GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (4-18, 3-5 PL) vs. Army (11-12, 3-5 PL)
Date: February 9, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
WCTR Television: Kevin Shea, play-by-play; Kevin Wells, color
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: Dick Lutsk, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Holy Cross Student Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 55-16
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 68, Army 54 (January 12, 2011; West Point, N.Y.)
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 ARMY: This will be the 72nd meeting between the Crusaders and the Black Knights on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 55-16. The Crusaders have won 18 out of the last 20 meetings in the series, although both of Army's victories during that time have come in the last three years. For games played in Worcester, Holy Cross holds a 30-4 advantage, but the Black Knights have won two of their last three visits to the Hart Center. The schools first met on Feb. 22, 1926, with Army posting a 41-27 victory at West Point.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 55-16
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 30-4
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 29-4
Milan Brown vs. Army: 1-0
Zach Spiker vs. Holy Cross: 1-2
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, two games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-1
CRUSADERS OPEN THREE-GAME HOMESTAND: After playing seven of its last 11 games away from home, Holy Cross returns to the Hart Center to face Army on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7:00 p.m. The contest against the Black Knights marks the beginning of a three-game homestand for the Crusaders. After facing Army, Holy Cross will play host to Bucknell on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 3:30 p.m., and Navy on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 7:00 p.m. The next road game for the Crusaders comes on Feb. 20, when they travel to American.
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 22 games played this year, Brown has averaged a team-best 14.0 points per contest while hitting 33.9 percent (41 of 121) of his three-point attempts and 82.2 percent (74 of 90) of his free throws. During the Lafayette game, he scored a team-high 17 points and pulled down four rebounds. Previously at Lehigh, Brown led the team with 27 points, while hitting 10 of 15 field goal attempts and four of six three-pointers. 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), against Colgate (20 points, four assists, two steals), 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 867 points, 160 rebounds and 102 assists, while hitting 37.4 percent (117 of 313) of his three-point field goal attempts and 82.0 percent of his free throws (232 of 283).
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 eight games against conference foes, the Crusaders have allowed 67.1 points per game, while holding their opponents to 40.1 percent shooting from the field and 27.8 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 rank second in the conference in both field goal percentage defense and three-point field goal percentage defense, while standing third in scoring defense.
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.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 92nd season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1295-866 (.599), 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.
LAFAYETTE RECAP: Andrew Keister posted the 23rd double-double of his collegiate career with 14 points and 15 rebounds, but Holy Cross was defeated by Lafayette 76-70 at the Allan P. Kirby Sports Center on Feb. 5, 2011. The Crusaders were able to trim an 18-point deficit down to just two points in the second half, but could not complete the comeback in the closing minutes. The Leopards started the game hot, jumping out to an early 14-4 lead over the first eight minutes of play. The Crusaders were able to close the margin to seven points, before Lafayette would eventually take an 18-point lead late in the half. The Leopards held a 36-20 advantage heading into the locker room. Early in the second half, Holy Cross used an 11-2 spurt to trim the margin back to single digits (44-35), with Devin Brown scoring seven points during that time. Lafayette was still up by nine points (60-51) with 7:49 left to play, before the Crusaders went on a 10-3 run over the next four minutes to make it a two-point game (63-61). The Leopards responded with a 7-2 spurt to build their lead back to seven points (70-63) with just under a minute to play. Holy Cross refused to go quietly, and would trim the margin to two points once again (72-70) on a three-point field goal by Mike Cavataio with 25 seconds to go. But Lafayette then made all four of its free throws in the closing seconds to hold on for the win. Brown finished the game with a team-high 17 points and four rebounds, while Cavataio had 11 points, four rebounds and four assists. Eric Obeysekere added 12 points and six rebounds for Holy Cross. Levi Giese led the Leopards with 19 points and four rebounds. The Crusaders outrebounded Lafayette 43-38 and had just 11 turnovers, but made only 17 of 34 free throw attempts on the day.
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 19 games played this season, he has averaged 11.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest, while hitting 48.8 percent (83 of 170) of his shots from the floor. During the Lafayette, game, Keister posted the 23rd double-double of his collegiate career with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Previously against Colgate, he recorded 12 points, six rebounds and two assists. Keister also played well against American, scoring 14 points and five of nine shooting from the field, in addition to pulling down eight 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 Bucknell (13 points, four 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 830 points and 663 rebounds, while making 51.3 percent (332 of 647) of his field goal attempts and posting 23 double-doubles.
BROWN LOOKS FOR 100TH CAREER VICTORY AGAINST ARMY: 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 4-18 and a 3-5 mark in the Patriot League. His career record as a collegiate head coach stands at 99-138 (.418), 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.
THE LAST MEETING WITH ARMY: Andrew Keister scored a season-high 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds, to lead Holy Cross to a 68-54 victory over Army at Christl Arena on Jan. 12, 2011. Jordan Stevens also played well for the Crusaders, tying his career-high with 15 points, in addition to posting three rebounds and three assists. Holy Cross started the game on fire, hitting nine of its first 11 shots from the field to take an early 23-7 lead. The Black Knights were able to close to within nine points (24-15) with 11:31 left in the first half, before the Crusaders responded with a 15-2 run over the next eight minutes to build their lead back to double figures. At one point during that stretch, Holy Cross held Army scoreless for a span of 6:03. The Crusaders eventually took a 43-26 advantage into the locker room. Holy Cross' lead would stay between 13 and 19 points for the first nine minutes of the second half, and the Crusaders led 51-35 with 11 minutes to play. Holy Cross then used a 12-2 run over the next five and a half minutes to put the game away. The Black Knights would close out the night with a 13-2 run, to make the final score look closer than it actually was. Eric Obeysekere totaled eight points, a game-high 14 rebounds and four blocked shots, while Andrew Beinert added eight points, four rebounds and four assists. Army's Julian Simmons scored a game-high 24 points, 14 of which came in the final 10 minutes of the second half. The Crusaders made 28 of 53 field goal attempts on the night (52.8 percent), while holding the Black Knights to just 18 of 60 shooting (30.0 percent). Holy Cross also held a 44-29 advantage on the boards.
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 22 games played, he has averaged 8.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest. During the Lafayette game, Cavataio totaled 11 points, four rebounds and four assists. Previously at Lehigh, he finished with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Cavataio also had a strong game against Colgate, recording 17 points, five rebounds and two assists, while hitting eight of 10 field goal attempts. 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), at Bucknell (12 points, six rebounds and six assists) 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 526 points, 286 rebounds and 118 assists.
STEVENS STEPS UP OFF THE BENCH: Sophomore guard Jordan Stevens has turned into one of the Crusaders' top players since mid-December. Over Holy Cross' last 14 games, Stevens has averaged 8.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest, while hitting 34.6 percent (18 of 52) 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.
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 6.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per contest. During the Lafayette game, Obeysekere totaled 12 points and six rebounds, while hitting six of nine field goal attempts. Previously at Navy, he 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. A few of Obeysekere's other top games this season came at Army (eight points, 14 rebounds, four blocks), at Marist (nine points, career-high 17 rebounds) and at 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 tied for the most by any Patriot League player in a single game this season. Overall this season, Obeysekere is now averaging 5.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.0 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 years. In 22 games played this season, he has averaged 7.7 points, 3.9 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per contest, while hitting 38.9 percent (37 of 95) 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 879 points, 303 assists, 247 rebounds and 100 steals, while hitting 41.2 percent (166 of 403) of his three-point field goal attempts.
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 21 games played, Jones has averaged 4.0 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 22 games played this season, he has averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per contest, while hitting 51.3 percent (39 of 76) 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: Earlier this season, Holy Cross head coach Milan Brown and assistant coach Dan Engelstad took 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 competed against other college basketball coaches from around the nation in a free throw shooting tournament, for the benefit of 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. In the round of 16, Brown was then defeated by Mark Phelps of Drake 30-29. 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 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.
KEISTER EARNS ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS: Senior center Andrew Keister has been selected to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America. A four-time selection to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, Keister owns a 3.44 cumulative grade point average with a major in history. By earning Academic All-District honors, he will now appear on the ballot for the Capital One Academic All-America team.
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).
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 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 nine statistical categories, through games of Feb. 6. In addition, four Holy Cross players are listed among the national leaders in various statistics. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg.|
|Blocked Shots||56||Eric Obeysekere||2.0|
|Free Throw Percent||113||Devin Brown||82.2|
|Assist-Turnover Ratio||115||Andrew Beinert||1.9|
|Rebounding Margin||128||Holy Cross||+2.0|
|Fewest Personal Fouls||131||Holy Cross||18.4|
|Field Goal Percent||156||Holy Cross||43.9|
|Three-Point Percent Defense||176||Holy Cross||34.3|
|Field Goal Percent Defense||184||Holy Cross||43.3|
|Fewest Turnovers||190||Holy Cross||14.0|
HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders are once again a strong rebounding team this year. Holy Cross has averaged 35.8 boards per contest and has outrebounded its opponents by an average margin of 2.0 rebounds per game in 2010-2011. The Crusaders have outrebounded 11 of their last 15 opponents, including margins of +15 at Army, +12 at Marist and +11 against Stony Brook. Senior center Andrew Keister leads the team with an average of 7.9 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Eric Obeysekere stands second with 6.4 boards per contest, while junior guard Mike Cavataio has pulled down 5.3 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 BLACK KNIGHTS: Army enters the game with an overall record of 11-12 and a 3-5 mark in the Patriot League. The Black Knights have lost four of their last five games, and are coming off a 77-71 loss to Colgate on Saturday. Senior forward Jeremy Hence leads the team with averages of 15.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, while hitting 53.6 percent (134 of 250) of his field goal attempts. Junior guard Julian Simmons is averaging 15.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per contest, while sophomore forward Ella Ellis has added 14.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Army is led by Zach Spiker, who stands 25-27 in two seasons as a collegiate head coach. Prior to his time with the Black Knights, Spiker served as an assistant coach at Cornell, West Virginia and Winthrop.
DRIBBLES: Former Crusader Tim Szatko (Class of 2003) will be inducted into the Holy Cross Athletic Hall of Fame on May 7. Szatko totaled 1,464 points and 783 rebounds during his collegiate career from 1999-2003, while leading the team to an overall record of 76-46 with three Patriot League titles ... 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 3-11 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.