GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (8-10, 2-2 PL) vs. Bucknell (14-6, 4-0 PL)
Date: January 21, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Sojka Pavilion (4,000), Lewisburg, Pa.
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Series Record: Bucknell leads, 30-25
Last Meeting: Bucknell 60, Holy Cross 56 (February 12, 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 BUCKNELL: This will be the 56th meeting between the Crusaders and the Bison on the hardwood, with Bucknell leading the all-time series 30-25. The Bison have won three of the last four games in the series, which has also seen the road team win six of the last 10 contests. For games played in Lewisburg, Bucknell holds a 14-10 advantage, but the Crusaders have won three of their last five visits to Sojka Pavilion. The schools first met on January 12, 1991, with Holy Cross posting an 80-78 victory in Lewisburg.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Bucknell leads, 30-25
In Lewisburg: Bucknell leads, 14-10
At Sojka Pavilion: Bucknell leads, 7-4
Milan Brown vs. Bucknell: 0-2
Dave Paulsen vs. Holy Cross: 5-4
Current Win Streak: Bucknell, two games
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1
CRUSADERS HEAD TO BUCKNELL ON SATURDAY: Holy Cross hits the road this weekend with a trip to Bucknell on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders will then travel to Army on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross' next home game will not come on Saturday, Jan. 28, when Colgate visits the Hart Center for a 5:00 p.m. tip-off on the CBS Sports Network.
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. During the Lafayette game, Cavataio totaled eight points, seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals. Previously at American, he recorded eight points, seven rebounds and two assists. Cavataio also had seven points and three rebounds against Navy, while posting six points, six rebounds and two assists against Lehigh. 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 641 points, 352 rebounds and 143 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 18 games, Beans has averaged 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest. He has also become a threat from beyond the arc, making 42.1 percent (16 of 38) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the game at American, Beans totaled 11 points and a career-best nine rebounds. Previously against Navy, he tied his career-high with 14 points on six of seven shooting from the field. Beans also played well at Fairfield, scoring 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 160 points, 114 rebounds and 13 blocked shots.
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 18 games played this season, he has averaged a team-high 15.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists, while making 77.5 percent (62 of 80) of his free throws and 37.1 percent (33 of 89) of his shots from three-point range. During the game at American, Brown led the team in scoring with 14 points. Previously against Navy, he totaled 22 points and six rebounds, while hitting 13 of 14 free throw attempts. 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), Lehigh (20 points, two rebounds, two assists), 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 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 1,281 points, 228 rebounds and 134 assists, while hitting 37.7 percent (169 of 448) of his three-point field goal attempts and 80.6 percent (324 of 402) of his free throws. He became the 45th 1,000-point scorer in school history against Lafayette on March 2, 2011.
LAFAYETTE RECAP: Mike Cavataio had eight points, seven rebounds and two blocks, but Holy Cross was defeated by Lafayette 54-43 at the Hart Center on Jan. 19, 2012. The Leopards were led by Ryan Willen with 11 points, five rebounds and two assists. The Crusaders committed 14 turnovers on the night, but were able to outrebound Lafayette 38-31. The Leopards shot 33.9 percent from the floor (19 of 56), including 52.0 percent in the second half (13 of 25), while Holy Cross hit only 33.3 percent of its field goal attempts (18 of 54). The Crusaders started the game hot, taking an early 10-2 lead after Brown made a layup with 13:37 remaining. Holy Cross eventually led by 11 points (16-5) at the 11:21 mark after Devin Brown drove the lane and put in another layup. The Leopards responded with a 7-0 run to trim the margin to four points (16-12) with 6:25 remaining in the half. The Crusader defense then stepped up, allowing Lafayette to score only two more points in the final 6:25 of the first half. Holy Cross used an 8-2 run over that time to claim a 10-point lead (24-14) heading into the locker room. The Leopards came out on fire to start the second half, hitting their first seven shots while going on a 15-2 run to claim their first lead of the night (31-26). Holy Cross scored the next six points, regaining a one-point lead (32-31) at the 13:09 mark after Dee Goens hit a running jumper. The score would later be tied at 38-38 with 9:53 remaining, when Lafayette went on an 11-0 run over the next 5:25 to take a commanding 49-38 advantage with 4:28 remaining. The Crusaders were only able to score five more points the rest of the way, as the Leopards pulled away for an 11-point victory. Brown scored eight points and hit both of his free throw attempts on the night, while Phil Beans added seven points and four rebounds. Dan Trist scored 11 points, and had three rebounds for Lafayette.
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 17 games played this year, Evans has averaged 11.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals, while hitting 45.2 percent (85 of 188) 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 1,079 points, 415 rebounds, 185 assists and 112 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 16-31 and a 9-9 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 111-151 (.424). The 16th head coach in the history of the program, he came to Holy Cross after spending the previous seven seasons as head coach at Mount St. Mary's. During his final three years at Mount St. Mary's, Brown led the Mountaineers to three straight winning seasons and a pair of postseason appearances. His teams posted a 54-44 record (.551) during those three years, including a 35-19 mark (.648) in Northeast Conference play. During the 2007-2008 campaign, Brown led Mount St. Mary's to the first NCAA Division I Tournament victory in school history (69-60 over Coppin State).
THE LAST MEETING WITH BUCKNELL: Andrew Keister posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, but Holy Cross was defeated by Bucknell 60-56 at the Hart Center on Feb. 12, 2011. Following the contest, Keister received the Martin J. O'Malley Award as the most valuable player of the Crusaders' Winter Homecoming game. Devin Brown also had an outstanding day for Holy Cross, finishing with 20 points on six of 10 shooting from the field. Mike Muscala led Bucknell with 15 points and seven rebounds, despite making just six of 14 field goal attempts. The Crusaders started the game hot, scoring the first seven points of the day. After the Bison had trimmed the margin to three points, Holy Cross used a 12-4 spurt to increase its lead to 11 points (23-12) with 7:58 to play in the half. But Bucknell came back with a 12-0 run of its own over the next five minutes to claim its first lead of the game. The Crusaders would eventually take a slim 29-28 advantage into the locker room. The Bison came out strong at the beginning of the second half, using a 13-4 run to claim a nine-point lead (42-33). Bucknell was still up by eight points (47-39) with nine minutes to play, before Holy Cross worked its way back into the game with a 9-1 spurt. The Bison had built their lead back to five points with three minutes to go, before Keister converted an old fashioned three-point play to make the score 54-52. On the Crusaders' next possession, Keister tipped in a missed shot to tie the score at 54-54 with 1:07 to play. But Bucknell's Bryson Johnson would then connect on a three-point field goal to put the Bison back in front for good, 57-54. After a layup by Brown cut the lead to 57-56, Muscala converted a three-point play for Bucknell to conclude the scoring.
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 18 of the Crusaders' game this year, averaging 6.9 points, 4.1 assists and 2.1 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 other top performances this 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), American (nine points, two 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.
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 148th-hardest in the latest NCAA ratings percentage index report, through games of Jan. 15. The only other team in the Patriot League to play a non-conference schedule ranked better than 240th was Bucknell at 150th, but the Bison played a game against Division II West Alabama which does not factor into the strength of schedule rankings. Six of the Crusaders' non-conference losses this year came against teams ranked in the top 140 of the ratings percentage index: Connecticut (fourth), Harvard (50th), the College of Charleston (89th), Yale (100th), Providence (111th) and Fairfield (137th).
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 18 games played this season, Dudzinski has averaged 9.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks, while making 49.6 percent (60 of 121) 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 299 points, 190 rebounds and 29 blocked shots, and made 51.9 percent (111 of 214) 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 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 18 games played this year, he has averaged 6.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists, while making 47.1 percent (16 of 34) 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 312 points, 114 rebounds and 67 assists.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 93rd season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1307-880 (.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 3.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 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 199 points, 273 rebounds and 80 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. 19. 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||20||Holy Cross||28.8|
|Free Throw Percent||29||Holy Cross||74.3|
|Blocked Shots||70||Holy Cross||4.4|
|Field Goal Percent||157||R.J. Evans||45.2|
|Assist-Turnover Ratio||160||Justin Burrell||1.7|
CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 326-131 at the Hart Center, including a 6-2 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 113-39 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 72-19 record against Patriot League foes.
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. Engelstad downed Kurtis Townsend of Kansas 51-50 in the first round of the tournament, then defeated Rasheen Davis of Xavier 50-45 in the second round. He now moves on to face LaVall Jordan of Michigan in the round of 16. 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).
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.
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 (448), fourth in three-point field goals made (169) and sixth in career free throw percentage (.806). In addition, junior guard R.J. Evans ranks eighth all-time in career minutes played per game (29.4).
SCOUTING THE BISON: Bucknell has an overall record of 14-6 on the season, with a 4-0 mark in the Patriot League. The Bison have won six straight games, and are coming off a 68-61 victory at Lehigh on Wednesday night. Bucknell's leading scorer is junior center Mike Muscala, who has averaged 15.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Cameron Ayers has added 12.1 points per contest, while junior forward Joe Willman is chipping in with 10.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Bucknell is led by head coach Dave Paulsen, who stands 60-55 in three seasons with the Bison. Paulsen owns a career record 322-175, including eight years at Williams, three seasons at Le Moyne and three years at St. Lawrence.
DRIBBLES: With their victory over Lehigh on Jan. 7, the Crusaders improved to 15-7 all-time in Patriot League openers ... Holy Cross has hit 74.3 percent of its free throws on the year. Sophomore forward Dave Dudzinski currently leads the team by hitting 48 of 56 attempts from the charity stripe (85.7 percent) ... The Crusaders currently lead the Patriot League by holding their opponents to 28.8 percent shooting from three-point range. Eleven of Holy Cross' last 16 opponents have shot below 30.0 percent from behind the arc, with nine of those 16 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. Four 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.