitting 83.3 percent (65 of 78) of his free throws. During the Colgate game, he led the team with 20 points, four assists and two steals, while hitting eight of 12 field goal attempts. Previously against American, Brown scored 14 points on six of 10 shooting from the field, and also grabbed three rebounds. Earlier in the season against Yale, 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. 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), at Bucknell (14 points, three rebounds, two assists), against the College of Charleston (14 points, two assists), at Marist (13 points, four 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 809 points, 150 rebounds and 100 assists, while hitting 36.9 percent (108 of 293) of his three-point field goal attempts and 82.3 percent of his free throws (223 of 271).
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 20 games played, he has averaged 7.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest, while making 76.0 percent (19 of 25) of his free throws. During the Colgate game, Cavataio recorded 17 points, five rebounds and two assists, while hitting eight of 10 field goal attempts. Previously at Bucknell, he totaled 12 points, six rebounds and six assists. Cavataio also had a strong game against St. Joseph's, when he led the team with 12 points and eight rebounds, while making six of 11 shots from the field. Some of his other top games this season came against the College of Charleston (16 points, seven rebounds), at Massachusetts (13 points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks, two steals) 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 502 points, 277 rebounds and 111 assists.
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 six games against conference foes, the Crusaders have allowed just 63.7 points per game, while holding their opponents to 39.7 percent shooting from the field and 26.2 percent shooting from three-point range. In two of its 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). In Patriot League play, the Crusaders rank second in the conference in field goal percentage defense, three-point field goal percentage defense and scoring defense.
COLGATE RECAP: Devin Brown had 20 points, four assists and two steals, but Holy Cross was defeated by Colgate 79-72 at the Hart Center on Jan. 27, 2011. Mike Cavataio added 17 points, five rebounds and two assists for the Crusaders, who trimmed an 18-point deficit to four points in the second half before falling just short in their comeback attempt. Colgate started the game hot, jumping out to an early 15-3 advantage after the first seven minutes of play. The Raiders' lead would stay between seven and 12 points for most of the first half, before a layup by Andrew Beinert made the score 34-29 with 1:59 left before intermission. Colgate responded by scoring the next six points, and would eventually take a 40-32 advantage into the locker room. The Raiders built their lead back to double figures early in the second half, and at one point led by 18 (70-52) with seven minutes left in regulation. The Crusaders then went on a 9-0 run to get back into the game, including five points by Jordan Stevens. Colgate was still up by 11 (74-63) with three minutes to play, when Holy Cross scored seven straight points, cutting the lead to 74-70. Brown had five of his points during that spurt, including a three-pointer with 43 seconds to play which ended the run. But that was as close as the Crusaders would get, as the Raiders hit three of four free throws in the final 30 seconds to hold on for the victory. Andrew Keister finished the game with 12 points, six rebounds and two assists, while Stevens scored 12 points off the bench. Colgate was led by Joe Hoban with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists, and Yaw Gyawu with 21 points and two 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 17 games played this season, he has averaged 11.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest, while hitting 49.4 percent (77 of 156) of his shots from the floor. During the Colgate game, Keister recorded 12 points, six rebounds and two assists, Previously against American, he scored 14 points on five of nine shooting from the field, in addition to pulling down eight rebounds. Keister also played well at Bucknell, when he totaled 13 points and four rebounds. Some of his other top performances this season have come at Army (17 points, nine rebounds, three blocks), 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), against Lafayette (15 points, eight 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 820 points and 640 rebounds, while making 51.5 percent (326 of 633) of his field goal attempts and posting 22 double-doubles.
BROWN LOOKS FOR 100TH CAREER VICTORY AGAINST LEHIGH: 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 4-16 and a 3-3 mark in the Patriot League. His career record as a collegiate head coach stands at 99-136 (.421), and he will be looking for the 100th victory of his career against Lehigh this week. 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.
THE LAST MEETING WITH LEHIGH: Andrew Beinert scored a career-high 21 points, but Holy Cross was defeated by Lehigh 91-80 at Stabler Arena on Feb. 27, 2010. Beinert hit seven out of 12 field goal attempts on the night, including five of six shots from three-point range. The Mountain Hawks had an outstanding night shooting the ball, hitting 15 of 27 three-point attempts (55.6 percent), and 30 of 56 shots overall (53.6 percent). C.J. McCollum led Lehigh with 28 points, while Marquis Hall recorded 25 points and 12 assists. Mike Cavataio totaled 17 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Crusaders, with Andrew Keister added 14 points and eight rebounds. The score was close throughout a first half which featured two ties and five lead changes. Lehigh took its biggest lead of the half (21-14) at the 11:19-mark, before Holy Cross scored nine straight points to pull back in front. The Mountain Hawks eventually held a one-point lead 34-33 heading into the locker room. Lehigh was still ahead by one point (51-50) with 14 minutes left to play in regulation, when it used a 10-3 run to extend its lead to eight points (61-53). The Crusaders refused to go away, coming back to make it a two-point game (76-74) on a pair of free throws by Cavataio with 4:46 remaining. But the Mountain Hawks responded with a layup by Zahir Carrington and a three-pointer from Hall to build their lead back to seven points (81-74). Holy Cross would get no closer than five points the rest of the way, as Lehigh made all 10 of its free throws in the final three minutes to hold on for the win.
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 12 games, Stevens has averaged 9.4 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest, while hitting 37.5 percent (18 of 48) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the Colgate game, he scored 12 points and handed out one assist. Previously at Navy, Steven scored 15 points while hitting all four of his attempts from three-point range. He also played well at Army, totaling 15 points, three rebounds and three assists. A few of Stevens' other top games this season have come against Sacred Heart (15 points, three assists), 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 7.1 points and 2.1 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 years. In 20 games played this season, he has averaged 8.1 points, 3.8 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals per contest, while hitting 42.9 percent (36 of 84) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the 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), against American (eight points, five steals, 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 871 points, 293 assists, 244 rebounds and 98 steals, while hitting 42.1 percent (165 of 392) of his three-point field goal attempts.
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.
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 14 games, he has averaged 6.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per contest. During the 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 5.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.
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 19 games played, he has averaged 3.9 points and 1.8 rebounds per contest, while hitting 65.2 percent (30 of 46) 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.
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 20 games played this season, he has averaged 4.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per contest, while hitting 51.4 percent (37 of 72) 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.
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 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 1295-864 (.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.
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).
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 AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 317-127 at the Hart Center, including a 1-7 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 104-35 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 67-16 record against Patriot League foes.
HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders are once again a strong rebounding team this year. Holy Cross has averaged 36.2 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 10 of their last 13 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. Sophomore forward Eric Obeysekere stands second with 6.9 boards per contest, while junior guard Mike Cavataio has pulled down 5.4 rebounds 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 10 statistical categories, through games of Jan. 23. In addition, four Holy Cross players are listed among the national leaders in various statistics. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg.|
|Blocked Shots||44||Eric Obeysekere||2.1|
|Rebounding Margin||98||Holy Cross||+3.0|
|Fewest Personal Fouls||108||Holy Cross||18.1|
|Free Throw Percent||111||Devin Brown||82.7|
|Assist-Turnover Ratio||141||Andrew Beinert||1.8|
|Scoring Defense||161||Holy Cross||67.4|
|Field Goal Percent Defense||167||Holy Cross||42.9|
|Three-Point Percent Defense||178||Holy Cross||34.4|
|Three-Point Percent||181||Holy Cross||33.9|
|Field Goal Percent||186||Holy Cross||43.4|
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 MOUNTAIN HAWKS: Lehigh has an overall record of 11-10 on the season, including a 2-4 mark in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks have lost three of their last four games, and are coming off an 81-68 setback against Bucknell on Wednesday. Lehigh is led by sophomore guard C.J. McCollum, who has averaged 21.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Senior guard Michael Ojo has added 12.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest, while sophomore forward Gabe Knutson is chipping in with 12.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. The Mountain Hawks are led by head coach Brett Reed, who stands 62-50 in four seasons at Lehigh. Reed previously served as an assistant coach for the Mountain Hawks from 2002-2007.
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 1-7 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.