Holy Cross To Face Lafayette In Patriot League Quarterfinals
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Event: Patriot League Quarterfinals
The Teams: Holy Cross (8-20, 7-7 PL) vs. Lafayette (11-18, 6-8 PL)
Date: March 2, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Television: Lafayette Sports Network; Mick Moninghoff, play-by-play; John Leone, color
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Holy Cross Student Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester
Lafayette Radio: WJRH 104.9 FM, Easton, Pa.; Dick Hammer, play-by-play; Phil LaBella, color
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 32-17
Last Meeting: Lafayette 76, Holy Cross 70 (Feb. 5, 2011; Easton, 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 LAFAYETTE: This will be the 50th meeting between the Crusaders and the Leopards on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 32-17. The Crusaders have won 11 of the last 15 meetings between the schools, but three of the Leopards' victories during that time have come in the last two years. For games played in Worcester, the Crusaders hold a 19-4 advantage, including eight straight victories and wins in 11 of the last 12 games. The schools first met on Feb. 4, 1947, with Holy Cross posting a 50-40 victory at the Boston Garden.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 32-17
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 19-4
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 19-4
Milan Brown vs. Lafayette: 2-4
Fran O'Hanlon vs. Holy Cross: 16-19
Current Win Streak: Lafayette, one game
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1
CRUSADERS SET FOR 2011 PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT: Holy Cross opens up play in the 2011 Patriot League Tournament on Wednesday, March 2, when it plays host to Lafayette in the quarterfinals at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders are the third seed in the tournament, while the Leopards are seeded sixth. The winner of the Holy Cross-Lafayette game will move on to face the American-Colgate winner in the semifinals on Sunday, March 6, with the championship game set for Friday, March 11. For the fifth straight year, all games in the Patriot League Tournament will be played on the campus of the higher seed.
HISTORY IS ON OUR SIDE: Based on results from past years, the Crusaders have a good chance to advance to the Patriot League championship game. The No. 3 seed has played in the conference title game seven times in the last 20 seasons. . . Holy Cross will attempt to become the first No. 3 seed to ever claim the Patriot League Tournament title. No team seeded lower than second has ever won the conference tournament title, with the No. 1 seed capturing 15 championships and the No. 2 seed taking five titles. . . The top seed in the tournament has advanced to the championship game in each of the 20 years the Patriot League Tournament has been played. The other title game appearances all belong to the No. 2 (13 times) and No. 3 (seven times) seeds. No team seeded lower than third has ever advanced to the Patriot League championship game.
THE SEEDINGS: Holy Cross is the No. 3 seed in the 2011 Patriot League Championship. This marks the fourth time the Crusaders have been the third seed in the tournament, with the previous occasions coming in 1991, 1992 and 1996. In two of those years (1991 and 1996), Holy Cross advanced to the conference title game. . . Throughout its history in the Patriot League, Holy Cross has been the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament four times (10-1 record), No. 2 four times (10-2), No. 3 three times (5-3), No. 4 three times (1-3), No. 5 twice (0-2), No. 6 twice (0-2), No. 7 once (1-1) and No. 8 once (0-1). . . Holy Cross stands 23-3 all-time in Patriot League Tournament games when it has been seeded higher than its opponent. The Crusaders have won seven straight and 16 of their last 17 contests as the higher seed.
TOURNAMENT TIP-INS: The Crusaders, who will face Lafayette in the quarterfinals, stand 2-2 all-time against the Leopards in Patriot League Tournament play. This marks the third time in the last five seasons the two schools have met in the conference tournament. . . Lafayette won the last postseason meeting between the schools in the 2010 semifinals (66-63). The other Patriot League Tournament games between the schools came in the 2007 quarterfinals (Holy Cross won 83-53) in the 1997 quarterfinals (Lafayette won 70-65) and the 1992 quarterfinals (Holy Cross won 87-71). . . In the two previous Patriot League Tournament games between Holy Cross and Lafayette played on one of the school's home courts, the home team has won both times (Holy Cross in 2007 and Lafayette in 2010). . . Holy Cross stands 17-2 all-time in Patriot League Tournament games which have been played at the Hart Center. That includes a 7-0 mark in quarterfinal games (defeating Army in 1993 and 2005, Bucknell in 2009, Colgate in 1991, Lafayette in 2007, Lehigh in 1996 and Navy in 2006), a 7-0 record in semifinal games (downing Lehigh in 1991, 2005 and 2006, American in 2007, Army in 1996, Colgate in 2009 and Fordham in 1993) and a 3-2 mark in championship games (defeating Bucknell in 2007, American in 2003 and Navy in 2001, while falling to Fordham in 1991 and Bucknell in 2005). . . In the conference's history, teams playing on their home court have an overall record of 62-13 during the Patriot League Tournament. . . Since the Patriot League moved to its current format of having the higher seed play host to each game (beginning in 2007), home teams stand 11-5 in the quarterfinals, 8-0 in the semifinals and 4-0 in the championship game.
KEISTER EARNS ALL-LEAGUE HONORS AGAIN: Senior center Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) has been one of the top low post players in the Patriot League once again this season, and has been selected second team All-Patriot League. He becomes only the 15th player in conference history to earn All-Patriot League honors three times, after previously being named to the first team in 2008-2009 and the second team in 2009-2010. In 25 games played this season, Keister has averaged 12.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 50.8 percent (120 of 236) of his shots from the floor. He has recorded a double-double in each of the Crusaders' last seven games, while averaging 15.9 points and 12.7 rebounds in that time. During Saturday's victory over Lehigh, Keister posted the 29th double-double of his collegiate career with 20 points, a season-high 16 rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots. Previously in the win at Colgate, he totaled 16 points and 12 rebounds. Keister also played well at American, finishing with 11 points, 12 rebounds and three 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), against Navy (16 points, 13 rebounds), 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, 15 rebounds) and against American (14 points, eight 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 927 points and 737 rebounds, while making 51.8 percent (369 of 713) of his field goal attempts and posting 29 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.
CRUSADERS AND LEOPARDS IN THE POSTSEASON: The quarterfinal game between Holy Cross and Lafayette will mark the fifth meeting between the schools in the Patriot League Tournament. The teams last met in the postseason when the Leopards posted a 66-63 victory in the 2010 semifinals. The only other times the schools have met in the Patriot League Tournament came in the 1992 quarterfinals (an 87-71 Holy Cross victory), the 1997 quarterfinals (a 70-65 Lafayette win) and the 2007 quarterfinals (a 83-53 Holy Cross victory).
BROWN NAMED ALL-CONFERENCE: Junior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) has been one of Holy Cross' top players throughout the 2010-2011 campaign, and was selected second team All-Patriot League. In 28 games played this year, he has averaged a team-best 15.6 points per contest while hitting 36.6 percent (59 of 161) of his three-point attempts and 81.1 percent (103 of 127) of his free throws. Brown has been extremely hot over the last nine games, averaging 21.7 points per contest during that span and connecting on 51.6 percent (65 of 126) of his field goal attempts and 42.9 percent (24 of 56) of his three-pointers. During Saturday's victory over Lehigh, he finished with 26 points, three assists and two rebounds, and made five of seven three-point field goal attempts. 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 Colgate (16 points, six rebounds), at New Hampshire (16 points, two steals) and at Wake Forest (16 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 998 points, 176 rebounds and 110 assists, while hitting 38.2 percent (135 of 353) of his three-point field goal attempts and 81.6 percent (261 of 320) of his free throws. He enters the Lafayette game needing just two points to become the 45th 1,000-point scorer in school history.
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 28 games played, Cavataio has averaged 8.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest. He has played particularly well over the Crusaders' last nine games, averaging 12.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists during that time, and connecting on 51.2 percent (42 of 82) of his shots from the field. During Saturday's victory over Lehigh, Cavataio finished with 13 points, five rebounds and two assists. Previously in the win at Colgate, he totaled 11 points, three assists and three steals. Cavataio also played well at American, leading the team with 16 points, four rebounds and two 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), 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 596 points, 321 rebounds and 134 assists.
CRUSADERS A FIXTURE IN CONFERENCE TITLE GAME: Over the last 10 seasons, Holy Cross has appeared in the Patriot League title game seven times. The Crusaders have gone 4-3 in their seven championship game appearances during that time, winning the title in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2007. Only seven other teams in the nation have played in their conference championship game as many times as Holy Cross has over the last 10 years. Here is a look at the teams with the most league title game appearances in the last 10 seasons:
|10 of 10||Gonzaga||West Coast Conference|
|8 of 10||Duke||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|8 of 10||Utah State||Western Athletic & Big West Conferences|
|7 of 10||Holy Cross||Patriot League|
|7 of 10||Austin Peay||Ohio Valley Conference|
|7 of 10||Butler||Horizon League|
|7 of 10||Pittsburgh||Big East Conference|
|7 of 10||Winthrop||Big South Conference|
THE FIRST LAFAYETTE GAME: Andrew Beinert tied his career high by scoring 21 points, to lead Holy Cross to a 70-65 victory over Lafayette at the Hart Center on Jan. 8, 2011. Beinert also had six rebounds and three assists, while hitting seven of nine shots from the field and five of six three-point attempts. The Crusaders trailed 49-36 with 13 minutes remaining in the second half, before a pair of dunks by Eric Obeysekere and Dave Dudzinski and a Dudzinski free throw trimmed the margin to eight points (49-41). The Leopards were still up by eight (56-48) with seven minutes to play, when Holy Cross used an 11-0 run to claim its first lead of the second half (59-56 at the 4:55-mark). Beinert scored eight of his points during that spurt, including a layup to tie the score and a three-point field goal to put the Crusaders in front. The score stayed close for the next few minutes, until a pair of free throw's by Jared Mintz put Lafayette back up 63-62 with 2:27 remaining. But after two free throws by Dudzinski gave Holy Cross a one-point advantage, Devin Brown drained a three-point field goal with 45.1 seconds on the clock to make the score 67-63. Brown would then connect on three of four free throws in the final 20 seconds as the Crusaders held on for the victory. The score had been close throughout the first half, as neither team led by more than five points. The Leopards eventually took a 33-28 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Lafayette then used an 11-0 run early in the second half to take a 13-point lead, before Holy Cross rallied for the victory. Andrew Keister totaled 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds, in his return from an injury which had held him out of the previous three games. Dudzinski added nine points and five rebounds, while Brown finished with nine points and two assists. The Leopards were led by Darion Benbow with 13 points and five rebounds.
THE SECOND LAFAYETTE GAME: Andrew Keister posted the 23rd double-double of his collegiate career with 14 points and 15 rebounds, but Holy Cross was defeated by Lafayette 76-70 at the Allan P. Kirby Sports Center on Feb. 5, 2011. The Crusaders were able to trim an 18-point deficit down to just two points in the second half, but could not complete the comeback in the closing minutes. The Leopards started the game hot, jumping out to an early 14-4 lead over the first eight minutes of play. The Crusaders were able to close the margin to seven points, before Lafayette would eventually take an 18-point lead late in the half. The Leopards held a 36-20 advantage heading into the locker room. Early in the second half, Holy Cross used an 11-2 spurt to trim the margin back to single digits (44-35), with Devin Brown scoring seven points during that time. Lafayette was still up by nine points (60-51) with 7:49 left to play, before the Crusaders went on a 10-3 run over the next four minutes to make it a two-point game (63-61). The Leopards responded with a 7-2 spurt to build their lead back to seven points (70-63) with just under a minute to play. Holy Cross refused to go quietly, and would trim the margin to two points once again (72-70) on a three-point field goal by Mike Cavataio with 25 seconds to go. But Lafayette then made all four of its free throws in the closing seconds to hold on for the win. Brown finished the game with a team-high 17 points and four rebounds, while Cavataio had 11 points, four rebounds and four assists. Eric Obeysekere added 12 points and six rebounds for Holy Cross. Levi Giese led the Leopards with 19 points and four rebounds. The Crusaders outrebounded Lafayette 43-38 and had just 11 turnovers, but made only 17 of 34 free throw attempts on the day.
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 28 games played this season, he has averaged 7.4 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 0.9 steals per contest, while hitting 38.9 percent (44 of 113) of his three-point field goal attempts. During Saturday's victory over Lehigh, Beinert recorded 15 points, four assists and three rebounds. Previously in the win over Army, he totaled 11 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals. Beinert also played well at Navy, finishing with 14 points, eight assists and six rebounds. A few of his other top performances this season have been against Lafayette (21 points, six rebounds, three assists), 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 918 points, 329 assists, 264 rebounds and 104 steals, while hitting 41.1 percent (173 of 421) of his three-point field goal attempts.
KEISTER EARNS ACADEMIC HONORS: Senior center Andrew Keister was selected to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America. In addition, he has also been chosen to the inaugural Patriot League All-Academic team. 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.
BROWN RECORDS 100TH CAREER VICTORY AGAINST ARMY: Milan Brown is in his first season as the head coach at Holy Cross in 2010-2011, with an overall record of 8-20 and a 7-7 mark in Patriot League play. 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 103-140 (.424). 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 (69-60 over Coppin State).
CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 320-128 at the Hart Center, including a 4-8 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 107-36 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 70-17 record against Patriot League foes.
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 (Orinda, Calif.) 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.
STEVENS STEPS UP OFF THE BENCH: Sophomore guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.) has turned into one of the Crusaders' top players since mid-December. Over Holy Cross' last 20 games, Stevens has averaged 8.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest, while hitting 33.9 percent (21 of 62) 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.
OBEYSEKERE STEPS UP ON FRONT LINE: Sophomore forward Eric Obeysekere has developed into a solid presence for the Crusaders in the low post. Over Holy Cross' last 22 games, he has averaged 5.5 points, 7.1 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 4.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks 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 second on the school career list for games started (101), third in three-point field goals made (173), third in career three-point field goal attempts (421), sixth in career three-point percentage (.411), eighth in career minutes played (3,273), ninth in career games played (120) and 10th in career assists (329). 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 (.816), sixth in career three-point field goals made (135), sixth in single-season three-point attempts (161), seventh in career three-point attempts (353) and ninth in single-season three-pointers made (59). Sophomore forward Eric Obeysekere is currently eighth on the single-season list for blocked shots (46), 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 (sixth in career field goal percentage at .518) and sophomore guard Jordan Stevens (tied for first in single-game three-point percentage, going four-for-four at Navy on Jan. 19, 2011).
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 27 games played, Jones has averaged 3.5 points and 1.9 rebounds per contest, while hitting 56.9 percent (37 of 65) of his field goal attempts. During the game at Lehigh, 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.
LEHIGH RECAP: Devin Brown totaled 26 points, three assists and two rebounds, to lead Holy Cross to an 89-76 victory over Lehigh at the Hart Center on Feb. 26, 2011. Andrew Keister finished with 20 points, a season-high 16 rebounds and four blocked shots, for his seventh straight double-double and the 29th double-double of his collegiate career. Andrew Beinert added 15 points, four assists and three rebounds, while Mike Cavataio totaled 13 points, five rebounds and two assists. The Mountain Hawks were led by C.J. McCollum with 19 points and five rebounds, and Gabe Knutson with 15 points and five boards. Lehigh started the game hot, jumping out to a quick 9-2 in the first two and half minutes of play. The Crusaders responded with an 8-2 run, but the Mountain Hawks would eventually lead by eight points (20-12) and were still up by seven (30-23) with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Holy Cross then scored seven straight points to tie the score, and later used another 7-0 spurt to take a six-point lead (47-41). Lehigh came back to trim the margin to one point (47-46) heading into the locker room. The Crusaders began the second half on fire, using an 8-0 run to build their lead up to nine points (55-46). Holy Cross' lead would stay between four and nine points for the next several minutes, and the Crusaders would hold a 74-68 advantage with 8:30 left to play. An 11-2 run by Holy Cross then put the game away, with Brown scoring eight of his points during that time. Lehigh would get no closer than 11 points in the closing minutes, before the Crusaders finally posted a 13-point win. Holy Cross shot 51.7 percent from the field, 53.3 percent from three-point range and 73.1 percent at the free throw line, while holding the Mountain Hawks to 37.9 percent shooting from the floor. The Crusaders also held a 47-28 rebounding advantage, and blocked shots on the day.
SENIOR SALUTE: Five members of the Holy Cross basketball program were recognized prior to the final regular season game at the Hart Center against Lehigh on Feb. 26. Senior guard Andrew Beinert, senior forward Josh Jones and senior center Andrew Keister were honored before the game, along with team managers Alex Ball (Tucson, Ariz.) and Brian Zelesky (Worcester, Mass.).
DUDZINSKI EARNS ALL-ROOKIE HONORS: Freshman forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) has developed into a key player for the Crusaders at the low post positions, and was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie team. In 26 games played this season, Dudzinski has averaged 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per contest, while hitting 52.3 percent (46 of 88) of his field goal attempts. During the 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.
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in four statistical categories, through games of Feb. 27. In addition, four Holy Cross players are listed among the national leaders in various statistics. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg.|
|Blocked Shots||82||Eric Obeysekere||1.7|
|Rebounding Margin||85||Holy Cross||+3.1|
|Assist-Turnover Ratio||100||Andrew Beinert||2.0|
|Fewest Personal Fouls||128||Holy Cross||18.3|
|Fewest Turnovers||138||Holy Cross||13.3|
|Free Throw Percent||142||Devin Brown||81.1|
|Three-Pointers Made||155||Devin Brown||2.1|
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 92nd season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1299-869 (.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 nine 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
March 2 vs. Lafayette: Lafayette Sports Network
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 LEOPARDS: Lafayette enters the game with an overall record of 11-18 on the year, including a 6-8 mark in the Patriot League. The Leopards have lost four of their last five games, and are coming off a 95-92 double overtime loss to American on Saturday. Senior forward Jared Mintz leads the team with averages of 15.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, while hitting 51.4 percent (152 of 296) of his shots from the field. Junior guard Jim Mower has averaged 12.4 points per game and hit 39.2 percent (69 of 176) of his three-point field goal attempts, while junior forward Ryan Willen has added 10.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per contest. Lafayette is led by head coach Fran O'Hanlon, who owns an overall record of 227-241 in 16 seasons with the Leopards.
DRIBBLES: 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 Ronnie 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 ... 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 4-8 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.