Crusaders Close Out Homestand Against Midshipmen
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (5-19, 4-6 PL) vs. Navy (9-17, 4-6 PL)
Date: February 16, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
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
Navy Radio: WNAV 1430 AM, Annapolis, Md.; Pete Medhurst, play-by-play
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 32-18
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 71, Navy 50 (Jan. 19, 2011; Annapolis, Md.)
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 NAVY: This will be the 51st meeting between the Crusaders and the Midshipmen on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 32-18. Navy has won four of the last seven meetings between the schools, although the Crusaders took the first game between the teams this season (71-50). Holy Cross was previously victorious in 16 straight meetings between the two schools from 2001-2007, while the Midshipmen won eight straight from 1997-2000. For games played in Worcester, Holy Cross holds a 16-6 advantage. The schools first met on March 20, 1947, with Holy Cross posting a 55-47 victory at Madison Square Garden in the NCAA Tournament East Regional Semifinals.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 32-18
In Worcester: Holy Cross, 16-6
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross, 16-6
Milan Brown vs. Navy: 4-2
Billy Lange vs. Holy Cross: 4-10
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
In Overtime: Navy leads, 2-1
CRUSADERS CONCLUDE HOMESTAND AGAINST NAVY: Holy Cross will play the last of three straight home games when it takes on Navy at the Hart Center on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders and the Midshipmen enter the game in a tie for fifth place in the Patriot League, as both teams have 4-6 marks in conference games. Following the contest with Navy, Holy Cross will travel to American for a 2:00 p.m. game on Sunday, Feb. 20. The Crusaders will then stay on the road, with a trip to Colgate on Wednesday, Feb. 23.
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 24 games played this year, Brown has averaged a team-best 14.6 points per contest while hitting 34.1 percent (45 of 132) of his three-point attempts and 82.4 percent (84 of 102) of his free throws. During Saturday's contest against Bucknell, he scored a game-high 20 points while hitting six of 10 field goal attempts and seven of eight free throws. Previously in the victory over Army, Brown led the team with 24 points, four rebounds and three assists. 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 Lafayette (17 points, four rebounds), 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 911 points, 165 rebounds and 105 assists, while hitting 37.3 percent (121 of 324) of his three-point field goal attempts and 82.0 percent of his free throws (242 of 295).
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 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 21 games played this season, he has averaged 12.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest, while hitting 49.7 percent (96 of 193) of his shots from the floor. During Saturday's game against Bucknell, Keister posted the 25th double-double of his collegiate career with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Previously in the victory over Army, he scored a season-high 21 points and pulled down 10 boards. Keister also played well at Lafayette, totaling 14 points and a season-high 15 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), against American (14 points, eight rebounds), at Bucknell (13 points, four rebounds), at Hofstra (12 points, eight rebounds), against Colgate (12 points, six rebounds, two assists), 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 864 points and 684 rebounds, while making 51.5 percent (345 of 670) of his field goal attempts and posting 25 double-doubles.
BUCKNELL RECAP: Andrew Keister posted the 25th double-double of his collegiate career with 13 points and 11 rebounds, but Holy Cross was defeated by Bucknell 60-56 at the Hart Center on Feb. 12, 2011. Following the contest, Keister received the Martin J. O'Malley Award as the most valuable player of the Crusaders' Winter Homecoming game. Devin Brown also had an outstanding day for Holy Cross, finishing with 20 points on six of 10 shooting from the field. Mike Muscala led Bucknell with 15 points and seven rebounds, despite making just six of 14 field goal attempts. The Crusaders started the game hot, scoring the first seven points of the day. After the Bison had trimmed the margin to three points, Holy Cross used a 12-4 spurt to increase its lead to 11 points (23-12) with 7:58 to play in the half. But Bucknell came back with a 12-0 run of its own over the next five minutes to claim its first lead of the game. The Crusaders would eventually take a slim 29-28 advantage into the locker room. The Bison came out strong at the beginning of the second half, using a 13-4 run to claim a nine-point lead (42-33). Bucknell was still up by eight points (47-39) with nine minutes to play, before Holy Cross worked its way back into the game with a 9-1 spurt. The Bison had built their lead back to five points with three minutes to go, before Keister converted an old fashioned three-point play to make the score 54-52. On the Crusaders' next possession, Keister tipped in a missed shot to tie the score at 54-54 with 1:07 to play. But Bucknell's Bryson Johnson would then connect on a three-point field goal to put the Bison back in front for good, 57-54. After a layup by Brown cur the lead to 57-56, Muscala converted a three-point play for Bucknell to conclude the scoring.
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 24 games played, he has averaged 8.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest, while hitting 70.0 percent (28 of 40) 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 546 points, 302 rebounds and 121 assists.
HOLY CROSS HONORS THREE ALL-TIME GREATS AT HALFTIME CEREMONY: Three all-time Crusader greats were 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) were on hand to witness their jerseys being unveiled in the Hart Center rafters — only the second time Holy Cross was 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 now 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) was honored for his outstanding contributions to the Holy Cross athletic program, and his unique place in Crusader athletic history. He is now honored with a display in the Hart Center lobby. While the jerseys of Foley and Perry have been placed in the rafters, their numbers are not officially 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 NAVY: Eric Obeysekere posted his first career double-double with a career-high 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots, to lead Holy Cross to a 71-50 victory over Navy at Alumni Hall on Jan. 19, 2011. Jordan Stevens also had a big night for the Crusaders, tying his career high with 15 points while hitting all four of his three-point field goal attempts. Holy Cross opened the night with a 10-0 run over the first 4:40, hitting five of its first eight field goal attempts. The Midshipmen trimmed the margin to six points (17-11) with nine minutes left in the first half, before Devin Brown and Andrew Beinert hit back-to-back three-pointers to make it a 12-point game (23-11). The Crusaders eventually led by 17 points late in the half, before taking a 33-19 advantage into the locker room. With 14:32 remaining in the second half, Holy Cross had increased its lead to 15 points (44-29) after a three-pointer by Stevens and a layup by Josh Jones. Navy then went on an 11-0 run over the next three and a half minutes, to make the score 44-40 with 10:54 left on the clock. But Beinert and Brown would then hit back-to-back shots from the behind the arc once again, igniting a 10-0 run which built the Crusaders' lead back to 14 points (54-40). Holy Cross would lead by at least 10 points the rest of the way, eventually pulling away for a 21-point victory. The Crusaders had one of their top defensive performances of the season, holding the Midshipmen to just 28.1 percent shooting from the field (18 of 64) and 4.0 percent shooting from three-point range (one of 25). Holy Cross also recorded a 45-38 advantage on the glass. Beinert finished the night with 14 points, eight assists and six rebounds, while Brown added eight points and a career-high seven rebounds. Andrew Keister also played well, totaling nine points and six rebounds. Navy was led by Jordan Sugars with 16 points and eight rebounds.
CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 318-128 at the Hart Center, including a 2-8 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 105-36 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 68-17 record against Patriot League foes.
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 5-19 and a 4-6 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 100-139 (.418). 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.
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 24 games played this season, he has averaged 7.5 points, 4.0 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals per contest, while hitting 37.7 percent (40 of 106) 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, 312 assists, 255 rebounds and 103 steals, while hitting 40.8 percent (169 of 414) 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 18 games, he has averaged 6.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.3 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, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 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 23 games played, Jones has averaged 4.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 61.0 percent (36 of 59) 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.
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 16 games, Stevens has averaged 8.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest, while hitting 32.1 percent (18 of 56) 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 6.9 points and 2.2 rebounds 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 24 games played this season, Dudzinski has averaged 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per contest, while hitting 52.4 percent (43 of 82) 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.
HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders are once again a strong rebounding team this year. Holy Cross has averaged 36.4 boards per contest and has outrebounded its opponents by an average margin of 2.8 rebounds per game in 2010-2011. The Crusaders have outrebounded 13 of their last 17 opponents, including margins of +15 at Army, +13 against Bucknell, +12 at Marist, +12 against Army at home and +11 against Stony Brook. Senior center Andrew Keister leads the team with an average of 8.1 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Eric Obeysekere stands second with 6.2 boards per contest, while junior guard Mike Cavataio has pulled down 5.5 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.
CRUSADERS IN THE RECORD BOOKS: A number of Holy Cross players have placed their names in the school's all-time record book this season. Senior guard Andrew Beinert ranks third on the school career list for three-point field goals made (169), third in career three-point field goal attempts (414), fourth in career games started (97), sixth in career three-point field goal percentage (.408) and 10th in career minutes played (3,170). Junior guard Devin Brown also appears on several lists, standing fourth all-time in career free throw percentage (.820), ninth in career three-point field goals made (121) and ninth in career three-point attempts. Sophomore forward Eric Obeysekere is currently tied for eighth on the single-season list for blocked shots (43), in addition to holding two spots on the single-game blocked shot list (second with seven at Navy on Jan. 19, 2011; fifth with six at Sacred Heart on Jan. 2, 2011). Other Crusaders to rank among the school's all-time leaders are senior center Andrew Keister (seventh in career field goal percentage at .515) and sophomore guard Jordan Stevens (tied for first in single-game three-point field goal percentage, going four-for-four at Navy on Jan. 19, 2011).
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.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 92nd season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1296-868 (.598), 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.
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.
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 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 10 games against conference foes, the Crusaders have allowed 67.2 points per game, while holding their opponents to 40.3 percent shooting from the field and 29.2 percent shooting from three-point range. In five 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 rank second in the conference in field goal percentage defense and three-point field goal percentage defense, while standing third in scoring defense.
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in eight statistical categories, through games of Feb. 13. In addition, four Holy Cross players are listed among the national leaders in various statistics. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg.|
|Blocked Shots||63||Eric Obeysekere||1.9|
|Rebounding Margin||95||Holy Cross||+2.8|
|Free Throw Percent||102||Devin Brown||82.4|
|Assist-Turnover Ratio||122||Andrew Beinert||1.9|
|Fewest Personal Fouls||139||Holy Cross||18.4|
|Field Goal Percent||164||Holy Cross||43.7|
|Field Goal Percent Defense||174||Holy Cross||43.2|
|Three-Point Percent Defense||185||Holy Cross||34.5|
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 MIDSHIPMEN: Navy has an overall record of 9-17 on the season, including a 4-6 mark in the Patriot League. The Midshipmen have won four of their last six games, and are coming off a 57-52 victory over Lafayette on Saturday. The leading scorer for the Midshipmen is junior guard Jordan Sugars, who has averaged 15.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game this year. Freshman forward J.J. Avila has added 11.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest, while senior guard Greg Brown has chipped in with 9.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest. Navy is led by head coach Billy Lange, who has an 90-112 mark in his seven seasons with the Midshipmen. Lange's career record stands at 129-131, including two seasons at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
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 2-8 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.