GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (6-19, 5-6 PL) vs. American (18-8, 8-3 PL)
Date: February 20, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Bender Arena (3,044), Washington, D.C.
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
American Radio: WFED 1050 AM, Washington, D.C.
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 16-9
Last Meeting: American 60, Holy Cross 57 (January 22, 2011; Worcester, Mass.)
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 AMERICAN: This will be the 26th meeting between the Crusaders and the Eagles on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 16-9. American has won six of the last eight games between the schools, including a 60-57 victory in Worcester earlier this year. Previously, Holy Cross won eight consecutive contests in the series from 2005-2008. For games played in Washington the Crusaders hold a 7-6 advantage, but the Eagles have won four straight. Holy Cross and American first met on Dec. 21, 1967, with the Crusaders winning 81-57 on the road.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 16-9
In Washington: Holy Cross leads, 7-6
At Bender Arena: Tied, 6-6
Milan Brown vs. American: 2-4
Jeff Jones vs. Holy Cross: 9-15
Current Win Streak: American, one game
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-0
CRUSADERS HIT THE ROAD TO FACE AMERICAN: Following a three game homestand, Holy Cross returns to the road for a contest at American on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 2:00 p.m. The Crusaders currently stand in a tie for third place in the Patriot League with a 5-6 mark in conference games, while the Eagles are in second place at 8-3. Holy Cross can still finish as high as second and as low as eighth in the Patriot League standings this season. Following the contest with American, the Crusaders will stay on the road, with a trip to Colgate on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross then returns home for its final game of the regular season against Lehigh on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 4:00 p.m.
BROWN LEADS THE WAY FOR THE CRUSADERS: Junior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) continues to be one of Holy Cross' top players during the 2010-2011 campaign. In 25 games played this year, he has averaged a team-best 15.3 points per contest while hitting 35.4 percent (52 of 147) of his three-point attempts and 79.5 percent (89 of 112) of his free throws. Brown has been extremely hot over the last six games, averaging 23.3 points per contest during that span and connecting on 52.7 percent (48 of 91) of his field goal attempts and 40.5 percent (17 of 42) of his three-pointers. During Wednesday's victory over Navy, he scored 32 points while hitting seven of 15 attempts from three-point range. Previously against Bucknell, Brown had a game-high 20 points and hit on six of 10 field goal attempts and seven of eight free throws. 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 Army (24 points, four rebounds, three assists), 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) and against the College of Charleston (14 points, two assists). 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 943 points, 167 rebounds and 106 assists, while hitting 37.8 percent (128 of 339) of his three-point field goal attempts and 81.0 percent (247 of 305) of his free throws.
BROWN TIES THREE-POINT MARK AGAINST NAVY: During the Feb. 16 victory over Navy, junior guard Devin Brown tied the school single-game record by making seven three-point field goals. He now shares the record with Rob Featser (who made seven three-pointers at New Hampshire on Nov. 25, 1994) and Kevin Hamilton (who hit seven treys against Chattanooga on Dec. 19, 2005). In addition, Brown's 26 points in the second half against the Midshipmen on Feb. 16 were the most by a Holy Cross player in a single half since Feaster put up 30 points in the second half at New Hampshire on Nov. 25, 1994.
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. He earned first team All-Patriot League honors in 2008-2009, then was named second team all-conference in 2009-2010. In 22 games played this season, Keister has averaged 12.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per contest, while hitting 50.0 percent (101 of 202) of his shots from the floor. He has recorded a double-double in each of the Crusaders' last four games, while averaging 16.0 points and 12.3 rebounds during that time. In Wednesday's victory over Navy, Keister posted the 26th double-double of his collegiate career with 16 points, 13 rebounds and two assists. Previously against Bucknell, he totaled 13 points and 11 rebounds. Keister also played well during the victory over Army, scoring a season-high 21 points and pulling down 10 boards. 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 Lafayette (14 points, season-high 15 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 880 points and 697 rebounds, while making 51.5 percent (350 of 679) of his field goal attempts and posting 26 double-doubles.
NAVY RECAP: Devin Brown scored 32 points to lead Holy Cross to a 72-61 victory over Navy at the Hart Center on Feb. 16, 2011. Brown reached the 30-point mark for the second time this season, while leading the team in scoring for the seventh straight game and hitting at least 20 points for the fifth time in the last six contests. He also tied the school single-game record by making seven three-point field goals. Andrew Keister totaled 16 points and 13 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double, and the 26th double-double of his collegiate career. Mike Cavataio also had a solid night, finishing with 10 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals. The Midshipmen were led by Jordan Sugars with 19 points and nine rebounds. The game was close for most of a first half which featured two ties and five lead changes. The Crusaders led 8-5 early on, before a 10-2 spurt put Navy in front by five. The score would eventually be tied at 25-25 with 3:46 left in the half, when the Midshipmen used a 7-0 run to take a 32-25 advantage into the locker room. Holy Cross scored the first nine points of the second half to take a 34-32 lead, with Brown hitting a pair of three-pointers and Keister converting a three-point play. The Crusaders were up 36-35 a few minutes later, when they used a 12-2 spurt to extend their advantage to double-figures (48-37). With the addition of that run, Holy Cross outscored Navy 23-5 over the first 8:09 of the second half. The Crusaders led by at least eight points the rest of the way, building their lead to 14 points on two occasions before finally claiming an 11-point victory. Holy Cross committed just seven turnovers on the night, while holding the Midshipmen to 37.5 percent shooting from the field and 24.0 percent shooting from three-point range.
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 25 games played, Cavataio has averaged 8.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest, while hitting 68.2 percent (30 of 44) of his free throws. He has played particularly well over the Crusaders' last six games, averaging 11.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists during that time, and connecting on 54.7 percent (29 of 53) of his shots from the field. During Wednesday's victory over Navy, Cavataio had a strong all-around performance with 10 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals. Previously against Army, he recorded 11 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Cavataio also had a solid game at Lafayette, totaling 11 points, four rebounds and four assists. 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), at Lehigh (13 points, five rebounds, three assists, 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 556 points, 311 rebounds and 127 assists.
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 6-19 and a 5-6 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 101-139 (.421). 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 AMERICAN: Devin Brown and Andrew Keister both scored 14 points, but Holy Cross was defeated by American 60-57 at the Hart Center on Jan. 22, 2011. Keister hit five of nine shots from the field and also grabbed eight rebounds, while Brown was six of 10 from the floor and pulled down three rebounds. The game was close throughout a first half which featured three ties and three lead changes. The Eagles held a 10-7 lead early on, before the Crusaders used an 8-1 run to pull in front. Later in the half, American used a 10-2 spurt to take the lead, and eventually held a 27-24 advantage into the locker room. The Eagles were still up by one point (33-32) early in the second half, when Holy Cross scored seven straight points to claim the lead, 39-33 with 14:22 to play. Andrew Beinert hit a three-point field goal and a pair of free throws during that spurt. But a few minutes later, American went on a 14-2 run to claim the lead for good. The Eagles were up by as many as eight points (56-48 with four minutes to play), before a 7-2 Holy Cross spurt made things interesting in the closing minutes. A layup by Brown with 33 seconds to play made it a two-point game (59-57), and the Crusaders would then have two possessions in the final 25 seconds trailing by just three points. But Holy Cross came up empty both times, allowing American to hold on for the win. The Eagles hit just one of four free throws in the final minute of play to keep things close, twice missing on the front end of a one-and-one. Beinert finished the game with eight points, five steals and four assists, while Eric Obeysekere had four points and a team-high nine rebounds. American was led by Stephen Lumpkins with game-highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Vlad Moldoveanu added 14 points for the Eagles on six of 22 shooting from the field.
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 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.
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.
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 25 games played this season, he has averaged 7.3 points, 3.9 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals per contest, while hitting 38.0 percent (41 of 108) 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 893 points, 315 assists, 258 rebounds and 104 steals, while hitting 40.9 percent (170 of 416) 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 19 games, he has averaged 6.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 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, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.
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 17 games, Stevens has averaged 8.2 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.
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 24 games played, Jones has averaged 3.8 points and 1.9 rebounds per contest, while hitting 59.0 percent (36 of 61) 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 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 2.7 rebounds per game in 2010-2011. The Crusaders have outrebounded 13 of their last 18 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 8.4 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Eric Obeysekere stands second with 6.0 boards per contest, while junior guard Mike Cavataio has pulled down 5.7 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 (170), third in career three-point field goal attempts (416), third in career games started (98), sixth in career three-point field goal percentage (.409), 10th in career assists (315) and 10th in career minutes played (3,191). Junior guard Devin Brown also appears on several lists, tying for first in single-game three-pointers made (seven against Army on Feb. 16, 2011), while standing fifth in career free throw percentage (.810), eighth in career three-point field goals made (128), eighth in career three-point attempts (339) and eighth in single-season three-point attempts (147). 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).
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.
CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 319-128 at the Hart Center, including a 3-8 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 106-36 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 69-17 record against Patriot League foes.
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 11 games against conference foes, the Crusaders have allowed 66.6 points per game, while holding their opponents to 40.1 percent shooting from the field and 28.6 percent shooting from three-point range. In six 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.
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 1297-868 (.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.
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 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 eight 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
Feb. 26 vs. Lehigh: CBS College Sports
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 EAGLES: American has an overall record of 18-8 on the season, including an 8-3 mark in the Patriot League. The Eagles have won seven of their last nine games, and are coming off a 65-59 victory at Army on Wednesday night. The leading scorer for American is senior forward Vlad Moldoveanu, who has averaged 19.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Junior forward Stephen Lumpkins is also enjoying a fine season, averaging 13.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per contest, while junior guard Troy Brewer has added 11.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. The Eagles are led by head coach Jeff Jones, who owns a 178-149 record in 11 seasons at American. Jones' career record stands at 324-253, including eight years as the head coach at the University of Virginia.
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 3-8 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.