Men's Basketball Heads To New Hampshire On Saturday
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (3-3, 0-0 PL) vs. New Hampshire (2-3, 0-0 AEC)
Date: November 30, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Lundholm Gymnasium (3,000), Durham, N.H.
Live Well Network Television: Jim Jeanotte, play-by-play; Mike Murphy, color
Live Video Streaming: www.AmericaEast.tv
Holy Cross Radio: WNEB 1230 AM, Worcester; Dick Lutsk, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 22-10
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 60, New Hampshire 50 (Nov. 24, 2012; Worcester, Mass.)
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, 24, Eric Green, 6-4, 191, So.
HOLY CROSS TRAVELS TO NEW HAMPSHIRE: Following five days off around Thanksgiving, the Crusaders will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 30, when they travel to New Hampshire. The time for the Holy Cross-New Hampshire game has been moved to 7:00 p.m., due to the Wildcats' home football playoff game against Lafayette. The Crusaders will then return home to the Hart Center, when they play host to Albany on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The Holy Cross-Albany game will be the second part of a doubleheader, which will begin with the Crusader women facing Northeastern at 5:00 p.m.
THE SERIES WITH NEW HAMPSHIRE: This will be the 33rd meeting between the Crusaders and the Wildcats on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 22-10. The Crusaders have won the last two meetings, and have now been victorious in five of the last seven games in the series. For contests played in Durham, Holy Cross holds an 8-7 advantage but was defeated 55-52 in its last visit (in 2010). Holy Cross and New Hampshire first met on Jan. 10, 1973, with the Crusaders posting a 78-60 victory in Worcester.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 22-10
In Durham: Holy Cross leads, 8-7
At Lundholm Gymnasium: Holy Cross leads, 8-7
Milan Brown vs. New Hampshire: 2-2
Bill Herrion vs. Holy Cross: 1-2
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, two game
In Overtime: New Hampshire leads, 1-0
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 six games played this season, he is averaging 17.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.8 blocks per game, while hitting 54.4 percent of his field goal attempts (37 of 68) and 82.8 percent of his free throws (24 of 29). During the victory over Hartford, Dudzinski totaled 18 points and nine rebounds, while hitting eight of nine field goal attempts. In the previous contest against Belmont, he scored 15 points and pulled down five boards. Dudzinski also played well at North Carolina, recording 11 points and five rebounds. A few of his other top performances this season have come against Sacred Heart (fifth career double-double, 26 points, career-high tying 15 rebounds, three steals, two assists two blocks) and Harvard (25 points, six rebounds, three steals). Last year, Dudzinski 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. He scored a career-high 31 points at San Francisco last season, then matched that mark with 31 points in last year's game with Columbia. 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 955 points, 493 rebounds and 73 blocked shots, while connecting on 49.9 percent (351 of 704) of his field goals and 80.3 percent (216 of 269) 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 13.2 points per game, and stands second with an average of 5.8 rebounds per contest. He has scored in double figures in five consecutive games, including 13 points and seven rebounds during Sunday's victory over Hartford. Earlier in the season, Alexander posted his first career double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds in the victory over Sacred Heart. Thompson is also off to a strong start this year, averaging 8.8 points and 2.7 assists per game off the bench. He recorded a career-high 15 points, four assists and two steals during last Saturday's game against Belmont, while hitting four of five attempts from three-point range. Thompson also had a big game earlier in the year against Sacred Heart, totaling 10 points and two steals.
CRUSADERS AGAINST THE AMERICA EAST CONFERENCE: Against the nine schools which currently compete in the America East Conference, Holy Cross stands 61-29 all-time (7-5 against Hartford, 7-1 vs. Maine, 22-10 against New Hampshire, 0-2 vs. Stony Brook, 9-1 against UMass-Lowell and 16-10 vs. Vermont). The Crusaders played in the America East, then known as the ECAC North Atlantic, for four seasons from 1979-1983, posting a 9-7 record in conference play (the league played only a tournament and no regular season in the first two years). In 1980, Holy Cross won the ECAC Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
BURRELL LEADS HOLY CROSS FROM THE POINT: Junior Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) is now in his third season as Holy Cross' starting point guard. Burrell recorded seven points and two assists in the victory over Hartford, after posting nine points and two rebounds at North Carolina. He previously totaled nine points and eight assists against Sacred Heart, while recording eight points and four assists against Harvard. On the season, Burrell is now averaging 5.8 points and 3.2 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) and against Texas-San Antonio (17 points, three rebounds, two steals). 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 611 points, 235 assists, 125 rebounds and 37 steals, while making 83.5 percent (137 of 164) of his free throws.
HARTFORD RECAP: Eric Green posted career highs of 18 points, six rebounds and five steals, to lead Holy Cross to an 80-55 victory over Hartford in the Baseball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Nov. 24, 2013. Green hit seven of 13 field goal attempts and all four of his free throws on the night. The Crusaders turned in one of their top defensive performances of the season, making 10 steals while forcing Hartford to commit 21 turnovers. Holy Cross also owned a 35-18 rebounding advantage, and held the Hawks to 37.5 percent shooting from the field (15 of 40). In addition, the Crusaders made 58.7 percent (27 of 46) of their own field goal attempts. Holy Cross played outstanding defense from the opening tip, holding Hartford to just one point in the first 11 minutes while jumping out to an 18-1 lead. Green scored 10 of his points during that run, while Malcolm Miller added a pair of three-point field goals. The Crusaders went on to hold the Hawks to just one made field goal in the first half, while taking a 35-14 advantage into the locker room. Hartford hit just one of 13 field goal attempts before the intermission, in addition to committing 13 turnovers. Holy Cross tied the NCAA single-game record for fewest field goals allowed in a single half, matching the mark of one set by Kansas State against Savannah State on Jan. 7, 2008. The Crusaders continued to dominate the game in the second half, increasing their lead to 32 points (60-28) with 8:56 left to play. The Hawks would get no closer than 19 points the rest of the way, as Holy Cross eventually posted a 25-point victory. Dave Dudzinski finished the game with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Malachi Alexander added 13 points and seven boards. Taylor Dyson led Hartford with 15 points.
GREEN MOVES INTO STARTING LINEUP: Sophomore guard Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.) earned his first career start during the Hartford game, and turned in the top performance of his collegiate career. Green posted career highs of 18 points, six rebounds and five steals against the Hawks, in addition to handing out three assists. He also had a solid game earlier in the season against Sacred Heart, totaling 10 points, five rebounds and a career-best five assists. On the season, Green is now averaging 7.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game.
MILLER MAKES PRESENCE FELT ON THE WING: Junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) has been one of the top perimeter players for the Crusaders in 2013-2014. Miller totaled nine points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals during the victory over Hartford, after finishing with eight points, four steals and two blocks against Belmont. He also posted eight points and three rebounds against Sacred Heart, and recorded eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks against Harvard. Miller is now averaging 7.5 points and 5.0 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) and against Texas-San Antonio (10 points). 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 249 points, 221 rebounds, 66 assists, 39 blocked shots and 33 steals.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 95th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1329-905 (.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.
THE LAST MEETING WITH NEW HAMPSHIRE: Dave Dudzinski totaled 19 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists, to lead the Crusaders to a 60-50 victory over New Hampshire at the Hart Center on Nov. 24, 2012. Dudzinski made seven of 12 field goals on the afternoon, including his only three-point attempt, in addition to downing all four of his foul shots. Holy Cross held a 33-23 advantage at the break, before New Hampshire opened up the second half with a 6-0 run to get back into the game. The Wildcats eventually came back to tie up the score at 36-36 with 15:20 left to play on a layup by Patrick Konan, then would take their first lead of the day (42-41) with 10:44 to go on a pair of free throws by Chris Pelcher. But the Crusaders came right back with a 7-0 run over the next four minutes to pull back in front, and New Hampshire would get no closer than five points the rest of the way. Holy Cross hit all 12 of its free throw attempts in the final five minutes to secure the victory. The game was close early on in the first half, and the Crusaders led 15-14 at the 10-minute mark. Holy Cross then used a 12-2 spurt to build its lead to double digits, with Cullen Hamilton hitting a pair of three-pointers during that run. The Wildcats were able to trim the lead down to eight points late in the half, before the Crusaders took a 33-23 advantage into the locker room. Hamilton finished the game with 11 points and two rebounds, while Malcolm Miller added 10 points, seven rebounds and two steals. New Hampshire was led by Konan with 13 points and four rebounds. Holy Cross held a 43-32 rebounding advantage on the afternoon, in addition to committing only 10 turnovers. The Crusaders also made 89.5 percent (17 of 19) of their free throw attempts.
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.
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, but missed the Hartford game due to injury. Hamilton is currently averaging 16.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, while hitting 41.2 percent (14 of 34) of his three-point field goals and 88.2 percent (15 of 17) of his free throws. During the Belmont game, he led the team with 16 points, two rebounds and two assists. Previously against Fairfield, Hamilton recorded 13 points and four rebounds. He also had a huge night against Sacred Heart, totaling 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). Last season, Hamilton was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie team after averaging 6.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, and making 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. Over the course of his collegiate career, Hamilton has now totaled 271 points, 101 rebounds and 32 assists, while hitting 31.7 percent of his three-point attempts (52 of 164).
CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross is once again an excellent free throw shooting team in 2013-2014. In six games played, the Crusaders have hit 76.0 percent (136 of 179) of their foul shots as a team. Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton leads the way by hitting 88.2 percent (15 of 17) of his free throws so far in 2013-2014, while senior forward Dave Dudzinski has knocked down 82.8 percent (24 of 29) of his foul shots. Senior guard Justin Burrell (81.8 percent, nine of 11), freshman forward Malachi Alexander (76.7 percent, 33 of 43), freshman guard Anthony Thompson (73.2 percent, 30 of 41), sophomore guard Eric Green (72.7 percent, eight of 11) and junior forward Malcolm Miller (70.6 percent, 12 of 17) 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).
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).
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.
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.
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 38-56 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 133-176 (.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).
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: Live Well Network
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:
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SCOUTING THE WILDCATS: New Hampshire enters the contest with an overall record of 2-3 on the season. The Wildcats have lost their last three games, and are coming off a 60-55 loss to Bryant on Sunday. Senior center Chris Pelcher currently leads the team with averages of 15.2 points and 13.0 rebounds per game. Senior forward Patrick Konan has added 14.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest, while senior guard Jordon Bronner is chipping in with 12.0 points and 3.2 assists per game. The Wildcats are led by Bill Herrion, who is now in his ninth season as New Hampshire's head coach. Herrion stands 94-147 with the Wildcats, while owning a career record of 331-316 (including eight years at Drexel and six seasons at East Carolina).
DRIBBLES: During the Nov. 24 victory over Hartford, the Crusaders allowed the Hawks to make just one field goal in the first half. That tied the NCAA single-game record for fewest field goals allowed in a half (since the shot clock era began in 1986), matching Kansas State, which held Savannah State to just one made shot in the second half on Jan. 7, 2008 ... 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.