GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (7-20, 6-7 PL) vs. Lehigh (15-13, 6-7 PL)
Date: February 26, 2011
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
CBS College Sports Television: Bob Socci, play-by-play; John Feinstein, color
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Holy Cross Student Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester
Lehigh Radio: WEEX 1230 AM, Easton, Pa.; WTKZ 1320 AM, Allentown, Pa.; Matt Kerr, play-by-play
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 33-14
Last Meeting: Lehigh 79, Holy Cross 75 (OT; January 29, 2011; Bethlehem, 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 LEHIGH: This will be the 48th meeting between the Crusaders and the Mountain Hawks on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 33-14. The Crusaders have won 19 out of the last 25 meetings between the schools, but Lehigh has been victorious in three straight and four of the last six games. For games played in Worcester, Holy Cross holds a 21-4 advantage, and had won 13 straight prior to the Mountain Hawks' 78-60 victory last season. The schools first met on Jan. 16, 1976, with Holy Cross posting an 84-60 victory at the Hart Center.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 33-14
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 21-4
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 21-4
Milan Brown vs. Lehigh: 0-1
Brett Reed vs. Holy Cross: 4-3
Current Win Streak: Lehigh, three games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 4-1
CRUSADERS CONCLUDE REGULAR SEASON AGAINST LEHIGH: Holy Cross returns home to play its final game of the regular season against Lehigh, in a contest which will be shown live to a national audience on the CBS College Sports Network on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 4:00 p.m. The Crusaders and the Mountain Hawks are currently part of a three-way tie for third place in the Patriot League with 6-7 marks in conference games. The winner of the game will earn a top-four seed in the Patriot League Tournament and a home date in the quarterfinals.
SENIOR SALUTE: Five members of the Holy Cross basketball program will be taking part in their final regular season game at the Hart Center against Colgate. Senior guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.), senior forward Josh Jones (Ocala, Fla.) and senior center Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) will be honored before the game, along with team managers Alex Ball (Tucson, Ariz.) and Brian Zelesky (Worcester, Mass.). The pregame ceremony is scheduled to begin at approximately 3:45 p.m.
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. He earned first team All-Patriot League honors in 2008-2009, then was named second team all-conference in 2009-2010. In 24 games played this season, Keister has averaged 12.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, while hitting 50.2 percent (112 of 223) of his shots from the floor. He has recorded a double-double in each of the Crusaders' last six games, while averaging 15.2 points and 12.2 rebounds in that time. During Wednesday's victory at Colgate, Keister posted the 28th double-double of his collegiate career with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Previously at American, he totaled 11 points, 12 rebounds and three assists. Keister also played well in the win over Navy, finishing with 16 points, 13 rebounds and two assists. Some of his other top performances this season have come against Army (season-high 21 points, 10 rebounds), 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), against Bucknell (13 points, 11 rebounds), at Bucknell (13 points, four rebounds), at Hofstra (12 points, eight rebounds) and against Colgate (12 points, six rebounds, two assists). 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 907 points and 721 rebounds, while making 51.6 percent (361 of 700) of his field goal attempts and posting 28 double-doubles. During the game at American on Feb. 20, he became only the seventh player in the history of the Patriot League to record 700 career rebounds.
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 27 games played this year, he has averaged a team-best 15.3 points per contest while hitting 35.1 percent (54 of 154) of his three-point attempts and 80.3 percent (98 of 122) of his free throws. Brown has been extremely hot over the last eight games, averaging 21.1 points per contest during that span and connecting on 51.4 percent (57 of 111) of his field goal attempts and 38.8 percent (19 of 49) of his three-pointers. During Wednesday's victory at Colgate, he finished with 16 points and six rebounds, including a pair of free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining to give the Crusaders the win. Previously in the win over Navy, Brown scored 32 points while hitting seven of 15 attempts from three-point range. 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), against Bucknell (20 points), 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 972 points, 174 rebounds and 107 assists, while hitting 37.6 percent (130 of 346) of his three-point field goal attempts and 81.3 percent (256 of 315) of his free throws.
COLGATE RECAP: Devin Brown hit two free throws with 1.6 seconds to play, lifting Holy Cross to a 77-75 victory over Colgate at Cotterell Court on Feb. 23, 2011. Brown finished the game with 16 points and six rebounds, while hitting all seven of his free throw attempts. Andrew Keister totaled 16 points and 12 rebounds, to post his sixth straight double-double and the 28th double-double of his collegiate career. Jordan Stevens added 13 points and four rebounds, while Mike Cavataio recorded 11 points and three assists. The Raiders were led by Yaw Gyawu with 15 points and four rebounds. The game was close early on, with the score being tied at 9-9 after the first five minutes of play. Holy Cross then went on an 18-7 run over the next nine minutes to claim an 11-point advantage (27-16). But Colgate came right back with a 13-5 spurt of its own to get back into the game. The Crusaders eventually took a 35-32 lead into the locker room. Holy Cross' lead would stay between three and seven points for the first nine minutes of the second half, before the Crusaders scored six straight points to build their advantage back to 11 (58-47) with nine minutes left to play. Holy Cross would eventually lead by 12 points (68-56) with four minutes remaining, before the Raiders went on an 11-2 run to make it a three-point game (70-67) with under a minute to go. Colgate then tied the score at 75-75 on a three-point field goal by Mike Venezia with 5.5 seconds to play. But Brown took the ensuing inbounds pass and drove the length of the floor, drawing a foul as he went to the basket to set up the winning free throws.
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 27 games played, Cavataio has averaged 8.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest. He has played particularly well over the Crusaders' last eight games, averaging 12.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists during that time, and connecting on 55.1 percent (38 of 69) of his shots from the field. During Wednesday's victory at Colgate, Cavataio totaled 11 points, three assists and three steals. Previously at American, he led the team with 16 points, four rebounds and two assists. Cavataio also had a strong all-around performance in the win over Navy, finishing with 10 points, nine rebounds, six 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), 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), against Army (11 points, seven rebounds two assists), at New Hampshire (11 points, seven rebounds, two steals) and at Lafayette (11 points, four rebounds, four assists). 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 583 points, 316 rebounds and 132 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 7-20 and a 6-7 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 102-140 (.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 LEHIGH: Devin Brown totaled 27 points and three rebounds, but Holy Cross was defeated by Lehigh 79-75 in overtime at Stabler Arena. Brown hit 10 of 15 attempts from the field and four of six shots from three-point range on the day. Lehigh made eight of its first 10 shots from the field, jumping out to a 16-8 lead just 3:31 into the game. Holy Cross responded with a 10-0 run over the next three and a half minutes of play to pull in front. After a three-pointer by C.J. McCollum gave the Mountain Hawks a 19-18 lead, the Crusaders held Lehigh scoreless for the next 9:16, using a 12-0 spurt to take a 30-19 advantage. Holy Cross eventually held a 34-25 lead heading into the locker room at halftime. Early in the second half, the Crusaders increased their lead to 12 points (46-34) with 14:37 left to play. The Mountain Hawks then began to chip away at the deficit, using an 11-5 run over the next four minutes to make it a six-point game. Holy Cross was still up by eight (56-48) with 7:33 to go, before an 8-1 Lehigh run made it a one-point game. The Crusaders held a slim lead until the 1:18-mark, when a pair of free throws by McCollum gave the Mountain Hawks a 66-65 advantage. A three-pointer by Brown put Holy Cross back up by two, before Lehigh's Jordan Hamilton made two foul shots to tie the score at 68-68 and force overtime. In the overtime, the Mountain Hawks jumped out to a 75-68 advantage on a free throw by Mackey McKnight and three-pointers by McCollum and Michael Ojo. The Crusaders refused to die, eventually making it a two-point game (77-75) on a three-pointer by Brown with 48.3 seconds to go. But Hamilton then scored for Lehigh on an offensive rebound to make the score 79-75, and Holy Cross was not able to score again. Mike Cavataio finished the game with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Crusaders. The Mountain Hawks were led by McCollum with 29 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. Lehigh outscored Holy Cross 21-14 on the foul line, while attempting 20 free throws in the second half and six more in overtime.
PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT SCENARIOS: With a victory over Lehigh, Holy Cross will earn either the third or fourth seed in the 2011 Patriot League Tournament. If the Crusaders lose to the Mountain Hawks, they will be seeded either fourth or fifth. In order for Holy Cross to secure the fourth seed with a loss, it will need both American and Navy to win on Saturday. The Crusaders would play their quarterfinal round game at home if they are seeded third or fourth, and on the road if they are seeded fifth. Possible quarterfinal round opponents for Holy Cross in the conference tournament are Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy.
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.
BEINERT LEADS HOLY CROSS FROM THE POINT: Senior guard Andrew Beinert has been one of the Crusaders' top players in the backcourt over the last four years. In 27 games played this season, he has averaged 7.1 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 0.9 steals per contest, while hitting 37.8 percent (42 of 111) 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 903 points, 325 assists, 261 rebounds and 104 steals, while hitting 40.8 percent (171 of 419) 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 21 games, he has averaged 5.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per contest. During the game at Lafayette, 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 5.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.7 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 19 games, Stevens has averaged 8.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest, while hitting 33.9 percent (20 of 59) of his three-point field goal attempts. During Wednesday's victory at Colgate, he totaled 13 points and four rebounds. Previously in the home game against Colgate, Stevens finished with 12 points and one assist. He also played well at Navy, scored 15 points while hitting all four of his attempts from three-point range. A few of Stevens' other top games this season have come at Army (15 points, three rebounds, three assists) against Sacred Heart (15 points, three assists), at George Washington (13 points, four rebounds, two blocks, two steals), at Hofstra (11 points, two assists), at Marist (nine points, three assists, two rebounds) and at American (nine points, two rebounds). Overall this season, he is now averaging 7.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
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.
HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders are once again a strong rebounding team this year. Holy Cross has averaged 36.1 boards per contest and has outrebounded its opponents by an average margin of 2.5 rebounds per game in 2010-2011. The Crusaders have outrebounded 14 of their last 20 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 8.7 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Eric Obeysekere stands second with 5.8 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.
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 (171), third in career three-point field goal attempts (419), third in career games started (100), sixth in career three-point field goal percentage (.408), eighth in career minutes played (3,246), ninth in career games played (119) and 10th in career assists (325). 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 (.813), seventh in single-season three-point attempts (154), eighth in career three-point field goals made (130), eighth in career three-point attempts (346) and 10th in single-season three-pointers made (54). 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 .516) 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.
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in five statistical categories, through games of Feb. 20. In addition, four Holy Cross players are listed among the national leaders in various statistics. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg.|
|Blocked Shots||80||Eric Obeysekere||1.7|
|Rebounding Margin||109||Holy Cross||+2.5|
|Assist-Turnover Ratio||124||Andrew Beinert||1.9|
|Fewest Personal Fouls||129||Holy Cross||18.3|
|Three-Point Percent Defense||141||Holy Cross||33.5|
|Fewest Turnovers||146||Holy Cross||13.5|
|Free Throw Percent||184||Devin Brown||79.1|
|Three-Pointers Made||186||Devin Brown||2.0|
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.
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 25 games played this season, Dudzinski has averaged 4.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per contest, while hitting 52.3 percent (45 of 86) of his field goal attempts. During Wednesday's victory at Colgate, he totaled seven points and three 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.
JONES PLAYS KEY MINUTES OFF THE BENCH: Senior forward Josh Jones has been a key player for the Crusaders this season at the low post positions. In 26 games played, Jones has averaged 3.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per contest, while hitting 56.3 percent (36 of 64) 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.
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.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 92nd season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1298-869 (.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.
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 MOUNTAIN HAWKS: Lehigh has an overall record of 15-13 on the season, including a 6-7 mark in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks have lost two of their last three games, and are coming off an 72-55 setback at Bucknell on Wednesday. Lehigh is led by sophomore guard C.J. McCollum, who has averaged 21.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Senior guard Michael Ojo has added 11.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest, while sophomore forward Gabe Knutson is chipping in with 12.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. The Mountain Hawks are led by head coach Brett Reed, who stands 66-53 in four seasons at Lehigh. Reed previously served as an assistant coach for the Mountain Hawks from 2002-2007.
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 ... 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 ... 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 4-12 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 91 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.