Crusaders To Open Patriot League Season At Lehigh

Jordan Stevens

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (8-7, 0-0 PL) vs. Lehigh (10-4, 0-0 PL)
Date: January 12, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Stabler Arena (5,600), Bethlehem, Pa.
Television: CBS Sports Network; Bob Socci, play-by-play; Chris Spatola, color
Holy Cross Radio: WNEB 1230AM, Worcester; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Stretch Internet Game Central
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 35-15
Last Meeting: Lehigh 75, Holy Cross 51 (February 4, 2012; Bethlehem, Pa.)

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
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.

CRUSADERS SET TO OPEN PATRIOT LEAGUE PLAY: Holy Cross will play its first conference game of the 2012-2013 campaign when it travels to Lehigh on Saturday, Jan. 12, for a 2:00 p.m. contest which will be shown live on the CBS Sports Network. Following that game, the Crusaders will head to Navy on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross then plays its Patriot League home opener at the Hart Center against American on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2:00 p.m.

THE SERIES WITH LEHIGH: This will be the 51st meeting between the Crusaders and the Mountain Hawks on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 35-15. The Crusaders have won 21 out of the last 28 meetings between the schools, but Lehigh has been victorious in five of the last nine games. For games played in Bethlehem, the series is tied at 11-11, with the Mountain Hawks winning three straight. The schools first met on Jan. 16, 1976, with Holy Cross posting an 84-60 victory at the Hart Center.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 35-15
In Bethlehem: Tied, 11-11
At Stabler Arena: Tied, 11-11
Milan Brown vs. Lehigh: 2-2    
Brett Reed vs. Holy Cross: 5-5
Current Win Streak: Lehigh, one game
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 4-1

CRUSADERS IN PATRIOT LEAGUE OPENERS: Holy Cross is beginning its 23rd season of play in the Patriot League with the contest at Lehigh. During their first 22 years in the conference, the Crusaders have posted a 15-7 record in their first Patriot League game of the season. Holy Cross has gone 10-3 in league openers over the last 13 years, including four wins over Lafayette (86-57 in 2005-2006; 84-74 in 2006-2007; 81-67 in 2008-2009; 70-65 in 2010-2011); two victories over both Colgate (68-51 in 1999-2000; 68-55 in 2000-2001) and Army (61-45 in 2002-2003; 60-32 in 2003-2004); and one win over both Navy (70-57 in 2001-2002) and Lehigh (84-78 in 2011-2012). The only losses during that time came at Bucknell in 2004-2005 (59-43) and at Lafayette in 2007-2008 (60-52) and 2009-2010 (84-74). The Crusaders also stand 13-9 all-time in their first Patriot League road game of the season, with an 8-5 mark since 1999-2000.

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 15 games played, he has averaged a team-best 16.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per contest, while connecting 51.8 percent (88 of 170) of his field goals and 84.5 percent (60 of 71) of his free throws. During the victory over Columbia, Dudzinski tied his career high by scoring 31 points, while hitting 10 of 14 field goals, two of two three-pointers and nine of nine foul shots. Previously against Yale, he totaled 18 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots. Dudzinski also played well at Boston College, recording 15 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Some of his other top games this year have come against San Francisco (31 points, seven rebounds), Harvard (22 points), Morgan State (20 points, eight rebounds), New Hampshire (19 points, eight rebounds, three steals), Sacred Heart (19 points, five rebounds), Hartford (13 points, career-high 15 rebounds, three assists), St. John's (12 points, five rebounds), Providence (11 points, eight rebounds), Maine (10 points, nine rebounds) and Dartmouth (10 points, four rebounds). 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 the 2010-2011 campaign, 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 641 points, 351 rebounds and 59 blocked shots, while connecting on 51.1 percent (236 of 462) of his field goals and 80.6 percent (145 of 180) of his free throws.

BURRELL LEADS HOLY CROSS FROM THE POINT: 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 15 games played this season, he has averaged 14.1 points, 2.7 assists and 2.2 rebounds per contest, while hitting 92.5 percent (28 of 30) of his free throws. During the victory over Columbia, Burrell recorded 29 points, four assists and three rebounds. Previously against Yale, he totaled 17 points, three assists and two rebounds. Burrell also had a solid game at Harvard, posting 13 points, two rebounds and two assists. A few of his other top performances this season came against Sacred Heart (30 points, five assists, three rebounds), Dartmouth (19 points, four assists), Texas-San Antonio (17 points, three rebounds, two steals), Morgan State (16 points, four assists), Old Dominion (15 points, six rebounds), San Francisco (15 points), St. John's (12 points, five assists) and Hartford (10 points, three assists). 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. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Burrell has now totaled 426 points, 146 assists, 91 rebounds and 28 steals, while making 82.3 percent (102 of 124) of his free throws.

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).

COLUMBIA RECAP: Dave Dudzinski tied his career-high by scoring 31 points, as Holy Cross downed Columbia 78-69 at the Hart Center on Jan. 8, 2013. Justin Burrell also had an excellent night for the Crusaders, totaling 29 points, four assists and three rebounds. Dudzinski hit 10 of 14 field goals on the night, including both of his three-point attempts, and also downed all nine of his shots at the foul line. Burrell shot the ball just as well, hitting nine of 13 field goals, two of three three-pointers and nine of 10 free throws. As a team, Holy Cross connected on 51.0 percent of its shots from the field (26 of 51), 54.5 percent of its three-point attempts (six of 11) and 90.9 percent of its foul shots (20 of 22). The Crusaders also held a 29-24 rebounding advantage on the night, while committing just nine turnovers. The score was close for the majority of the first half, with neither team leading by more than five points for the first 15 minutes of play. The Lions held a 25-23 advantage with 5:25 remaining before the break, when the Crusaders closed out the half with an 11-0 run to claim a 34-25 lead heading into the locker room. Burrell scored eight points during that Holy Cross spurt, and totaled 17 points in the first half. The Crusaders extended their lead to double figures early in the second half, and were up by 14 (43-29) with 16 minutes left to play. A few minutes later, Columbia went on a 7-0 run to get back into the game, eventually closing the margin to five points (53-48) with 8:57 remaining. The Holy Cross lead stayed between five and 10 points for the next several minutes, and the Crusaders were clinging to a seven-point lead (70-63) with 3:37 left on the clock. Holy Cross then used a quick 6-0 spurt to go up by 13 (76-63) and put the game away. The Lions managed to hit a pair of three-pointers in the final minute, trimming the final margin down to nine points.

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 13 games played, Beans has averaged 8.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest, while making 39.6 percent (19 of 48) of his shots from three-point range. During the victory over Dartmouth, he recorded 18 points and three rebounds, while hitting four of six shots from three-point range. Previously at Sacred Heart, Beans totaled 18 points, five rebounds and two assists, and made six of nine field goal attempts. He also had a big game against Maine, leading the team with a career-high 19 points and eight rebounds. Beans previously earned All-Tournament honors at the Liberty Tax Classic after averaging 8.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, including 17 points and six rebounds against Morgan State. In 28 games last year, he 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. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Beans has now recorded 331 points, 196 rebounds and 21 blocked shots.

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.

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 15 games played this year, he has averaged 6.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steals per contest. During the victory over Maine, Stevens posted his first career double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. He previously had 14 points, four rebounds and four steals against Texas-San Antonio. Stevens also scored nine points at Hartford, 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. As a sophomore in 2010-2011, Stevens averaged 7.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 436 points, 180 rebounds and 115 assists, while connecting on 32.3 percent (65 of 201) of his three-point field goal attempts.

THE LAST MEETING WITH LEHIGH: Lehigh's C.J. McCollum totaled 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals, to lead the Mountain Hawks to a 75-51 victory over Holy Cross at Stabler Arena on Feb. 4, 2012. Mike Cavataio led the Crusaders with a season-high 12 points, four rebounds and two assists. The Mountain Hawks shot 46.3 percent from the field (25 of 54) and 81.8 percent at the free throw line (18 of 22), while holding the Crusaders to just 36.0 percent shooting from the floor (18 of 50). Lehigh also held a 37-32 advantage on the glass, and forced Holy Cross to commit 17 turnovers. The Crusaders played well to start the game, jumping out to an 11-7 lead with 14:33 remaining in the first half. The Mountain Hawks scored the next four points to tie the score, and would eventually hold a three-point lead (23-20) with five minutes left before the break. Lehigh then went on an 11-1 run to extend its lead to double figures, and would eventually hold a 40-25 advantage heading into the locker room. The Mountain Hawks' lead stayed in double figures early in the second half, and Holy Cross trimmed the margin to 13 points (55-42) with 11 minutes to go. But a 15-1 spurt over the next six minutes would give Lehigh a 27-point lead and put the game away. The Crusaders would get no closer than 22 points in the closing minutes, before the Mountain Hawks finally posted a 24-point victory. Devin Brown scored 10 points for Holy Cross, while R.J. Evans and Taylor Abt both added seven points. Holden Greiner scored 15 points for Lehigh, and Gabe Knutson had 12 points and six rebounds.

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 31-42 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 126-162 (.438). 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).

HAMILTON STARTS CAREER STRONG: Freshman guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) has been a key player for the Crusaders off the bench this year. Hamilton is currently averaging 5.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. During the victory over Columbia, he totaled eight points, three rebounds and two assists, while hitting three of four field goal attempts. Previously against Dartmouth, Hamilton recorded 10 points, five rebounds and three assists. He also scored 11 points against New Hampshire, while posting 15 points and four rebounds in the season opener at Old Dominion (including the game-winning free throw with 8.9 seconds remaining). Hamilton's 15 points against the Monarchs were the most by a Holy Cross player in his collegiate debut since R.J. Evans scored 15 points against Sacred Heart in 2008.

HOLY CROSS SHINES ON THE DEFENSIVE END: The Crusaders have once again been a strong defensive team so far this season. Through 15 games played, Holy Cross has given up only 61.7 points per contest, while holding the opposition to 40.5 percent shooting from the field and 27.0 percent shooting from three-point range. The Crusaders are also averaging 4.0 blocked shots per game, and are outrebounding the opposition by 1.6 boards per contest. In addition, Holy Cross has held six of its opponents to 60 points or less this season. 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.

MILLER MAKES PRESENCE FELT ON THE WING: Sophomore forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) has become one of the top perimeter players for the Crusaders. In 15 games played so far this season, he has averaged 5.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocks per contest. During the Boston College game, Miller posted a career-high 13 points, four rebounds and two steals. Previously at San Francisco, he totaled eight points, six rebounds and two assists. Earlier in the season, Miller recorded 10 points and seven rebounds against New Hampshire, while scoring 10 points against Texas-San Antonio. As a freshman in 2011-2012, he averaged 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Over the course of his collegiate career, Miller has now totaled 130 points, 124 rebounds, 36 assists, 26 blocked shots and 17 steals.

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

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).

OBEYSEKERE STEPS UP ON FRONT LINE: Senior forward Eric Obeysekere (Orinda, Calif.) has developed into a solid presence for the Crusaders in the low post. After missing the first four games of the season due to injury, he is now averaging 5.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per contest. During the Boston College game, Obeysekere led the team with a career-high 17 points and six rebounds, while hitting seven of eight field goal attempts. Previously at Harvard, he posted six points and five rebounds. A few of Obeysekere's other top games this year have come against Providence (eight points, seven rebounds, two assists), San Francisco (four points, eight rebounds) and Hartford (two points, 10 rebounds). Last season, he averaged 3.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. In 2010-2011, Obeysekere averaged 4.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per contest. Over the course of his career with the Crusaders, he has now totaled 292 points, 388 rebounds and 107 blocked shots.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 94th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1322-891 (.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 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 currently ranks fifth all-time at Holy Cross in career blocked shots (107). 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 IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in six statistical categories, through games of Jan. 6. In addition, junior forward Dave Dudzinski stands among the best in the nation in five individual categories. The rankings:

Category Rank   Player / Team Avg.
Three-Point Percent Defense 6   Holy Cross 26.2
Free Throw Percent 18   Holy Cross 75.8
  128   Dave Dudzinski 82.3
Scoring Defense 74   Holy Cross 61.1
Field Goal Percent Defense 99   Holy Cross 40.2
Blocked Shots 117   Holy Cross 4.1
  189   Dave Dudzinski 1.3
Fewest Personal Fouls 119   Holy Cross 16.9
Rebounding 162   Dave Dudzinski 7.4
Scoring 193   Dave Dudzinski 15.3


CRUSADERS RECORD AT LEAST ONE WIN OVER EVERY PATRIOT LEAGUE SCHOOL: During the 2011-2012 campaign, Holy Cross posted at least one win against all of the other seven schools in the Patriot League. That marked the eighth time the Crusaders 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).

HOLY CROSS OWNS FIVE PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CROWNS: Six 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 12 years. Overall, the Crusaders have made a conference-record 10 appearances in the Patriot League championship game.

CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 334-133 at the Hart Center, including a 4-1 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 121-41 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 76-20 record against Patriot League foes.

HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Ten of the Crusaders' basketball contests during the 2012-2013 season will be carried by Emmanuel Radio, WNEB 1230 AM in Worcester.  Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is 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. All games aired on Emmanuel Radio can also be heard live over the internet by clicking here. Most games not carried on Emmanuel Radio will be streamed by Stretch Internet free of charge, with links to the broadcasts available by clicking here. 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. 21 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 MOUNTAIN HAWKS: Lehigh enters the game with an overall record of 10-4 on the year. The Mountain Hawks had lost two straight games, before posting an 81-46 victory over Division III Muhlenberg on Tuesday. Lehigh's leading scorer, senior guard C.J. McCollum (23.9 points per game) suffered a broken bone in his foot last Saturday at Virginia Commonwealth, and is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks. Without McCollum, senior forward Gabe Knutson has averaged a team-best 15.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Senior forward Holden Greiner (11.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest) and junior guard Mackey McKnight (11.3 points and 5.1 assists per game) are also have strong seasons for the Mountain Hawks. The Mountain Hawks are led by head coach Brett Reed, who stands 104-67 in six seasons at Lehigh. Reed previously served as an assistant coach for the Mountain Hawks from 2002-2007.

DRIBBLES: Holy Cross made 51.0 percent of its field goal attempts (26 of 51) and 54.5 percent of its three-pointers (six of 11) during Tuesday's victory over Columbia. The Crusaders have now won their last seven games in which they have made at least half of their shots from the floor, and are 8-1 in their last nine games when making at least half of their attempts from behind the three-point arc ... Sophomore forward Taylor Abt (Darnestown, Md.) set new career highs with nine points and eight rebounds in the win over New Hampshire. After missing the first three games of the season due to injury, he in averaging 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per contest ... Freshman forward Christopher Morgan (Gloucester, Va.) scored a career-high six points at Providence, while hitting all three of his field goal attempts ... Former Crusader George Kaftan (Class of 1949) was selected as one of the 75 best players in the history of March Madness by the NCAA. In addition, the 1946-1947 Crusaders were chosen as one of the top 25 teams of all-time. From Jan. 9 through March 24, fans can vote on the top 15 all-time players and the best team at 'www.NCAA.com/MarchMadness' ... Last season, Holy Cross assistant coach Dan Engelstad took part in Shots from the Heart, a project created by CollegeInsider.com to help raise awareness for the growing problem of heart disease ... In the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate Report, for the four-class aggregate of entering classes from 2002 through 2005, the Crusader men's basketball team posted a perfect 100 percent graduation rate. Holy Cross' overall Graduation Success Rate for all student-athletes was 98 percent, tied for the fifth-best mark among all Division I schools.