Crusaders Travel To Colgate For Regular Season Finale
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (14-13, 8-5 PL) vs. Colgate (8-20, 2-11 PL)
Date: February 25, 2012
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: Cotterell Court (3,100), Hamilton, N.Y.
Television: Time Warner Cable Sports; Steve Flamisch, play-by-play; Danny Liedka, color
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: www.GoColgateRaiders.com
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 52-19
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 76, Colgate 60 (January 28, 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 COLGATE: This will be the 72nd meeting between the Crusaders and the Raiders on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 52-19. The Crusaders have won the last two games in the series, and prior to that Colgate had posted three straight victories. Over the last 18 seasons, Holy Cross holds a 23-17 lead in the series, but previously the Crusaders had won 29 of the first 31 meetings between the schools. For games played in Hamilton, the Crusaders hold an 21-10 advantage, with an 18-10 mark at Cotterell Court. The schools first met on Feb. 11, 1947, with Holy Cross posting a 67-39 victory at the Boston Garden.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 52-19
In Hamilton: Holy Cross leads, 21-10
At Cotterell Court: Holy Cross leads, 18-10
Milan Brown vs. Colgate: 2-1
Matt Langel vs. Holy Cross: 0-1
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, two games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-1
CRUSADERS CONCLUDE REGULAR SEASON AT COLGATE: Holy Cross hits the road to play its final game of the regular season at Colgate on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 4:00 p.m. The Crusaders currently stand in fourth place in the Patriot League with an 8-5 mark in conference games, while the Raiders are in seventh place at 2-11. If Holy Cross defeats Colgate and Lafayette downs American on Saturday, the Crusaders will be the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament and face No. 6 seed Army in the quarterfinals. With a win by either American or Colgate, Holy Cross takes the No. 4 seed and will play No. 5 seed Lafayette in the quarterfinals.
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 27 games played this season, he has averaged a team-high 15.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists, while making 74.6 percent (94 of 126) of his free throws and 37.1 percent (52 of 140) of his shots from three-point range. During the victory over Army, Brown totaled 24 points and six rebounds. Previously at Lafayette, he led the team with 18 points on six of 10 shooting from the field. Brown also had a huge game in the first meeting with 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), against American (14 points, seven rebounds, three assists), 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 1,410 points, 248 rebounds and 146 assists, while hitting 37.7 percent (188 of 499) of his three-point field goal attempts and 79.5 percent (356 of 448) of his free throws.
HOLY CROSS POSTS ANOTHER WINNING RECORD IN LEAGUE PLAY: With Wednesday night's victory over Army, the Crusaders are now guaranteed to finish the season with a winning record in Patriot League play. This marks the 14th time Holy Cross has posted a winning record against conference opponents in the league's 22-year history. The Crusaders previously finished with winning records in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. Holy Cross' 14 winning seasons in conference play are the second-most in the history of the Patriot League, behind only Bucknell with 17.
HOLY CROSS STEPS UP ON DEFENSE: Over the last five games, the Crusaders have turned in some of their top defensive performances of the season. During that time, Holy Cross has held its opponents to just 54.0 points per game on 36.5 percent shooting from the field and 23.3 percent shooting from three-point range. During their last game, the Crusaders held Army to 51 points on 30.4 percent shooting from the field (17 of 56) and 11.1 percent shooting from three-point range (three of 27). In the previous contest, Holy Cross limited Bucknell to 52 points (including just 10 points in the first half) and 20.0 percent shooting from three-point range (three of 15). The Crusaders also held American to 52 points on 32.2 percent shooting from the field (19 of 59), and limited Navy to 52 points and 21.7 percent shooting from three-point range (five of 23). In Patriot League play this season, Holy Cross is now allowing 63.2 points per game, with their opponents making only 40.4 percent of their field goals (296 of 733) and 28.9 percent of their three-point attempts (82 of 284). Holy Cross has also averaged a Patriot League-best 4.8 blocked shots per game in conference play, with a +2.4 rebound margin.
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 27 of the Crusaders' game this year, averaging 7.3 points, 3.7 assists and 2.1 rebounds per contest, while hitting 77.6 percent (59 of 76) of his free throw attempts. During the victory over Bucknell, Burrell led the team with 15 points and three assists. Previously at Lafayette, he finished with 16 points, three rebounds and two assists. Burrell also played well at Navy, totaling a career-high 17 points, four rebounds and four assists. A few of his other top performances this season have come at Providence (15 points, six assists, two rebounds, two steals), against New Hampshire (13 points), against San Francisco (12 points, six assists, four rebounds, two steals), 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) 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.
ARMY RECAP: Devin Brown recorded 22 points and six rebounds, to lead Holy Cross to an 82-51 victory over Army at the Hart Center on Feb. 22, 2012. Brown hit eight of 12 field goal attempts and six of seven free throws on the night. Holy Cross shot 51.7 percent from the field (30 of 58) and 88.2 percent at the free throw line (15 of 17), while holding a 39-34 advantage on the glass. The Crusaders also held Army to 30.4 percent shooting from the field (17 of 56) and 11.1 percent shooting from three-point range (three of 27), and forced the Black Knights to commit 16 turnovers. The score was tied a 3-3 early on, when Holy Cross went on a 14-2 run to claim a 17-5 lead. Brown scored the first 10 points of that spurt for the Crusaders, including a pair of three-point field goals. Army trimmed the lead down to nine points at the 11:21-mark (19-10), when a 10-0 run put Holy Cross up by 19 (29-10). The Crusaders would lead by 21 points late in the half, before eventually taking a 40-21 advantage into the locker room. The Holy Cross lead would stay between 16 and 22 points for most of the second half, and the Crusaders held a 65-46 lead with six minutes left to play. Holy Cross then used runs of 9-1 and 8-0 to take an 82-49 lead with just over a minute left to play, before finally winning by 31 points. R.J. Evans finished the game with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals, while Dave Dudzinski added nine points and six rebounds. The Black Knights were led by Josh Herbeck with 20 points.
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 26 games played this year, Evans has averaged 11.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals. During the victory over Army, he totaled 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Previously at Navy, Evans recorded 12 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals. 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), against Colgate (11 points, seven rebounds, four 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 1,168 points, 463 rebounds, 210 assists and 127 steals over the course of his Holy Cross career. He has scored in double-figures 66 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.
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 22-34 and a 15-12 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 117-154 (.432). 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 COLGATE: Devin Brown totaled 27 points, three rebounds and two assists, to lead Holy Cross to a 76-60 victory over Colgate at the Hart Center on Jan. 28, 2012. Brown hit eight of 15 field goal attempts on the night, including five of nine shots from three-point range. Phil Beans scored a career-high 16 points on seven of 12 shooting from the field, and also pulled down five rebounds. R.J. Evans added 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Crusaders. The Raiders were led by Mitch Rolls with 14 points, three rebounds and two assists. The game was close early on, with Holy Cross holding an 11-7 lead after the first five minutes of play. The Crusaders then scored eight straight points to build their lead to double figures, with Brown hitting a pair of three-point shots during that spurt. Holy Cross was still up by 10 (31-21) with five minutes left before the break, when it used a 10-3 run to take a 41-24 advantage into the locker room. Colgate started the second half hot, hitting its first five shots (including four three-pointers) to make the score 47-39 with 16 minutes left to play. A few minutes later, the Raiders used a 7-0 run to cut the margin to three points (53-50) at the 9:37-mark. A clutch three-pointer by Brown with the shot clock winding down then ignited a 10-2 spurt by the Crusaders to put the game away. Colgate would get no closer than 10 points in the final four minutes, as Holy Cross hit all six of its free throw attempts in the last minute to ice the victory. The Crusaders shot 46.4 percent from the field on the night (26 of 56), while holding the Raiders to 37.3 percent shooting (22 of 59). Holy Cross also committed just six turnovers in the game, and held a 43-29 rebounding advantage.
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 14 games played this year, he is now averaging 5.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest, while hitting 78.6 percent of his free throws (11 of 14). During the victory over Bucknell, Cavataio recorded nine points and four rebounds. Previously at Lehigh, he led the team with 12 points, four rebounds and two assists. 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), at Army (seven points, six rebounds), 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 685 points, 388 rebounds and 150 assists.
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.
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 27 games played this season, Dudzinski has averaged 9.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks, while making 47.8 percent (86 of 180) of his field goal attempts and 83.3 percent of his free throws (65 of 78). 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), against Army (nine points, six rebounds), at Army (nine points, five rebounds), at Lafayette (eight points, eight rebounds), against Navy (eight points, six rebounds, two blocks) and against Bucknell (seven points, seven rebounds, two blocks). 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 370 points, 237 rebounds and 39 blocked shots, and made 50.2 percent (137 of 273) of his field goal attempts.
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 26 games played this year, he has averaged 5.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists, while making 42.6 percent (20 of 47) 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 338 points, 133 rebounds and 73 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 26 games, Beans has averaged 6.5 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest. He has also become a threat from beyond the arc, making 38.2 percent (21 of 55) 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 213 points, 135 rebounds and 17 blocked shots.
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|
|Cameron Ayers (Bucknell)||3-7||1-3||7||11.4|
|Shane Gibson (Sacred Heart)||5-12||2-5||14||18.3|
|Meiko Lyles (Columbia)||1-5||1-5||5||9.2|
CRUSADERS HAVE AT LEAST ONE WIN OVER EVERY PATRIOT LEAGUE SCHOOL: With the victory over Army on Wednesday night, Holy Cross now has at least one win this season against all of the other seven schools in the Patriot League. This marks the eighth time the Crusaders have defeated every other team in the league, after previously accomplishing the feat in 1993, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009. In prior years where Holy Cross has defeated every other team in the league, it has won the conference regular season title three times (2003, 2005, 2007) and won the league tournament championship three times (1993, 2003, 2007).
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 3.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. During the victory over Army, Obeyskere totaled six points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Previously at Lafayette, he finished with four points, eight rebounds and four 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), against Hartford (seven points, five rebounds, two assists, two blocks), against American (six points, six rebounds, three blocks), at Dartmouth (four points, seven rebounds) and against 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 230 points, 318 rebounds and 98 blocked shots.
CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 330-131 at the Hart Center, including a 10-2 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 31 out of 37 seasons, while recording double-figure home victories 17 times. The Crusaders stand 117-39 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 76-19 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. 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||27||Holy Cross||30.0|
|Blocked Shots||54||Holy Cross||4.5|
|Free Throw Percent||67||Dave Dudzinski||83.3|
|Assist-Turnover Ratio||176||Justin Burrell||1.6|
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.) were honored in a pregame ceremony before the Feb. 18 contest against Bucknell, along with team manager Chris Holmes (Lebanon, N.H.).
CRUSADERS IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Four current Holy Cross players have earned spots in the school's all-time record book this season. Senior guard Devin Brown currently stands second all-time at Holy Cross in career three-point field goal attempts (499), third in career three-point field goals made (188), and ninth in career free throw percentage (.795). Junior forward Eric Obeysekere stands seventh in career blocked shots (98), while junior guard R.J. Evans ranks ninth all-time in career minutes played per game (29.2). 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 1312-883 (.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.
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 RAIDERS: Colgate has an overall record of 8-20 on the season, including a 2-11 mark in the Patriot League. The Raiders have lost five of their last six games, with the lone victory during that time being a 59-57 triumph at Navy last Saturday. Colgate's leading scorer is sophomore guard Pat Moore, who has averaged 9.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game while hitting 41.7 percent of his three-point field goal attempts (50 of 120). Fifth-year senior guard Mike Venezia has added 9.8 points and made 42.5 percent of his three-point field goal attempts (51 of 120), while junior guard Mitch Rolls is chipping in with 8.6 points and 2.4 assists per game. Colgate is led by head coach Matt Langel, who owns an 8-20 record in his first season with the Raiders. Prior to his time at Colgate, Langel served as an assistant coach at Temple and Pennsylvania for seven years.
DRIBBLES: Holy Cross' current five-game winning streak is its longest since winning five consecutive contests in 2009 (from Jan. 24 to Feb. 11) ... Freshman forward Taylor Abt (Darnestown, Md.) has averaged 5.3 points and 4.0 rebounds over the Crusaders' last six games, while hitting four of six 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 72.2 percent of its free throws on the year. Sophomore forward Dave Dudzinski currently leads the team by hitting 65 of 78 attempts from the charity stripe (83.3 percent) ... The Crusaders currently lead the Patriot League by holding their opponents to 29.1 percent shooting from three-point range. Fifteen of Holy Cross' last 25 opponents have shot below 30.0 percent from behind the arc, with 15 of those 25 teams attempting at least 20 three-pointers ... Holy Cross leads the Patriot League with an average of 4.6 blocked shots per game this year. Four 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.