Holy Cross Faces Bucknell On Winter Homecoming Weekend
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (12-13, 6-5 PL) vs. Bucknell (20-7, 10-1 PL)
Date: February 18, 2012
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
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Series Record: Bucknell leads, 31-25
Last Meeting: Bucknell 75, Holy Cross 41 (January 21, 2012; Lewisburg, Pa.)
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 57th meeting between the Crusaders and the Bison on the hardwood, with Bucknell leading the all-time series 31-25. The Bison have won three straight and four of the last five games in the series, which has also seen the road team win six of the last 11 contests. For games played in Worcester, the series is tied at 12-12. The schools first met on January 12, 1991, with Holy Cross posting an 80-78 victory in Lewisburg.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Bucknell leads, 31-25
In Worcester: Tied, 12-12
At the Hart Center: Tied, 12-12
Milan Brown vs. Bucknell: 0-3
Dave Paulsen vs. Holy Cross: 6-4
Current Win Streak: Bucknell, three games
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1
CRUSADERS COME HOME TO FACE BUCKNELL: Holy Cross returns to action when it plays host to Bucknell on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 4:00 p.m. The Crusaders are currently tied for fourth place in the Patriot League with a 6-5 mark in conference games, while the Bison stand in first place at 10-1. Holy Cross can still finish the year as high as second or as low as sixth in the Patriot League standings. Following the contest with Bucknell, the Crusaders will close out the regular season with a home game against Army (Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7:00 p.m.) and a road game at Colgate (Saturday, Feb. 25, 4:00 p.m.).
O'MALLEY AWARD ON THE LINE AGAINST THE BISON: The Martin J. O'Malley Award has been presented annually to the most outstanding player in Holy Cross' Winter Homecoming game since 1988. The honor has gone to a Holy Cross player in 10 of the last 12 seasons, and 17 times in the past 20 years. All told, only four players from visiting teams have won the award. There have only been two players who have won the honor two times in their careers — Rob Feaster (1993 and 1995) and Andrew Keister (2010 and 2011). The award is named after Martin J. O'Malley, a 1926 Holy Cross graduate who played both basketball and football for the Crusaders. O'Malley also spent a number of years coaching basketball at St. John's Prep and North High School in Worcester, and was inducted into the Massachusetts State Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1984.
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 25 games played this season, he has averaged a team-high 15.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists, while making 74.8 percent (86 of 115) of his free throws and 37.9 percent (50 of 132) of his shots from three-point range. During the victory at Lafayette, Brown led the team with 18 points on six of 10 shooting from the field. Previously against American, he totaled 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Brown also had a huge game against Colgate, recording 27 points, three rebounds and two assists, while hitting five of nine shots from three-point range. Some of his other top performances this season have been against Boston College (season-high 32 points, five rebounds, five assists), 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) and at 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 1,382 points, 241 rebounds and 145 assists, while hitting 37.9 percent (186 of 491) of his three-point field goal attempts and 79.6 percent (348 of 437) of his free throws.
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 25 of the Crusaders' game this year, averaging 7.1 points, 3.7 assists and 2.2 rebounds per contest, while hitting 76.5 percent (52 of 68) of his free throw attempts. During the victory at Lafayette, Burrell finished with 16 points, three rebounds and two assists. Previously at Navy, he led the team with a career-high 17 points, four rebounds and four assists. Burrell also played well against San Francisco, totaling 12 points, six assists, four rebounds 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), against Sacred Heart (10 points, six assists, two steals), 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.
CRUSADERS STEP UP ON DEFENSE: Over the last three games, Holy Cross has turned in some of its top defensive performances of the season. During that time, the Crusaders have held their opponents to just 55.7 points per game on 36.6 percent shooting from the field and 28.4 percent shooting from three-point range. Holy Cross held American to just 52 points on 32.2 percent shooting from the field (19 of 59), and limited Navy to only 52 points and 21.7 percent shooting from three-point range (five of 23). In Patriot League play this season, the Crusaders are now allowing 65.4 points per game, with their opponents making only 41.1 percent of their field goals (256 of 623) and 31.4 percent of their three-point attempts (76 of 242). Holy Cross has also averaged a Patriot League-best 4.7 blocked shots per game in conference play.
LAFAYETTE RECAP: Devin Brown scored a game-high 18 points on six-of-10 shooting from the field, to lead Holy Cross to a 70-63 victory over Lafayette at the Allan P. Kirby Sports Center on Feb. 15, 2012. Justin Burrell also had a strong night, totaling 16 points, three rebounds and two assists. Holy Cross shot 46.9 percent from the floor (23 of 49), including a blistering 60.9 percent in the second half (14 of 23). The Leopards were able to hit only 39.3 percent of their field goal attempts (24 of 61), including 26.9 percent of their shots from three-point range (seven of 26). In addition, the Crusaders outrebounded Lafayette 46-26, and blocked seven shots in the game. The Crusaders started the game with a 7-0 run, including five points by Burrell. Holy Cross increased its lead to 10 points (12-2) with 15 minutes left in the first half, and was still up by nine (21-12) at the six-minute mark. But the Leopards then began to cut into the lead, and would close out the half on a 4-0 run to make the score 30-27 heading into the locker room. The Holy Cross lead would stay between three and eight points for the majority of the second half, but the margin was only 57-54 with 5:34 remaining in regulation. The Crusaders then used a quick 6-0 spurt over the next two minutes to go in front by nine (63-54), with a dunk by Eric Obeysekere ending that run. Lafayette refused to go away quietly, and was able to cut the margin back down to four points (67-63) with 46.8 seconds left to play on a layup by Rob Delaney. Burrell was then able to connect on three of four free throw attempts in the final 45 seconds, and Holy Cross posted a seven-point win after not allowing the Leopards to score again. R.J. Evans finished the game with nine points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots, while Dave Dudzinski added eight points and eight rebounds. Lafayette was led by Ryan Willen with 15 points and four rebounds.
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 25 games played this season, Dudzinski has averaged 9.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks, while making 49.1 percent (80 of 163) of his field goal attempts and 84.9 percent of his free throws (62 of 73). 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), at Lafayette (eight points, eight 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 354 points, 224 rebounds and 36 blocked shots, and made 51.2 percent (131 of 256) of his field goal attempts.
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, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. During the victory at Lafayette, Obeysekere finished with four points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots. Previously against American, he totaled six points, six rebounds and three blocks. 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), Dartmouth (four points, seven rebounds) and Colgate (three points, 11 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. Over the course of his career with the Crusaders, Obeysekere has now totaled 222 points, 307 rebounds and 93 blocked shots.
THE LAST MEETING WITH BUCKNELL: Bucknell shot 57.1 percent from the field in the second half, to pull away for a 75-41 victory over Holy Cross at Sojka Pavilion on Jan. 21, 2012. Devin Brown led the Crusaders with 11 points, while Dave Dudzinski added 10 points and five rebounds. Holy Cross shot just 24.6 percent from the floor on the night (14 of 57) and 14.3 percent from three-point range (two of 14). The Crusaders were also outrebounded by the Bison 50-31. Bucknell hit 44.6 percent of its field goal attempts in the game (25 of 56) and 50.0 percent of its three-pointers (nine of 18). The Bison started the game on a 6-0 run, and went on to increase their lead to 12 points (17-5) with 8:52 left in the first half. The Crusaders scored the next six points to get back into the game, and were still down by six (25-19) with 30 seconds remaining before the break. Bucknell's Brian Fitzpatrick hit a pair of free throws to make the score 27-19, then Holy Cross ran the clock down before taking one final shot. But for no reason, the clock mysteriously stopped for several seconds, giving the Bison time to grab the rebound, come down the court and hit a three-point field goal to make the score 30-19 at the break. Bucknell rode the momentum from that shot into the second half, using runs of 12-0 and 10-2 to increase their lead to 30 points (59-29) with just under seven minutes remaining. The Bison eventually led by as many as 36 points late in the game, before finally claiming a 34-point victory. Cameron Ayers led Bucknell with a game-high 13 points. Bryan Cohen added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Bison, while Mike Muscala posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
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.
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 12 games played this year, he is now averaging 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest, while hitting 78.6 percent of his free throws (11 of 14). 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 672 points, 378 rebounds and 149 assists.
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 24 games played this year, Evans has averaged 11.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.8 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 1,151 points, 453 rebounds, 204 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.
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.
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 20-34 and a 13-12 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 115-154 (.428). 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).
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 24 games, Beans has averaged 6.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest. He has also become a threat from beyond the arc, making 37.3 percent (19 of 51) 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 203 points, 132 rebounds and 17 blocked shots.
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.
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 24 games played this year, he has averaged 5.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 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, 127 rebounds and 72 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|
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|
SENIOR SALUTE: Four members of the Holy Cross basketball program will be concluding their collegiate careers at the end of the 2011-2012 season. Senior guard Devin Brown, senior guard Mike Cavataio and senior guard Charlie Mills (Tampa, Fla.) will be honored before the Feb. 18 game against Bucknell, along with team manager Chris Holmes (Lebanon, N.H.). The pregame ceremony is scheduled to begin at approximately 3:45 p.m.
CRUSADERS IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Four 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 (491), third in career three-point field goals made (186), and seventh in career free throw percentage (.796). Junior forward Eric Obeysekere stands seventh in career blocked shots (93), while junior guard R.J. Evans ranks eighth all-time in career minutes played per game (29.4). In addition, junior guard Jordan Stevens tied the all-time school single-game record for three-point field goal percentage when he hit all four of his attempts from behind the arc against Hartford on Nov. 23.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 93rd season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1310-883 (.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.
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 seven 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
Feb. 25 at Colgate: Time Warner Cable
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 BISON: Bucknell has an overall record of 20-7 on the season, with a 10-1 mark in the Patriot League. The Bison had won 12 straight games, before suffering a 56-53 setback against Lehigh on Thursday night. Bucknell's leading scorer is junior center Mike Muscala, who has averaged 16.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Cameron Ayers has added 11.4 points per contest, while junior forward Joe Willman is chipping in with 10.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Bucknell is led by head coach Dave Paulsen, who stands 66-56 in three seasons with the Bison. Paulsen owns a career record 328-176, including eight years at Williams, three seasons at Le Moyne and three years at St. Lawrence.
DRIBBLES: Freshman forward Taylor Abt (Darnestown, Md.) has averaged 5.8 points and 4.8 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 71.9 percent of its free throws on the year. Sophomore forward Dave Dudzinski currently leads the team by hitting 62 of 73 attempts from the charity stripe (84.9 percent) ... The Crusaders currently lead the Patriot League by holding their opponents to 30.3 percent shooting from three-point range. Thirteen of Holy Cross' last 23 opponents have shot below 30.0 percent from behind the arc, with 14 of those 23 teams attempting at least 20 three-pointers ... Holy Cross leads the Patriot League with an average of 4.5 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.