Crusaders Head To Colgate On Saturday

Dee Goens

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (10-11, 2-4 PL) vs. Colgate (8-14, 2-4 PL)
Date: February 2, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Cotterell Court (3,100), Hamilton, N.Y.
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: WNEB 1230AM, Worcester; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Sidearm Stats
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 53-19
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 65, Colgate 58 (February 25, 2012; Hamilton, N.Y.)

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 HIT THE ROAD TO FACE COLGATE: After playing three of its last four games at home, Holy Cross returns to the road on Saturday, Feb. 2, when it travels to Colgate for a contest at 2:00 p.m. The Crusaders will then begin another stretch in which they play three out of four games at home with a contest against Lehigh on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 4:00 p.m. Holy Cross will follow that up with a home game against Navy (Feb. 12), a contest at American (Feb. 17) and a home date with Lafayette (Feb. 20).

THE SERIES WITH COLGATE: This will be the 73rd meeting between the Crusaders and the Raiders on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 53-19. The Crusaders have won the last three games in the series, and prior to that Colgate had posted three straight victories. Over the last 19 seasons, Holy Cross holds a 24-17 lead in the series, but previously the Crusaders had won 29 of the first 31 meetings between the schools. For games played in Hamilton, the Crusaders hold a 22-10 advantage, with a 19-10 mark at Cotterell Court. The schools first met on Feb. 11, 1947, with Holy Cross posting a 67-39 victory at the Boston Garden.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 53-19
In Hamilton: Holy Cross leads, 22-10
At Cotterell Court: Holy Cross leads, 19-10
Milan Brown vs. Colgate: 3-1
Matt Langel vs. Holy Cross: 0-2
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, three games
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 21 games played, he has averaged a team-best 15.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per contest, while connecting 48.8 percent (119 of 244) of his field goals and 84.7 percent (83 of 98) of his free throws. During the Army game, Dudzinski totaled 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Previously against Bucknell, he led the team with 26 points and five rebounds. Dudzinski also played well at Lafayette, recording 13 points and five rebounds. 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), American (14 points, 10 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 729 points, 393 rebounds and 66 blocked shots, while connecting on 49.8 percent (267 of 536) of his field goals and 81.2 percent (168 of 207) 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 21 games played, Holy Cross has given up only 62.8 points per contest, while holding the opposition to 41.4 percent shooting from the field and 29.6 percent shooting from three-point range. The Crusaders are also averaging 4.0 blocked shots per game, and are outrebounding the opposition by 1.0 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 21 games played this season, he has averaged 12.9 points, 3.1 assists and 2.1 rebounds per contest, while hitting 92.3 percent (48 of 52) of his free throws. During the Army game, Burrell led the team with 14 points, six assists and three rebounds. Previously against Bucknell, he recorded 11 points, three rebounds and three assists. Burrell also had a solid game at Lafayette, totaling 10 points, five assists and two rebounds. 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 485 points, 172 assists, 103 rebounds and 29 steals, while making 83.1 percent (113 of 136) 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 1324-895 (.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.

ARMY RECAP: Army's Ella Ellis totaled 23 points and six rebounds, to lead the Black Knights to an 80-66 victory over Holy Cross at the Hart Center on Jan. 30, 2013. Justin Burrell led the Crusaders with 14 points, six assists and three rebounds. Phil Beans finished with 13 points and three rebounds, while Dave Dudzinski added 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. The game was close early on, and Army held a 9-8 advantage after the first six minutes of play. Holy Cross then went on an 8-0 to claim its largest lead of the night (16-9) with 10:57 remaining in the first half. The Crusaders were still up by three (29-26) with four minutes to go before the break, when the Black Knights used a 7-0 spurt to pull back in front. Army would eventually take a 38-34 advantage into the locker room. Holy Cross was able to trim the margin down to two points (44-42) early in the second half, before the Black Knights scored the next six points to go back in front by eight (50-42). The Army lead would stay in single digits for the majority of the half, and the Crusaders were able to make it a four-point game (68-64) with 4:03 left after a pair of free throws by Dudzinski. But Holy Cross would not score again until less than a minute remained, as the Black Knights ran off 10 straight points to put the game away. Army held a 37-26 rebounding advantage on the night, and also forced the Crusaders to commit 15 turnovers while giving the ball away only 11 times themselves. The Black Knights also connected on all 17 of their foul shots, while Holy Cross went 16 of 17 at the line (94.1 percent).

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 19 games played, he has averaged 9.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest, while making 39.7 percent (29 of 73) of his shots from three-point range and 89.7 percent of his free throws (26 of 29). Beans has stepped up his play against Patriot League opponents, averaging 10.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in conference play, while scoring in double figures five times. During the Army, game, he recorded 13 points and three rebounds. Previously at Lafayette, Beans led the team with 14 points and three rebounds. He also played well against American, totaling 10 points and six 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), Lehigh (10 points, four rebounds, two blocks) and Navy (10 points, four 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 396 points, 220 rebounds and 26 blocked shots, while connecting on 37.6 percent (50 of 133) of his three-point field goals and 80.6 percent (58 of 72) of his free throws.

CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross has been an excellent free throw shooting team during the 2012-2013 season, making 76.4 percent (253 of 331) of its foul shots this year. Sophomore guard Justin Burrell leads the team by hitting 92.3 percent (48 of 52) of his free throws, while senior center Phil Beans has made 89.7 percent (26 of 29) of his attempts at the charity stripe and junior forward Dave Dudzinski has knocked down 84.7 percent (83 of 98) of his foul shots. The Crusaders are on pace to post the second-best single-season free throw percentage in school history. The record is currently held by the 1961-1962 Holy Cross squad, which knocked down 77.6 percent (505 of 651) of its free throws. The last time the Crusaders made at least 75 percent of their foul shots for an entire season came in 1978-1979 (75.1 percent, 560 of 746).

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.

THE LAST MEETING WITH COLGATE: R.J. Evans totaled 14 points and seven rebounds, to lead Holy Cross to a 65-58 victory over Colgate at Cotterell Court on Feb. 25, 2012. Justin Burrell added 10 points and five assists for the Crusaders, while Dave Dudzinski finished with 10 points and five rebounds. The Crusaders shot 48.0 percent from the field (24 of 50), and committed just six turnovers on the day. Holy Cross also held Colgate to 37.0 percent shooting from the field (20 of 54) and 33.3 percent shooting from three-point range (seven of 21). The score was tied at 5-5 early on, when the Crusaders went on a 9-0 run to claim a 14-5 advantage. A few minutes later the Raiders used an 8-1 spurt to trim the margin down to two points (22-20), and Holy Cross would lead 24-21 with 6:38 left in the half. The Crusaders then used a 14-3 run to increase their lead to 14 points (38-24) heading into the locker room. The Holy Cross lead would remain in between nine and 15 points for the majority of the second half, and the Crusaders would eventually hold a 57-46 advantage with 4:28 left to play. A three-pointer by Colgate's Mitch Rolls cut the margin to eight points, before neither team scored again for almost three minutes. The Raiders would then trim the lead to six points with just over a minute remaining, before Holy Cross made six of eight free throws in the final minute to hold on for the win. Dee Goens recorded nine points and three rebounds for the Crusaders, while Eric Obeysekere had seven points and five rebounds. Rolls led Colgate with 14 points, four rebounds and three assists.

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 21 games played this year, Stevens has averaged 6.1 points, 2.6 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 474 points, 191 rebounds and 128 assists, while connecting on 33.9 percent (75 of 221) of his three-point field goal attempts.

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 21 games played so far this season, he has averaged 5.9 points, 5.6 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), Army (nine points, five rebounds, two assists) 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 175 points, 163 rebounds, 50 assists, 30 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 33-46 and a 18-16 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 128-166 (.435). 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 5.8 points and 2.5 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.

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, 4.6 rebounds and 0.9 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 296 points, 393 rebounds and 112 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).

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
  75   Dave Dudzinski 84.0
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
Scoring 123   Dave Dudzinski 16.1
Rebounding 205   Dave Dudzinski 6.9
Blocked Shots 247   Dave Dudzinski 1.1


CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 335-135 at the Hart Center, including a 5-3 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 122-43 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 77-22 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 (112). In addition, junior forward Dave Dudzinski presently stands in fifth place all-time in career free throw percentage (.812).

HOLY CROSS PICKED FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL: In the 2012-2013 Patriot League preseason poll, the Crusaders were picked to finish in fourth place in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. Holy Cross 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).

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 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.

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 RAIDERS: Colgate has an overall record of 8-14 on the season, including a 2-4 mark in the Patriot League. The Raiders had won two straight games, before suffering a 69-40 loss at Lafayette on Wednesday night. Colgate's leading scorer is junior forward Murphy Burnatowski, who has averaged 17.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game so far this season. Junior guard Pat Moore has added 10.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per contest, while senior guard Mitch Rolls is chipping in with 7.1 points and 3.0 assists per game. Colgate is led by head coach Matt Langel, who owns a 16-36 record in two seasons with the Raiders. Prior to his time at Colgate, Langel served as an assistant coach at Temple and Pennsylvania for seven years.

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 attempts 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 2.2 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.