Holy Cross Heads To Navy On Wednesday

Justin Burrell

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The Teams: Holy Cross (9-13, 3-5 PL) vs. Navy (3-19, 0-8 PL)
Date: February 8, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Alumni Hall (5,710), Annapolis, Md.
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Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 34-18
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 73, Navy 69 (January 11, 2012; Worcester, Mass.)

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 NAVY: This will be the 53rd meeting between the Crusaders and the Midshipmen on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 34-18. The Crusaders have won three straight and five of the last six games between the schools. Holy Cross was also victorious in 16 straight meetings in the series from 2001-2007, while the Midshipmen won eight straight from 1997-2000. For games played in Annapolis, the Crusaders hold a narrow 12-11 advantage. The schools first met on March 20, 1947, with Holy Cross posting a 55-47 victory at Madison Square Garden in the NCAA Tournament East Regional Semifinals.

Overall: Holy Cross leads, 34-18
In Annapolis: Holy Cross, 12-11
At Alumni Hall: Navy leads, 11-9
Milan Brown vs. Navy: 6-2
Ed DeChellis vs. Holy Cross: 0-1
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, three games
In Overtime: Navy leads, 2-1

CRUSADERS CONTINUE ROAD TRIP AT NAVY: Holy Cross returns to action when it travels to Navy on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders are currently tied for fifth place in the Patriot League with a 3-5 mark in conference games, while the Midshipmen stand in eighth place at 0-8. Holy Cross then comes home to face American on Saturday, Feb. 11 (2:00 p.m.), before hitting the road once again to take on Lafayette on Wednesday, Feb. 15 (7:00 p.m.).

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 22 games played this season, he has averaged a team-high 15.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists, while making 76.3 percent (74 of 97) of his free throws and 39.5 percent (45 of 114) of his shots from three-point range. During the victory over Colgate, Brown led the team with 27 points, three rebounds and two assists, while hitting five of nine shots from three-point range. Previously at Army, he had 12 points and two steals, and made four of eight three-point 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 Navy (22 points, six rebounds), 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), the College of Charleston (14 points, four rebounds) and American (14 points). 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 1,341 points, 232 rebounds and 139 assists, while hitting 38.3 percent (181 of 473) of his three-point field goal attempts and 80.2 percent (336 of 419) of his free throws. He became the 45th 1,000-point scorer in school history against Lafayette on March 2, 2011.

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, defeated Rasheen Davis of Xavier 50-45 in the second round, and topped LaVall Jordan of Michigan 56-47 in the round of 16. He now moves on to face Andy Hipsher of South Florida in the national quarterfinals. 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.

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. In nine games played this year, he is now averaging 6.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest, while hitting 90.0 percent of his free throws (nine of 10). During the game at Lehigh, Cavataio led the team with 12 points, four rebounds and two assists. Previously at Army, he totaled seven points and six rebounds. A few of Cavataio's other top games this season have been against Lafayette (eight points, seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks, two steals), at American (eight points, seven rebounds, two assists), against Navy (seven points, three rebounds) and against Lehigh (six points, six rebounds, two assists). 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. During 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 662 points, 369 rebounds and 146 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 22 games, Beans has averaged 6.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest. He has also become a threat from beyond the arc, making 37.5 percent (18 of 48) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the victory over Colgate, Beans scored a career-high 16 points to go along with five rebounds and two blocks. Previously at American, he totaled 11 points and a career-best nine rebounds. Beans also played well against Navy, netting 14 points on six of seven shooting from the field. A few of his other top games this season have come against Fairfield (14 points), Boston College (nine points, six rebounds), New Hampshire (nine points, four rebounds), Army (nine points), 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 191 points, 127 rebounds and 15 blocked shots.

LEHIGH RECAP: Lehigh's C.J. McCollum totaled 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals, to lead the Mountain Hawks to a 75-51 victory over Holy Cross at Stabler Arena. Mike Cavataio led the Crusaders with a season-high 12 points, four rebounds and two assists. The Mountain Hawks shot 46.3 percent from the field (25 of 54) and 81.8 percent at the free throw line (18 of 22), while holding the Crusaders to just 36.0 percent shooting from the floor (18 of 50). Lehigh also held a 37-32 advantage on the glass, and forced Holy Cross to commit 17 turnovers. The Crusaders played well to start the game, jumping out to an 11-7 lead with 14:33 remaining in the first half. The Mountain Hawks scored the next four points to tie the score, and would eventually hold a three-point lead (23-20) with five minutes left before the break. Lehigh then went on an 11-1 run to extend its lead to double figures, and would eventually hold a 40-25 advantage heading into the locker room. The Mountain Hawks' lead stayed in double figures early in the second half, and Holy Cross trimmed the margin to 13 points (55-42) with 11 minutes to go. But a 15-1 spurt over the next six minutes would give Lehigh a 27-point lead and put the game away. The Crusaders would get no closer than 22 points in the closing minutes, before the Mountain Hawks finally posted a 24-point victory. Devin Brown scored 10 points for Holy Cross, while R.J. Evans and Taylor Abt both added seven points. Holden Greiner scored 15 points for Lehigh, and Gabe Knutson had 12 points and six rebounds.

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 21 games played this year, Evans has averaged 11.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals. During the victory over Colgate, he recorded 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Previously at Army, Evans led the team with 18 points, five assists and three rebounds. 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), Navy (14 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals), 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 1,124 points, 432 rebounds, 196 assists and 119 steals over the course of his Holy Cross career. He has scored in double-figures 64 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.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 93rd season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1307-883 (.597), while making 24 postseason tournament appearances — 12 trips to the NCAA Tournament and 12 to the National Invitation Tournament. In the history of collegiate basketball, Holy Cross is one of only 16 schools to have won the NCAA Tournament (1946-1947) as well as the National Invitational Tournament (1953-1954). Throughout its history, Holy Cross has had six first team All-America selections, sent 10 players to the National Basketball Association, had four players inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, had 23 players drafted by professional teams, had three players go on to coach professionally, and had 15 players who have coached in college.

THE LAST MEETING WITH NAVY: 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.

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 22 games played this season, Dudzinski has averaged 9.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks, while making 47.9 percent (70 of 146) of his field goal attempts and 85.3 percent of his free throws (58 of 68). 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), Bucknell (10 points, five rebounds, two blocks), Army (nine points, five 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 330 points, 206 rebounds and 33 blocked shots, and made 50.6 percent (121 of 239) of his field goal attempts.

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 22 of the Crusaders' game this year, averaging 6.2 points, 3.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 78.0 percent (39 of 50) 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) 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.

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 22 games played this year, he has averaged 5.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists, while making 41.0 percent (16 of 39) 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 320 points, 126 rebounds and 71 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 3.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. During the victory over Colgate, Obeysekere recorded three points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Previously at Dartmouth, he scored four points and grabbed seven rebounds. Obeysekere also had a big night against San Francisco, posting a double-double with 10 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots. A few of his other top games this year have been against Sacred Heart (seven points, five rebounds, two assists, two blocks) and Hartford (seven points, five rebounds, two assists, 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) and at Marist (nine points, career-high 17 rebounds). Over the course of his career with the Crusaders, Obeysekere has now totaled 210 points, 291 rebounds and 84 blocked shots.

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 17-34 and a 10-12 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 112-154 (.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).

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

CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 327-131 at the Hart Center, including a 7-2 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 114-39 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 73-19 record against Patriot League foes.

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 Feb. 5. 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 44 Holy Cross 30.7
Free Throw Percent 47 Dave Dudzinski 85.3
  57 Holy Cross 72.8
Blocked Shots 80 Holy Cross 4.2
  119 Eric Obeysekere 1.5
Steals 91 R.J. Evans 1.8
Assists 170 Justin Burrell 3.8
Scoring 175 Devin Brown 15.2
Assist-Turnover Ratio 178 Justin Burrell 1.6
Three-Pointers Made 182 Devin Brown 2.0

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 second all-time at Holy Cross in career three-point field goal attempts (473), third in career three-point field goals made (181), and sixth in career free throw percentage (.802). In addition, junior guard R.J. Evans ranks ninth all-time in career minutes played per game (29.3) and junior forward Eric Obeysekere stands ninth in career blocked shots (84).

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 MIDSHIPMEN: Navy has an overall record of 3-19 on the season, including an 0-8 mark in the Patriot League. The Midshipmen have lost their last 15 games, and are coming off a 62-41 setback at Lafayette on Saturday. The leading scorer for the Midshipmen is sophomore forward J.J. Avila, who has averaged 15.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this year. Senior guard Jordan Sugars has added 11.0 points and 5.0 boards per contest, while freshman forward Worth Smith has chipped in with 7.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Navy is led by head coach Ed DeChellis, who stands 3-19 in his first season with the Midshipmen. DeChellis' career record stands at 222-250, including eight seasons at Penn State and seven years at East Tennessee State.

DRIBBLES: During the Colgate game on Jan. 28, members of the Holy Cross coaching staff took part in the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers Awareness Weekend, a collaborative initiative of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society ... Holy Cross has hit 72.8 percent of its free throws on the year. Sophomore forward Dave Dudzinski currently leads the team by hitting 58 of 68 attempts from the charity stripe (85.3 percent) ... With their victory over Lehigh on Jan. 7, the Crusaders improved to 15-7 all-time in Patriot League openers ... The Crusaders currently lead the Patriot League by holding their opponents to 30.7 percent shooting from three-point range. Eleven of Holy Cross' last 20 opponents have shot below 30.0 percent from behind the arc, with 11 of those 20 teams attempting at least 20 three-pointers ... Holy Cross leads the Patriot League with an average of 4.2 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 ... The Crusaders were picked to finish in third place in the 2011-2012 Patriot League preseason poll, while senior guard Devin Brown earned preseason All-Patriot League honors in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors.