Holy Cross To Play Patriot League Home Opener Against American

Eric Obeysekere

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (9-8, 1-1 PL) vs. American (6-11, 1-1 PL)
Date: January 19, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: Dick Lutsk, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 17-11
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 59, American 52 (February 11, 2012; Worcester, Mass.)

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 RETURN HOME TO FACE AMERICAN: Holy Cross will play its first conference home game of the 2012-2013 campaign when it faces American on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2:00 p.m. The Crusaders will next travel to Lafayette for a contest on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross will then return home for its next two games, taking on Bucknell on Saturday, Jan. 26 (4:00 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network), and Army on Wednesday, Jan. 30 (7:00 p.m. on Charter TV3).

THE SERIES WITH AMERICAN: This will be the 29th meeting between the Crusaders and the Eagles on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 17-11. American has won eight of the last 11 meetings between the schools, but Holy Cross had previously won eight consecutive contests in the series from 2005-2008. For games played in Worcester the Crusaders hold a 10-3 advantage, including three wins in the last four meetings. Holy Cross and American first played on Dec. 21, 1967, with the Crusaders winning 81-57 on the road.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 17-11
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 10-3
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 10-3
Milan Brown vs. American: 3-6
Jeff Jones vs. Holy Cross: 11-16
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-0

CRUSADERS IN PATRIOT LEAGUE HOME OPENERS: Holy Cross is now in its 23rd season of play in the Patriot League, and will play its first league home game of the year against American. During their first 22 seasons in the conference, the Crusaders have posted a 14-8 mark in their opening Patriot League home game of the season. Holy Cross has a 9-4 mark in its opening conference home game over the last 13 years, including victories in six of the last eight seasons. The Crusaders also stand 15-8 in their first overall Patriot League game of the season, following last Saturday's 79-47 loss at Lehigh. Holy Cross has won its opening Patriot League game 10 times in the last 14 years.

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 17 games played, he has averaged a team-best 15.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per contest, while connecting 51.1 percent (96 of 188) of his field goals and 82.5 percent (66 of 80) of his free throws. During the victory at Navy, Dudzinski posted his second double-double of the season with 16 points, 10 rebounds and two assists. Previously against Columbia, he 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. Dudzinski also played well against Yale, totaling 18 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots. 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), Boston College (15 points, six 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 664 points, 366 rebounds and 59 blocked shots, while connecting on 50.8 percent (244 of 480) of his field goals and 79.9 percent (151 of 189) of his free throws.

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 17 games played so far this season, he has averaged 5.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.9 blocks per contest. During the victory at Navy, Miller posted a double-double while tying his career-high in scoring with 13 points and setting a new career-high in rebounds with 13. Previously at Boston College, he recorded 13 points, four rebounds and two steals. Miller also played well at San Francisco, totaling eight points, six rebounds and two assists. A few of his other top performances this season have come against New Hampshire (10 points, seven rebounds) and Texas-San Antonio (10 points). As a freshman in 2011-2012, Miller averaged 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 147 points, 141 rebounds, 43 assists, 26 blocked shots and 18 steals.

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 15 games played, Beans has averaged 8.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest, while making 36.8 percent (21 of 57) of his shots from three-point range and 89.5 percent of his free throws (17 of 19). During the victory at Navy, he totaled 10 points and four rebounds. Previously at Lehigh, Beans totaled 10 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots. He also had a huge game against Dartmouth, recording 18 points and three rebounds, while hitting four of six shots from three-point range. A few of Beans' other top performances this season have come against Maine (career-high 19 points, eight rebounds), Sacred Heart (18 points, five rebounds, two assists) and Morgan State (17 points, six rebounds). 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 351 points, 204 rebounds and 24 blocked shots.

NAVY RECAP: Dave Dudzinski and Malcolm Miller both posted double-doubles, to lead Holy Cross to a 62-47 victory over Navy at Alumni Hall on Jan. 16, 2013. Dudzinski totaled a team-best 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Miller tied his career-high with 13 points and set a new career-high with 13 rebounds. Holy Cross hit 45.8 percent of its field goal attempts (22 of 48) and 40.0 percent of its shots from three-point range (eight of 20) on the night, in addition to holding a 36-23 rebounding advantage. The Crusaders also held the Midshipmen to 40.8 percent shooting from the floor (20 of 49) and 27.8 percent shooting from beyond the three-point arc (five of 18). The score was tied at 9-9 after the first five minutes of play, when Holy Cross went on a 6-0 run to claim a 15-9 advantage. Navy was able to close the margin down to one point (20-19) with 7:57 left in the first half, before the Crusaders scored the next five points to go back up by six (25-19). Holy Cross extended its lead to seven points late in the half, and eventually took a 31-27 advantage into the locker room. After Navy scored the first basket of the second half, the Crusaders used a 9-0 run to increase their edge to 11 points (40-29). The Holy Cross lead would stay between five and 11 points for the next several minutes, and the score was 51-44 with 7:07 remaining in regulation. The Crusaders then stepped up on the defensive end, holding the Midshipmen scoreless for the next 6:16 and scoring eight straight points to put the game away. Phil Beans totaled 10 points and four rebounds for Holy Cross, while Taylor Abt added seven points and two boards. Navy was led by Worth Smith with 17 points and five rebounds.

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 17 games played this season, he has averaged 13.7 points, 2.5 assists and 2.1 rebounds per contest, while hitting 93.5 percent (43 of 46) of his free throws. During the Lehigh game, Burrell led the team with 16 points. Previously against Columbia, he recorded 29 points, four assists and three rebounds. Burrell also had a solid game against Yale, totaling 17 points, three assists and two rebounds. A few of his other top performances this season came against Sacred Heart (career-high 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), Harvard (13 points, two rebounds, two assists), 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 447 points, 149 assists, 94 rebounds and 28 steals, while making 83.1 percent (108 of 130) of his free throws.

HOLY CROSS SHINES ON THE DEFENSIVE END: The Crusaders have once again been a strong defensive team so far this season. Through 17 games played, Holy Cross has given up only 61.8 points per contest, while holding the opposition to 41.2 percent shooting from the field and 28.4 percent shooting from three-point range. The Crusaders are also averaging 3.8 blocked shots per game, and are outrebounding the opposition by 1.4 boards per contest. In addition, Holy Cross has held seven 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.

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 AMERICAN: Devin Brown totaled 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists, to lead Holy Cross to a 59-52 victory over American at the Hart Center on Feb. 11, 2012. Dave Dudzinski added 10 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots for the Crusaders. Holy Cross shot 43.2 percent from the field (22 of 51), while holding American to 32.2 percent shooting (19 of 59). The Crusaders also held a 43-32 advantage on the glass. After Holy Cross scored the first four points of the game, the Eagles went on a 13-1 run over the next six minutes to pull ahead by eight points (13-5). The Crusaders used a 7-0 spurt to close the gap, and American would later lead 20-18 with 5:33 left before the break. Holy Cross then closed out the half with a 10-0 run, including five points from Justin Burrell, to take a 28-20 lead into the locker room. The Eagles chipped away at the lead early in the second half, trimming the margin to five points (34-29) with 14 minutes remaining. But the Crusaders responded with a 12-2 run over the next five minutes, to take their biggest lead of the game, 46-31 with nine minutes to go. Holy Cross was still up by 11 (53-42) at the 4:57-mark, when American used a 7-0 spurt to make the score 53-49 with 2:22 remaining. But the Crusaders did not allow the Eagles to score again until less than five seconds remained, and held on for the win despite hitting just six of 12 free throws in the last two minutes. Burrell finished the game with eight points, three rebounds and three assists, while junior guard R.J. Evans added six points, eight rebounds and two assists. American was led by Charles Hinkle with 14 points on four of 18 shooting from the field.

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 32-43 and a 17-13 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 127-163 (.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).

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 17 games played this year, he has averaged 5.6 points, 2.8 assists, 2.8 rebounds 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. A few of Stevens' other top games this season have come against Hartford (nine points), Yale (eight points, six assists, five rebounds, two steals) and Morgan State (seven points, two rebounds). 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 442 points, 183 rebounds and 121 assists, while connecting on 32.1 percent (67 of 209) of his three-point field goal attempts.

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).

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 2.5 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 LOOKS TO POST ANOTHER WINNING RECORD IN LEAGUE PLAY: During the 2012-2013 season, the Crusaders are attempting to post a winning record in Patriot League play for the 15th time in school history. Last year, Holy Cross finished 9-5 in conference play for its 14th winning record against league opponents in the conference'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.

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. He is currently averaging 4.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game, despite missing six contests due to either injury or illness. 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.

HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in four statistical categories, through games of Jan. 13. In addition, junior forward Dave Dudzinski and sophomore guard Justin Burrell stand among the best in the nation in various individual categories. The rankings:

Category Rank   Player / Team Avg.
Free Throw Percent 5   Justin Burrell 93.2
  11   Holy Cross 76.6
  76   Dave Dudzinski 84.4
Three-Point Percent Defense 18   Holy Cross 28.4
Field Goal Percent 85   Davd Dudzinski 50.6
  184   Justin Burrell 45.6
Scoring Defense 95   Holy Cross 62.8
Scoring 149   Dave Dudzinski 15.8
Fewest Personal Fouls 121   Holy Cross 16.9
Rebounding 231   Dave Dudzinski 6.8
Blocked Shots 243   Dave Dudzinski 1.1


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.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 94th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1323-892 (.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 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 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.

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 was available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The package, done in association with Stretch Internet, was available for $8.95 per game. Season packages were also available for men's basketball only ($29.95) or all Holy Cross sports ($99.95). For more details on Crusader Vision, click here.

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SCOUTING THE EAGLES: American has an overall record of 6-11 on the season, including a 1-1 mark in the Patriot League. The Eagles have lost six of their last eight games, and are coming off a 63-57 setback against Lehigh on Wednesday night. The leading scorer for American is senior forward Stephen Lumpkins, who has averaged 14.6 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots per game. Senior guard Daniel Munoz has added 10.5 points, 3.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds per contest, while senior guard Blake Jolivette is chipping in with 10.0 points per game. The Eagles are led by head coach Jeff Jones, who owns a 208-173 record in 13 seasons at American. Jones' career record stands at 354-277, including eight years as the head coach at the University of Virginia.

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 the victory over Columbia on Jan. 8. 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 2.4 points and 2.1 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.