Men's Basketball Opens Conference Play Against Lehigh
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (6-8, 0-0 PL) vs. Lehigh (12-4, 0-0 PL)
Date: January 7, 2012
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
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Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 34-14
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 89, Lehigh 76 (February 26, 2011; 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 LEHIGH: This will be the 49th meeting between the Crusaders and the Mountain Hawks on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 34-14. The Crusaders have won 20 out of the last 26 meetings between the schools, but Lehigh has been victorious in four of the last seven games. For games played in Worcester, Holy Cross holds a 22-4 advantage and has won 14 of the last 15 contests. 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, 34-14
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 22-4
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 22-4
Milan Brown vs. Lehigh: 1-1
Brett Reed vs. Holy Cross: 4-4
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 4-1
CRUSADERS SET TO OPEN PATRIOT LEAGUE PLAY: Holy Cross will play its first conference game of the 2011-2012 campaign when it faces Lehigh at the Hart Center on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 3:30 p.m. Following that contest, the Crusaders will play host to Navy on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross then hits the road to face American on Saturday, Jan. 14 (2:00 p.m.), before coming back home to take on Lafayette in a contest which will be shown on the CBS Sports Network on Thursday, Jan. 19 (7:00 p.m.).
EVANS RETURNS TO THE LINEUP: Junior guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) is once again 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 13 games played this year, Evans has averaged 13.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals, while hitting 48.0 percent (73 of 152) of his field goal attempts. During Tuesday's game at Yale, he recorded a season-high 24 points, four assists, four steals and three rebounds. Previously at No. 9 Connecticut, Evans led the team with 15 points and four rebounds. He also played well against Sacred Heart, totaling 12 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists. Some of Evans' other top games this season have come against Providence (21 points, four rebounds, three steals, two assists), the College of Charleston (16 points, seven rebounds, four steals, two assists), New Hampshire (14 points, six rebounds, four steals, two assists, two blocks), 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. The 2008-2009 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, Evans has now totaled 1,049 points, 399 rebounds, 175 assists and 108 steals over the course of his Holy Cross career. He has scored in double-figures 61 times during his collegiate career and has hit the 20-point mark nine 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.
HOLY CROSS FACES TOUGH SLATE: Even though Holy Cross went 6-8 in non-league play this season, it faced the toughest non-conference schedule in the Patriot League. The Crusaders' non-league schedule is ranked as the 136th-hardest in the nation by CBSSports.com. The only other team in the Patriot League to play a schedule ranked better than 250th is Bucknell at 150th, but the Bison played a game against Division II West Alabama which does not factor in the strength of schedule rankings. Five of the Crusaders' non-conference losses this year came against teams ranked in the top 100 of the ratings percentage index: Connecticut (fifth), Harvard (37th), the College of Charleston (59th), Fairfield (84th), and Yale (92nd).
CRUSADERS IN PATRIOT LEAGUE OPENERS: Holy Cross is beginning its 22nd season of play in the Patriot League with the contest against Lehigh. During their first 21 years in the conference, the Crusaders have posted a 14-7 record in their first Patriot League game of the season. Holy Cross has gone 9-3 in league openers over the last 12 years, including four wins over Lafayette (86-57 in 2005-2006; 84-74 in 2006-2007; 81-67 in 2008-2009; 70-65 in 2010-2011); two victories over both Colgate (68-51 in 1999-2000; 68-55 in 2000-2001) and Army (61-45 in 2002-2003; 60-32 in 2003-2004); and one win over Navy (70-57 in 2001-2002). The only losses during that time came at Bucknell in 2004-2005 (59-43) and at Lafayette in 2007-2008 (60-52) and 2009-2010 (84-74). The Crusaders also stand 13-8 all-time in their first Patriot League home game of the season, with an 8-4 mark since 1999-2000.
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 14 games played this season, Dudzinski has averaged 10.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 0.9 blocks, while making 51.0 percent (50 of 98) of his field goal attempts. During the victory at Dartmouth, he recorded 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. Previously against San Francisco, Dudzinski totaled 20 points and six rebounds, while hitting 11 of 12 free throw attempts. He also had a big game at Providence, posting career highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds, and connecting on nine of 13 shots from the field. A few of Dudzinski's other top performances this year have come against Maine (20 points, five rebounds, two steals), the College of Charleston (14 points, five rebounds, two steals), Boston College (10 points, six rebounds), 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 264 points, 171 rebounds and 22 blocked shots, and made 52.9 percent (101 of 191) of his field goal attempts.
YALE RECAP: R.J. Evans had a season-high 24 points, four assists and four steals, but Holy Cross was defeated by Yale 82-67 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Jan. 3, 2012. The Bulldogs were led by Greg Mangano with 27 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots. Devin Brown scored 22 points for the Crusaders, while Dave Dudzinski added seven points and a team-best five rebounds. Reggie Willhite totaled 10 points and seven rebounds for Yale, with Isaiah Salafia posting 10 points and four assists. The Bulldogs led 13-9 early on, before scoring the next 11 points to increase their lead to double figures. Yale would build its advantage to 22 points with five minutes to go in the first half (35-13), before the Crusaders finally came alive with a quick 8-0 run. Holy Cross would go on to trim the margin to 11 points (39-28) late in the first half, before the Bulldogs took a 41-28 lead into the locker room. Yale brought its lead back up to 18 points (51-33) early in the second half, and was still up by 15 (59-44) with 12:32 left to play. The Crusaders then used a 13-2 spurt over the next 3:36 to trim the margin down to just four points (61-57). It was still a four-point game (63-59) with 8:18 remaining, before the Bulldogs responded with a 14-4 run to bring their lead back to double digits. Holy Cross would get no closer than 13 points in the closing minutes, as Yale posted a 15-point victory in the end. The Crusaders committed only nine turnovers on the night, but were outrebounded by the Bulldogs 44-25. Yale also shot 56.6 percent from the floor (30 of 53), while Holy Cross hit just 36.9 percent of its field goal attempts (24 of 65).
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 14 games played this season, he has averaged 15.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists, while making 40.0 percent (30 of 75) of his shots from three-point range. During Tuesday's game at Yale, Brown totaled 22 points, two rebounds and two steals. Previously at Dartmouth, he led the team with 18 points and four rebounds, including 16 points in the final 7:04 as Holy Cross rallied for the win. 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 Sacred Heart (22 points), San Francisco (21 points), Hartford (17 points, four assists, two rebounds), Harvard (17 points), New Hampshire (15 points, three rebounds) 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. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Brown has now totaled 1,217 points, 217 rebounds and 132 assists, while hitting 38.2 percent (166 of 434) of his three-point field goal attempts and 79.6 percent (293 of 368) of his free throws. He became the 45th 1,000-point scorer in school history against Lafayette on March 2, 2011.
CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 324-130 at the Hart Center, including a 4-1 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 111-38 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 70-18 record against Patriot League foes.
THE LAST MEETING WITH LEHIGH: 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. 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.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 93rd season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1305-878 (.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.
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 14 of the Crusaders' game this year, averaging 7.0 points, 4.1 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 80.5 percent (33 of 41) of his free throw attempts. During the victory over San Francisco, Burrell totaled 12 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals. Previously against Sacred Heart, he recorded 10 points, six assists and two steals. Burrell also played well against New Hampshire, scoring 13 points and hitting eight of nine attempts from the foul line. A few of his top performances earlier in the season came against Providence (career-high 15 points, six assists, two rebounds, two steals), 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.
SHOTS FROM THE HEART: Holy Cross assistant coach Dan Engelstad is 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 collegiate assistant 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.
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 14-29 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 109-149 (.422). 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).
THE STOPPER: Junior guard R.J. Evans has been one of the best defensive players in the Patriot League this season. He has consistently drawn the assignment of guarding the other team's top perimeter scorer, and has done an excellent job of slowing those players down. Here is a look at some of the players Evans has guarded this season, along with their scoring average entering the contest with Holy Cross.
|Jeremy Lamb (UConn)||4-16||2-6||10||20.0|
|Alvin Abreu (New Hampshire)||2-14||0-6||4||17.0|
|Austin Morgan (Yale)||1-4||0-3||2||14.2|
|Shane Gibson (Sacred Heart)||5-12||2-5||14||18.3|
|Meiko Lyles (Columbia)||1-5||1-5||5||9.2|
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 14 games played this year, Stevens has averaged 5.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists, while making 52.0 percent (13 of 25) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the victory at Dartmouth, he scored 11 points on four of six shooting from the field. Previously against San Francisco, Stevens totaled 16 points and a career-high seven assists, while making all four of his field goal attempts (three of them from three-point range). He also played well against Hartford (career-high 17 points, four rebounds, three assists) and Maine (11 points). Last season, Stevens averaged 7.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. 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) and at Colgate (13 points, four rebounds). Over the course of his collegiate career, Stevens has now totaled 285 points, 101 rebounds and 63 assists.
BEANS PLAYS BIG UP FRONT: Junior center Phil Beans (Toledo, Ohio) is playing a key role for Holy Cross in the paint this season. In 14 games, he has averaged 6.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest. Beans has also become a threat from beyond the arc, making 46.4 percent (13 of 28) 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, scored nine points at Providence, and had eight points and five rebounds at No. 9 Connecticut. Last year, Beans played in only seven games due to injury. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he has recorded 128 points, 92 rebounds and 11 blocked shots.
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, Obeysekere is averaging 3.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. During the victory at Dartmouth, he scored four points and grabbed seven rebounds. Previously against San Francisco, Obeysekere posted his first double-double of the season with 10 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots. He also recorded seven points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks against both Sacred Heart and Hartford. 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). Over the course of his career with the Crusaders, Obeysekere has now totaled 197 points, 264 rebounds and 79 blocked shots.
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 third in career three-point field goal attempts (434), fourth all-time at Holy Cross in three-point field goals made (166) and seventh in career free throw percentage (.796). In addition, junior guard R.J. Evans ranks eighth all-time in career minutes played per game (29.5), and senior guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) is 10th all-time in career minutes played per game (29.0).
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the top 100 teams in the NCAA Division I leaders for three statistical categories, through games of Jan. 1. 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||47||Holy Cross||29.6|
|Blocked Shots||62||Holy Cross||4.7|
|Free Throw Percent||74||Dave Dudzinski||84.6|
|Field Goal Percent||121||R.J. Evans||48.5|
|Three-Pointers Made||178||Devin Brown||2.1|
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 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).
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).
CRUSADERS HAVE FIVE PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CROWNS: Five years ago, the Crusaders captured their fifth Patriot League Tournament crown with a 74-66 victory over Bucknell on March 9, 2007. Holy Cross' previous tournament titles came in 2003 (72-64 over American), 2002 (58-54 at American), 2001 (68-64 over Navy in overtime) and 1993 (98-73 at Bucknell). The Crusaders' five conference tournament championships are the most in Patriot League history, with Navy (1994, 1997 and 1998) and Bucknell (2005, 2006 and 2011) being tied for second. Holy Cross has also appeared in the championship game seven times in the last 11 years. Overall, the Crusaders have made a conference-record 10 appearances in the Patriot League championship game.
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 / MASN
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 was available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The package, done in association with Stretch Internet, was available through individual game pay-per-view. For more details on Crusader Vision, click here.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS: Lehigh enters the game with an overall record of 12-4 on the year. The Mountain Hawks have won three straight and six of their last seven games, and are coming off an 82-55 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Tuesday. Lehigh is led by junior guard C.J. McCollum, who has averaged 19.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.4 steals per game. Junior forward Gabe Knutson has added 13.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest, while junior forward Holden Greiner is chipping in with 12.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. The Mountain Hawks are led by head coach Brett Reed, who stands 79-59 in five seasons at Lehigh. Reed previously served as an assistant coach for the Mountain Hawks from 2002-2007.
DRIBBLES: The Crusaders will hold their annual postgame autograph session following the Lehigh contest on Jan. 7. All Holy Cross players will be available to sign autographs on the court approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of the game ... Holy Cross has hit 71.6 percent of its free throws on the year. Sophomore forward Dave Dudzinski currently leads the team by hitting 34 of 41 attempts from the charity stripe (82.9 percent) ... The Crusaders currently rank second in the Patriot League by holding their opponents to 29.3 percent shooting from three-point range. Nine of Holy Cross' last 12 opponents have shot below 30.0 percent from behind the arc, with six of those 12 teams attempting at least 20 three-pointers ... Holy Cross leads the Patriot League with an average of 4.4 blocked shots per game this year. Five different Crusaders are ranked in the top 15 in the conference in blocked shots ... 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.