December 12, 2013

Men's Basketball To Face Canisius After Finals

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (5-4, 0-0 PL) vs. Canisius (6-4, 2-0 MAAC)
Date: December 16, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: Crusader Vision; Dick Lutsk, play-by-play
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 13-4
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 102, Canisius 85 (Feb. 25, 1990; 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, 2, Anthony Thompson, 5-10, 150, Fr.
G, 24, Eric Green, 6-4, 191, So.

HOLY CROSS RETURNS FROM FINALS AGAINST CANISIUS: Following a nine-day break for final exams, the Crusaders will play host to Canisius at the Hart Center on Monday, Dec. 16, at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross will then close out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a pair of road games, traveling to New Jersey Tech on Saturday, Dec. 21 (2:00 p.m.), and Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 28 (6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network). After the beginning of the new year, the Crusaders open Patriot League play at Boston University on Thursday, Jan. 2 (7:00 p.m.).

THE SERIES WITH CANISIUS: This will be the 18th meeting between the Crusaders and the Golden Griffins on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 13-4. The Crusaders have won three straight and nine of the last 10 meetings, but the schools have not played since the 1989-1990 season. For games played in Worcester, Holy Cross owns a 4-1 advantage, with a 4-0 mark at the Hart Center. The schools first met on Jan. 28, 1947, when the Crusaders posted a 47-36 victory at the old Boston Garden.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 13-4
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 4-1
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 4-0
Milan Brown vs. Canisius: 0-0
Jim Baron vs. Holy Cross: 1-1
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, three games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 1-0

DUDZINSKI NETS 1,000TH POINT: Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) became the 47th 1,000-point scorer in the history of Holy Cross men's basketball on Dec. 7 at Hartford. He hit a turnaround jumper at the 4:27-mark of the first half to record the 1,000th point of his collegiate career. Dudzinski has now scored 1,011 points in 95 games as a Crusader, good for an average of 10.6 points per contest.

CRUSADERS AGAINST THE METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE: Holy Cross has an all-time record of 102-77 against the 11 schools which currently compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Since the beginning of the 2004-2005 season, the Crusaders have an 8-8 mark against MAAC foes. Holy Cross stands 13-4 all-time against Canisius, 22-19 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 recorded a 14-2 mark to win the MAAC North Division title.

DUDZINSKI PLAYS BIG IN THE POST: Senior forward Dave Dudzinski 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 nine games played this season, he is averaging 17.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks per game, while hitting 51.8 percent of his field goal attempts (57 of 110) and 79.1 percent of his free throws (34 of 43). During the Hartford game, Dudzinski totaled 17 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Previously against Albany, he led the team with 22 points and seven rebounds, including 13 of the team's final 15 points to help the Crusaders earn the victory. Dudzinski also played well at New Hampshire, recording 17 points and eight 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), against Harvard (25 points, six rebounds, three steals), against Hartford (18 points, nine rebounds), against Belmont (15 points, five rebounds) and at North Carolina (11 points, five rebounds). 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 10,11 points, 515 rebounds and 73 blocked shots, while connecting on 49.7 percent (371 of 746) of his field goals and 79.9 percent (226 of 283) of his free throws.

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. In nine games played this season, Miller is averaging 8.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. In the Hartford game, he scored a career-high 18 points, while hitting six of seven field goal attempts and four of five shots from three-point range. Previously against Albany, Miller totaled eight points, three assists and two blocks. He also played well in the first meeting with Hartford, recording nine points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. A few of Miller's other top games this year have been against Harvard (eight points, seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks), Belmont (eight points, four steals, two blocks) and Sacred Heart (eight points, three rebounds). In 2012-2013, Miller averaged 5.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.8 blocks per contest. Some of his top games a year ago came at Navy (13 points, career-high 13 rebounds, first career double-double), against American (career-high 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks, two steals) and at Boston College (13 points, four rebounds, two steals). 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 279 points, 227 rebounds, 73 assists, 43 blocked shots and 35 steals.

CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 339-137 at the Hart Center, including a 2-0 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 126-45 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 79-24 record against Patriot League foes.

HARTFORD RECAP: Dave Dudzinski totaled 17 points and seven rebounds, but Holy Cross was defeated by Hartford 90-78 at the Chase Family Arena on Dec. 7, 2013. Dudzinski scored the 1,000th point of his collegiate career with a turnaround jumper at the 4:27-mark of the first half, to become the 47th 1,000-point scorer in school history. Malcolm Miller scored a career-high 18 points, while hitting six of seven shots from the floor and four of five attempts from three-point range. Eric Green also played well, totaling 12 points, three assists and three steals. The Hawks were led by Yolonzo Moore, who scored all of his game-high 21 points in the second half. The game was close early on, with the Crusaders holding a 10-8 lead after the first six minutes of play. Hartford then went on a 7-0 run to claim its first lead of the evening. The Hawks would increase their lead to eight points late in the first half, before taking a 39-33 advantage into the locker room. Hartford extended its lead to 12 points (50-38) with 14:42 remaining in the second half, before Holy Cross used a 10-0 spurt to close the margin to two points (50-48). But the Hawks scored the next six points to go back in front by eight, and the Crusaders would get no closer than six points the rest of the way. Hartford eventually led by 18 late in the game, before finally winning by 12. Holy Cross made 61.7 percent (29 of 47) of its field goal attempts on the night, but also allowed the Hawks to hit 58.5 percent (31 of 53) of their shots. Hartford also held a 25-20 rebounding advantage, and committed only 11 turnovers to 14 for the Crusaders.

GREEN MOVES INTO STARTING LINEUP: Sophomore guard Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.) has taken over as a starter in the Crusader backcourt this season. In nine games played, he is averaging 7.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game. During the Hartford game, Green totaled 12 ponts, three assists and three steals. Previously at New Hampshire, he posted nine points and three rebounds. A few of Green's other top performances this season have come in the first meeting with Hartford (career-high 18 points, six rebounds, five steals) and against Sacred Heart (10 points, five rebounds, five assists).

ALEXANDER STEPS INTO PROMINENT ROLE: Freshman forward Malachi Alexander (Bowie, Md.) has been a key player for the Crusaders down low this season. He currently ranks third on the team with an average of 11.0 points per game, and stands second with an average of 4.9 rebounds per contest. During the victory over Albany, Alexander recorded 10 points and four rebounds. Previously against Hartford, he totaled 13 points and seven rebounds. Earlier in the season, Alexander posted his first career double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds in the victory over Sacred Heart. A few of his other top performances this year have come against Fairfield (13 points, five rebounds) and North Carolina (13 points, five rebounds). Alexander came to Holy Cross from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md., where he led the team to an overall record of 27-1 and the Maryland Class 4A state championship as a senior.

THOMPSON PLAYING KEY MINUTES: Freshman guard Anthony Thompson (Glenn Dale, Md.) has become a key part of the Holy Cross backcourt this year. He is currently averaging 9.2 points, 2.7 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game, while hitting 76.8 percent (43 of 56) of his free throws and 34.8 percent (eight of 23) of his three-point field goals. During the victory at New Hampshire, Thompson posted career highs of 17 points and five rebounds, while hitting all 10 of his free throw attempts. Previously against Belmont, he recorded 15 points, four assists and two steals, and knocked down 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. Last season, he was named the Montgomery County Player of the Year for the Bullis School in Potomac, Md.

HOLY CROSS NAMES CAPTAINS: Junior guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) 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.

THE LAST MEETING WITH CANISIUS: Dwight Pernell totaled 19 points, seven assists and three steals to lead the Crusaders to a 102-85 victory over Canisius at the Hart Center on Feb. 25, 1990. The Golden Griffins opened the game by jumping out to a 9-2 lead, are were still up by five (13-8) with 14:33 to play in the first half. Holy Cross then scored the next 10 points to start a 27-5 run and take a commanding 35-18 lead. Pernell scored 11 of his points during that spurt, while Lorn Davis added eight points. Canisius would get not closer than 12 points for the remainder of the half, before the Crusaders took a 19-point lead (57-38) lead into the locker room. Holy Cross continued to dominate the game in the second half, leading by at least 17 points the rest of the way and claiming a 102-85 victory. Davis finished the contest with 19 points, three rebounds and two steals, while Scott Martzloff added a double-double off the bench with 14 points and 10 boards. The Golden Griffins were led by Jeff Priah with 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Mike O'Sullivan with 16 points and six boards. The Crusaders hit 48.6 percent (36 of 74) of their field goal attempts and 82.8 percent (24 of 29) of their free throws in the game, while holding Canisius to 39.7 percent (29 of 73) shooting from the floor.

CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross is once again an excellent free throw shooting team in 2013-2014. In nine games played, the Crusaders have hit 73.7 percent (174 of 236) of their foul shots as a team. Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) leads the way by hitting 88.2 percent (15 of 17) of his free throws so far in 2013-2014, while junior guard Justin Burrell has knocked down 81.8 percent (nine of 11) of his foul shots. Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (79.1 percent, 34 of 43), freshman guard Anthony Thompson (76.8 percent, 43 of 56), sophomore guard Eric Green (75.0 percent, 15 of 20) and freshman forward Malachi Alexander (72.9 percent, 35 of 48) are also hitting over 70 percent from the charity stripe this year. In 2012-2013, the Crusaders made 75.3 percent (351 of 466) of their foul shots as a team, good for 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).

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 95th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1331-906 (.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.

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 40-57 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 135-177 (.433). The 16th head coach in the history of the program, he came to Holy Cross after spending the previous seven seasons as head coach at Mount St. Mary's. During his final three years at Mount St. Mary's, Brown led the Mountaineers to three straight winning seasons and a pair of postseason appearances. His teams posted a 54-44 record (.551) during those three years, including a 35-19 mark (.648) in Northeast Conference play. During the 2007-2008 campaign, Brown led Mount St. Mary's to the first NCAA Division I Tournament victory in school history (69-60 over Coppin State).

CRUSADERS LOOKING FOR SIXTH PATRIOT LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON TITLE: During the 2013-2014 campaign, Holy Cross will attempt to win the Patriot League regular season title for the sixth time in school history. The last championship for the Crusaders came in 2007, when they tied for first place in the conference with Bucknell, as both teams posted 13-1 records in league play. Prior to that, Holy Cross won outright Patriot League regular season titles in 2001, 2003 and 2005, while sharing the regular season championship in 1994. The Crusaders' three outright titles are the second-most in league history, and Holy Cross' five total championships are tied for the second-most in conference history with Navy (one outright, four shared), behind only Bucknell (five outright, three shared).

HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in two statistical categories, through games of Dec. 8. In addition, senior forward Dave Dudzinski, sophomore guard Eric Green and junior forward Malcolm Miller stand among the best in the nation in various individual categories. The rankings:

Category Rank    Player / Team Avg.
Free Throw Percent 59   Holy Cross 73.7
Three-Point Percent 71   Holy Cross 37.6
Steals 97   Eric Green 1.9
Field Goal Percent 131   Dave Dudzinski 51.8
Scoring 138   Dave Dudzinski 17.6
Rebounding 145   Dave Dudzinski 7.6
Blocked Shots 229   Malcolm Miller 1.2


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.

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.

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:

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 GOLDEN GRIFFINS: Canisius stands 6-4 overall and 2-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Golden Griffins had won three straight games, before falling 67-51 at St. Francis (N.Y.) on Saturday. Senior guard Billy Baron currently leads the team with averages of 19.3 points and 4.4 assists per game, while hitting 41.7 percent (25 of 60) of his three-point field goal attempts and 89.8 percent (44 of 49) of his free throws. Senior forward Jordan Heath has added 10.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest, while senior guard Chris Perez is chipping in with 11.1 points per game. Canisius is led by Jim Baron, who is 26-18 in two seasons as the Golden Griffins' head coach. Baron's career record stands at 378-373, including 11 seasons at Rhode Island, nine years at St. Bonaventure and five seasons at St. Francis (Pa.).

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 ... Freshman guard Robert Champion (Charlotte, N.C.) scored a career-high eight points in the Albany game, while hitting two of four attempts from three-point range. He is currently averaging 3.8 points and 1.3 rebounds per game ... Junior guard De'Vaughn Reid (West Orange, N.J.) made his first career start at New Hampshire, scoring six points. A walk-on, Reid has now played in 13 career games, totaling 34 points, nine rebounds and six assists ... 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".