Men's Basketball Returns Home To Face Lafayette
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (11-14, 3-7 PL) vs. Lafayette (13-14, 6-4 PL)
Date: February 20, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
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Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 33-21
Last Meeting: Lafayette 63, Holy Cross 53 (January 23, 2013; Easton, Pa.)
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 COME HOME TO PLAY LAFAYETTE: Holy Cross returns to action when it plays host to Lafayette on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders are currently in seventh place in the Patriot League with a 3-7 mark in conference games, while the Leopards stand in third place at 6-4. Following the contest with Lafayette, Holy Cross hits the road once again for a pair of games at Bucknell (Sunday, Feb. 24, 12:00 p.m.) and Army (Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7:00 p.m.). The Crusaders will then close out the regular season at home against Colgate (Saturday, March 2, 12:00 p.m.).
THE SERIES WITH LAFAYETTE: This will be the 55th meeting between the Crusaders and the Leopards on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 33-21. The Leopards have won two straight and five of the last six meetings between the schools, although the teams have split the regular season series in each of the last three seasons. The Crusaders hold a 19-7 advantage for games played in Worcester, but Lafayette has won its last three trips to the Hart Center. The schools first met on Feb. 4, 1947, with Holy Cross posting a 50-40 victory at the Boston Garden.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 33-21
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 19-7
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 19-7
Milan Brown vs. Lafayette: 3-8
Fran O'Hanlon vs. Holy Cross: 20-20
Current Win Streak: Lafayette, two games
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1
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 25 games played, he has averaged a team-best 15.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per contest, while connecting 48.6 percent (143 of 294) of his field goals and 84.3 percent (91 of 108) of his free throws. During the American game, Dudzinski posted 19 points and seven rebounds. Previously against Navy, he totaled 13 points and eight rebounds. Dudzinski also had a solid game against Lehigh, leading the team with 13 points, five rebounds and two steals. 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 Colgate (15 points, eight 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), against Army (12 points, seven 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 789 points, 421 rebounds and 66 blocked shots, while connecting on 49.7 percent (291 of 586) of his field goals and 81.1 percent (176 of 217) of his free throws.
BURRELL LEADS HOLY CROSS FROM THE POINT: Sophomore Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) is now in his second season as Holy Cross' starting point guard, after being selected as the 2011-2012 Patriot League Rookie of the Year. Through 25 games played this season, he has averaged 12.3 points, 3.4 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 91.4 percent (53 of 58) of his free throws. During the American game, Burrell scored eight points and tied his career high with nine assists. Previously against Navy, he totaled 14 points and five assists. Burrell also played well against Army, leading the team with 14 points, six assists and three 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), Bucknell (11 points, three rebounds, three assists), at Lafayette (10 points, five assists, two rebounds) 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 522 points, 192 assists, 109 rebounds and 32 steals, while making 83.1 percent (118 of 142) of his free throws.
AMERICAN RECAP: American's Daniel Munoz hit a three-point field goal as time expired in overtime, to lift the Eagles to a 64-61 victory over Holy Cross at Bender Arena on Feb. 17, 2013. Munoz scored eight of American's 11 points in the extra session, and finished the game with 14 points and five assists. Dave Dudzinski led the Crusaders with a game-high 19 points and seven rebounds, while Phil Beans added 10 points. Stephen Lumpkins posted a double-double for the Eagles with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Holy Cross held a 59-58 lead in the overtime period, before Lumpkins converted a three-point play to put American up 61-59 with 51.4 seconds remaining. A Dudzinski tip-in then tied the score up at 61-61, and Cullen Hamilton was fouled grabbing a rebound with 5.4 seconds left to play. But Hamilton missed the front end of a one-and-one, and Munoz drove the ball down the court before hitting the winning shot. The Crusaders began the afternoon by scoring the first four points of the game, before the Eagles used a 10-2 run to pull in front by four (10-6). American would later hold a three-point lead (16-13) with 10 minutes left before the break, when Holy Cross scored the next eight points to take a 21-16 advantage with 5:43 on the clock. But the Eagles netted the next five points to tie up the game, and eventually pulled back in front 29-26 at halftime. American was still up by one point (36-35) with 15 minutes left in regulation, before using a 9-2 run to claim its largest lead of the day (45-37) with 11:52 on the clock. The Crusaders came right back with a 9-0 spurt of their own, including five points from Beans, to regain the lead (46-45) with 7:38 to go. Neither team would lead by more than three points the rest of the way, and both squads were held scoreless over the final 1:30 before going to overtime tied at 53-53.
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 23 games played, he has averaged 8.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest, while making 42.5 percent (34 of 80) of his shots from three-point range and 90.6 percent of his free throws (29 of 32). Beans has stepped up his play against Patriot League opponents, averaging 9.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in conference play, while scoring in double figures seven times. During the American game, he scored 10 points on four of seven shooting. Previously at Colgate, Beans totaled 10 points and three rebounds. He also played well against Army, recording 13 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), at Lafayette (13 points, three 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 424 points, 225 rebounds and 27 blocked shots, while connecting on 39.3 percent (55 of 140) of his three-point field goals and 81.3 percent (61 of 75) 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 75.8 percent (291 of 384) of its foul shots this year. Sophomore guard Justin Burrell leads the team by hitting 91.4 percent (53 of 58) of his free throws, while senior center Phil Beans has made 90.6 percent (29 of 32) of his attempts at the charity stripe and junior forward Dave Dudzinski has knocked down 84.3 percent (91 of 108) 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).
THE LAST MEETING WITH LAFAYETTE: Phil Beans totaled 14 points and three rebounds, but Holy Cross was defeated by Lafayette 63-53 at the Allan P. Kirby Sports Center on Jan. 23, 2013. Beans made four of eight attempts from three-point range on the night, to tie his career-high for three-pointers made. Dave Dudzinski finished with 13 points and five rebounds for the Crusaders, while Justin Burrell added 10 points and five assists. The Leopards were led by Seth Hinrichs with 16 points and six rebounds, and Bryce Scott with 16 points, four rebounds and four assists. Lafayette started the game hot, jumping out to a quick 12-2 lead after the first six minutes of play. Holy Cross was able to trim the margin down to six points (14-8), before a 7-2 run put the Leopards up by 11 (21-10). Lafayette was still up by nine (23-14) with a minute left before the break, when Phil Beans hit a pair of three-pointers to make the score 23-20 heading into the locker room. The Leopards scored the first eight points of the second half to extend their lead back to double digits, but the Crusaders were able to trim the margin back down to six points (36-30) with 14:19 left in regulation. But Holy Cross then went cold from the field, and Lafayette used a 11-0 spurt over the next 7:40 to take a 17-point lead (47-30). The Crusaders responded with a 13-4 run to close to within eight points (51-43) with 3:46 remaining, and would eventually get the margin down to seven points (56-49) with 1:21 left on the clock. But the Leopards would hit all five of their free throw attempts in the final minute to hold on for the win. Holy Cross held a slim 37-34 rebounding advantage on the night, but also had 11 turnovers to only six for Lafayette.
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 25 games played so far this season, he has averaged 5.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.9 blocks per contest. During the victory over Navy, Miller recorded nine points and four assists. Previously against Lehigh, he totaled 10 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Miller also played well during the first meeting with American, filling up the stat line with a career-high 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals. A few of his other top performances this season have come at Navy (13 points, career-high 13 rebounds, first career double-double) 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 194 points, 180 rebounds, 54 assists, 31 blocked shots and 23 steals.
HOLY CROSS SHINES ON THE DEFENSIVE END: The Crusaders have once again been a strong defensive team so far this season. Through 25 games played, Holy Cross has given up only 62.8 points per contest, while holding the opposition to 41.5 percent shooting from the field and 30.3 percent shooting from three-point range. The Crusaders are also averaging 3.7 blocked shots per game, and are outrebounding the opposition by 1.1 boards per contest. In addition, Holy Cross has held 10 of its opponents to 60 points or less in regulation. 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.
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. Obeysekere is currently averaging 4.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game, despite missing seven contests due to either injury or illness. During the American game, he posted six points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots. Previously against Navy, Obeysekere totaled six points and nine rebounds. Earlier in the season at Boston College, he led the team with a career-high 17 points and six rebounds, while hitting seven of eight field goal attempts. 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 Harvard (six points, five 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 316 points, 420 rebounds and 118 blocked shots.
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 25 games played this year, Stevens has averaged 5.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 0.9 steals per contest. During the first meeting with 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 483 points, 199 rebounds and 134 assists, while connecting on 33.6 percent (77 of 229) 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 5.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. During the American game, he totaled eight points and five rebounds. Previously in the first meeting with American, Hamilton recorded 13 points and two assists, while hitting four of six attempts from three-point range. He also had a solid game against Columbia, finishing with eight points, three rebounds and two assists. A few of Hamilton's other top games this season have come against Old Dominion (15 points, four rebounds), New Hampshire (11 points) and Dartmouth (10 points, five rebounds, two assists). 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.
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 34-49 and a 19-19 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 129-169 (.433). 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).
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 (118). In addition, junior forward Dave Dudzinski presently stands in fifth place all-time in career free throw percentage (.811).
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in six statistical categories, through games of Feb. 17. In addition, junior forward Dave Dudzinski and sophomore guard Justin Burrell stand among the best in the nation in several individual categories. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg.|
|Free Throw Percent||12||Holy Cross||75.8|
|Three-Point Percent Defense||39||Holy Cross||30.3|
|Scoring Defense||85||Holy Cross||62.8|
|Field Goal Percent||98||Dave Dudzinski||48.6|
|Fewest Turnovers||102||Holy Cross||12.6|
|Field Goal Percent Defense||116||Holy Cross||41.5|
|Fewest Personal Fouls||119||Holy Cross||17.0|
CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 336-136 at the Hart Center, including a 6-4 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 123-44 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 78-23 record against Patriot League foes.
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.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 94th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1325-898 (.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.
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 LEOPARDS: Lafayette enters the game with an overall record of 13-14 on the year, including a 6-4 mark in the Patriot League. The Leopards have won five of their last seven games, and are coming off a 63-62 victory over Bucknell on Saturday. Sophomore forward Seth Hinrichs has averaged a team-best 14.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, while hitting 45.1 percent (65 of 144) of his three-point field goal attempts. Sophomore center Dan Trist has added 12.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest, while senior guard Tony Johnson is chipping in with 11.5 points and 4.9 assists per game. Lafayette is led by head coach Fran O'Hanlon, who owns an overall record of 255-275 in 18 seasons with the Leopards.
DRIBBLES: Senior guard Dee Goens (Alpharetta, Ga.) totaled six points, five assists and four rebounds during the victory over Navy, after scoring a season-high eight points in the previous contest against Lehigh ... 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 ... 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 ... 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.