Holy Cross To Meet Navy On Tuesday Night
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (10-13, 2-6 PL) vs. Navy (7-17, 1-7 PL)
Date: February 12, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
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Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 36-18
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 62, Navy 47 (January 16, 2013; Annapolis, Md.)
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos., No., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl.
F, 12, Christopher Morgan, 6-7, 215, Fr.
F, 13, Malcolm Miller, 6-6, 190, So.
C, 50, Dave Dudzinski, 6-9, 227, Jr.
G, 3, Justin Burrell, 5-9, 165, So.
G, 5, Cullen Hamilton, 6-3, 185, Fr.
CRUSADERS PLAY HOST TO NAVY: Holy Cross wraps up a two-game homestand when it faces Navy on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders are currently in seventh place in the Patriot League with a 2-6 mark in conference games, while the Midshipmen stand in eighth place at 1-7. Holy Cross then hits the road to face American on Sunday, Feb. 17 (12:00 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network), before returning home to take on Lafayette on Wednesday, Feb. 20 (7:00 p.m.).
THE SERIES WITH NAVY: This will be the 55th meeting between the Crusaders and the Midshipmen on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 36-18. The Crusaders have won five straight and seven of the last eight games between the schools. Holy Cross was also victorious in 16 straight meetings in the series from 2001-2007, while the Midshipmen won eight straight from 1997-2000. For games played in Worcester, Holy Cross holds an 18-6 advantage. The schools first met on March 20, 1947, with Holy Cross posting a 55-47 victory at Madison Square Garden in the NCAA Tournament East Regional Semifinals.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 36-18
In Worcester: Holy Cross, 18-6
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross, 18-6
Milan Brown vs. Navy: 8-2
Ed DeChellis vs. Holy Cross: 0-3
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, five games
In Overtime: Navy 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 23 games played, he has averaged a team-best 15.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per contest, while connecting 49.1 percent (130 of 265) of his field goals and 83.5 percent (86 of 103) of his free throws. During the Lehigh game, Dudzinski led the team with 13 points, five rebounds and two steals. Previously at Colgate, he recorded 15 points and eight rebounds. Dudzinski also had a solid game against Army, totaling 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Some of his other top games this year have come at San Francisco (31 points, seven rebounds), against Columbia (31 points), against Bucknell (26 points, five rebounds), at Harvard (22 points), against Morgan State (20 points, eight rebounds), against New Hampshire (19 points, eight rebounds, three steals), at Sacred Heart (19 points, five rebounds), against Yale (18 points, nine rebounds, four blocks), at Navy (16 points, 10 rebounds), at Boston College (15 points, six rebounds), against American (14 points, 10 rebounds), at Hartford (13 points, career-high 15 rebounds, three assists), at Lafayette (13 points, five rebounds), at St. John's (12 points, five rebounds), at Providence (11 points, eight rebounds), against Maine (10 points, nine rebounds) and against 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 757 points, 406 rebounds and 66 blocked shots, while connecting on 49.9 percent (278 of 557) of his field goals and 80.7 percent (171 of 212) of his free throws.
CRUSADERS LOOK TO TURN IT AROUND IN THE SECOND HALF: During Milan Brown's tenure as Holy Cross' head coach, the Crusaders have had much more success in Patriot League play during the second half of the conference season. Holy Cross will look to continue that trend this year, after posting a 2-5 mark in the first half of Patriot League play. Since the beginning of the 2010-2011 campaign, the Crusaders stand just 8-13 the first time through the conference schedule, with a losing record every year. But Holy Cross has responded with a 10-5 mark the second time it faces each league foe, winning marks in each of the last two seasons.
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 23 games played this season, he has averaged 12.4 points, 3.1 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 92.6 percent (50 of 54) 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 at Sacred Heart (career-high 30 points, five assists, three rebounds), against Columbia (29 points, four assists, three rebounds), against Dartmouth (19 points, four assists), against Yale (17 points, three assists, two rebounds), against Texas-San Antonio (17 points, three rebounds, two steals), against Morgan State (16 points, four assists), at Lehigh (16 points), at Old Dominion (15 points, six rebounds), at San Francisco (15 points), at Harvard (13 points, two rebounds, two assists), at St. John's (12 points, five assists) and at 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 500 points, 178 assists, 105 rebounds and 30 steals, while making 83.3 percent (115 of 138) 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 23 games played, Holy Cross has given up only 63.0 points per contest, while holding the opposition to 41.5 percent shooting from the field and 29.8 percent shooting from three-point range. The Crusaders are also averaging 3.8 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.
LEHIGH RECAP: Lehigh's Mackey McKnight totaled 22 points, five rebounds and four assists, to lead the Mountain Hawks to a 68-61 victory over Holy Cross at the Hart Center on Feb. 9, 2013. Following the game, McKnight received the Martin J. O'Malley Award as the most valuable player of the Crusaders' Winter Homecoming game. Dave Dudzinski led Holy Cross with 13 points, five rebounds and two steals, while Malcolm Miller added 10 points, nine rebounds and three assists. The Crusaders outrebounded the Mountain Hawks 37-30 in the game, but also committed 15 turnovers and hit only 41.7 percent of their field goal attempts (25 of 60). The score was close early on, and Holy Cross held an 8-6 lead after the first four minutes of play. Lehigh then used a 9-0 run to pull in front, and would go up by nine points (19-10) with 11:27 to go before the break. The Crusaders were able to trim the margin down to three points (27-24) late in the half, before the Mountain Hawks took a 33-27 lead into the locker room. Lehigh was still up by six points (37-31) with 16:21 remaining in regulation, when Holy Cross used an 8-0 run to pull back in front. Phil Beans scored five of the Crusaders' points during that spurt. Holy Cross was later clinging to a three-point lead (47-44) with 10 minutes left to play, when the Mountain Hawks used a 15-4 run to pull back in front for good. McKnight would then hit seven of eight free throws in the final minute as Lehigh held on for the victory.
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 21 games played, he has averaged 9.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest, while making 42.1 percent (32 of 76) of his shots from three-point range and 90.3 percent of his free throws (28 of 31). Beans has stepped up his play against Patriot League opponents, averaging 10.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in conference play, while scoring in double figures six times. During the game at Colgate, he finished with 10 points and three rebounds. Previously against Army, Beans recorded 13 points and three rebounds. He also played well at Lafayette, leading the team with 14 points and three rebounds. A few of Beans' other top performances this season have come against Maine (career-high 19 points, eight rebounds), at Sacred Heart (18 points, five rebounds, two assists), against Dartmouth (18 points, three rebounds), against Morgan State (17 points, six rebounds), against American (10 points, six rebounds), at Lehigh (10 points, four rebounds, two blocks) and at 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 411 points, 224 rebounds and 26 blocked shots, while connecting on 39.0 percent (53 of 136) of his three-point field goals and 81.1 percent (60 of 74) 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 (265 of 347) of its foul shots this year. Sophomore guard Justin Burrell leads the team by hitting 92.6 percent (50 of 54) of his free throws, while senior center Phil Beans has made 90.3 percent (28 of 31) of his attempts at the charity stripe and junior forward Dave Dudzinski has knocked down 83.5 percent (86 of 103) 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 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 NAVY: 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.
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 23 games played so far this season, he has averaged 5.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.9 blocks per contest. During the Lehigh game, Miller totaled 10 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Previously against American, he filled up the stat line with a career-high 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals. Miller also played well at Navy, posting his first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. A few of his other top performances this season have come at Boston College (13 points, four rebounds, two steals), against New Hampshire (10 points, seven rebounds), against Texas-San Antonio (10 points), against Army (nine points, five rebounds, two assists) and at 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 185 points, 176 rebounds, 53 assists, 30 blocked shots and 22 steals.
CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 335-136 at the Hart Center, including a 5-4 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 122-44 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 77-23 record against Patriot League foes.
STEVENS STEPS INTO PROMINENT ROLE: Senior guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.) has become one of the Crusaders' top players on the wing this year, after serving as a key reserve last season. In 23 games played this year, Stevens has averaged 5.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 0.9 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 at Hartford (nine points), against Yale (eight points, six assists, five rebounds, two steals) and against 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, 195 rebounds and 132 assists, while connecting on 33.6 percent (75 of 223) of his three-point field goal attempts.
HAMILTON STARTS CAREER STRONG: Freshman guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) has been a key player for the Crusaders on the wing this year. Hamilton is currently averaging 5.7 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, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 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 at Providence (eight points, seven rebounds, two assists), against Lehigh (six points, eight rebounds), at San Francisco (four points, eight rebounds) and at 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 304 points, 408 rebounds and 115 blocked shots.
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 33-48 and an 18-18 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 128-168 (.432). The 16th head coach in the history of the program, he came to Holy Cross after spending the previous seven seasons as head coach at Mount St. Mary's. During his final three years at Mount St. Mary's, Brown led the Mountaineers to three straight winning seasons and a pair of postseason appearances. His teams posted a 54-44 record (.551) during those three years, including a 35-19 mark (.648) in Northeast Conference play. During the 2007-2008 campaign, Brown led Mount St. Mary's to the first NCAA Division I Tournament victory in school history (69-60 over Coppin State).
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in three statistical categories, through games of Feb. 10. In addition, junior forward Dave Dudzinski stands among the best in the nation in four individual categories. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg.|
|Free Throw Percent||8||Holy Cross||76.4|
|Three-Point Percent Defense||32||Holy Cross||29.8|
|Field Goal Percent||91||Dave Dudzinski||49.1|
|Scoring Defense||98||Holy Cross||63.0|
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 94th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1324-897 (.596), 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 (115). In addition, junior forward Dave Dudzinski presently stands in sixth place all-time in career free throw percentage (.807).
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 CROSSON 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 MIDSHIPMEN: Navy has an overall record of 7-17 on the season, including an 1-7 mark in the Patriot League. The Midshipmen have lost their last five games, and are coming off a 70-47 setback against Lafayette on Saturday. The Midshipmen are led by sophomore forward Worth Smith with averages of 10.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game this year. Freshman guard Tilman Dunbar has added 9.9 points, 5.1 assists and 2.5 rebounds per contest, while sophomore guard Brandon Venturini has chipped in with 8.8 points per game. Navy is led by head coach Ed DeChellis, who stands 10-43 in two seasons with the Midshipmen. DeChellis' career record stands at 229-274, including eight seasons at Penn State and seven years at East Tennessee State.
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 ... Freshman forward Christopher Morgan (Gloucester, Va.) scored a career-high six points at Providence, then posted four points and a career-best six rebounds against Lehigh in his first career start ... 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.