Crusaders Head To Lafayette For Key League Contest
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (11-13, 5-5 PL) vs. Lafayette (11-14, 6-4 PL)
Date: February 15, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Date: Allan P. Kirby Sports Center (3,500), Easton, Pa.
Television: Lafayette Sports Network; Gary Laubach, play-by-play; John Leone, color
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Andrew Keister, color; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Gametracker
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 32-19
Last Meeting: Lafayette 54, Holy Cross 43 (January 19, 2012; 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 LAFAYETTE: This will be the 52nd meeting between the Crusaders and the Leopards on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 32-19. The Leopards have won three straight and five of the last seven meetings between the schools, but the Crusaders came out on top in 10 of the previous 11 games. For games played in Easton, the series is tied at 11-11, with Lafayette winning three straight. The schools first met on Feb. 4, 1947, with Holy Cross posting a 50-40 victory at the Boston Garden.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 32-19
In Easton: Tied, 11-11
At the Kirby Sports Center: Tied, 11-11
Milan Brown vs. Lafayette: 2-6
Fran O'Hanlon vs. Holy Cross: 18-19
Current Win Streak: Lafayette, three games
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1
CRUSADERS HIT THE ROAD TO PLAY LAFAYETTE: Holy Cross returns to action when it travels to Lafayette on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders are currently in fifth place in the Patriot League with a 5-5 mark in conference games, while the Leopards stand in fourth place at 6-4. Following the contest at Lafayette, Holy Cross returns home for a pair of games against Bucknell (Saturday, Feb. 18, 4:00 p.m.) and Army (Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7:00 p.m.). The Crusaders will then close out the regular season at Colgate (Saturday, Feb. 25, 4:00 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 24 games played this season, he has averaged a team-high 14.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists, while making 75.2 percent (82 of 109) of his free throws and 37.2 percent (48 of 129) of his shots from three-point range. During the victory over American, Brown led the team with 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Previously against Colgate, he recorded 27 points, three rebounds and two assists, while hitting five of nine shots from three point-range. 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), at Yale (22 points, two rebounds, two steals), against Sacred Heart (22 points), against San Francisco (21 points), against Lehigh (20 points, two rebounds, two assists), at Dartmouth (18 points, four rebounds), against Hartford (17 points, four assists, two rebounds), against Harvard (17 points), against New Hampshire (15 points, three rebounds), at the College of Charleston (14 points, four rebounds), at American (14 points) and at Army (12 points, two steals). 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 1,364 points, 240 rebounds and 143 assists, while hitting 37.7 percent (184 of 488) of his three-point field goal attempts and 79.8 percent (344 of 431) of his free throws. He became the 45th 1,000-point scorer in school history against Lafayette on March 2, 2011.
CRUSADERS STEP UP ON DEFENSE: Over the last two games, Holy Cross has turned in a few of its top defensive performances of the season. During Saturday's victory over American, the Crusaders held the Eagles to just 52 points on 32.2 percent shooting from the field (19 of 59). In the previous contest at Navy, Holy Cross limited the Midshipmen to only 52 points on 38.5 percent shooting from the floor (20 of 52) and 21.7 percent shooting from three-point range (five of 23). In Patriot League play this season, the Crusaders are now allowing 65.6 points per game, with their opponents making only 41.3 percent of their field goals (232 of 562) and 31.9 percent of their three-point attempts (69 of 216). Holy Cross has also averaged a Patriot League-best 4.5 blocked shots per game in conference play.
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 24 of the Crusaders' game this year, averaging 6.8 points, 3.8 assists and 2.2 rebounds per contest, while hitting 77.4 percent (48 of 62) of his free throw attempts. During the victory at Navy, Burrell led the team with a career-high 17 points, four rebounds and four assists. Previously against San Francisco, he totaled 12 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals. Burrell also played well against Sacred Heart, recording 10 points, six assists and two steals. A few of his other top performances this season came at Providence (15 points, six assists, two rebounds, two steals), against New Hampshire (13 points), against Hartford (10 points, six rebounds, three assists), at the College of Charleston (10 points, three assists), at American (nine points, two assists), against Lehigh (eight points, seven assists, three rebounds), against American (eight points, three rebounds, three assists), against Harvard (six points, two assists) and against 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.
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 19-34 and a 12-12 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 114-154 (.425). 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).
AMERICAN RECAP: Devin Brown totaled 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists, to lead Holy Cross to a 59-52 victory over American at the Hart Center on Feb. 11, 2012. Dave Dudzinski added 10 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots for the Crusaders. Holy Cross shot 43.2 percent from the field (22 of 51), while holding American to 32.2 percent shooting (19 of 59). The Crusaders also held a 43-32 advantage on the glass. After Holy Cross scored the first four points of the game, the Eagles went on a 13-1 run over the next six minutes to pull ahead by eight points (13-5). The Crusaders used a 7-0 spurt to close the gap, and American would later lead 20-18 with 5:33 left before the break. Holy Cross then closed out the half with a 10-0 run, including five points from Justin Burrell, to take a 28-20 lead into the locker room. The Eagles chipped away at the lead early in the second half, trimming the margin to five points (34-29) with 14 minutes remaining. But the Crusaders responded with a 12-2 run over the next five minutes, to take their biggest lead of the game, 46-31 with nine minutes to go. Holy Cross was still up by 11 (53-42) at the 4:57-mark, when American used a 7-0 spurt to make the score 53-49 with 2:22 remaining. But the Crusaders did not allow the Eagles to score again until less than five seconds remained, and held on for the win despite hitting just six of 12 free throws in the last two minutes. Burrell finished the game with eight points, three rebounds and three assists, while junior guard R.J. Evans added six points, eight rebounds and two assists. American was led by Charles Hinkle with 14 points on four of 18 shooting from the field.
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 24 games played this season, Dudzinski has averaged 9.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks, while making 48.4 percent (77 of 159) of his field goal attempts and 84.5 percent of his free throws (60 of 71). During the victory over American, he totaled 10 points, six rebounds and two steals. Previously in the home game with Lehigh, Dudzinski 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. 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 at Providence (21 points, career-high 11 rebounds), at Maine (20 points, five rebounds, two steals), at Dartmouth (14 points, eight rebounds, two blocks), at the College of Charleston (14 points, five rebounds, two steals), against Boston College (10 points, six rebounds), at Bucknell (10 points, five rebounds, two blocks), at Army (nine points, five rebounds), against Navy (eight points, six rebounds, two blocks), against Harvard (six points, eight rebounds, four blocked shots) and against 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 346 points, 216 rebounds and 36 blocked shots, and made 50.8 percent (128 of 252) of his field goal attempts.
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 23 games, Beans has averaged 6.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest. He has also become a threat from beyond the arc, making 38.0 percent (19 of 50) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the victory at Navy, Beans recorded 10 points, three rebounds and two blocked shots. Previously against Colgate, he scored a career-high 16 points to go along with five rebounds and two blocks. Beans also played well at American, totaling 11 points and a career-best nine rebounds. A few of his other top games this season have come against Navy (14 points), against Fairfield (14 points), against Boston College (nine points, six rebounds), against New Hampshire (nine points, four rebounds), at Army (nine points), at Providence (nine points) and at 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 201 points, 130 rebounds and 17 blocked shots.
THE LAST MEETING WITH LAFAYETTE: 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 23 games played this year, Evans has averaged 11.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.7 steals. During the victory at Navy, he totaled 12 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Previously against Colgate, Evans posted 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists. 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), at Army (18 points, five assists, three rebounds), at the College of Charleston (16 points, seven rebounds, four steals, two assists), at Connecticut (15 points, four rebounds), against New Hampshire (14 points, six rebounds, four steals, two assists, two blocks), against Boston College (14 points, five rebounds, four assists, four steals), at Fairfield (14 points, five rebounds, two assists), against Navy (14 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals), against Harvard (13 points, three assists, two rebounds, two steals), against Sacred Heart (12 points, six rebounds, three steals, two assists) and against 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 1,142 points, 445 rebounds, 203 assists and 121 steals over the course of his Holy Cross career. He has scored in double-figures 65 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.
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 3.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. During the victory over American, Obeysekere totaled six points, six rebounds and three blocked shots. Previously against Colgate, he recorded three points and a game-high 11 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), Hartford (seven points, five rebounds, two assists, two blocks) and Dartmouth (four points, seven rebounds). 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 218 points, 299 rebounds and 89 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 23 games played this year, he has averaged 5.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists, while making 41.5 percent (17 of 41) 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 325 points, 126 rebounds and 72 assists.
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 11 games played this year, he is now averaging 5.4 points and 4.3 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 667 points, 373 rebounds and 149 assists.
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. 12. 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||36||Holy Cross||30.5|
|Free Throw Percent||55||Dave Dudzinski||84.5|
|Blocked Shots||59||Holy Cross||4.4|
|Assist-Turnover Ratio||168||Justin Burrell||1.6|
|Three-Pointers Made||193||Devin Brown||2.0|
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 Shots from the Heart last year, with Brown making the round of 16 and Engelstad advancing to the second round.
CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 328-131 at the Hart Center, including an 8-2 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 115-39 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 74-19 record against Patriot League foes.
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|
|Charles Hinkle (American)||4-18||2-8||14||19.4|
|Shane Gibson (Sacred Heart)||5-12||2-5||14||18.3|
|Meiko Lyles (Columbia)||1-5||1-5||5||9.2|
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 (488), third in career three-point field goals made (184), and sixth in career free throw percentage (.798). In addition, junior forward Eric Obeysekere stands seventh in career blocked shots (89) and junior guard R.J. Evans ranks eighth all-time in career minutes played per game (29.4).
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 93rd season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1309-883 (.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.
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 LEOPARDS: Lafayette enters the game with an overall record of 11-14 on the year, including a 6-4 mark in the Patriot League. The Leopards have won three of their last five games, but are coming off a 90-78 setback at Bucknell on Saturday. Senior forward Ryan Willen has averaged a team-best 14.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, while hitting 36.8 percent (25 of 68) of his three-point field goal attempts. Senior guard Jim Mower has added 13.5 points and 2.8 rebounds per contest, while senior guard Rob Delaney is chipping in with 9.1 points, 3.5 assists and 3.3 boards per game. Lafayette is led by head coach Fran O'Hanlon, who owns an overall record of 240-256 in 17 seasons with the Leopards.
DRIBBLES: Freshman forward Taylor Abt (Darnestown, Md.) has averaged 5.7 points and 4.3 rebounds over the Crusaders' last three games, while hitting four of five three-point field goal attempts. He tied his career high with seven points scored at Lehigh, then pulled down a career-high seven rebounds in the victory over American ... Holy Cross has hit 72.1 percent of its free throws on the year. Sophomore forward Dave Dudzinski currently leads the team by hitting 60 of 71 attempts from the charity stripe (84.5 percent) ... The Crusaders currently lead the Patriot League by holding their opponents to 30.5 percent shooting from three-point range. Twelve of Holy Cross' last 22 opponents have shot below 30.0 percent from behind the arc, with 13 of those 22 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 ... 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 ... With their victory over Lehigh on Jan. 7, the Crusaders improved to 15-7 all-time in Patriot League openers ... 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.