March 4, 2013

Holy Cross To Play Lafayette In Patriot League Quarterfinals

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Audio: Coach Brown on the Patriot League Teleconference

GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
Event: Patriot League Quarterfinals
The Teams: Holy Cross (12-17, 4-10 PL) vs. Lafayette (17-14, 10-4 PL)
Date: March 6, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Allan P. Kirby Sports Center (3,500), Easton, Pa.
Television: Lafayette Sports Network; Gary Laubach, play-by-play; John Leone, color
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: Gametracker
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 33-22
Last Meeting: Lafayette 79, Holy Cross 76 (February 20, 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 SET FOR 2013 PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT: Holy Cross opens up play in the 2013 Patriot League Tournament on Wednesday, March 6, when it travels to Lafayette for a quarterfinal game at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders are the seventh seed in the tournament, while the Leopards are seeded second. The winner of the Holy Cross-Lafayette game will move on to face the Colgate-Lehigh winner in the semifinals on Saturday, March 9, with the championship game set for Wednesday, March 13. For the seventh straight year, all games in the Patriot League Tournament will be played on the campus of the higher seed.

THE SERIES WITH LAFAYETTE: This will be the 56th meeting between the Crusaders and the Leopards on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 33-22. The Leopards won the last three games between the schools, and have now been victorious in six of the last seven meetings. For games played in Easton, the series is tied at 12-12, but Lafayette has won four of the last five. 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, 33-22
In Easton: Tied, 12-12
At the Kirby Sports Center: Tied, 12-12
Milan Brown vs. Lafayette: 3-9
Fran O'Hanlon vs. Holy Cross: 21-20
Current Win Streak: Lafayette, three games
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1

HOLY CROSS LOOKS TO PULL UPSET: The Crusaders will attempt to become the seventh No. 7 seed in Patriot League Tournament history to defeat the No. 2 seed in the quarterfinals. The last victory for the No. 7 seed came in 2010, when Holy Cross posted a 67-64 win at Bucknell ... Holy Cross will also look to become the first No. 7 seed to ever claim the Patriot League Tournament title. No team seeded lower than second has ever won the conference tournament title, with the No. 1 seed capturing 16 championships and the No. 2 seed taking six titles ... The top seed in the tournament has advanced to the championship game in each of the 22 years the Patriot League Tournament has been played. The other title game appearances all belong to the No. 2 (14 times), No. 3 (seven times) and No. 6 (one time) seeds. No team seeded seventh has ever advanced to the Patriot League championship game.

THE SEEDINGS: Holy Cross is the No. 7 seed in the 2013 Patriot League Championship. This marks only the second time the Crusaders have been the seventh seed in the tournament, with the previous occasion coming in 2010. Holy Cross' all-time record as the No. 7 seed stands at 1-1 ... Throughout its history in the Patriot League, Holy Cross has been the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament four times (10-1 record), No. 2 four times (10-2), No. 3 four times (5-4), No. 4 four times (1-3), No. 5 twice (0-2), No. 6 twice (0-2), No. 7  twice (1-1) and No. 8 once (0-1) ... Holy Cross stands 4-12 all-time in Patriot League Tournament games when it has been seeded lower than its opponent. The Crusaders have lost five of their last six games as the lower seed, with the last victory coming at Bucknell in the 2010 quarterfinals (67-64).

TOURNAMENT TIP-INS: The Crusaders, who will face Lafayette in the quarterfinals, stand 2-4 all-time against the Leopards in Patriot League Tournament play. This marks the fourth straight season the two schools have met in the conference tournament ... Lafayette has won the last three postseason meetings between the schools, 66-63 in the 2010 semifinals, 77-70 in the 2011 quarterfinals and 84-76 in the 2012 quarterfinals. The other Patriot League Tournament games between the schools came in the 2007 quarterfinals (Holy Cross won 83-53) in the 1997 quarterfinals (Lafayette won 70-65) and the 1992 quarterfinals (Holy Cross won 87-71) ... This year's contest against Lafayette will mark only the third time Holy Cross has played a Patriot League Tournament game at the Kirby Sports Center, with the Crusaders falling to Colgate in the 2000 quarterfinals (59-49) and Lafayette in the 2010 semifinals (66-63) ... Holy Cross stands 3-6 all-time in Patriot League Tournament games which have been played on the opposing team's home court, including an 0-1 mark at Lafayette. . . In the conference's history, teams playing on their home court have an overall record of 72-17 during the Patriot League Tournament ... For the seventh year in a row, all games in the Patriot League Tournament will be played on the campus sites of the higher seed ... Since the Patriot League moved to its current format of having the higher seed play host to each game (beginning in 2007), home teams stand 17-7 in the quarterfinals, 11-1 in the semifinals and 5-1 in the championship game.

CRUSADERS AND LEOPARDS TO TANGLE IN TOURNAMENT ONCE AGAIN: When Holy Cross and Lafayette meet in the Patriot League quarterfinals, it will mark the fourth straight season in which the schools have played in the conference tournament. The Leopards have won all three of those games, in the 2010 semifinals (66-63 in Easton), the 2011 quarterfinals (77-70 in Worcester) and the 2012 quarterfinals (84-76 in Worcester). Overall, this will be the seventh meeting of the schools in the Patriot League Tournament, with Lafayette leading the series 4-2 in those contests. This will also mark the sixth time the Crusaders and the Leopards have met in the quarterfinals, with Lafayette holding a 3-2 advantage in those games (Lafayette won 70-65 in 1997, 77-70 in 2011 and 84-76 in 2012, while Holy Cross won 87-71 in 1992 and 83-53 in 2007).

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 29 games played this season, he has averaged 12.4 points, 3.6 assists and 1.9 rebounds per contest, while hitting 91.0 percent (61 of 67) of his free throws. During the Army game, Burrell recorded 12 points, seven assists and two rebounds. Previously at Bucknell, he led the team with 16 points and three assists. Burrell also played well against Lafayette, totaling 19 points, six assists and two steals. 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), against Navy (14 points, five assists), 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 574 points, 211 assists, 114 rebounds and 35 steals, while making 83.4 percent (126 of 151) of his free throws.

DUDZINSKI EARNS ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE HONORS: Junior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) has been a key player for the Crusaders in the low post positions this year, and was named second team All-Patriot League. In 29 games played, he has averaged a team-best 15.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per contest, while connecting 47.9 percent (157 of 328) of his field goals and 82.4 percent (103 of 125) of his free throws. During the victory over Colgate, Dudzinski led the team with 13 points and eight rebounds. Previously at Army, he totaled 15 points, three rebounds and two blocks. Dudzinski also had a solid game against Lafayette, recording 10 points, three 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 American (19 points, seven rebounds), 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 Navy (13 points, eight rebounds), 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 831 points, 439 rebounds and 68 blocked shots, while connecting on 49.2 percent (305 of 620) of his field goals and 80.3 percent (188 of 234) of his free throws.

HAMILTON NAMED TO ALL-ROOKIE TEAM: Freshman guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) has been a key player for the Crusaders on the wing this year, and was selected to the Patriot League All-Rookie team. Hamilton has averaged 6.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game this season, and has made 36.1 percent (22 of 61) of his three-point attempts against Patriot League opponents. During the victory over Colgate, he totaled nine points and three rebounds. Previously at Bucknell, Hamilton recorded 10 points and four rebounds. He also had an outstanding game against Lafayette, scoring a career-high 18 points and pulling down seven rebounds, while hitting six of eight shots from the floor and four of six attempts from three-point range. A few of Hamilton's other top games this season have come at Old Dominion (15 points, four rebounds), against American (13 points, two assists), against New Hampshire (11 points) and against 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.

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 27 games played, he has averaged 9.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest, while making 40.9 percent (38 of 93) of his shots from three-point range and 87.5 percent of his free throws (42 of 48). Beans has stepped up his play against Patriot League opponents, averaging 9.6 points per contest while scoring in double figures nine times. During the Army game, he led the team with 16 points and four rebounds. Previously at Bucknell, Beans recorded 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds. He also had a solid game at American, scoring 10 points on four of seven shooting from the field. 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 Army (13 points, three rebounds), at Lafayette (13 points, three rebounds), against American (10 points, six rebounds), at Lehigh (10 points, four rebounds, two blocks), at Navy (10 points, four rebounds) and at Colgate (10 points, three 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 465 points, 241 rebounds and 27 blocked shots, while connecting on 38.6 percent (59 of 153) of his three-point field goals and 81.3 percent (74 of 91) 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 75.7 percent (339 of 448) of its foul shots this year. Sophomore guard Justin Burrell leads the team by hitting 91.0 percent (61 of 67) of his free throws, while senior center Phil Beans has made 87.5 percent (42 of 48) of his attempts at the charity stripe and junior forward Dave Dudzinski has knocked down 82.4 percent (103 of 125) 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 FIRST 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 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.

THE SECOND MEETING WITH LAFAYETTE: 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 Leopards 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 (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 (23-19). The Crusaders would later use a 9-1 spurt to go back up by 11 points (45-34), but Lafayette closed 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 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.

HOLY CROSS SHINES ON THE DEFENSIVE END: The Crusaders have once again been a strong defensive team so far this season. Through 29 games played, Holy Cross has given up only 63.9 points per contest, while holding the opposition to 41.6 percent shooting from the field and 30.8 percent shooting from three-point range. The Crusaders are also averaging 3.6 blocked shots per game, and are outrebounding the opposition by 0.1 boards per contest. In addition, Holy Cross has held 11 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.

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 29 games played this year, Stevens has averaged 5.6 points, 2.6 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 0.8 steals per contest. During the victory over Colgate, he recorded 10 points, three assists and two rebounds. Previously at Army, Stevens totaled 10 points, three rebounds and two assists. He also had a big game against American, leading the team with a career-high 18 points, three assists and two rebounds. A few of Stevens' other top games this season have come against Texas-San Antonio (14 points, four rebounds, four steals), Maine (13 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, first career double-double), 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 509 points, 206 rebounds and 147 assists, while connecting on 33.9 percent (81 of 239) of his three-point field goal attempts.

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.

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 4.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, despite missing seven contests due to either injury or illness. During the victory over Colgate, he totaled six points, four rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots. Previously against Lafayette, Obeysekere recorded 11 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. He also had a solid day at American, posting six points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocks. A few of Obeysekere's other top games this year have come at Boston College (career-high 17 points, six rebounds), 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 335 points, 433 rebounds and 123 blocked shots.

GOENS CLOSING OUT CAREER STRONG: Senior guard Dee Goens (Alpharetta, Ga.) has played a key role for the Crusaders in the backcourt over the last month of the season. In Holy Cross' last seven games, Goens has averaged 5.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest, while playing 20.1 minutes per game and hitting 48.0 percent (12 of 25) of his field goal attempts. During the victory over Colgate, he totaled 10 points, a career-high six assists, four rebounds and two steals. Previously at Army, Goens recorded five points, a career-high six rebounds and two steals. He also posted six points, five assists and four rebounds during the victory over Navy, and scored eight points against Lehigh. Over the course of his collegiate career, Goens has now totaled 278 points, 148 assists, 116 rebounds and 43 steals in 109 games played.

REID STEPS UP AGAINST COLGATE: Sophomore guard De'Vaughn Reid (West Orange, N.J.) had far and away the best game of his Holy Cross career during Saturday's victory over Colgate. Reid came off the bench against the Raiders to total 12 points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal in 24 minutes of action. Prior to that performance, the walk-on had recorded only five points, three assists and one rebound in four career games played.

CRUSADERS IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Three 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 (123). In addition, junior forward Dave Dudzinski presently stands in sixth place all-time in career free throw percentage (.803) and sophomore guard Justin Burrell ranks 10th all-time in average minutes played (29.0).

COLGATE RECAP: Dave Dudzinski recorded 13 points and eight rebounds, to lead Holy Cross to a 74-59 victory over Colgate at the Hart Center on March 2, 2013. Dudzinski hit five of eight field goal attempts on the night, in addition to knocking down all three of his free throws. Holy Cross hit 50.0 percent of its field goal attempts on the day (24 of 48), including 68.2 percent in the second half (15 of 22). The Crusaders also had 20 assists with only nine turnovers, and held Colgate to 36.8 shooting from the floor (21 of 57). The game was close early on, and Holy Cross held a 13-12 advantage with 12:39 remaining in the first half. The Raiders scored the next six points to pull in front, and would eventually go up by eight (32-24) with three minutes left before the break. The Crusaders were able to close out the half with a 6-0 spurt, and Colgate held a 32-30 advantage heading into the locker room. The Raiders scored the first five points of the second half, and would hold a 39-33 lead with 17:24 left to play in regulation. Holy Cross then stepped up its play on both ends of the court, using a 13-0 run over the next five minutes to claim the lead for good. That spurt began a stretch in which the Crusaders hit nine consecutive field goal attempts, with Holy Cross eventually pulling in front 54-41 with 9:48 on the clock. Colgate would get no closer than 10 points the rest of the way, and the Crusaders hit eight of 10 free throws in the final two minutes to secure the victory. De'Vaughn Reid finished the game with a career-high 12 points, four assists and three rebounds. Dee Goens added 10 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals, while Jordan Stevens chipped in with 10 points, three assists and two rebounds. The Raiders were led by Murphy Burnatowski, who scored 20 points on seven of 22 shooting from the floor.

HOLY CROSS LOOKS FOR SIXTH PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CROWN: This season, Holy Cross will attempt to win the Patriot League Tournament for the sixth time in school history. 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.

SENIOR SALUTE: Four members of the Holy Cross basketball program will be concluding their collegiate careers at the end of the 2012-2013 season. Senior center Phil Beans, senior guard Dee Goens, senior forward Eric Obeysekere and senior guard Jordan Stevens were honored in a pregame ceremony before the March 2 game against Colgate, along with team managers Mac Donoghue (Darien, Conn.), Matt Gallo (Oak Park, Ill.) and Andrew Tanguay (Glastonbury, Conn.).

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 94th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1326-901 (.595), 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.

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 35-52 and a 20-22 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 130-172 (.430). 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).

MILLER MAKES PRESENCE FELT ON THE WING: Sophomore forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) has become one of the top perimeter players for the Crusaders, but has missed the last three contests due to injury. 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 A FIXTURE IN CONFERENCE TITLE GAME: Over the last 12 seasons, Holy Cross has appeared in the Patriot League title game seven times. The Crusaders have gone 4-3 in their seven championship game appearances during that time, winning the title in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2007. Only 14 other teams in the nation have played in their conference championship game at least seven times over the last 12 years. Here is a look at the teams with the most league title game appearances in the last 12 seasons:

No.   School Conference
12 of 12   Gonzaga West Coast Conference
9 of 12   Duke Atlantic Coast Conference
9 of 12   Utah State Western Athletic & Big West Conferences
8 of 12   Butler Horizon League
8 of 12   Ohio State Big Ten Conference
7 of 12   Austin Peay Ohio Valley Conference
7 of 12   Holy Cross Patriot League
7 of 12   Kent State Mid-American Conference
7 of 12   Kentucky Southeastern Conference
7 of 12   Memphis Conference USA
7 of 12   Pittsburgh Big East Conference
7 of 12   Vermont America East Conference
7 of 12   Virginia Commonwealth Colonial Athletic Association
7 of 12   Western Kentucky Sun Belt Conference
7 of 12   Winthrop Big South Conference


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.

CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 337-137 at the Hart Center, including a 7-5 mark 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 32 out of 38 seasons, while recording double-figure home victories 17 times. The Crusaders stand 124-45 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 79-24 record against Patriot League foes.

HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in four statistical categories, through games of March 3. In addition, junior forward Dave Dudzinski,  sophomore guard Justin Burrell and senior forward Eric Obeysekere stand among the best in the nation in several individual categories. The rankings:

Category Rank   Player / Team Avg.
Free Throw Percent 14   Holy Cross 75.7
  88   Dave Dudzinski 82.4
Three-Point Percent Defense 49   Holy Cross 30.8
Fewest Turnovers 104   Holy Cross 12.5
Scoring Defense 112   Holy Cross 63.9
Field Goal Percent 119   Dave Dudzinski 47.9
Scoring 194   Dave Dudzinski 15.0
Assists 203   Justin Burrell 3.6
Blocked Shots 239   Eric Obeysekere 1.1
Rebounding 244   Dave Dudzinski 6.6


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.

CRUSASDERS ON TELEVISION: Holy Cross will have at least eight 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
March 6 at Lafayette: Lafayette 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 17-14 on the year, including a 8-4 mark in the Patriot League. The Leopards have won nine of their last 11 games, and are coming off an 80-72 victory over American on Saturday. Sophomore forward Seth Hinrichs has averaged a team-best 14.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, while hitting 45.1 percent (73 of 162) of his three-point field goal attempts. Sophomore center Dan Trist has added 12.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest, while senior guard Tony Johnson is chipping in with 12.8 points and 4.8 assists per game. Lafayette is led by head coach Fran O'Hanlon, who owns an overall record of 259-275 in 18 seasons with the Leopards.

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 ... Holy Cross' 10 Patriot League losses this year were its most ever. The Crusaders had previously lost nine conference games in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2008 and 2010 ... 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.