Crusaders Play Host To American On Sunday

Justin Burrell

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The Teams: Holy Cross (6-7, 0-1 PL) vs. American (5-7, 1-0 PL)
Date: January 5, 2014
Time: 1:00 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, 18-12
Last Meeting: American 64, Holy Cross 61 (OT, Feb. 17, 2013; Washington, D.C.)

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.

CRUSADERS COME HOME TO FACE AMERICAN: Holy Cross returns to the Hart Center on Sunday, Jan. 5, when it plays host to American in its Patriot League home opener at 1:00 p.m. The Crusaders will then play another home game against Colgate on Wednesday, Jan.8, at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross will follow that up with a pair of road games, at Bucknell on Saturday, Jan. 11 (2:00 p.m.), and at Army on Wednesday, Jan. 15 (7:00 p.m.).

THE SERIES WITH AMERICAN: This will be the 31st meeting between the Crusaders and the Eagles on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 18-12. Holy Cross has won two of the last three meetings between the schools, but American took six of the previous seven contests. For games played in Worcester the Crusaders hold a 11-3 advantage, including four wins in the last five meetings. Holy Cross and American first played on Dec. 21, 1967, with the Crusaders winning 81-57 on the road.

Overall: Holy Cross leads, 18-12
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 11-3
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 11-3
Milan Brown vs. American: 4-7
Mike Brennan vs. Holy Cross: 0-0
Current Win Streak: American, one game
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-1

CRUSADERS IN PATRIOT LEAGUE HOME OPENERS: Holy Cross is now in its 24th season of play in the Patriot League, and will play its first league home game of the year against American. During their first 23 seasons in the conference, the Crusaders have posted a 15-8 mark in their opening Patriot League home game of the season. Holy Cross has a 10-4 mark in its opening conference home game over the last 14 years, including victories in seven of the last nine seasons. The Crusaders also stand 15-9 in their first overall Patriot League game of the season, following Thursday's 70-60 loss at Boston University. Holy Cross has won its opening Patriot League game 10 times in the last 15 years.

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 13 games played, he is averaging 16.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game, while hitting 48.4 percent of his field goal attempts (77 of 159) and 75.8 percent of his free throws (50 of 66). During the Boston University game, Dudzinski posted his seventh career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Previously at Michigan, he totaled 17 points and six rebounds. Dudzinski also played well at New Jersey Tech, recording 14 points and six rebounds. A few of his other top performances this season have come against Sacred Heart (26 points, career-high tying 15 rebounds, three steals), against Harvard (25 points, six rebounds, three steals), against Albany (22 points, seven rebounds), against Hartford (18 points, nine rebounds), at New Hampshire (17 points, eight rebounds), at Hartford (17 points, seven rebounds), against Canisius (16 points, 10 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. Over the course of his collegiate career, Dudzinski has now totaled 1,070 points, 547 rebounds and 76 blocked shots, while connecting on 49.2 percent (391 of 795) of his field goals and 79.1 percent (242 of 306) of his free throws.

HAMILTON BECOMING A TOP SCORING THREAT: Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton is a key player for the Crusaders on the wing this year. Hamilton is averaging 15.1 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, while hitting 45.7 percent (21 of 46) of his three-point field goals and 88.2 percent (15 of 17) of his free throws. During the Boston University game, he scored 16 points while hitting four of six attempts from three-point range. Previously against Belmont, Hamilton led the team with 16 points, two rebounds and two assists. 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). In addition, Hamilton had a solid game at Fairfield with 13 points and four rebounds. Last season, he was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie team after averaging 6.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. Over the course of his collegiate career, Hamilton has now totaled 296 points, 104 rebounds and 32 assists, while hitting 33.5­­ percent of his three-point attempts (59 of 176).

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 13 games played this season, Miller is averaging 9.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. In the victory over New Jersey Tech, he led the team with 18 points, nine rebounds, a career-high seven blocks and three assists. Previously against Canisius, Miller recorded 15 points, four rebounds and four assists. He also played well at Hartford, scoring 18 points while hitting six of seven field goal attempts and four of five shots from three-point range. A few of Miller's other top games this year have been against Hartford (nine points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals), against Harvard (eight points, seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks), against Belmont (eight points, four steals, two blocks), against Albany (eight points, three assists, two blocks) and against Sacred Heart (eight points, three rebounds). Last season, Miller averaged 5.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.8 blocks per contest. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 325 points, 245 rebounds, 89 assists, 52 blocked shots and 38 steals.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY RECAP: Dave Dudzinski posted his seventh career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, but Holy Cross was defeated by Boston University 70-60 at Agganis Arena on Jan. 2, 2014. Cullen Hamilton scored a game-high 16 points, while hitting four of six attempts from three-point range. Boston University was led by Maurice Watson with 12 points and six assists. The game was close early on, as the score was tied 20-20 with eight minutes remaining before the break. The Terriers scored the next eight points to pull in front, but the Crusaders responded with a 9-2 spurt a few minutes later to cut the lead to one point (32-31). Boston University eventually took a 36-31 advantage into the locker room. The Terriers held onto a slim lead early in the second half, and were up 46-44 with 14:02 left in regulation. Boston University then went on a 13-5 run over the next 5:16 to extend its lead to double figures (59-49). Holy Cross would get no closer than six points the rest of the way, as the Terriers eventually posted a 10-point win. Both teams struggled to hold onto the ball, as the Crusaders committed 19 turnovers and Boston University gave the ball away 17 times. The Terriers held a 40-31 advantage on the glass, in addition to making 90.0 percent (18 of 20) of their free thows.

BURRELL LEADS HOLY CROSS FROM THE POINT: Junior Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) is in his third season as Holy Cross' starting point guard. In 10 games played this year, he has averaged 7.4 points, 2.9 assists and 1.8 rebounds per contest, while hitting 45.8 percent (11 of 24) of his three-point attempts and 78.6 percent (11 of 14) of his free throws. During the Michigan game, Burrell posted 14 points and five assists, while hitting four of five attempts from three-point range. Previously at New Jersey Tech, he recorded eight points, three rebounds and two assists. A few of Burrell's other top games this season have been against Canisius (11 points, two assists), against Sacred Heart (nine points, eight assists), at North Carolina (nine points, two rebounds), against Harvard (eight points, four assists) and against Hartford (seven points, two assists). 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. He 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 650 points, 245 assists, 135 rebounds and 40 steals, while making 83.2 percent (139 of 167) of his free throws.

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 9.5 points per game, and stands second with an average of 4.7 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.

THE LAST MEETING WITH AMERICAN: American's Daniel Munoz hit a three-point field goal as time expired in overtime, to lift the Eagles to a 64-61 victory over Holy Cross at Bender Arena on Feb. 17, 2013. Munoz scored eight of American's 11 points in the extra session, and finished the game with 14 points and five assists. Dave Dudzinski led the Crusaders with a game-high 19 points and seven rebounds, while Phil Beans added 10 points. Stephen Lumpkins posted a double-double for the Eagles with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Holy Cross held a 59-58 lead in the overtime period, before Lumpkins converted a three-point play to put American up 61-59 with 51.4 seconds remaining. A Dudzinski tip-in then tied the score up at 61-61, and Cullen Hamilton was fouled grabbing a rebound with 5.4 seconds left to play. But Hamilton missed the front end of a one-and-one, and Munoz drove the ball down the court before hitting the winning shot. The Crusaders began the afternoon by scoring the first four points of the game, before the Eagles used a 10-2 run to pull in front by four (10-6). American would later hold a three-point lead (16-13) with 10 minutes left before the break, when Holy Cross scored the next eight points to take a 21-16 advantage with 5:43 on the clock. But the Eagles netted the next five points to tie up the game, and eventually pulled back in front 29-26 at halftime. American was still up by one point (36-35) with 15 minutes left in regulation, before using a 9-2 run to claim its largest lead of the day (45-37) with 11:52 on the clock. The Crusaders came right back with a 9-0 spurt of their own, including five points from Beans, to regain the lead (46-45) with 7:38 to go. Neither team would lead by more than three points the rest of the way, and both squads were held scoreless over the final 1:30 before going to overtime tied at 53-53.

CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 339-138 at the Hart Center, including a 2-1 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 126-46 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 79-24 record against Patriot League foes.

GREEN PLAYING IMPORTANT ROLE ON THE PERIMETER: Sophomore guard Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.) has developed into one of the top players in the Crusader backcourt this season. In 13 games played, he is averaging 7.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game. During the victory over New Jersey Tech, Green recorded 15 points, five assists, five steals and four rebounds. Previously at Hartford, he totaled 12 points, three assists and three steals. 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).

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 8.7 points, 2.6 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game, while hitting 76.8 percent (43 of 56) of his free throws. 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.

CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross is once again an excellent free throw shooting team in 2013-2014. In 13 games played, the Crusaders have hit 72.3 percent (230 of 318) 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 senior forward Dave Dudzinski has knocked down 75.8 percent (50 of 66) of his foul shots. Junior guard Justin Burrell (78.6 percent, 11 of 14), freshman guard Anthony Thompson (76.8 percent, 43 of 56) and freshman forward Malachi Alexander (74.6 percent, 44 of 59) are also hitting at least 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).

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 41-60 and a 20-23 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 136-180 (.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).

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).

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 95th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1332-909 (.594), 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 are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in two statistical categories, through games of Dec. 29. In addition, four Holy Cross players stand among the best in the nation in various individual categories. The rankings:

Category Rank    Player / Team Avg.
Free Throw Percent 61   Holy Cross 73.3
  239   Dave Dudzinski 79.3
Three-Point Percent 75   Holy Cross 37.2
Steals 93   Eric Green 1.8
Blocked Shots 108   Malcolm Miller 1.7
Three-Pointers Made 122   Holy Cross 6.8
Rebounding 138   Dave Dudzinski 7.5
Field Goal Percent 143   Dave Dudzinski 49.7
Scoring 147   Dave Dudzinski 17.1
Assist-Turnover Ratio 195   Justin Burrell 1.8

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 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).

HOLY CROSS OWNS FIVE PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CROWNS: Seven 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 Bucknell (2005, 2006, 2011 and 2013) ranking second. Holy Cross has also appeared in the championship game seven times in the last 12 years. Overall, the Crusaders have made a conference-record 10 appearances in the Patriot League championship game.

HOLY CROSS 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.

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.

DUDZINSKI NETS 1,000TH POINT: Senior forward Dave Dudzinski 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 1,041 points in 97 games as a Crusader, good for an average of 10.7 points per contest.

HOLY CROSS JOINS COACH4ADAY PROGRAM: The Crusaders are partnering with the 3-Point Foundation and Coaching for Literacy to take part in the Coach4aDay Program during the 2013-2014 season. For selected games this year, opportunities will be auctioned off to serve as a guest "assistant coach," with the proceeds going to charity. This will involve the chance to sit directly behind the team bench, meet the Holy Cross coaches and players, and get a glimpse inside the locker room on game day. Upcoming games which are included come against American (Jan. 5), Lehigh (Jan. 18) and Bucknell (Feb. 9). For more information, visit "".

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

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SCOUTING THE EAGLES: American enters the game with an overall record of 5-7 and a 1-0 mark in the Patriot League. The Eagles have won their last two games, and are coming off a 67-57 victory at Bucknell on Thursday. Junior guard John Schoof leads the team with an average of 12.3 points per game, while sophomore guard Jesse Reed has added 11.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest. Senior center Tony Wroblicky is averaging 11.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, and junior guard Darius Gardner is chipping in with 10.5 points and 3.9 assists per contest. American is led by Mike Brennan, who is 5-7 in his first season as the Eagles' head coach. Brennan previously spent time as an assistant at Georgetown, American, Princeton and Columbia.

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 ... Junior forward Taylor Abt (Darnestown, Md.) scored a season-high eight points during the Boston University game. He is now averaging 3.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per contest ... Freshman guard Robert Champion (Charlotte, N.C.) scored a career-high eight points against both Albany and New Jersey Tech. He is currently averaging 3.8 points and 1.2 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 15 career games, totaling 41 points, nine rebounds and seven 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.