Holy Cross Travels To American For Key League Contest

Phil Beans

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The Teams: Holy Cross (8-8, 2-0 PL) vs. American (10-7, 1-1 PL)
Date: January 14, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Bender Arena (3,044), Washington, D.C.
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Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 16-10
Last Meeting: American 64, Holy Cross 60 (February 20, 2011; Washington, D.C.)

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 AMERICAN: This will be the 27th meeting between the Crusaders and the Eagles on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 16-10. American has won seven of the last nine games between the schools, and swept a pair of games from the Crusaders last year. Previously, Holy Cross won eight consecutive contests in the series from 2005-2008. For games played in Washington the teams are deadlocked at 7-7, but the Eagles have won five straight. Holy Cross and American first met on Dec. 21, 1967, with the Crusaders winning 81-57 on the road.

Overall: Holy Cross leads, 16-10
In Washington: Tied, 7-7
At Bender Arena: American leads, 7-6
Milan Brown vs. American: 2-5
Jeff Jones vs. Holy Cross: 10-15
Current Win Streak: American, two games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-0

CRUSADERS HIT THE ROAD TO PLAY AMERICAN: Holy Cross will play its first conference road game of the 2011-2012 campaign when it travels to American on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 2:00 p.m. The Crusaders will next come home to take on Lafayette in a contest which will be shown on the CBS Sports Network on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross will then hit the road for its next two games, heading to Bucknell on Saturday, Jan. 21 (7:00 p.m.) and Army on Wednesday, Jan. 25 (7:00 p.m.).

HOLY CROSS GETS OFF TO FAST START IN LEAGUE PLAY: The Crusaders have opened Patriot League play with a perfect 2-0 mark in their first two conference games. This marks the fifth time in the last seven years and the 11th time overall Holy Cross has started league play at 2-0. The best ever Patriot League start for the Crusaders came in the 2006-2007 season, when they began conference play at 10-0. In Patriot League history, the best ever start came in 2005-2006, when Bucknell won all 14 of its league games. The second-best winning streak to ever open up Patriot League play is 10 games, held by the 2006-2007 Crusaders. Of the previous 10 times Holy Cross has opened the Patriot League season with a 2-0 mark, it has never finished conference play with a losing record (including seven seasons with at least 10 victories).

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 16 games played this season, he has averaged a team-high 15.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists, while making 75.4 percent (52 of 69) of his free throws and 39.3 percent (33 of 84) of his shots from three-point range. During the victory over Navy, Brown led the team with 22 points and six rebounds, and hit 13 of 14 free throw attempts. Previously against Lehigh, he recorded 20 points, two rebounds and two assists. 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 Yale (22 points, two rebounds, two steals), Sacred Heart (22 points), San Francisco (21 points), Dartmouth (18 points, four rebounds), 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. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Brown has now totaled 1,259 points, 225 rebounds and 134 assists, while hitting 38.1 percent (166 of 443) of his three-point field goal attempts and 80.3 percent (314 of 391) of his free throws. He became the 45th 1,000-point scorer in school history against Lafayette on March 2, 2011.

CRUSADERS IN PATRIOT LEAGUE ROAD OPENERS: Holy Cross is now in its 22nd season of play in the Patriot League, and will play its first league road game of the year at American. During their first 21 seasons in the conference, the Crusaders have posted a 13-8 mark in their opening Patriot League road game of the season. Holy Cross has an 8-4 mark in its opening conference road game over the last 12 years, including victories in five of the last seven years. The Crusaders also stand 15-7 in their first overall Patriot League game of the season, following last Saturday's 84-78 victory over Lehigh. Holy Cross has now won its opening Patriot League game 10 times in the last 13 years.

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 16 games played this season, Dudzinski has averaged 10.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks, while making 53.6 percent (60 of 112) of his field goal attempts. During the victory over Lehigh, he led the team with career highs of 23 points and five blocked shots, in addition to pulling down eight rebounds and hitting nine of 11 field goal attempts. Previously at Dartmouth, Dudzinski recorded 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. He also had a big game against San Francisco, totaling 20 points and six rebounds while hitting 11 of 12 free throw attempts. A few of Dudzinski's other top performances this year have come against Providence (21 points, career-high 11 rebounds), Maine (20 points, five rebounds, two steals), the College of Charleston (14 points, five rebounds, two steals), Boston College (10 points, six rebounds), Navy (eight points, six rebounds, two blocks), Harvard (six points, eight rebounds, 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 295 points, 185 rebounds and 29 blocked shots, and made 54.1 percent (111 of 205) of his field goal attempts.

NAVY RECAP: Devin Brown scored 22 points, had six rebounds and hit 13 of 14 free throws, to lead Holy Cross to a 73-69 victory over Navy at the Hart Center on Jan. 11, 2012. The Midshipmen were led by J.J. Avila with 22 points, six rebounds and three assists. Phil Beans tied a career-high with 14 points for the Crusaders, while R.J. Evans added 14 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jordan Sugars scored 22 points and had five rebounds for Navy. The game was close throughout a first half, which featured two ties and two lead changes. Holy Cross took its first lead in the game (11-10) with 10:56 remaining in the half, when Brown made a 10-foot jump shot. The Crusaders' biggest lead of the half came with 3:46 on the clock, when Justin Burrell hit a three-pointer to make the score 23-16. The Midshipmen hit three three-point field goals in the final three minutes of the half to pull back in front, before the score was tied at 28-28 heading into the intermission. In the second half, the Crusaders once again took a seven point lead with 17:53 remaining in the game, 37-30. The Midshipmen came back to take their first lead of the second half, 44-43 with 12:02 left to play on a three-pointer by Avila. Navy went on to increase its lead to five points (49-44) with 10:43 left to play on a layup by Jordan Brickman. The Midshipmen were still up 56-53 with 7:21 remaining, when the Crusaders went on a 12-0 run to regain the lead for good. A three-point play by Brown with 3:05 remaining put Holy Cross up 65-56. The Crusaders were then able to hit eight of 10 free throws in the last 1:06 of the game, to hold on for a four-point victory. Holy Cross shot 46.7 percent from the field and 84.4 percent at the free throw line on the night, while outrebounding the Midshipmen 31-29.

EVANS RETURNS TO FORM: 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 15 games played this year, Evans has averaged 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.0 steals, while hitting 47.4 percent (82 of 173) of his field goal attempts. During the victory over Navy, he totaled 14 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Previously against Lehigh, Evans filled up the stat line with eight points, eight rebounds, seven assists, a block and a steal. He also had a big night at Yale, recording a season-high 24 points, four assists, four steals and three rebounds. 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), Connecticut (15 points, four rebounds), 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), Sacred Heart (12 points, six rebounds, three steals, two assists) 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 1,071 points, 410 rebounds, 184 assists and 111 steals over the course of his Holy Cross career. He has scored in double-figures 62 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.

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 16-29 and a 9-7 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 111-149 (.427). 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 LAST MEETING WITH AMERICAN: Andrew Keister totaled 11 points, 12 rebounds and three assists, but Holy Cross was defeated by American 64-60 at Bender Arena on Feb. 20, 2011. Mike Cavataio finished with a team-high 16 points, four rebounds and two assists, while Devin Brown added 13 points. American was led by Vlad Moldoveanu with 23 points and seven rebounds. The Eagles led for most of a low-scoring first half, in which the teams combined to make just 16 field goals. American opened up a 13-6 lead at the 11:46-mark, and was still up by seven points (22-15) with 3:19 left before the break. Holy Cross then used a 7-2 run to close the gap, before the Eagles took a 26-22 advantage into the locker room. American extended its lead back to six points (36-30) early in the second half, when the Crusaders used a 14-3 spurt to claim their first lead of the game. Holy Cross pulled in front with 12:49 to go on a basket by Keister, and would increase its lead to five points (44-39) with 9:46 to play on a shot by Jordan Stevens. The Eagles scored the next six points to go back in front, and neither team would lead by more than four points the rest of the way. A basket by Stevens tied the score at 56-56 with 1:39 to go, before Troy Brewer hit a short jumper in the lane with 1:03 remaining to give American the lead for good. Moldoveanu then connected on all four of his free throw attempts in the final minute to allow the Eagles to hold on for the win. The Crusaders committed just seven turnovers on the day, but the Eagles held a 23-14 advantage in free throw attempts.

CAVATAIO BACK ON THE COURT: After missing 13 games due to injury, senior guard Mike Cavataio (Forest Hills, N.Y.) returned to action for the start of Patriot League play. Cavataio totaled six points, six rebounds and two assists in 14 minutes against Lehigh, then had seven points and three rebounds in 21 minutes against Navy. 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 last season ranked 11th in the Patriot League in rebounding, 15th in both field goal percentage and assists, and 22nd in scoring. Some of his top games in 2010-2011 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. 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 career at Holy Cross, Cavataio has totaled 625 points, 338 rebounds and 139 assists.

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 was ranked as the 156th-hardest in the latest NCAA ratings percentage index report, through games of Jan. 8. The only other team in the Patriot League to play a non-conference schedule ranked better than 250th was Bucknell at 165th, but the Bison played a game against Division II West Alabama which does not factor into the strength of schedule rankings. Seven of the Crusaders' non-conference losses this year came against teams ranked in the top 140 of the ratings percentage index: Connecticut (seventh), Harvard (48th), the College of Charleston (54th), Yale (93rd), Columbia (123rd), Providence (130th) and Fairfield (133rd).

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 16 of the Crusaders' game this year, averaging 6.9 points, 4.4 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 79.2 percent (38 of 48) 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), Lehigh (eight points, seven assists, three rebounds), Harvard (six points, two assists), Navy (five points, six assists, no turnovers) and Boston College (five points, 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.

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.

Player (School) FG-A 3FG-A Points Avg.
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

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 16 games, he has averaged 6.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest. Beans has also become a threat from beyond the arc, making 43.8 percent (14 of 32) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the victory over Navy, he tied his career-high with 14 points on six of seven shooting from the field. Previously at Fairfield, Beans scored 14 points while hitting six of 10 shots and two of three three-pointers. A few of his other top games this season have come against Boston College (nine points, six rebounds), New Hampshire (nine points, four rebounds), Providence (nine points) and Connecticut (eight points, five rebounds). Last year, Beans played in only seven games due to injury. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he has recorded 142 points, 101 rebounds and 12 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 16 games played this year, he has averaged 6.4 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists, while making 50.0 percent (16 of 32) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the victory over Lehigh, Stevens scored 17 points while hitting seven of 10 field goal attempts and three of five shots from three-point range. Previously at Dartmouth, he posted 11 points on four of six shooting from the floor. Stevens also played well against San Francisco, totaling 16 points and a career-high seven assists, and making all four of his field goal attempts (three of them from three-point range). A few of his other top games this year have been against Hartford (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. Over the course of his collegiate career, Stevens has now totaled 305 points, 108 rebounds and 65 assists.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 93rd season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1307-878 (.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.

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.

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. 8. 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 26 Holy Cross 28.8
Steals 50 R.J. Evans 2.0
Free Throw Percent 56 Holy Cross 72.7
  97 Dave Dudzinski 82.6
Blocked Shots 65 Holy Cross 4.6
  88 Eric Obeysekere 1.7
Assists 99 Justin Burrell 4.3
Field Goal Percent 139 R.J. Evans 47.2
  150 Devin Brown 46.0
Three-Pointers Made 153 Devin Brown 2.1
Scoring 159 Devin Brown 15.4
Assist-Turnover Ratio 174 Justin Burrell 1.6
  183 R.J. Evans 1.6
Rebounding 175 Dave Dudzinski 6.9

CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 326-130 at the Hart Center, including a 6-1 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 113-38 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 72-18 record against Patriot League foes.

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.

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 is competing 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.

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 IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Two current Holy Cross players have already earned spots in the school's all-time record book. Senior guard Devin Brown currently stands third all-time at Holy Cross in career three-point field goal attempts (443), fourth in three-point field goals made (169) and sixth in career free throw percentage (.803). In addition, junior guard R.J. Evans ranks eighth all-time in career minutes played per game (29.5).

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 EAGLES: American has an overall record of 10-7 on the season, including a 1-1 mark in the Patriot League. The Eagles have lost five of their last seven games, and are coming off a 71-60 setback at Lehigh on Wednesday night. The leading scorer for American is senior forward Charles Hinkle, who has averaged 20.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, while hitting 40.7 percent (46 of 113) of his three-point attempts and 84.4 percent (108 of 128) of his free throws. Senior guard Troy Brewer is also enjoying a fine season, averaging 13.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest. The Eagles are led by head coach Jeff Jones, who owns a 192-157 record in 12 seasons at American. Jones' career record stands at 338-261, including eight years as the head coach at the University of Virginia.

DRIBBLES: Holy Cross has hit 74.0 percent of its free throws on the year. Sophomore forward Dave Dudzinski currently leads the team by hitting 44 of 52 attempts from the charity stripe (84.6 percent) ... The Crusaders currently lead the Patriot League by holding their opponents to 29.2 percent shooting from three-point range. Ten of Holy Cross' last 14 opponents have shot below 30.0 percent from behind the arc, with eight of those 14 teams attempting at least 20 three-pointers ... Holy Cross leads the Patriot League with an average of 4.6 blocked shots per game this year. Five different Crusaders are ranked in the top 15 in the conference in blocked shots ... The Crusaders held their annual postgame autograph session following the Lehigh contest on Jan. 7 ... 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.