Crusaders Begin Second Half Of League Play At Lafayette

Eric Obeysekere

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The Teams: Holy Cross (4-17, 3-4 PL) vs. Lafayette (8-14, 3-4 PL)
Date: February 5, 2011
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Allan P. Kirby Sports Center (3,500), Easton, Pa.
Television: Lafayette Sports Network; Gary Laubach, play-by-play; John Leone, color
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: Dick Lutsk, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Lafayette Radio: WJRH 104.9 FM, Easton, Pa.; Dick Hammer, play-by-play; Phil LaBella, color
Unofficial Live Statistics: Gametracker
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 32-16
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 70, Lafayette 65 (January 8, 2011; Worcester, Mass.)

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 LAFAYETTE: This will be the 49th meeting between the Crusaders and the Leopards on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 32-16. The Crusaders have won 11 of the last 14 meetings between the schools, but two of the Leopards' victories during that time came last year. For games played in Easton, the Crusaders hold a slim 11-10 lead, having won five of their last eight visits to the Kirby Sports Center. The schools first met on Feb. 4, 1947, with Holy Cross posting a 50-40 victory at the Boston Garden.

Overall: Holy Cross leads, 32-16
In Easton: Holy Cross leads, 11-10
At the Kirby Sports Center: Holy Cross leads, 11-10
Milan Brown vs. Lafayette: 2-3
Fran O'Hanlon vs. Holy Cross: 15-19
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1

CRUSADERS TRAVEL TO LAFAYETTE: Holy Cross will be playing away from home for the seventh time in its last 11 games, when it travels to Lafayette on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 1:00 p.m. The Crusaders stand just 3-10 on the road this season, but have won two of their last four contests away from home. Following the contest with the Leopards, Holy Cross will return to the Hart Center for a three-game home stand. The Crusaders will play host to Army on Feb. 9 at 7:00 p.m., Bucknell on Feb. 12 at 3:30 p.m., and Navy on Feb. 16 at 7:00 p.m.

BROWN LEADS THE WAY FOR THE CRUSADERS: Junior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) continues to be one of Holy Cross' top players during the 2010-2011 campaign. In 21 games played this year, Brown has averaged a team-best 13.8 points per contest while hitting 34.8 percent (40 of 115) of his three-point attempts and 81.9 percent (68 of 83) of his free throws. During the Lehigh game, he scored a team-high 27 points, while hitting 10 of 15 field goal attempts and four of six three-pointers. Previously against Colgate, Brown led the team with 20 points, four assists and two steals, and hit eight of 12 shots from the floor. 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 American (14 points, three rebounds), 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 850 points, 156 rebounds and 102 assists, while hitting 37.8 percent (116 of 307) of his three-point field goal attempts and 81.9 percent of his free throws (226 of 276).

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 seven games against conference foes, the Crusaders have allowed 65.9 points per game, while holding their opponents to 39.7 percent shooting from the field and 25.9 percent shooting from three-point range. In two of its conference games, 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 lead the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense, while standing second in field goal percentage defense and third in scoring defense.

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 18 games played this season, he has averaged 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest, while hitting 49.4 percent (79 of 160) 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 816 points and 648 rebounds, while making 51.5 percent (328 of 637) of his field goal attempts and posting 22 double-doubles.

LEHIGH RECAP: Devin Brown totaled 27 points and three rebounds, but Holy Cross was defeated by Lehigh 79-75 in overtime at Stabler Arena. Brown hit 10 of 15 attempts from the field and four of six shots from three-point range on the day. Lehigh made eight of its first 10 shots from the field, jumping out to a 16-8 lead just 3:31 into the game. Holy Cross responded with a 10-0 run over the next three and a half minutes of play to pull in front. After a three-pointer by C.J. McCollum gave the Mountain Hawks a 19-18 lead, the Crusaders held Lehigh scoreless for the next 9:16, using a 12-0 spurt to take a 30-19 advantage. Holy Cross eventually held a 34-25 lead heading into the locker room at halftime. Early in the second half, the Crusaders increased their lead to 12 points (46-34) with 14:37 left to play. The Mountain Hawks then began to chip away at the deficit, using an 11-5 run over the next four minutes to make it a six-point game. Holy Cross was still up by eight (56-48) with 7:33 to go, before an 8-1 Lehigh run made it a one-point game. The Crusaders held a slim lead until the 1:18-mark, when a pair of free throws by McCollum gave the Mountain Hawks a 66-65 advantage. A three-pointer by Brown put Holy Cross back up by two, before Lehigh's Jordan Hamilton made two foul shots to tie the score at 68-68 and force overtime. In the overtime, the Mountain Hawks jumped out to a 75-68 advantage on a free throw by Mackey McKnight and three-pointers by McCollum and Michael Ojo. The Crusaders refused to die, eventually making it a two-point game (77-75) on a three-pointer by Brown with 48.3 seconds to go. But Hamilton then scored for Lehigh on an offensive rebound to make the score 79-75, and Holy Cross was not able to score again. Mike Cavataio finished the game with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Crusaders. The Mountain Hawks were led by McCollum with 29 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. Lehigh outscored Holy Cross 21-14 on the foul line, while attempting 20 free throws in the second half and six more in overtime.

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 21 games played, he has averaged 7.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest, while making 71.0 percent (33 of 31) of his free throws. During the Lehigh game, Cavataio finished with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Previously against Colgate, he recorded 17 points, five rebounds and two assists, while hitting eight of 10 field goal attempts. Cavataio also had a strong game at Bucknell, totaling 12 points, six rebounds and six assists. 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), against St. Joseph's (12 points, eight 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 515 points, 282 rebounds and 114 assists.

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 (Gansevoort, N.Y.) wears No. 32.

THE LAST MEETING WITH LAFAYETTE: Andrew Beinert tied his career high by scoring 21 points, to lead Holy Cross to a 70-65 victory over Lafayette at the Hart Center on Jan. 8, 2011. Beinert also had six rebounds and three assists, while hitting seven of nine shots from the field and five of six three-point attempts. The Crusaders trailed 49-36 with 13 minutes remaining in the second half, before a pair of dunks by Eric Obeysekere and Dave Dudzinski and a Dudzinski free throw trimmed the margin to eight points (49-41). The Leopards were still up by eight (56-48) with seven minutes to play, when Holy Cross used an 11-0 run to claim its first lead of the second half (59-56 at the 4:55-mark). Beinert scored eight of his points during that spurt, including a layup to tie the score and a three-point field goal to put the Crusaders in front. The score stayed close for the next few minutes, until a pair of free throw's by Jared Mintz put Lafayette back up 63-62 with 2:27 remaining. But after two free throws by Dudzinski gave Holy Cross a one-point advantage, Devin Brown drained a three-point field goal with 45.1 seconds on the clock to make the score 67-63. Brown would then connect on three of four free throws in the final 20 seconds as the Crusaders held on for the victory. The score had been close throughout the first half, as neither team led by more than five points. The Leopards eventually took a 33-28 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Lafayette then used an 11-0 run early in the second half to take a 13-point lead, before Holy Cross rallied for the victory. Andrew Keister totaled 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds, in his return from an injury which had held him out of the previous three games. Dudzinski added nine points and five rebounds, while Brown finished with nine points and two assists. The Leopards were led by Darion Benbow with 13 points and five rebounds.

BROWN LOOKS FOR 100TH CAREER VICTORY AGAINST LAFAYETTE: 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 4-17 and a 3-4 mark in the Patriot League. His career record as a collegiate head coach stands at 99-137 (.419), and he will be looking for the 100th victory of his career against Lafayette 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.

STEVENS STEPS UP OFF THE BENCH: Sophomore guard Jordan Stevens has turned into one of the Crusaders' top players in the last month. Over Holy Cross' last 13 games, Stevens has averaged 8.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 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 2.0 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 21 games played this season, he has averaged 7.9 points, 3.9 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per contest, while hitting 42.0 percent (37 of 88) 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 876 points, 298 assists, 245 rebounds and 99 steals, while hitting 41.9 percent (166 of 396) of his three-point field goal attempts.

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 15 games, he has averaged 6.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.7 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, 6.4 rebounds and 2.1 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 20 games played, Jones has averaged 4.2 points and 1.9 rebounds per contest, while hitting 65.4 percent (34 of 52) of his field goal attempts. During the Lehigh game, he totaled eight points, three rebounds and two blocked shots. Previously at Bucknell, Jones tied for the team lead by scoring a career-high 14 points, while hitting all five of his field goal attempts. He also played well at George Washington, scoring 13 points and pulling down a career-high five rebounds, in addition to making 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 21 games played this season, he has averaged 4.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per contest, while hitting 51.4 percent (38 of 74) 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 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.

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.

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 1295-865 (.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 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.

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).

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.

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. 30. In addition, four Holy Cross players are listed among the national leaders in various statistics. The rankings:

Category Rank Player / Team Avg.
Blocked Shots 48 Eric Obeysekere 2.1
  100 Holy Cross 4.0
Assist-Turnover Ratio 116 Andrew Beinert 1.9
  172 Holy Cross 0.9
Free Throw Percent 125 Devin Brown 81.9
Fewest Personal Fouls 129 Holy Cross 18.3
Rebounding 133 Andrew Keister 7.5
Rebounding Margin 145 Holy Cross +1.8
Field Goal Percent 151 Holy Cross 44.1
Assists 153 Holy Cross 13.3
  154 Andrew Beinert 3.9
Three-Point Percent Defense 160 Holy Cross 34.1
Field Goal Percent Defense 184 Holy Cross 43.3
Scoring Defense 189 Holy Cross 68.5
Three-Point Percent 195 Holy Cross 33.3

HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders are once again a strong rebounding team this year. Holy Cross has averaged 35.5 boards per contest and has outrebounded its opponents by an average margin of 1.8 rebounds per game in 2010-2011. The Crusaders have outrebounded 10 of their last 14 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. Sophomore forward Eric Obeysekere stands second with 6.4 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 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 LEOPARDS: Lafayette enters the game with an overall record of 8-14 on the year, including a 3-4 mark in the Patriot League. The Leopards have lost three of their last four games, and are coming off a 73-60 loss at American last Saturday. Senior forward Jared Mintz leads the team with averages of 15.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, while hitting 50.6 percent (117 of 231) of his shots from the field. Junior guard Jim Mower has averaged 12.0 points per game and hit 39.7 percent (54 of 136) of his three-point field goal attempts, while junior forward Ryan Willen has added 10.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest. Lafayette is led by head coach Fran O'Hanlon, who owns an overall record of 224-237 in 16 seasons with the Leopards.

DRIBBLES: During the Lehigh game on Jan. 29, members of the Holy Cross coaching staff took 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 ... 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 3-10 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 13-6 record in overtime contests since the beginning of the 1999-2000 season, including an 0-2 mark so far this year.