November 18, 2013

Crusaders Travel To Fairfield On Wednesday

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (1-2, 0-0 PL) vs. Fairfield (1-2, 0-0 MAAC)
Date: November 20, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard (5,298), Bridgeport, Conn.
Live Video Streaming: www.MAAC.tv
Holy Cross Radio: WNEB 1230 AM, Worcester; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Side Arm Stats
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 21-19
Last Meeting: Fairfield 73, Holy Cross 52 (Nov. 20, 2011; Fairfield, Conn.)

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos., No., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl.
F, 13, Malcolm Miller, 6-7, 210, Jr.
F, 43, Taylor Abt, 6-8, 225, Jr.
C, 50, Dave Dudzinski, 6-9, 227, Sr.
G, 3, Justin Burrell, 5-9, 165, Jr.
G, 5, Cullen Hamilton, 6-2, 185, So.

HOLY CROSS CONTINUES PLAY IN HALL OF FAME TIP-OFF AT FAIRFIELD: The Crusaders will play their second game in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament when they travel to Fairfield on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross opened the tournament with a 62-54 loss at No. 12 North Carolina on Friday night. The event will conclude with two games at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., against Belmont (Nov. 23) and either Hartford or Hofstra (Nov. 24).

THE SERIES WITH FAIRFIELD: This will be the 41st meeting between the Crusaders and the Stags on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 21-19. Fairfield has won the last four games played between the schools, but prior to that the Crusaders had posted seven straight victories in the series. For games played in Connecticut, the Stags hold a 9-7 advantage, but the Crusaders won the only previous meeting in Bridgeport. The schools first met on March 18, 1950, with the Crusaders posting an 89-41 victory at the Worcester Auditorium.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 21-19
In Bridgeport: Holy Cross leads, 1-0
At Webster Bank Arena: Holy Cross leads, 1-0
Milan Brown vs. Fairfield: 0-2
Sydney Johnson vs. Holy Cross: 1-0
Current Win Streak: Fairfield, four games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 1-0

CRUSADERS AGAINST THE METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: Holy Cross has an all-time record of 101-77 against the 11 schools which currently compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Since the beginning of the 2004-2005 season, the Crusaders have a 7-8 mark against MAAC foes. Holy Cross stands 13-4 all-time against Canisius, 21-19 vs. Fairfield, 15-15 against Iona, 21-9 vs. Manhattan, 3-2 against Marist, 8-7 vs. Niagara, 2-0 against Quinnipiac, 14-13 vs. St. Peter's and 4-8 against Siena. The Crusaders played in the MAAC for seven seasons from 1983-1990, posting a 52-48 record in conference play. Holy Cross' top season in the league came in 1989-1990, when it posted a 14-2 mark to win the MAAC North Division title.

DUDZINSKI PLAYS BIG IN THE POST: Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) is once again a key player for the Crusaders in the low post this season, after being named second team All-Patriot League a year ago. In three games played this season, he is averaging 20.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.3 blocks per game, while hitting 48.8 percent of his field goal attempts (21 of 43) and 85.0 percent of his free throws (17 of 20). During the North Carolina game, Dudzinski totaled 11 points and five rebounds. In the previous contest against Sacred Heart, he posted his fifth career double-double with 26 points, a career-high tying 15 rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocked shots. Dudzinski also played well against Harvard, leading the team with 25 points, six rebounds and three steals. Last year, he averaged a team-best 15.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per contest, while connecting on 48.3 percent (166 of 344) of his field goals and 81.7 percent (107 of 131) of his free throws. During the 2013 Patriot League quarterfinal game at Lafayette, Dudzinski led the team with 22 points and eight rebounds. Some of his other top games last year came 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) and at Navy (16 points, 10 rebounds). During the 2011-2012 campaign, 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). Over the course of his collegiate career, Dudzinski has now totaled 915 points, 473 rebounds and 72 blocked shots, while connecting on 49.3 percent (335 of 679) of his field goals and 80.4 percent (209 of 260) of his free throws.

FRESHMEN STEP INTO PROMINENT ROLES: Freshman forward Malachi Alexander (Bowie, Md.) and freshman guard Anthony Thompson (Glenn Dale, Md.) have both become key parts of the Holy Cross rotation this year. Alexander currently ranks third on the team with an average of 14.3 points per game, and stands second with an average of 6.7 rebounds per contest. During the North Carolina game, he led the team with 13 points and five rebounds. Alexander previously posted his first career double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds in the victory over Sacred Heart, after recording seven points and two rebounds in the season opener against Harvard. Thompson is also off to a strong start this year, averaging 8.0 points and 1.7 assists per game off the bench. During Friday's game at North Carolina, he finished with seven points, four rebounds and three assists. Thompson also totaled 10 points, two steals and one assist in the win over Sacred Heart, while posting seven points and one assist against Harvard.

RECORDS FALL IN SACRED HEART GAME: A number of Hart Center and Holy Cross records were set during the 122-118 double overtime victory over Sacred Heart. The Crusaders set new building records for both free throws made (45) and free throw attempts (56), while Holy Cross and Sacred Heart broke the Hart Center records for combined points (240), free throws made (77) and free throw attempts (94) by both teams. In addition, the Crusaders' 122 points were the third-most ever scored in the building, while the Pioneers 118 points were the most by a visiting team and the fifth-most overall. All-time school records for both teams combined were set for points scored in a game (240) and free throws made in a game (77). The old mark of 236 total points last happened against Iona on Feb. 21, 1989, while the previous record of 75 free throws made stood since 1970 (against Seton Hall). Holy Cross nearly broke the school single-game record for free throws made with 45, coming up just two short of the mark of 47 set against Seton Hall on Feb. 7, 1970.

NORTH CAROLINA RECAP: North Carolina's Marcus Paige scored a game-high 23 points, to lead the 12th-ranked Tar Heels to a 62-54 victory over Holy Cross at the Dean E. Smith Center on Nov. 15, 2013. Malachi Alexander led the Crusaders with 13 points and five rebounds on the night, while Dave Dudzinski added 11 points and five boards. The Tar Heels opened the game by jumping out to an early 11-1 lead with 14:53 remaining in the first half. North Carolina had increased its lead to 11 points (15-4) at the 11:54-mark, when the Crusaders turned up the defensive pressure. Holy Cross held the Tar Heels scoreless for the next seven minutes, but was only able to score six points of its own during that time to make the score 15-10. North Carolina was able to build its lead back up to 11 points (23-12) with three minutes left before the break, before the Crusaders scored nine straight points to make the score 23-21. Anthony Thompson would then hit all four of his free throw attempts in the final 40 seconds of the half, and the teams went into the locker room tied at 25-25. Holy Cross was able to claim a 32-29 advantage early in the second half, and the score was later tied at 35-35 with 13:42 to go following a three-pointer by Justin Burrell. The Tar Heels then went on a 12-0 run over the next five minutes to take control of the game. North Carolina went up by as many as 13 (52-39) and held an 12-point advantage (56-44) with four minutes remaining, when the Crusaders scored the next six points to make things interesting. But the Tar Heels would hit six of eight free throws in the final minute, to hold on for an eight-point victory. The Crusaders held the Tar Heels to 38.3 percent shooting from the field and 30.0 percent shooting from three-point range on the night. Holy Cross also stayed with the much larger North Carolina team on the boards, with the Tar Heels holding just a 39-38 advantage.

HAMILTON BECOMING A TOP SCORING THREAT: Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) is a key player for the Crusaders on the wing this year, after being selected to the Patriot League All-Rookie team in 2012-2013. Hamilton is currently averaging 17.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game, while hitting 37.5 percent (nine of 24) of his three-point field goals and 84.6 percent (11 of 13) of his free throws. During the victory over Sacred Heart, he totaled a career-high 35 points, three rebounds and three assists. Hamilton hit 11 of 21 field goal attempts and six of eight free throws against the Pioneers, while tying the school single-game record with seven three-pointers made (on 13 attempts). He also scored nine points against Harvard, while posting eight points and three rebounds at North Carolina. Last season, Hamilton averaged 6.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, and made 36.1 percent (22 of 61) of his three-point attempts in Patriot League regular season play. During last year's home game with Lafayette, he scored a season-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. A few of Hamilton's other top games last season came at Old Dominion (15 points, four rebounds), against American (13 points, two assists), against New Hampshire (11 points), against Dartmouth (10 points, five rebounds, two assists) and at Bucknell (10 points, four rebounds). Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 242 points, 95 rebounds and 29 assists, while hitting 30.5 percent of his three-point attempts (47 of 154).

BURRELL LEADS HOLY CROSS FROM THE POINT: Junior Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) is now in his third season as Holy Cross' starting point guard. He posted nine points and two rebounds against North Carolina, after totaling nine points and eight assists against Sacred Heart, and eight points and four assists against Harvard. On the season, Burrell is now averaging 8.7 points and 4.3 assists per game. Last year, he averaged 12.1 points, 3.7 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 91.3 percent (63 of 69) of his free throws. Burrell totaled a career-high 30 points, five assists and three rebounds during last year's victory at Sacred Heart, while recording 29 points, four assists and three rebounds in the win over Columbia. A few of his other top games last season came against Dartmouth (19 points, four assists), against Lafayette (19 points, six assists, two steals), 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 Bucknell (16 points, three assists), at Lehigh (16 points), at Old Dominion (15 points, six rebounds) and at San Francisco (15 points). Burrell previously earned Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors in 2011-2012, after 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 602 points, 229 assists, 121 rebounds and 36 steals, while making 84.3 percent (135 of 160) of his free throws.

THE LAST MEETING WITH FAIRFIELD: Fairfield's Maurice Barrow totaled 15 points and 10 rebounds, including 13 points in the second half, as the Stags pulled away for a 73-52 victory over Holy Cross at Alumni Hall on Nov. 20, 2011. The Crusaders were led by Phil Beans with 14 points and R.J. Evans with 14 points and five rebounds. The game was close throughout a first half which featured three ties and eight lead changes. The Crusaders opened the game by jumping out to a quick 8-4 lead after the first three minutes of play. Fairfield came back with a 7-2 spurt a few minutes later, claiming a 15-14 lead. The Stags would lead by as many as three points on a few occasions, before taking a 31-29 advantage into the locker room. Holy Cross netted the first five points of the second half to pull back in front, before Fairfield scored eight of the next 12 points to claim a 39-38 advantage. The Stags then went on a 16-4 run over the next six minutes to take a 13-point lead (55-42) with eight minutes left to play. Fairfield would eventually lead by as many as 25 points down the stretch, before finally claiming a 21-point victory. The Stags shot 54.5 percent (30 of 55) from the field on the day and outrebounded the Crusaders 39-29, including a 24-13 edge on the boards in the second half. Devin Brown had 10 points and two steals in the game for the Crusaders. Ryan Olander (13 points), Rakim Sanders (13 points) and Derek Needham (10 points) gave Fairfield four players in double figures.

MILLER MAKES PRESENCE FELT ON THE WING: Junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) looks to be one of the top perimeter players for the Crusaders in 2013-2014. He finished with six points, seven rebounds and three assists at North Carolina, after posting eight points and three rebounds against Sacred Heart, and totaling eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks against Harvard. Miller is now averaging 7.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game this year. Last season, he averaged 5.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.8 blocks per contest. During the victory at Navy, Miller posted his first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. He also had a big game against American, totaling a career-best 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals. A few of Miller's other top performances last season came at Boston College (13 points, four rebounds, two steals), against Lehigh (10 points, nine rebounds, three assists)), against New Hampshire (10 points, seven rebounds), against Texas-San Antonio (10 points), against Army (nine points, five rebounds, two assists), against Navy (nine points, four 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 226 points, 208 rebounds, 61 assists, 35 blocked shots and 25 steals.

CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross is once again an excellent free throw shooting team in 2013-2014. In three games played, the Crusaders have hit 78.6 percent (81 of 103) of their foul shots as a team. Senior guard Justin Burrell leads the way by hitting 100.0 percent (seven of seven) of his free throws so far in 2013-2014, while senior forward Dave Dudzinski has knocked down 85.0 percent (17 of 20) of his foul shots. Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton (84.6 percent, 11 of 13), freshman forward Malachi Alexander (78.3 percent, 18 of 23), junior forward Malcolm Miller (77.8 percent, seven of nine) and freshman guard Anthony Thompson (72.7 percent, 16 of 22) are also hitting over 70 percent at the charity stripe this year. Last season, the Crusaders made 75.3 percent (351 of 466) of their foul shots as a team, good the second-best single-season free throw percentage in school history behind only the 1961-1962 Holy Cross squad which knocked down 77.6 percent (505 of 651) of its free throws. Prior to last year, the Crusaders had not made at least 75 percent of their foul shots for an entire season since 1978-1979 (75.1 percent, 560 of 746).

BROWN NOW IN FOURTH YEAR WITH CRUSADERS: Milan Brown is in his fourth season as the head coach at Holy Cross in 2013-2014, with an overall record of 36-55 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 130-173 (.429). 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).

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 95th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1327-904 (.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 and coaches 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 IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders finished the 2012-2013 season ranked among the top 125 in NCAA Division I leaders for five statistical categories. In addition, Justin Burrell and Dave Dudzinski ended the year among the top 250 in the nation in individual statistics. The rankings:

Category Rank    Player / Team Avg.
Free Throw Percent 17   Holy Cross 75.3
  106   Dave Dudzinski 81.7
Three-Point Percent Defense 73   Holy Cross 31.8
Field Goal Percent 103   Dave Dudzinski 48.3
Fewest Turnovers 106   Holy Cross 12.4
Scoring Defense 113   Holy Cross 64.3
Fewest Personal Fouls 123   Holy Cross 17.1
Scoring 186   Dave Dudzinski 15.2
Assists 188   Justin Burrell 3.7
Rebounding 244   Dave Dudzinski 6.6


CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 338-137 at the Hart Center, including a 1-0 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 32 out of 38 seasons, while recording double-figure home victories 17 times. The Crusaders stand 125-45 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 79-24 record against Patriot League foes.

DUDZINSKI NAMED PRESEASON ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE: Senior forward Dave Dudzinski has been selected to the preseason All-Patriot League team, in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. Dudzinski was joined on the preseason all-conference team by Bucknell senior guard Cameron Ayers, Loyola (Md.) senior guard Dylon Cormier, Boston University senior guard D.J. Irving and Lehigh senior guard Mackey McKnight. In addition, Irving was selected as the preseason Patriot League Player of the Year.

HOLY CROSS NAMES CAPTAINS: Junior guard Justin Burrell and senior forward Dave Dudzinski have been selected as the Crusaders' captains for the 2013-2014 season. Both Burrell and Dudzinski were also among Holy Cross' leaders during the 2012-2013 season, serving as tri-captains along with Phil Beans.

CRUSADERS PICKED SEVENTH IN PRESEASON POLL: In the 2013-2014 Patriot League preseason poll, Holy Cross was picked to finish in seventh place in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. The Crusaders received 70 total points in the conference preseason poll. Boston University placed first in the poll, with 162 total points and 18 first-place votes, followed by Lafayette in second with 130 points and two first-place votes, Army in third (115 points), Bucknell in fourth (113 points), Loyola (Md.) in fifth (109 points) and Lehigh in sixth (93 points). The preseason rankings were rounded out by Colgate (eighth, 49 points), American (ninth, 36 points) and Navy (10th, 23 points).

CRUSADER VISION & THE PATRIOT LEAGUE NETWORK: Live video streaming of all Holy Cross home non-conference games and most Patriot League regular season games during the 2013-2014 season will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision and the Patriot League Network. The package, done in association with Campus Insiders, is available free of charge. For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision or the Patriot League Network, click here.

CRUSADERS ON TELEVISION: Holy Cross will have at least 10 games shown on live television during the 2013-2014 season. The Crusaders had seven television appearances last year, while appearing on television seven times in 2011-2012, 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 2013-2014 season:

Nov. 10 vs. Harvard: New England Sports Network
Nov. 15 at North Carolina: ESPNU
Nov. 30 at New Hampshire: WBIN TV18
Dec. 28 at Michigan: Big Ten Network
Jan. 8 vs. Colgate: Charter TV3
Jan. 22 at Lafayette: Lafayette Sports Network
Jan. 29 vs. Loyola (Md.): Charter TV3
Feb. 4 at Colgate: CBS Sports Network
Feb. 9 vs. Bucknell: CBS Sports Network
Feb. 15 at Lehigh: Service Electric Cable

HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Twelve of the Crusaders' basketball contests during the 2013-2014 season will be carried by Emmanuel Radio, WNEB 1230 AM in Worcester.  Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 27th season calling the play-by-play for Crusader basketball on the radio. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk are in their 10th 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. WCHC 88.1 FM, the Holy Cross student station, will also carry a number of games this year.

CRUSADERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Updates on Holy Cross basketball can be found through the Holy Cross Athletics pages on the following social media networks:

Facebook: Holy Cross Athletics
Twitter: @GoHolyCross
YouTube: GoHolyCross
Instagram: GoHolyCross

E-MAIL ALERTS: Get all the latest news and results on the Holy Cross men's basketball team sent directly to your e-mail. To sign up for e-mail alerts, click here.

SCOUTING THE STAGS: Fairfield enters the contest with an overall record of 1-2 on the season, and is coming off a 59-52 loss to Loyola (Md.) on Saturday. Freshman guard Doug Chappell is averaging a team-best 9.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game so far this year, while hitting 63.6 percent (seven of 11) of his three-point field goal attempts. Sophomore forward Marcus Gilbert has also played well this season, averaging 7.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest. The Stags are led by Sydney Johnson, who stands 42-33 in three seasons at Fairfield. Johnson's career record stands at 108-86, including four years as the head coach at Princeton.

DRIBBLES: Sophomore guard Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.) recorded career highs of 10 points, five rebounds and five assists in the victory over Sacred Heart ... In the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate Report, for the four-class aggregate of entering classes from 2003 through 2006, 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 fourth-best mark among all Division I schools ... Holy Cross has received an NCAA Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Award in each of the last eight seasons, for having a multi-year APR in the top 10 percent of all Division I men's basketball teams in the nation ... Holy Cross is taking part in the Coach4aDay Program during the 2013-2014 season, with opportunities auctioned off for a guest "assistant coach," with the proceeds going to charity. For more information, visit "www.coach4aday.com".