Men's Basketball To Face Boston College At The DCU Center
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (0-2, 0-0 PL) vs. Boston College (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
Date: November 18, 2011
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: DCU Center (13,008), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: Dick Lutsk, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 57-53
Last Meeting: Boston College 69, Holy Cross 54; November 22, 2010; Chestnut Hill, Mass.
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos., No., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl.
F, 10, R.J. Evans, 6-3, 200, Jr.
F, 35, Eric Obeysekere, 6-8, 209, Jr.
C, 50, Dave Dudzinski, 6-9, 227, So.
G, 2, Devin Brown, 6-1, 190, Sr.
G, 3, Justin Burrell, 5-9, 165, Fr.
THE SERIES WITH BOSTON COLLEGE: This will be the 111th meeting between the Crusaders and the Eagles on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 57-53. Boston College has won 16 of the last 17 games the schools have played, with the lone victory for the Crusaders during that time coming on Dec. 1, 2002, at the DCU Center (71-70). Holy Cross owns a 29-21 edge in the series for games played in Worcester, although the Eagles hold a 4-1 advantage at the DCU Center. The teams first met on Jan. 9, 1906, when Holy Cross posted a 35-14 win on the road. There were also two games played between the schools in 1921, when Boston College challenged Holy Cross to a home and home series, even though the Crusaders had not fielded a team in 11 years. Holy Cross won both of those games, 28-26 on the road (March 5, 1921) and 35-23 at home (March 11, 1921).
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 57-53
In Worcester: Holy Cross, 29-21
At the DCU Center: Boston College, 4-1
Milan Brown vs. Boston College: 0-1
Steve Donahue vs. Holy Cross: 1-0
Current Win Streak: Boston College, four games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 4-2
CRUSADERS AGAINST THE ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE: Holy Cross has an all-time record of 61-72 against the 12 schools which currently compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The majority of those games were played against Boston College, before the Eagles joined the ACC. In addition to their 57-53 all-time mark against Boston College, the Crusaders stand 0-2 against Clemson, 0-2 vs. Duke, 0-5 against Maryland, 0-1 vs. Miami, 1-1 against North Carolina, 2-5 vs. North Carolina State and 1-3 against Wake Forest.
HOLY CROSS AT THE DCU CENTER: The Crusaders will be making their 21st appearance at the DCU Center, formerly known as the Worcester Centrum. Holy Cross owns an all-time record of just 6-14 at the DCU Center, but stands 3-4 since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season. The most recent contest for the Crusaders at the DCU Center came on Dec. 5, 2009, when they fell to Massachusetts 84-63. Holy Cross' other appearances at the DCU Center since the turn of the century came against Boston College (63-53 loss on Jan. 17, 2006; 71-70 win on Dec. 1, 2002), Dayton (55-53 loss on Dec. 1, 2007), George Mason (58-46 loss on Dec. 21, 2006), Iona (78-53 win on Jan. 18, 2005) and Massachusetts (78-65 win on Nov. 25, 2000). In 2005, the DCU Center served as a site for first and second round games of the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament. The building previously hosted NCAA first and second round games in 1992. Overall, a total of 43 Division I collegiate men's basketball games have been played at the DCU Center in its history. The first contests came on Dec. 29, 1982, when Holy Cross defeated Davidson 65-62 and Iona downed George Washington 65-57 in the Shawmut Worcester County Classic.
EVANS RETURNS TO THE LINEUP: Junior guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) looks to once again be among the top players in the Patriot League this season, after missing the majority of the 2010-2011 season due to injury and receiving a medical redshirt. During the season opener at the College of Charleston, he led the team with 16 points, seven rebounds, four steals and two assists. Evans then totaled 13 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals against Harvard. In eight games played last year, he averaged 9.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest, while hitting 46.3 percent (31 of 67) of his field goal attempts. Evans scored in double figures five times in his eight appearances a year ago, with his best game coming against the College of Charleston (16 points, five assists, three steals, two rebounds). During the 2009-2010 campaign, he averaged a team-best 13.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest. Evans finished that season ranked eighth in the Patriot League in scoring, 11th in assists and 14th in rebounding. The 2008-2009 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, Evans has now totaled 908 points, 351 rebounds, 142 assists and 88 steals over the course of his Holy Cross career. He has scored in double-figures 53 times during his collegiate career and has hit the 20-point mark seven times, including a career-high 31 points against Bucknell in the 2009 Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals.
DUDZINSKI STEPS INTO STARTING LINEUP: Sophomore forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) has become a key player for the Crusaders in the low post positions last year. In the season opener at the College of Charleston, he totaled 14 points, five rebounds and two steals. Dudzinski then recorded six points with career highs of eight rebounds and four blocked shots against Harvard. He was named to the 2011 Patriot League All-Rookie team, after averaging 4.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 27 games played, while hitting 54.8 percent (51 of 93) of his field goal attempts. Against Lafayette in last year's Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals, Dudzinski totaled 11 points and four rebounds, while hitting all five of his field goal attempts. He also played well during the regular season victory over Lafayette, recording 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 Dudzinski's other top performances last season came at Sacred Heart (career-high 15 points), against St. Joseph's (seven points, career-high six rebounds) and at Colgate (seven points, three rebounds).
THE JESUIT BASKETBALL SPOTLIGHT: The matchup between Holy Cross and Boston College is part of the nationwide Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project, using Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education. Both Holy Cross and Boston College are Jesuit schools. The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project highlights more than 90 games this season between men's and women's teams from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States. Each of the 28 is dedicated to strong academics and teaching women and men to serve others and live a faith that does justice. The spotlight project includes awareness announcements during these designated games and during gamecasts on radio and television. Jesuit, Catholic colleges and universities in the United States have more than 200,000 students currently and more than 1.7 million living alumni. The Jesuit educational mission began in Europe approximately 500 years ago. For more information on Jesuit higher education in the United States, visit 'www.ajcunet.edu'.
HARVARD RECAP: Devin Brown scored a game-high 17 points, but Holy Cross was defeated by Harvard 73-64 at the Hart Center. The Crimson were led by Kyle Casey with 16 points, and Keith Wright with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Holy Cross hit 51.0 percent of its shots from the field (25 of 49) and 46.2 percent from three-point range (six of 13), in addition to holding a 28-24 advantage in rebounding. But the Crusaders were also called for 11 more fouls than the Crimson (26-15), allowing Harvard to shoot 13 more free throws on the night. Harvard opened the game on a 6-1 run, before Holy Cross scored the next seven points to pull in front. The score stayed close for the next several minutes, and the Crimson led 24-23 with six minutes left in the first half. The Crusaders then used an 11-4 spurt to claim their biggest lead of the night, 34-28 with three minutes remaining before the break. But Harvard came back to score the final six points of the half, and the game was tied at 34-34 heading into the locker room. The Crimson scored the first five points of the second half to pull back ahead, and would go up by eight points (48-40) with 14 minutes left to play. Holy Cross then scored the next five points to make it a 48-45 game, and was still down just 53-50 with 8:44 remaining. But by the 8:08-mark, three Crusaders had already fouled out of the contest, and the Crimson went a 16-4 run to put the game away. Harvard eventually led by 15 points, before finally claiming a nine-point victory. R.J. Evans had 13 points, three assists and two steals for Holy Cross, while Dave Dudzinski added six points, with career highs of eight rebounds and four blocked shots. Oliver McNally scored 14 points for the Crimson, with Brandyn Curry and Wesley Saunders both adding 10 points.
BROWN SET FOR ANOTHER STANDOUT SEASON: Senior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) has been one of Holy Cross' top players over the last two years, and was selected second team All-Patriot League in 2010-2011. During Tuesday's game with Harvard, Brown led the team in scoring with 17 points. Previously at the College of Charleston, he recorded 14 points and four rebounds. In 29 games played last season, Brown averaged a team-best 15.4 points per contest while hitting 35.9 percent (60 of 167) of his three-point attempts and 80.6 percent (104 of 129) of his free throws. He finished the year ranked fifth in the Patriot League in three-point field goals made, sixth in both scoring and free throw percentage, and 14th in three-point percentage. Brown was extremely hot over the last 10 games in 2010-2011, averaging 20.3 points per contest during that span and connecting on 48.9 percent (68 of 139) of his field goal attempts and 40.3 percent (25 of 62) of his three-pointers. His top game a year ago came against Yale, when 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. He also scored 32 points in the home victory over Navy while hitting seven of 15 attempts from three-point range, and had a pair of outstanding games against Lehigh with 27 points and 26 points. During the 2009-2010 campaign, 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 in 2009-2010. Brown finished the 2009-2010 season 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 1,037 points, 184 rebounds and 112 assists, while hitting 37.9 percent (138 of 364) of his three-point field goal attempts and 81.1 percent (271 of 334) of his free throws. During the final game of the 2010-2011 season against Lafayette, he became the 45th 1,000-point scorer in school history.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 93rd season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1299-872 (.598), while making 24 postseason tournament appearances — 12 trips to the NCAA Tournament and 12 to the National Invitation Tournament. In the history of collegiate basketball, Holy Cross is one of only 16 schools to have won the NCAA Tournament (1946-1947) as well as the National Invitational Tournament (1953-1954). Throughout its history, Holy Cross has had six first team All-America selections, sent 10 players to the National Basketball Association, had four players inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, had 23 players drafted by professional teams, had three players go on to coach professionally, and had 15 players who have coached in college.
THE LAST MEETING WITH BOSTON COLLEGE: Cory Raji scored 15 points and Danny Rubin recorded 14 points as Boston College posted a 69-54 victory over Holy Cross at Conte Forum on Nov. 22, 2010. R.J. Evans led the Crusaders with 12 points and seven rebounds. After the Eagles took an early 13-6 lead with 13:21 left in the first half, Holy Cross went on a 9-0 run to take a 15-13 advantage with 9:07 remaining. The Eagles then scored six straight points, before Andrew Beinert hit a three-pointer to cut the Boston College lead to 19-18. With the Eagles later up 25-20, Devin Brown and Beinert each hit shots to make it a 25-24 contest with 3:50 left before the break. The Eagles then tallied six of the next eight points to end the half with a 31-26 lead. With Holy Cross trailing 34-27 early in the second half, Beinert hit two straight three-pointers to cut the lead to 34-33. A few minutes later the Eagles led 36-35, when they went on a 12-0 run to extend their advantage to 48-35 with 13:10 left. The Crusaders were later down by 15 (55-40), when they tallied seven consecutive points to cut the deficit to eight (55-47) with 5:53 remaining in the game. But the Eagles then went on a 12-0 run to put the game away, eventually claiming a 15-point victory. Beinert and Brown each scored 11 points for the Crusaders, while Andrew Keister added 10 points and seven rebounds.
CAVATAIO SHINES ON THE WING: Senior guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) should once again be among Holy Cross' top players during the 2011-2012 campaign, but he did not play against Harvard due to injury. In 28 games played last year, he averaged 8.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest and hit 41.6 percent (102 of 245) of his field goal attempts. Cavataio finished the season ranked 11th in the Patriot League in rebounding, 15th in both field goal percentage and assists, and 22nd in scoring. He played particularly well over the Crusaders' last 10 games in 2010-2011, averaging 12.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists during that time, and connecting on 48.4 percent (45 of 93) of his shots from the field. Some of Cavataio's top games last season came against Colgate (17 points, five rebounds, two assists), the College of Charleston (16 points, seven rebounds) and American (16 points, four rebounds, two assists). In the 2009-2010 season, Cavataio averaged 11.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest, while shooting 47.1 percent (131 of 278) from the field and 82.1 percent (78 of 95) on the free throw line. Cavataio finished the 2009-2010 campaign 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 612 points, 329 rebounds and 136 assists.
OBEYSEKERE STEPS UP ON FRONT LINE: Junior forward Eric Obeysekere (Orinda, Calif.) has developed into a solid presence for the Crusaders in the low post. Over Holy Cross' last 23 games a year ago, he averaged 5.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per contest. Obeysekere's best game in 2010-2011 came during the victory at Navy, when 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. Some of his other top performances last season were at Lafayette (12 points, six rebounds), 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 tied for the most by any Patriot League player in a single game last season. Overall last year, Obeysekere averaged 4.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. Over the course of his career with the Crusaders, he has now totaled 160 points, 207 rebounds and 61 blocked shots.
CRUSADERS PICKED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL: In the 2011-2012 Patriot League preseason poll, Holy Cross was picked to finish in third place in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. The Crusaders received 73 total points in the conference preseason poll. Bucknell placed first in the poll with 98 total points and 14 first-place votes, followed by Lehigh in second with 82 points and two first-place votes. The preseason rankings were rounded out by Lafayette (fourth, 55 points), American (fifth, 47 points), Colgate (sixth, 44 points), Navy (seventh, 34 points) and Army (eighth, 15 points).
BROWN NAMED PRESEASON ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE: Senior guard Devin Brown was selected to the preseason All-Patriot League team, in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. Brown was joined on the preseason all-conference team by Lafayette junior guard Tony Johnson, Lehigh junior guard C.J. McCollum, Bucknell junior center Mike Muscala and Navy senior guard Jordan Sugars. In addition, McCollum was selected as the preseason Patriot League Player of the Year.
CRUSADERS IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Three current Holy Cross players have already earned spots in the school's all-time record book. Senior guard Devin Brown currently stands fifth all-time at Holy Cross in career free throw percentage (.811), fifth in three-point field goals made (138) and seventh in career three-point field goal attempts (364). In addition, junior guard R.J. Evans ranks ninth all-time in career minutes played per game (29.3), and senior guard Mike Cavataio is 10th all-time in career minutes played per game (29.0).
STEVENS STEPS UP OFF THE BENCH: Junior guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.) turned into one of the Crusaders' top players during the second half of the 2010-2011 season. Over Holy Cross' last 21 games a year ago, Stevens averaged 8.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest, while hitting 33.3 percent (22 of 66) of his three-point field goal attempts. He scored 15 points while hitting all four of his three-point field goal attempts at Navy, in addition to totaling 15 points, three rebounds and three assists at Army. A few of Stevens' other top games last season came against Sacred Heart (15 points, three assists), at George Washington (13 points, four rebounds, two blocks, two steals), at Colgate (13 points, four rebounds), against Colgate (12 points), at Hofstra (11 points, two assists), at Marist (nine points, three assists, two rebounds) and at American (nine points, two rebounds). Overall last season, he averaged 7.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Over the course of his collegiate career, Stevens has now totaled 205 points, 79 rebounds and 44 assists.
BROWN ENTERS SECOND YEAR WITH CRUSADERS: Milan Brown is in his second season as the head coach at Holy Cross in 2011-2012, with an overall record of 8-23 and a 7-7 mark in Patriot League regular season games. With the win over Army on Feb. 9, 2011, he recorded the 100th victory of his collegiate head coaching career. Brown's overall career record now stands at 103-143 (.419). 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).
HOLY CROSS SHINES ON THE DEFENSIVE END: The Crusaders look to be strong on the defensive end of the court this season, after developing into one of the top defensive teams in the Patriot League during the 2010-2011 campaign. Holy Cross finished last year ranked second in the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense (33.7 percent) and blocked shots (3.8 blocks per game), and third in scoring defense (69.0 points per game) and field goal percentage defense (42.9 percent). The Crusaders were even more impressive during Patriot League regular season play, where they improved on all of those numbers. In conference games, Holy Cross ranked first in the league in blocked shots (4.0 blocks per game), second in field goal percentage defense (40.8 percent) and three-point field goal percentage defense (29.2 percent), and third in scoring defense (67.7 points per game).
CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 320-130 at the Hart Center, including an 0-1 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 36 seasons, while recording double-figure home victories 16 times. The Crusaders stand 107-37 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 70-18 record against Patriot League foes.
CRUSADERS LOOKING FOR SIXTH PATRIOT LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON TITLE: During the 2011-2012 campaign, Holy Cross will attempt to win the Patriot League regular season title for the sixth time in school history. The last championship for the Crusaders came in 2006-2007, when they tied for first place in the conference with Bucknell, as both teams posted 13-1 records in league play. Prior to that, Holy Cross won outright Patriot League regular season titles in 2001, 2003 and 2005, while sharing the regular season championship in 1994. The Crusaders and Bucknell are the only teams in league history to win three outright titles, while Holy Cross' five total championships are tied for the second-most in conference history with Navy (one outright, four shared), behind only Bucknell (three outright, three shared).
HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Most of the Crusaders' basketball contests during the 2011-2012 season will be carried live over the internet. The games will be streamed by Stretch Internet free of charge, will links to the broadcasts available by clicking here. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre will be in his 25th season calling the play-by-play for Crusader basketball on the radio. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk are in their eighth 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 five games shown on live television during the 2011-2012 season. The Crusaders had eight television appearances last year, while appearing on television nine times in 2009-2010, 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. 18 at Connecticut: SportsNet New York
Jan. 19 vs. Lafayette: CBS Sports Network
Jan. 28 vs. Colgate: CBS Sports Network
Feb. 4 at Lehigh: Service Electric Cable
Feb. 15 at Lafayette: Lafayette Sports Network
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, visit click here.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES: Boston College stands 1-0 so far this year, after defeating New Hampshire 67-64 in its season opener. Freshman guard Patrick Heckmann led the Eagles with 19 points and eight rebounds against the Widlcats, while freshman forward Ryan Anderson added 13 points and 10 boards. Junior guard Matt Humphrey (12 points) and freshman center Dennis Clifford (10 points) also scored in double figures against New Hampshire. Boston College is coming off a 2010-2011 season in which it posted an overall record of 21-13, and tied for fourth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 9-7 mark in league games. The Eagles are led by Steve Donahue, who is in his second season as Boston College's head coach with a record of 22-13. Donahue's career record stands at 168-151, including 10 years as the head coach at Cornell.
DRIBBLES: Freshman guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) scored 10 points in the season opener at the College of Charleston. He is the first Crusader to hit double figures in his collegiate debut since R.J. Evans had 15 points against Sacred Heart in 2008 ... Two all-time Crusader greats were honored at halftime of the game between Holy Cross and Bucknell on Feb. 12, 2011. 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 ... Last 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. Engelstad is scheduled to take part in the event once again this year.