GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (10-10, 2-3 PL) vs. Army (9-11, 2-3 PL)
Date: January 30, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Television: Charter TV3; Kevin Shea, play-by-play; Kevin Wells, color
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, 57-17
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 82, Army 51 (February 22, 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 PLAY HOST TO ARMY: Holy Cross continues a stretch in which it will play four out of five games at home, with a contest against Army on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7:00 p.m. on Charter TV3. The Crusaders will then hit the road on Saturday, Feb. 2, for a 2:00 p.m. game at Colgate. Holy Cross will follow that up with two more home contests, playing host to Lehigh on Saturday, Feb. 9, and Navy on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
THE SERIES WITH ARMY: This will be the 75th meeting between the Crusaders and the Black Knights on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 57-17. The Crusaders have won 20 out of the last 23 meetings in the series, although all three of Army's victories during that time have come in the last five years. For games played in Worcester, Holy Cross holds a 32-4 advantage, but the Black Knights have won two of their last five visits to the Hart Center. The schools first met on Feb. 22, 1926, with Army posting a 41-27 victory at West Point.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 57-17
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 32-4
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 31-4
Milan Brown vs. Army: 3-1
Zach Spiker vs. Holy Cross: 2-4
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-1
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 20 games played, he has averaged a team-best 16.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per contest, while connecting 50.2 percent (115 of 229) of his field goals and 84.0 percent (79 of 94) of his free throws. During the Bucknell game, Dudzinski led the team with 26 points and five rebounds. Previously at Lafayette, he recorded 13 points and five rebounds. Dudzinski also played well against American, posting this third double-double of the season with 14 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Some of his other top games this year have come against San Francisco (31 points, seven rebounds), Columbia (31 points), Harvard (22 points), Morgan State (20 points, eight rebounds), New Hampshire (19 points, eight rebounds, three steals), Sacred Heart (19 points, five rebounds), Yale (18 points, nine rebounds, four blocks), Navy (16 points, 10 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 717 points, 386 rebounds and 64 blocked shots, while connecting on 50.5 percent (263 of 521) of his field goals and 80.8 percent (164 of 203) 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 20 games played, Holy Cross has given up only 62.0 points per contest, while holding the opposition to 41.2 percent shooting from the field and 29.1 percent shooting from three-point range. The Crusaders are also averaging 3.8 blocked shots per game, and are outrebounding the opposition by 1.6 boards per contest. In addition, Holy Cross has held eight 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.
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 20 games played this season, he has averaged 12.9 points, 3.0 assists and 2.1 rebounds per contest, while hitting 91.7 percent (44 of 48) of his free throws. During the Bucknell game, Burrell recorded 11 points, three rebounds and three assists. Previously at Lafayette, he totaled 10 points, five assists and two rebounds. Burrell also played well against American, handing out a career-high nine assists while scoring three points. A few of his other top performances this season have come against Sacred Heart (career-high 30 points, five assists, three rebounds), Columbia (29 points, four assists, three rebounds), Dartmouth (19 points, four assists), Yale (17 points, three assists, two rebounds), Texas-San Antonio (17 points, three rebounds, two steals), Morgan State (16 points, four assists), Lehigh (16 points), 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 471 points, 166 assists, 100 rebounds and 29 steals, while making 82.6 percent (109 of 132) of his free throws.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 94th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1324-894 (.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.
BUCKNELL RECAP: Dave Dudzinski scored a game-high 26 points, but Holy Cross was defeated by Bucknell 65-58 at the Hart Center. The Crusaders made 85.0 percent on their free throws on the afternoon (17 of 20), and held a 31-29 rebounding advantage. But Holy Cross was able to hit only 34.0 percent of its shots from the floor (18 of 53), while the Bison connected on 46.5 percent of their field goal attempts (20 of 43). Dudzinski started the game by hitting his first four shots on the Crusaders' first four possessions, as Holy Cross jumped out to a quick 8-4 lead. But the Crusaders then went cold from the field, and Bucknell used a 10-0 run over the next seven minutes to pull in front. The Bison would extend their lead to eight points (26-18) with 5:19 left in the half, before Holy Cross scored the next six points to make it a two-point game (26-24). Bucknell eventually took a 32-28 advantage into the locker room. Jordan Stevens hit a three-pointer to open the second half, trimming the Bison lead down to one point (32-31). But Bucknell responded with a 9-1 run to expand the margin to nine points (41-32) with 16 minutes remaining. The Bison lead would stay between five and nine points for the next several minutes, until a three-point play by Dudzinski made the score 53-49 with 4:41 on the clock. But that was as close as the Crusaders would get, as Bucknell drained 10 of 12 free throws in the final three minutes to hold on for the win. Justin Burrell finished the game with 11 points, three rebounds and three assists for Holy Cross. The Bison were led by Joe Willman with 16 points and six rebounds, while Bryson Johnson added 16 points and three assists.
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 18 games played, he has averaged 9.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest, while making 39.4 percent (28 of 71) of his shots from three-point range and 87.0 percent of his free throws (20 of 23). Beans has stepped up his play against Patriot League opponents, averaging 10.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in conference play, while scoring in double figures four times. During the Lafayette game, he led the team with 14 points and three rebounds. Previously against American, Beans totaled 10 points and six rebounds. He also played well at Navy, posting 10 points and four rebounds. 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), Dartmouth (18 points, three rebounds), Morgan State (17 points, six rebounds) and Lehigh (10 points, four rebounds, two blocks). 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 383 points, 217 rebounds and 26 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 20 games played this year, Stevens has averaged 6.1 points, 2.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals per contest. During the victory over American, he led the team with a career-high 18 points, three assists and two rebounds. Earlier in the season against Maine, Stevens posted his first career double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. He also played well against Texas-San Antonio, totaling 14 points, four rebounds and four steals. 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 468 points, 187 rebounds and 127 assists, while connecting on 33.5 percent (73 of 218) of his three-point field goal attempts.
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.
THE LAST MEETING WITH ARMY: 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 remaining. 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.
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 20 games played so far this season, he has averaged 5.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 blocks per contest. During the victory over American, Miller filled up the stat line with a career-high 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals. Previously at Navy, he posted his first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Miller also played well at Boston College, recording 13 points, four rebounds and two steals. A few of his other top performances this season have come against New Hampshire (10 points, seven rebounds), Texas-San Antonio (10 points) and San Francisco (eight points, six rebounds, two assists). 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 166 points, 158 rebounds, 48 assists, 29 blocked shots and 21 steals.
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 33-45 and a 18-15 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 128-165 (.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).
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 4.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game, despite missing seven 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, 392 rebounds and 108 blocked shots.
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 5.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. During the victory over American, he recorded 13 points and two assists, while hitting four of six attempts from three-point range. Previously against Columbia, Hamilton totaled eight points, three rebounds and two assists. He also played well against Dartmouth, finishing with 10 points, five rebounds and two assists. A few of Hamilton's other top games this season have come against Old Dominion (15 points, four rebounds) and New Hampshire (11 points). His 15 points against Old Dominion 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 IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in five statistical categories, through games of Jan. 27. In addition, junior forward Dave Dudzinski stands among the best in the nation in five individual categories. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg.|
|Free Throw Percent||16||Holy Cross||75.5|
|Three-Point Percent Defense||21||Holy Cross||29.1|
|Scoring Defense||75||Holy Cross||62.0|
|Field Goal Percent||83||Dave Dudzinski||50.2|
|Fewest Turnovers||103||Holy Cross||12.7|
|Field Goal Percent Defense||120||Holy Cross||41.2|
|Blocked Shots||247||Dave Dudzinski||1.1|
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).
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.
CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 335-134 at the Hart Center, including a 5-2 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 122-42 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 77-21 record against Patriot League foes.
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 (108). In addition, junior forward Dave Dudzinski presently stands in fifth place all-time in career free throw percentage (.808).
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: Eight 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 BLACK KNIGHTS: Army enters the game with an overall record of 9-11 and a 2-3 mark in the Patriot League. The Black Knights had lost five of their last seven games, but are coming off a 77-64 victory over American on Saturday. Senior forward Ella Ellis leads the team by averaging 16.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, while hitting 40.0 percent (44 of 110) of his three-point field goal attempts. Freshman guard Kyle Wilson is also enjoying a strong year, averaging 12.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per contest. Army is led by Zach Spiker, who stands 46-63 in his fourth season as the Black Knights' head coach. Prior to his time with Army, Spiker served as an assistant coach at Cornell, West Virginia and Winthrop.
DRIBBLES: During the Bucknell game on Jan. 26, 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 ... Holy Cross made 52.6 percent of its field goal attempts (30 of 57) and 61.9 percent of its three-pointers (13 of 21) during the victory over American on Jan. 19. The Crusaders have now won their last eight games in which they have made at least half of their shots from the floor, and are 9-1 in their last 10 games when making at least half of their attempts from behind the three-point arc ... Holy Cross' .619 three-point field goal percentage against American on Jan. 19 was its best in a single game since hitting 66.7 percent of its three-point at Bucknell on March 3, 2010, in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament ... 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 2.3 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' ... 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.