Men's Basketball Heads To St. John's On Wednesday

Jordan Stevens

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The Teams: Holy Cross (3-1, 0-0 PL) vs. St. John's (2-2, 0-0 Big East)
Date: November 21, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Carnesecca Arena (5,602), Jamaica, N.Y.
Television: SportsNet New York; Ed Cohen, play-by-play; Jim Spanarkel, color
Live Video Streaming:
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Gametracker
Series Record: St. John's leads, 25-7
Last Meeting: St. John's 64, Holy Cross 61; December 29, 2003; New York, N.Y.

Pos., No., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl.
F, 13, Malcolm Miller, 6-6, 190, So.
F, 50, Dave Dudzinski, 6-9, 227, Jr.
C, 44, Phil Beans, 6-9, 233, Sr.
G, 3, Justin Burrell, 5-9, 165, So.
G, 32, Jordan Stevens, 6-5, 200, Sr.

HOLY CROSS HITS THE ROAD TO FACE ST. JOHN'S: Following a week off, the Crusaders will return to action at St. John's on Wednesday, Nov. 21, in a game that will be shown live on SportsNet New York beginning at 7:30 p.m. Holy Cross will then return home on Saturday, Nov. 24, when it plays host to New Hampshire at 4:00 p.m. Following the contest against the Wildcats, the Crusaders will be on the road for their next three games, traveling to Providence (Nov. 27), Hartford (Dec. 1) and Sacred Heart (Dec. 5).

THE SERIES WITH ST. JOHN'S: This will be the 33rd meeting between the Crusaders and the Red Storm on the hardwood, with St. John's leading the all-time series 25-7. The Red Storm has won the last seven games between the schools, although only one contest has been played since 1979 (a 64-61 St. John's victory in 2003). Holy Cross' last win in the series came on Feb. 22, 1972, when it won at Carnesecca Arena (then known as Alumni Hall) 76-73. For games played in Jamaica, the Red Storms holds a 6-2 advantage. The teams first faced each other on Jan. 30, 1924, with St. John's winning 45-32 in Worcester.

Overall: St. John's leads, 25-7
In Jamaica: St. John's leads, 6-2
At Carnesecca Arena: St. John's leads, 6-2
Milan Brown vs. St. John's: 0-0
Steve Lavin vs. Holy Cross: 0-0
Current Win Streak: St. John's, six games
In Overtime: St. John's leads, 1-0

BEANS PLAYS KEY MINUTES IN THE POST: Senior center Phil Beans (Toledo, Ohio) is once again playing a key role for Holy Cross in the paint this season. In four games played, Beans has averaged 11.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest, while making 44.4 percent (8 of 18) of his shots from three-point range. During the victory over Maine, he led the Crusaders with a career-high 19 points and eight rebounds. Beans previously earned All-Tournament honors at the Liberty Tax Classic, where he averaged 8.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. He recorded 17 points and six rebounds against Morgan State, posted three points and seven rebounds against Texas-San Antonio, and totaled six points, four rebounds and two steals against Old Dominion. In 28 games last year, Beans averaged 6.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest, while making 36.8 percent (21 of 57) of his three-point field goal attempts. His top game in 2011-2012 came against Colgate, when he scored a season-high 16 points to go along with five rebounds and two blocks. Some of Beans' other top performances last season came against Navy (14 points), against Fairfield (14 points), at American (11 points, nine rebounds) and at Navy (10 points, three rebounds, two blocked shots). Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he has now recorded 264 points, 164 rebounds and 19 blocked shots.

STEVENS STEPS INTO STARTING ROLE: Senior guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.) has taken over as a starter for the Crusaders on the wing this year, after serving as a key reserve last season. In four games played this year, Stevens has averaged 8.5 points 5.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals per contest. During the victory over Maine, he posted his first career double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Stevens previously had 14 points, four rebounds and four steals against Texas-San Antonio, while recording seven points and two rebounds in the victory over Morgan State. In 28 games played in 2011-2012, he averaged 5.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists, while making 44.0 percent (22 of 50) of his three-point field goal attempts. During last year's victory over Lehigh, Stevens scored 17 points while hitting seven of 10 field goal attempts and three of five shots from three-point range. A few of his other top games last season were against Hartford (17 points, four rebounds, three assists), San Francisco (16 points, seven assists), Dartmouth (11 points) and Maine (11 points). As a sophomore in 2010-2011, Stevens averaged 7.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per game, scoring a season-high 15 points against both Army and Navy. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 380 points, 156 rebounds and 84 assists, while connecting on 35.6 percent (57 of 160) of his three-point field goal attempts.

CRUSADERS AGAINST THE BIG EAST CONFERENCE: Holy Cross has lost its last five games against opponents from the Big East Conference, since a 78-73 victory over Notre Dame in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on March 15, 2005. Against the 15 schools which currently compete in the Big East, the Crusaders stand 126-143 all-time (3-1 vs. Cincinnati, 42-22 against Connecticut, 1-1 vs. DePaul, 11-9 against Georgetown, 0-1 vs. Louisville, 0-4 against Marquette, 3-10 vs. Notre Dame, 1-2 against Pittsburgh, 29-39 vs. Providence, 2-3 against Rutgers, 7-25 vs. St. John's, 14-10 against Seton Hall, 0-1 vs. South Florida, 12-13 against Syracuse and 1-2 vs. Villanova).

BURRELL COMING OFF ROOKIE OF THE YEAR SEASON: Sophomore Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) is now in his second season as Holy Cross' starting point guard, after being selected as the 2011-2012 Patriot League Rookie of the Year. Through four games played this season, he has averaged 12.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest, while hitting 90.9 percent (10 of 11) of his free throws. Burrell earned All-Tournament honors at the Liberty Tax Classic, where he averaged 16.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. He totaled 16 points and four assists against Morgan State; 17 points, three rebounds and two steals against Texas-San Antonio; and 15 points and six rebounds against Old Dominion. Burrell started all 29 of the Crusaders' games last year, averaging 7.4 points, 3.7 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest, and hitting 77.4 percent (65 of 84) of his free throw attempts. He really stepped up his play over the final seven games of the 2011-2012 campaign, averaging 11.0 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds during that time, while connecting on 47.4 percent of his three-point field goal attempts (nine of 19). A few of his top performances last season came at Navy (career-high 17 points, four rebounds, four assists), at Lafayette (16 points, three rebounds), at Providence (15 points, six assists) and against Bucknell (15 points, three assists). Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Burrell has now totaled 264 points, 112 assists, 69 rebounds and 24 steals, while making 78.9 percent (75 of 95) of his free throws.

MAINE RECAP: Phil Beans scored a career-high 19 points and pulled down eight rebounds, to lead Holy Cross to a 57-54 victory over Maine at the Hart Center on Nov. 14, 2012. Beans hit seven of 13 shots from the field, including two of four three-point attempts, and all three of his free throws. The game was tied at 50-50 with four minutes to play, when Beans stole the ball and laid it in to give the Crusaders the lead for good. On the next possession, Beans hit a three-point field goal and Holy Cross led 55-50 with 3:16 left to play. After both teams were held scoreless for over two minutes, Alasdair Fraser hit a pair of layups for the Black Bears, the second coming with just 5.6 seconds to go, making the score 55-54. But Dave Dudzinski drained a pair of free throws to put the Crusaders back up by three, and a three-point attempt Maine's Xavier Pollard at the buzzer was no good as Holy Cross held on for the win. Jordan Stevens posted his first career double-double with 13 points, a career-high 10 rebounds and five assists, while Dudzinski added 10 points and nine rebounds. The Black Bears were led by Fraser with game-highs of 21 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots. The Crusaders had opened the game by jumping out to an 8-4 lead, before Maine went on a 16-2 run to claim a 10-point advantage (20-10) with six minutes to go in the first half. Holy Cross came right back with an 11-2 spurt of its own, and would go on to regain the lead (27-25) heading into the locker room. Still up by two (30-28) early in the second half, the Crusaders scored eight straight points to extend their lead to double figures (38-28). Holy Cross would eventually go up by as many as 11 points, and was still up by seven (50-43) with seven minutes remaining. The Black Bears then used a 7-0 run to tie up the score at 50-50, before the Crusaders went on to pull out the victory in the closing minutes.

HOLY CROSS SHINES ON THE DEFENSIVE END: The Crusaders have once again been a strong defensive team so far this season. Through four games played, Holy Cross has given up only 58.0 points per contest, while holding the opposition to 38.1 percent shooting from the field and 21.0 percent shooting from three-point range. Last year, the Crusaders ranked first in the Patriot League in three-point field goal percentage defense (30.5 percent) and blocked shots (4.4 blocks per game), while holding their opponents to 66.8 points per game and 42.1 percent field goal shooting overall. Holy Cross was even more impressive during conference regular season play in 2011-2012, where it improved on all of those numbers. In league games, Holy Cross allowed just 62.9 points per game, 40.2 percent field goal shooting and 29.2 percent three-point shooting last year, while averaging 4.6 blocked shots per contest.

DUDZINSKI PLAYS BIG DOWN LOW: Junior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) is once again a key player for the Crusaders in the low post positions this year. In four games played, Dudzinski has averaged 11.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per contest, while connecting on 77.8 percent (14 of 18) of his free throw attempts. During the victory over Maine, he recorded 10 points and nine rebounds. Dudzinski previously led the team with 20 points and eight rebounds against Morgan State, including a pair of free throws to give Holy Cross the lead with 17 seconds remaining. He also totaled eight points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots against Texas-San Antonio, while posting six points and six boards in the win over Old Dominion. In 29 games played last season, Dudzinski averaged 9.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks, while making 48.7 percent (97 of 199) of his field goal attempts and 83.1 percent of his free throws (69 of 83). During last year's victory over Lehigh, he led the team with career highs of 23 points and five blocked shots, in addition to pulling down eight rebounds and hitting nine of 11 field goal attempts. A few of Dudzinski's other top performances last year came at Providence (21 points, career-high 11 rebounds), against San Francisco (20 points, six rebounds), at Maine (20 points, five rebounds, two steals), at Dartmouth (14 points, eight rebounds, two blocks) and at the College of Charleston (14 points, five rebounds, two steals). During the 2010-2011 season, he was named to the 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 440 points, 283 rebounds and 45 blocked shots, while connecting on 78.0 percent (99 of 127) of his free throws.

CRUSADERS PICKED FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL: In the 2012-2013 Patriot League preseason poll, Holy Cross was picked to finish in fourth place in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. The Crusaders received 55 total points in the conference preseason poll, to tie with Lafayette for fourth place. Lehigh placed first in the poll with 96 total points and 12 first-place votes, followed by Bucknell in second with 88 points and four first-place votes, and American in third with 66 points. The preseason rankings were rounded out by Army (sixth, 47 points), Colgate (seventh, 26 points) and Navy (eighth, 15 points).

THE LAST MEETING WITH ST. JOHN'S: Grady Reynolds scored five of his 13 points in the final minute of play, as St. John's came from behind to defeat Holy Cross 64-61 in the consolation game of the Dreyfus Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden. The Crusaders led 56-52 with 4:39 left to play in the second half, before the Red Storm closed out the game on a 12-5 run. The score was tied at 57-57, when Reynolds converted a three-point play with 57.6 seconds remaining to give St. John's the lead for good. Holy Cross had one final chance trailing by three points in the closing seconds, but a three-point attempt by John Hurley was just off the mark. The Crusaders had opened the game by jumping out to an early 10-0 lead, but the Red Storm came back to tie up the score at 18-18 with 10 minutes to go before the break. Holy Cross was able to pull back in front by seven points later in the half, before St. John's tied the game up at 33-33 heading into the locker room. The score was still tied at 39-39, when a jumper by Darryll Hill and a three-pointer by Elijah Ingram put the Red Storm up by five points with 12:28 left to play. But the Crusaders responded with 14-4 run over the next four minutes to reclaim the lead. But the Holy Cross lead would not grow any larger, as St. John's eventually rallied to win the final minute. Nate Lufkin led the Crusaders with 17 points and three rebounds, while Jave Meade added 12 points, seven assists and five boards. Kyle Cuffe led the Red Storm with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

CRUSADERS LOOKING FOR SIXTH PATRIOT LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON TITLE: During the 2012-2013 campaign, Holy Cross will attempt to win the Patriot League regular season title for the sixth time in school history. The last championship for the Crusaders came in 2006-2007, when they tied for first place in the conference with Bucknell, as both teams posted 13-1 records in league play. Prior to that, Holy Cross won outright Patriot League regular season titles in 2001, 2003 and 2005, while sharing the regular season championship in 1994. The Crusaders' three outright titles are the second-most in league history, and Holy Cross' five total championships are tied for the second-most in conference history with Navy (one outright, four shared), behind only Bucknell (four outright, three shared).

BROWN NOW IN THIRD YEAR WITH CRUSADERS: Milan Brown is in his third season as the head coach at Holy Cross in 2012-2013, with an overall record of 26-36 and a 16-12 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 121-156 (.437). 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).

HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders finished the 2011-2012 season ranked among the top 125 in NCAA Division I leaders for two statistical categories. In addition, several players ended the year among the top 250 in the nation in individual statistics. The rankings:

Category Rank   Player / Team Avg.
Three-Point Percent Defense 24   Holy Cross 30.5
Blocked Shots 52   Holy Cross 4.4
  73   Eric Obeysekere 1.7
  207   Dave Dudzinski 1.1
Free Throw Percent 76   Holy Cross 72.1
Steals 88   R.J. Evans 1.8
Field Goal Percent Defense 121   Holy Cross 42.1
Assist-Turnover Ratio 145   Justin Burrell 1.7
Assists 193   Justin Burrell 3.7
Scoring 216   Devin Brown 14.6
Three-Pointers Made 248   Devin Brown 1.9

CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 331-132 at the Hart Center, including a 1-0 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 118-40 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 76-20 record against Patriot League foes.

HOLY CROSS NAMES CAPTAINS: Senior center Phil Beans, sophomore guard Justin Burrell and junior forward Dave Dudzinski have been selected as the Crusaders' captains for the 2012-2013 season. These three players will take over the leadership role from Devin Brown and R.J. Evans, who served as the Crusaders' captains during the 2011-2012 season.

HOLY CROSS LOOKS TO POST ANOTHER WINNING RECORD IN LEAGUE PLAY: With a 9-5 mark in conference games last year, the Crusaders once again finished the regular season with a winning record in Patriot League play. That marked 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.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year will mark the 94th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1317-885 (.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.

CRUSADERS IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Two current Holy Cross players have already earned spots in the school's all-time record book. Senior forward Eric Obeysekere (Orinda, Calif.) currently ranks seventh all-time at Holy Cross in career blocked shots (98). In addition, senior 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, 2011.

HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Most of the Crusaders' basketball contests during the 2012-2013 season will be carried live over the internet. The games will be streamed by Stretch Internet free of charge, with links to the broadcasts available by clicking here. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre will be in his 26th season calling the play-by-play for Crusader basketball on the radio. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk are in their ninth year on the Holy Cross broadcast crew, and will handle either play-by-play or color commentary for selected games. WCHC 88.1 FM, the Holy Cross student station, will also carry a number of games this year.

CRUSADERS ON TELEVISION: Holy Cross will have at least seven games shown on live television during the 2012-2013 season. The Crusaders had seven television appearances last year, while appearing on television eight times in 2010-2011, 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 2012-2013 season:

Nov. 24 at St. John's: SportsNet New York
Nov. 27 at Providence: Cox Sports
Jan. 12 at Lehigh: CBS Sports Network
Jan. 23 at Lafayette: Lafayette Sports Network
Jan. 26 vs. Bucknell: CBS Sports Network
Jan. 30 vs. Army: Charter TV3
Feb. 17 at American: CBS Sports Network

PATRIOT LEAGUE ALL-ACCESS: Live video streaming of most Patriot League regular season games during the 2012-2013 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 all 2012-2013 Holy Cross home non-conference games will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The package, done in association with Stretch Internet, is available for $8.95 per game. Season packages are also available for men's basketball only ($29.95) or all Holy Cross sports ($99.95). For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision, click here.

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SCOUTING THE RED STORM: St. John's enters the contest with an overall record of 2-2 on the season, and is coming off a 97-78 loss to No. 16 Baylor on Sunday. Sophomore guard D'Angelo Harrison leads the Red Storm with an average of 22.5 points per game so far this season, in addition to pulling down 4.5 rebounds per contest. Sophomore guard Phil Greene has added 14.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game, while freshman forward JaKarr Sampson is chipping in with 10.5 points and 5.5 boards per contest. St. John's is led by Steve Lavin, who is 24-14 in three seasons as the Red Storm's head coach. Lavin's career record stands at 169-92, including seven years as the head coach at UCLA.

DRIBBLES: Freshman guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) totaled 15 points and four rebounds in the season opener at Old Dominion, including the game-winning free throw with 8.9 seconds remaining. His 15 points were the most by a Holy Cross player in his collegiate debut since R.J. Evans scored 15 points against Sacred Heart in 2008. Hamilton is now averaging 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game ... Sophomore forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) has averaged 6.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 blocks per game so far this year, including a career-high 10 points against Texas-San Antonio ... Senior guard Dee Goens (Alpharetta, Ga.) is currently leading the team with an average of 3.0 assists per game this season ... Last season, Holy Cross assistant coach Dan Engelstad took part in Shots from the Heart, a project created by to help raise awareness for the growing problem of heart disease ... Holy Cross' six-game winning streak in 2012 (from Feb. 8-25) was its longest since winning six consecutive contests in 2007 (from Nov. 10-28) ... Holy Cross' victory over Boston College on Nov. 18, 2011, 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' next most previous win over Boston College came on Dec. 1, 2002, when the Eagles were members of the Big East Conference.