February 21, 2013

Holy Cross Heads To Bucknell On Sunday

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (11-15, 3-8 PL) vs. Bucknell (22-5, 9-2 PL)
Date: February 24, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Place: Sojka Pavilion (4,000), Lewisburg, Pa.
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
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Unofficial Live Statistics: Gametracker
Series Record: Bucknell leads, 32-26
Last Meeting: Bucknell 65, Holy Cross 58 (January 26, 2013; Worcester, Mass.)

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos., No., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl.
F, 12, Christopher Morgan, 6-7, 215, Fr.
F, 32, Jordan Stevens, 6-5, 200, Sr.
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 HIT THE ROAD TO FACE BUCKNELL: Holy Cross returns to action when it travels to Bucknell on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 12:00 p.m. The Crusaders are currently in seventh place in the Patriot League with a 3-8 mark in conference games, while the Bison stand in first place at 9-2. Holy Cross can still finish the year as high as fourth or as low as eighth in the Patriot League standings. Following the contest with Bucknell, the Crusaders will close out the regular season with a road game at Army (Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7:00 p.m.) and a home game against Colgate (Saturday, March 2, 12:00 p.m.).

THE SERIES WITH BUCKNELL: This will be the 59th meeting between the Crusaders and the Bison on the hardwood, with Bucknell leading the all-time series 32-26. The series has been extremely close in recent years, with the schools tied at 8-8 over the last seven seasons. For games played in Lewisburg, Bucknell holds a 15-10 advantage, but the Crusaders have won three of their last six visits to Sojka Pavilion. The schools first met on January 12, 1991, with Holy Cross posting an 80-78 victory in Lewisburg.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Bucknell leads, 32-26
In Lewisburg: Bucknell leads, 15-10
At Sojka Pavilion: Bucknell leads, 8-4
Milan Brown vs. Bucknell: 1-4
Dave Paulsen vs. Holy Cross: 7-5
Current Win Streak: Bucknell, one game
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 26 games played, he has averaged a team-best 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per contest, while connecting 48.3 percent (146 of 302) of his field goals and 81.0 percent (94 of 116) of his free throws. During the Lafayette game, Dudzinski recorded 10 points, three rebounds and two steals. Previously at American, he posted 19 points and seven rebounds. Dudzinski also had a solid game against Navy, totaling 13 points and eight rebounds. 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), against Lehigh (13 points, five rebounds), 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 799 points, 424 rebounds and 66 blocked shots, while connecting on 49.5 percent (294 of 594) of his field goals and 79.6 percent (179 of 225) of his free throws.

CRUSADERS SHOOT THE LIGHTS OUT AGAINST LAFAYETTE: During the Feb. 20 game against Lafayette, Holy Cross hit a season-best 67.4 percent of its field goal attempts, knocking down 29 of 43 attempts from the floor. That marked the Crusaders' best shooting performance in a single-game since they connected on 67.8 percent of their field goals (40 of 59) in a 109-91 victory over Fordham on Feb. 27, 1988.

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 26 games played this season, he has averaged 12.6 points, 3.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 91.4 percent (53 of 58) of his free throws. During the Lafayette game, Burrell led the team with 19 points, six assists and two steals. Previously at American, he scored eight points and tied his career high with nine assists. Burrell also played well against Navy, totaling 14 points and five assists. 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), against Army (14 points, six assists, three rebounds), 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 541 points, 198 assists, 110 rebounds and 34 steals, while making 83.1 percent (118 of 142) of his free throws.

LAFAYETTE RECAP: Lafayette's Tony Johnson hit a three-point field goal with 3.5 seconds left in the second half, to break a 76-76 tie and give the Leopards a 79-76 victory over Holy Cross at the Hart Center on Feb. 20, 2013. Johnson's shot gave Lafayette its only lead of the game, as the Leoaprds rallied from a 13-point second half deficit to earn the win. Holy Cross hit a season-best 67.4 percent of its field goal attempts (29 of 43) and 56.3 percent of its shots from three-point range (nine of 16) on the night. But the Crusaders also committed 20 turnovers and gave up 10 offensive rebounds to the Leopards, which resulted in Lafayette taking 59 field goal attempts on the night to only 43 for Holy Cross. The Crusaders started the game hot, hitting their first three shots to claim an early 8-0 lead. Holy Cross would eventually extend its lead to 12 points (21-9) with 14:51 left in the first half, before the Leopards responded with a 10-2 spurt to trim the margin down to four points (23-19). The Crusaders would later lead by three (36-33), when they used a 9-1 spurt to go back up by 11 points (45-34). But Lafayette would close out the half with a 5-0 run of its own to make the score 45-39 heading into the locker room. The Holy Cross lead would stand at four points (51-47) early in the second half, before a 9-0 run gave the Crusaders their largest lead of the night (60-47) with 14:22 left to play. The Leopards refused to go away, using a 12-2 spurt a few minutes later to get back into the game. Lafayette eventually tied up the score at 67-67 with 5:50 remaining, but Holy Cross fought back to take a 76-70 lead with 1:38 on the clock following a put back by Phil Beans. The Leopards would then tie up the score once again with a three-point play from Johnson and a three-point field goal by Seth Hinrichs. Johnson then hit the game-winning three-pointer, and the Crusaders were unable to get another shot off in the closing seconds. Justin Burrell led Holy Cross with 19 points, six assists and two steals, while Cullen Hamilton added a career-high 18 points and seven rebounds. Johnson finished with 20 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals to lead Lafayette.

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 24 games played, he has averaged 8.7 points and 3.8 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,  scoring in double figures seven times in 11 contests. 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 428 points, 229 rebounds and 27 blocked shots, while connecting on 39.0 percent (55 of 141) of his three-point field goals and 81.8 percent (63 of 77) of his free throws.

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 4.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game, despite missing seven contests due to either injury or illness. During the Lafayette game, he recorded 11 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Previously at American, Obeysekere posted six points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocks. 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 Navy (six points, nine rebounds), 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 327 points, 427 rebounds and 120 blocked shots.

THE LAST MEETING WITH BUCKNELL: 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.

CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross has been an excellent free throw shooting team during the 2012-2013 season, making 75.2 percent (300 of 399) 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 91.2 percent (31 of 34) of his attempts at the charity stripe and junior forward Dave Dudzinski has knocked down 81.0 percent (94 of 116) 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 SHINES ON THE DEFENSIVE END: The Crusaders have once again been a strong defensive team so far this season. Through 26 games played, Holy Cross has given up only 63.5 points per contest, while holding the opposition to 41.8 percent shooting from the field and 30.4 percent shooting from three-point range. The Crusaders are also averaging 3.7 blocked shots per game, and are outrebounding the opposition by 1.0 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.

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 (120). In addition, junior forward Dave Dudzinski presently stands in eighth place all-time in career free throw percentage (.796) and sophomore guard Justin Burrell ranks 10th all-time in average minutes played (29.1).

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 6.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. During the Lafayette game, he scored a career-high 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while hitting six of eight shots from the floor and four of six attempts from three-point range. Previously at American, Hamilton totaled eight points and five rebounds. He also played well in the first meeting with American, recording 13 points and two assists, while hitting four of six attempts from three-point range. 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.

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 26 games played this year, Stevens has averaged 5.4 points, 2.6 assists, 2.5 rebounds 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 487 points, 201 rebounds and 140 assists, while connecting on 33.6 percent (77 of 229) of his three-point field goal attempts.

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 34-50 and a 19-20 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 129-170 (.431). 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 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
  60   Dave Dudzinski 84.3
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
Scoring 145   Dave Dudzinski 15.7
Rebounding 199   Dave Dudzinski 6.9
Assists 229   Justin Burrell 3.4


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 26 games played so far this season, he has averaged 5.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.8 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 201 points, 181 rebounds, 54 assists, 31 blocked shots and 24 steals.

CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 336-137 at the Hart Center, including a 6-5 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 123-45 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 78-24 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 1325-899 (.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 BISON: Bucknell has an overall record of 22-5 on the season, with a 9-2 mark in the Patriot League. The Bison have won six of their last seven games, and are coming off a 61-55 victory at Lehigh on Monday night. Bucknell's leading scorer is senior center Mike Muscala, who has averaged 19.1 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Junior guard Cameron Ayers has added 12.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest, while senior guard Bryson Johnson is chipping in with 11.6 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. Bucknell is led by head coach Dave Paulsen, who stands 93-64 in four seasons with the Bison. Paulsen owns a career record of 355-184, including eight years at Williams, three seasons at Le Moyne and three years at St. Lawrence.

DRIBBLES: Former Crusader Kevin Hamilton (Class of 2006) will be inducted into the Holy Cross Athletic Hall of Fame on May 4. Hamilton totaled 1,492 points and a school record 292 steals during his collegiate career from 2002-2006, while leading the team to an overall record of 84-39 ... When Holy Cross lost to American in overtime on Feb. 17, it marked the first time the Crusaders played in overtime since Jan. 29, 2011. That stretch of 61 straight games without needing an extra session was Holy Cross' longest since playing 94 straight contests without going to overtime from Jan. 17, 1998-March 4, 2001 ... 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' .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.