GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (4-6, 0-0 PL) vs. #9 Connecticut (8-1, 0-0 Big East)
Date: December 18, 2011
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: XL Center (16,294), Hartford, Conn.
Television: SportsNet New York & Mid-Atlantic Sports Network; Eamon McAnaney, play-by-play; Kara Lawson, color
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Gametracker
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 42-21
Last Meeting: Connecticut 82, Holy Cross 81 (February 4, 1988; Worcester, Mass.)
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos., No., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl.
F, 10, R.J. Evans, 6-3, 200, Jr.
F, 50, Dave Dudzinski, 6-9, 227, So.
C, 44, Phil Beans, 6-9, 233, Jr.
G, 2, Devin Brown, 6-1, 190, Sr.
G, 3, Justin Burrell, 5-9, 165, Fr.
THE SERIES WITH CONNECTICUT: This will be just the 64th meeting between the Crusaders and the Huskies on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 42-21. The two teams have not met since Feb. 4, 1988, when Connecticut posted an 82-81 victory at the Hart Center. The Huskies have won two straight and seven of the last 10 meetings in the series overall. For games played in Connecticut, Holy Cross holds a 20-12 advantage, but UConn has won the last four contests. The only previous meeting at the XL Center took place on March 3, 1977, with the Crusaders posting an 89-77 victory in the semifinals of the ECAC Tournament. The schools first met on Feb. 5, 1908, with Holy Cross winning 38-5 in Worcester.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 42-21
In Hartford: Holy Cross leads, 1-0
At the XL Center: Holy Cross leads, 1-0
Milan Brown vs. Connecticut: 0-0
Jim Calhoun vs. Holy Cross: 4-3
Current Win Streak: Connecticut, two games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 3-1
CRUSADERS TRAVEL TO CONNECTICUT ON SUNDAY: Following a nine-day break for final exams, Holy Cross returns to action at defending national champion and ninth-ranked Connecticut on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 1:00 p.m. The Crusaders will then play host to San Francisco on Thursday, Dec. 22, at 7:00 p.m., before another nine-day layoff for Christmas. Following that break, Holy Cross will wrap up the non-conference portion of its schedule with road games at Dartmouth (Dec. 31, 2:00 p.m) and Yale (Jan. 3, 7:00 p.m.).
CRUSADERS AGAINST THE BIG EAST CONFERENCE: Holy Cross has lost its last four games against opponents from the Big East Conference, since a 78-73 victory over Notre Dame in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on March 15, 2005. Against the 16 schools which currently compete in the Big East, the Crusaders stand 126-143 all-time (3-1 vs. Cincinnati, 42-21 against Connecticut, 1-1 vs. DePaul, 11-9 against Georgetown, 0-1 vs. Louisville, 0-4 against Marquette, 3-10 vs. Notre Dame, 1-2 against Pittsburgh, 29-39 vs. Providence, 2-3 against Rutgers, 7-25 vs. St. John's, 14-10 against Seton Hall, 0-1 vs. South Florida, 12-13 against Syracuse, 1-2 vs. Villanova and 0-1 against West Virginia).
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 year, after missing the majority of the 2010-2011 season due to injury and receiving a medical redshirt. In 10 games played so far this year, Evans has averaged 12.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.3 steals, while hitting 50.0 percent (55 of 110) of his field goal attempts. During the victory over Sacred Heart, he totaled 12 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists, while scoring the 1,000th point of his collegiate career. Previously against New Hampshire, Evans had a strong all-around game with 14 points, six rebounds, four steals, two assists and two blocked shots. He also had a strong night at Providence, totaling a season-high 21 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists. Some of Evans' other top games this season came against the College of Charleston (16 points, seven rebounds, four steals, two assists), Boston College (14 points, five rebounds, four assists, four steals), Fairfield (14 points, five rebounds, two assists), Harvard (13 points, three assists, two rebounds, two steals) and Hartford (10 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals). Last year, he averaged 9.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in only eight games played, while hitting 46.3 percent (31 of 67) of his field goal attempts. During the 2009-2010 campaign, Evans averaged a team-best 13.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest. He 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 1,003 points, 389 rebounds, 164 assists and 104 steals over the course of his Holy Cross career. He has scored in double-figures 59 times during his collegiate career and has hit the 20-point mark eight times, including a career-high 31 points against Bucknell in the 2009 Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals. Evans became the 46th 1,000th-point scorer in school history against Sacred Heart on Dec. 9, 2011.
BROWN ENJOYING ANOTHER STANDOUT SEASON: Senior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) has been one of Holy Cross' top players over the last few years, and was selected second team All-Patriot League in 2010-2011. In 10 games played this season, he has averaged 14.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists, while shooting 42.0 percent (21 of 50) from three-point range. During the victory over Sacred Heart, Brown led the team with 22 points on seven of 14 shooting from the field. Previously against New Hampshire, he totaled 15 points and three rebounds. Brown also had a huge game against Boston College, totaling 32 points, five rebounds and five assists. Some of his other top performances this season have been against Hartford (17 points, four assists, two rebounds), Harvard (17 points) and the College of Charleston (14 points, 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 scored a career-high 33 points against Yale on Jan. 5, 2011, while netting 32 points and hitting seven of 15 attempts from three-point range against Navy on Feb. 16, 2011. 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 1,153 points, 208 rebounds and 128 assists, while hitting 38.4 percent (157 of 409) of his three-point field goal attempts and 79.7 percent (286 of 359) of his free throws. He became the 45th 1,000-point scorer in school history against Lafayette on March 2, 2011.
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.
SACRED HEART RECAP: R.J. Evans totaled 12 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists, as Holy Cross posted a 71-60 victory over Sacred Heart at the Hart Center on Dec. 9, 2011. Evans became the 46th player in school history to score 1,000 career points when he netted a layup with 11:41 remaining in the second half. Devin Brown scored a game-high 22 points for the Crusaders, while Justin Burrell added 10 points, six assists and two steals. Jeff Harris also had a solid night off the bench, recording seven points, two rebounds and two steals. Sacred Heart was led by Justin Swidowski with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The game was tied at 6-6 early on, when Holy Cross went on an 18-2 run to open up a 16-point advantage (24-8). Both Brown and Dave Dudzinski scored five points during that spurt. The Crusaders would increase their lead to 18 points late in the half, before eventually taking a 35-20 advantage into the locker room. The Pioneers chipped away at the lead early on in the second half, cutting the margin to nine points (39-30) with 15 minutes to go on a three-pointer by Shane Gibson. But Harris then scored the next five points, igniting a 12-3 run which put Holy Cross back up by 18 (51-33). The Crusaders' lead would remain in double figures until the 4:11-mark, when a pair of free throws by Gibson made the score 61-52. But Sacred Heart would get no closer, as Holy Cross made eight of 10 free throws in the final two minutes to ice the victory.
BURRELL TAKES OVER AT THE POINT: Freshman Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) has taken over as Holy Cross' starting point guard this season. He has started all 10 of the Crusaders' game this year, averaging 7.8 points, 4.2 assists and 1.7 rebounds per contest, while hitting 81.5 percent (22 of 27) of his free throw attempts. During the victory over Sacred Heart, Burrell recorded 10 points, six assists and two steals. Previously against New Hampshire, he scored 13 points and hit eight of nine attempts from the foul line. Burrell also had a strong game at Providence, totaling a career-high 15 points, six assists, two rebounds and two steals. A few of his top performances earlier in the season came against Hartford (10 points, six rebounds, three assists), the College of Charleston (10 points, three assists), Harvard (six points, two assists) and Boston College (five points, career-high seven assists). With his 10 points in the season opener at the College of Charleston, Burrell became the first Crusader to hit double figures in his collegiate debut since R.J. Evans had 15 points against Sacred Heart in 2008.
DUDZINSKI STEPS INTO STARTING LINEUP: Sophomore forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) has become a key player for the Crusaders in the low post positions. In 10 games played this season, Dudzinski has averaged 10.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 0.9 blocks, while making 52.9 percent (37 of 70) of his field goal attempts. During the Providence game, he posted career highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds, while hitting nine of 13 field goal attempts. Previously at Maine, Dudzinski led the team with 20 points, five rebounds and two steals. He also played well against Boston College, totaling 10 points and six rebounds. A few of Dudzinski's other top games this year have come against the College of Charleston (14 points, five rebounds, two steals), Harvard (six points, eight rebounds, career-high four blocked shots) and Sacred Heart (six points, nine rebounds). Last season, 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. Over the course of his collegiate career, Dudzinski has now totaled 223 points, 145 rebounds and 19 blocked shots, and made 54.0 percent (88 of 163) of his field goal attempts.
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).
THE LAST MEETING WITH CONNECTICUT: Steve Pikiell hit a 10-foot jumper with 13 seconds remaining, to lift Connecticut to an 82-81 victory over Holy Cross at the Hart Center on Feb. 4, 1988. The Crusaders had trailed 80-68 with 6:38 remaining in the game, before scoring 13 straight points to pull ahead. Dwight Pernell hit a three-pointer and a fade away jump shot during that run, while Glenn Tropf's turnaround jumper with 36 seconds remaining had given Holy Cross its only lead of the second half, 81-80. The contest had started out as a close game, and the Crusaders led 41-40 with 2:45 to play before halftime. The Huskies then closed out the half on a 12-3 run, to take a 52-44 advantage into the locker room. Connecticut's lead would remain at least eight points for the most of the second half, until Holy Cross rallied in the closing minutes to pull back in front. Paul Durkee led the Crusaders with 17 points off the bench, while Tropf and Eldridge Carter both scored 14 points. The Huskies were led by Phil Gamble with 23 points and Cliff Robinson with 21 points.
HOLY CROSS FACES TOUGH SLATE: Even though Holy Cross is off to a 4-6 start this season, it has faced the toughest non-conference schedule in the Patriot League. Five of the Crusaders' losses this year have come against teams ranked in the top 140 of the ratings percentage index: Harvard (24th), Fairfield (71st), the College of Charleston (92nd), Columbia (127th) and Providence (136th). Holy Cross' opponents have combined to go 54-43 so far this season, good for a .557 winning percentage. Through games of Dec. 12, the Crusaders' schedule was ranked as the 178th-hardest in the nation by CBSSports.com. The second hardest schedule in the Patriot League currently belongs to Bucknell at 206th, but the Bison played a game against Division II West Alabama which does not factor in the strength of schedule rankings.
BROWN NOW IN 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 12-27 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 107-147 (.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 (69-60 over Coppin State).
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 fourth all-time at Holy Cross in three-point field goals made (157), fifth in career three-point field goal attempts (409) and seventh in career free throw percentage (.797). In addition, junior guard R.J. Evans ranks ninth all-time in career minutes played per game (29.3), and senior guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) is 10th all-time in career minutes played per game (29.0).
BEANS PLAYS BIG ON FRONT LINE: Junior center Phil Beans (Toledo, Ohio) is playing a key role for Holy Cross in the paint this season. In 10 games, he has averaged 7.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest. Beans has also become a threat from beyond the arc, making 47.6 percent (10 of 21) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the Fairfield game, he scored a career-high 14 points, making six of 10 shots and two of three three-pointers. Previously in the win over Boston College, Beans totaled nine points and six boards, and hit three of four shots from three-point range. He also posted nine points and four rebounds against New Hampshire, and scored nine points in the Providence game. Last year, Beans played in only seven games due to injury. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he has recorded 115 points, 80 rebounds and nine blocked shots.
STEVENS STEPS UP OFF THE BENCH: Junior guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.) is a key reserve for the Crusaders at the wing positions. In 10 games played this year, he has averaged 5.1 points and 2.1 rebounds, while making 44.4 percent (eight of 18) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the Maine game, Stevens scored 11 points while hitting four of six shots from the field (including his only three-pointer). Previously in the victory over Hartford, he totaled a career-high 17 points, four rebounds and three assists, and hit all four of his shots from beyond the three-point arc. Last season, Stevens averaged 8.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists over the Crusaders last 21 games, 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) and at Hofstra (11 points, two assists). 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 254 points, 97 rebounds and 55 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. On the season, he is averaging 2.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. During the victory over Sacred Heart, Obeysekere recorded seven points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots. Previously against Hartford, he totaled seven points, five rebounds and two blocks. Last year, Obeysekere averaged 4.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. His 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. Over the course of his career with the Crusaders, he has now totaled 178 points, 234 rebounds and 71 blocked shots.
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the top 100 teams in the NCAA Division I leaders for two statistical categories, through games of Dec. 11. In addition, several players stand among the top 200 in the nation in individual statistics. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg. / Pct.|
|Three-Point Percent Defense||40||Holy Cross||28.1|
|Blocked Shots||97||Holy Cross||4.2|
|Field Goal Percent||119||R.J. Evans||50.0|
|Three-Pointers Made||198||Devin Brown||2.1|
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 93rd season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1303-876 (.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.
SHOTS FROM THE HEART: Holy Cross assistant coach Dan Engelstad are taking part in Shots from the Heart, a project created by CollegeInsider.com to help raise awareness for the growing problem of heart disease. Engelstad will compete against other college basketball coaches from around the nation in a free throw shooting tournament, which will benefit the American Heart Association. In the first round of the tournament, Engelstad downed Kurtis Townsend of Kansas 51-50. He now moves on to face Rasheen Davis of Xavier in the second round. Both Engelstad and head coach Milan Brown took part in Short from the Heart last year, with Brown making the round of 16 and Engelstad advancing to the second round.
CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 323-130 at the Hart Center, including a 3-1 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 110-38 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 70-18 record against Patriot League foes.
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 six 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. 11 vs. Navy: Charter TV3
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, click here.
CRUSADER VISION: Live video streaming of selected home non-conference games during the 2011-2012 season will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The package, done in association with Stretch Internet, is available through individual game pay-per-view. For more details on how to sign up for Crusader Vision, click here.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: Connecticut stands 8-1 overall this season, and is currently ranked ninth in the nation by the Associated Press. The Huskies have won their last three games, and are coming off a 67-53 victory over No. 25 Harvard. Sophomore guard Jeremy Lamb leads the team by averaging 20.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. Sophomore guard Shabazz Napier has added 15.9 points, 6.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per contest, while freshman guard Ryan Boatright is chipping in with 16.0 points per game. Connecticut is led by Jim Calhoun, who owns an overall record of 615-231 in 26 seasons as the Huskies' head coach. Calhoun's career record stands at 863-368, including 14 years as the head coach at Northeastern.
DRIBBLES: The Crusaders have lost their last 27 games against ranked opponents, since a 68-67 victory over No. 8 Providence on March 5, 1977 ... Former Holy Cross head coach George Blaney, who posted a 357-276 record in 22 seasons, currently serves as the associate head coach at UConn. This will mark the first time Blaney has faced the Crusaders since leaving Holy Cross in 1994 to become the head coach at Seton Hall ... The Crusaders currently lead the Patriot League by holding their opponents to 28.1 percent shooting from three-point range. Holy Cross' last eight opponents have shot no better than 30.0 percent from behind the arc, with five of those eight teams attempting at least 20 three-pointers ... Holy Cross' victory over Boston College on Nov. 18 snapped a 14-game losing streak against Atlantic Coast Conference schools, since a 63-61 win at North Carolina State during the Dixie Classic on Dec. 29, 1959. The Crusaders' last win over Boston College came on Dec. 1, 2002, when the Eagles were members of the Big East Conference ... Senior guard Devin Brown had 32 points in the Nov. 18 win over Boston College, to come up just one point shy of the DCU Center record for points scored (held by UMass' Lou Roe with 33 points against the Crusaders on Dec. 11, 1993) ... Holy Cross hit 52.4 percent of its three-point field goals against Boston College (11 of 21), the third-best single-game mark ever at the DCU Center ... 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.