Men's Basketball Plays Host To Bucknell On Saturday Afternoon
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (5-18, 4-5 PL) vs. Bucknell (17-8, 8-1 PL)
Date: February 12, 2011
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Holy Cross Student Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester
Bucknell Radio: WEGH 107.3 FM, Sunbury, Pa.; Doug Birdsong, play-by-play; Ed Sigl, color
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Bucknell leads, 29-25
Last Meeting: Bucknell 74, Holy Cross 72 (January 16, 2011; Lewisburg, 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 BUCKNELL: This will be the 55th meeting between the Crusaders and the Bison on the hardwood, with Bucknell leading the all-time series 29-25. Holy Cross has won seven of the last 12 games between the schools, with the road team winning five of the last nine contests. For games played in Worcester, Holy Cross holds a slim 12-11 lead with two straight wins. The schools first met on January 12, 1991, with Holy Cross posting an 80-78 victory in Lewisburg.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Bucknell leads, 29-25
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 12-11
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 12-11
Milan Brown vs. Bucknell: 0-1
Dave Paulsen vs. Holy Cross: 4-4
Current Win Streak: Bucknell, one game
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1
CRUSADERS CONTINUE HOMESTAND AGAINST BUCKNELL: Holy Cross will play the second of three straight home games when it takes on Bucknell at the Hart Center on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 3:30 p.m. The Crusaders are currently tied for fourth place in the Patriot League with a 4-5 mark in conference games, while the Bison stand in first place with an 8-1 Patriot League record. Following the contest with Bucknell, Holy Cross will play host to Navy on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 7:00 p.m. The next road game for the Crusaders comes on Sunday, Feb. 20, when they travel to American for a 2:00 p.m. contest.
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.
O'MALLEY AWARD ON THE LINE AGAINST THE BISON: The Martin J. O'Malley Award has been presented annually to the most outstanding player in Holy Cross' Winter Homecoming game since 1988. The honor has gone to a Holy Cross player in nine of the last 11 seasons, and 16 times in the past 19 years. All told, only four players from visiting teams have won the award. There has only been one player who has won the honor two times in his career (Rob Feaster, in 1993 and 1995). Two past winners of the trophy will take part in this year's game — Holy Cross senior center Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) received the honor in 2010, while Bucknell's G.W. Boon was the recipient in 2009. The award is named after Martin J. O'Malley, a 1926 Holy Cross graduate who played both basketball and football for the Crusaders. O'Malley also spent a number of years coaching basketball at St. John's Prep and North High School in Worcester, and was inducted into the Massachusetts State Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1984.
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 23 games played this year, Brown has averaged a team-best 14.4 points per contest while hitting 33.6 percent (44 of 131) of his three-point attempts and 81.9 percent (77 of 94) of his free throws. During the victory over Army, he led the team with 24 points, four rebounds and three assists. Previously at Lafayette, Brown scored a team-high 17 points and pulled down four 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 at Lehigh (27 points), 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 891 points, 164 rebounds and 105 assists, while hitting 37.2 percent (120 of 323) of his three-point field goal attempts and 81.9 percent of his free throws (235 of 287).
ARMY RECAP: Devin Brown totaled 24 points, four rebounds and three assists, to lead Holy Cross to an 85-75 victory over Army at the Hart Center on Feb. 9, 2011. Andrew Keister also had a strong night, finishing with 21 points and 10 rebounds for his 24th career double-double. Andrew Beinert recorded 11 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals for the Crusaders, while Mike Cavataio added 11 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Army was led by Jeremy Hence with 22 points and eight rebounds. The Black Knights led for the majority of the first half, at one point using a 12-4 run to build a 12-point lead (35-23) with two minutes left before half time. Holy Cross then scored the final nine points of the half to make the score 35-32 heading into the locker room, with Keister netting seven of his points during that time. After Army opened the second half with a layup by Jason Pancoe, the Crusaders scored the next six points and claimed their first lead of the night (38-37) on a free throw by Brown with 18:14 to play. The game stayed close for several minutes, and the score was tied at 50-50 with 11:37 to play. Holy Cross then used a 12-2 run which included dunks by Cavataio, Jordan Stevens and Dave Dudzinski, to go in front by 10 points (62-52). The Crusaders would extend their lead to 12 points (72-60) with just over five minutes to play, but Army refused to go away and trimmed the margin down to six (78-72) on a pair of free throws by Hence at the 1:39-mark. Holy Cross then connected on five of six free throw attempts in the final minute to hold on for the win. The Crusaders scored a season-high 85 points, and hit 77.8 percent (21 of 27) of their shots on the foul line. Holy Cross also held a 44-32 rebounding advantage, and limited the Black Knights to just 39.7 percent shooting from the field.
KEISTER CONTINUES TO DOMINATE IN THE LOW POST: Senior center Andrew Keister has been one of the top low post players in the Patriot League over the last three seasons, and has twice been selected All-Patriot League. Keister earned first team All-Patriot League honors in 2008-2009, then was named second team all-conference in 2009-2010. In 20 games played this season, he has averaged 12.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 49.5 percent (90 of 182) of his shots from the floor. During the victory over Army, Keister posted the 24th double-double of his collegiate career with a season-high 21 points and 10 rebounds. Previously at Lafayette, he totaled 14 points and a season-best 15 rebounds. Keister also played well against Colgate, recording 12 points, six rebounds and two assists. 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), against American (14 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 851 points and 673 rebounds, while making 51.4 percent (339 of 659) of his field goal attempts and posting 24 double-doubles.
BROWN RECORDS 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 5-18 and a 4-5 mark in the Patriot League. With the Feb. 9 win over Army, he recorded the 100th victory of his collegiate head coaching career. Brown's overall career record now stands at 100-138 (.420). 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 BUCKNELL: Bucknell's Mike Muscala hit a 20-foot jump shot from the right corner with 1.4 seconds remaining, to give the Bison a 74-72 victory over Holy Cross at Sojka Pavilion. The Crusaders were led by Devin Brown and Josh Jones with 14 points each. Bucknell started the game hot, making nine of its first 15 shots from the field to take an early 25-15 lead. The Bison eventually went up by 11 points (34-23) with 6:20 left in the first half, before Holy Cross used a 9-2 run to trim the margin to four points (36-32). Andrew Keister scored six points during that spurt. Bucknell came back to close out the half with a 7-2 run of its own, to take a 43-34 advantage into the locker room. The Bison scored seven of the first nine points in the second half, increasing their lead to 14 points (50-36) with 17:26 left to play. Bucknell was still up by 11 (53-42) at the 13:13-mark, when Brown hit back-to-back three-pointers to trim the margin to five points. The Crusaders were able to make it a one-point game several times in the final nine minutes, before finally tying the score at 72-72 with 28.2 seconds remaining on a pair of free throws by Jones. But Muscala then hit the game winning shot in the closing seconds to give Bucknell the victory. Keister finished the game with 13 points and four rebounds, while Mike Cavataio added 12 points, six rebounds and six assists. Muscala led the Bison with game-highs of 23 points and 13 rebounds.
CAVATAIO SHINES ON THE WING: Junior guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) is once again among Holy Cross' top players during the 2010-2011 campaign. In 23 games played, he has averaged 8.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest, while hitting 71.1 percent (27 of 38) of his free throws. During the victory over Army, Cavataio recorded 11 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Previously at Lafayette, he totaled 11 points, four rebounds and four assists. Cavataio also had a strong game at Lehigh, finishing with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Some of his other top games this season came against Colgate (17 points, five rebounds, two assists), 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 537 points, 293 rebounds and 120 assists.
CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 318-127 at the Hart Center, including a 2-7 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 105-35 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 68-16 record against Patriot League foes.
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 23 games played this season, he has averaged 7.8 points, 4.0 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals per contest, while hitting 40.0 percent (40 of 100) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the victory over Army, Beinert totaled 11 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals. Previously at Navy, he finished with 14 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Beinert also played well in the win over Lafayette, recording 21 points, six rebounds and three assists. A few of his other top performances this season have been against Fairfield (19 points, three rebounds, three assists), at Sacred Heart (11 points, five rebounds, three assists), at Boston College (11 points, three rebounds, two assists), at Marist (10 points, three rebounds), 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 890 points, 309 assists, 252 rebounds and 102 steals, while hitting 41.4 percent (169 of 408) 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 17 games, he has averaged 6.1 points, 7.8 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 5.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.
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 23 games played this season, Dudzinski has averaged 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per contest, while hitting 52.5 percent (42 of 80) of his field goal attempts. During the victory over Army, he totaled seven points and five rebounds. Previously in the win 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. A few of his other top performances this season have come at Sacred Heart (career-high 15 points) and against St. Joseph's (seven points, career-high six rebounds). Dudzinski came to Holy Cross from Kaneland High School, where he was a second team All-State selection.
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 15 games, Stevens has averaged 8.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest, while hitting 33.3 percent (18 of 54) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the Colgate game, he scored 12 points and handed out an 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 7.2 points and 2.0 rebounds 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 22 games played, Jones has averaged 4.0 points and 1.9 rebounds per contest, while hitting 63.6 percent (35 of 55) 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.
HOLY CROSS RALLIES FOR ANOTHER WIN: During the Feb. 9 game against Army, the Crusaders came back from 12 points down (35-23) with two minutes left in the first half to earn an 85-75 victory. That marked the second time this season Holy Cross has rallied to win after trailing by double figures. On Jan. 8 against Lafayette, the Crusaders came back from 13 points down (49-36) with 13 minutes to play to earn a 70-65 win. Those games mark the largest comeback victories 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. The victory over Lafayette 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.
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 2.4 rebounds per game in 2010-2011. The Crusaders have outrebounded 12 of their last 16 opponents, including margins of +15 at Army, +12 at Marist, +12 against Army at home and +11 against Stony Brook. Senior center Andrew Keister leads the team with an average of 8.0 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Eric Obeysekere stands second with 6.3 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.
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.
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|
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.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 92nd season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1296-866 (.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.
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).
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 68.0 points per game, while holding their opponents to 40.1 percent shooting from the field and 28.4 percent shooting from three-point range. In four of its conference games, Holy Cross has held its opponent to 65 points or less, including a night when it limited Navy to just 50 points. In Patriot League play, the Crusaders lead the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense, while ranking second in field goal percentage defense and standing third in scoring defense.
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 BISON: Bucknell has an overall record of 17-8 on the season, with a 8-1 mark in the Patriot League. The Bison have won two straight and 11 out of their last 12 games, and are coming off a 66-60 victory over American on Wednesday night. Bucknell's leading scorer is sophomore forward Mike Muscala, who has averaged 15.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Bryson Johnson has added 11.1 points per contest, while senior guard G.W. Boon is chipping in with 9.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Bucknell is led by head coach Dave Paulsen, who stands 38-48 in three seasons with the Bison. Paulsen owns a career record 300-168, including eight years at Williams, three seasons at Le Moyne and three years at St. Lawrence.
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 2-7 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 ... The Crusaders were picked to finish in fourth place in the 2010-2011 Patriot League preseason poll, while senior center Andrew Keister earned preseason All-Patriot League honors in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors ... 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.