Men's Basketball Heads To Bucknell On Saturday
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (7-8, 1-2 PL) vs. Bucknell (7-7, 2-1 PL)
Date: January 11, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Sojka Pavilion (4,000), Lewisburg, Pa.
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League Network
Unofficial Live Statistics: Neu Lion Stats
Series Record: Bucknell leads, 33-26
Last Meeting: Bucknell 74, Holy Cross 57 (February 24, 2013; Lewisburg, Pa.)
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos., No., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl.
F, 13, Malcolm Miller, 6-7, 210, Jr.
F, 24, Eric Green, 6-4, 191, So.
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 HIT THE ROAD TO FACE BUCKNELL: Holy Cross will look to build off Wednesday night's 73-64 victory over Colgate, when it travels to Bucknell for a 2:00 p.m. game on Saturday, Jan. 11. The Crusaders will then remain on the road for their next contest, at Army on Wednesday, Jan. 15 (7:00 p.m.). Holy Cross will not play at home again until Saturday, Jan. 18, when it takes on Lehigh (4:00 p.m.).
THE SERIES WITH BUCKNELL: This will be the 60th meeting between the Crusaders and the Bison on the hardwood, with Bucknell leading the all-time series 33-26. The series has been extremely close in recent years, with Bucknell holding a narrow 9-8 edge over the last seven seasons. For games played in Lewisburg, the Bison own a 16-10 advantage, with three straight victories at Sojka Pavilion. The schools first met on Jan. 12, 1991, with Holy Cross posting an 80-78 victory in Lewisburg.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Bucknell leads, 33-26
In Lewisburg: Bucknell leads, 16-10
At Sojka Pavilion: Bucknell leads, 9-4
Milan Brown vs. Bucknell: 1-5
Dave Paulsen vs. Holy Cross: 8-5
Current Win Streak: Bucknell, two games
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1
CRUSADERS USE BALANCED SCORING TO DEFEAT COLGATE: During Wednesday night's 73-64 victory over Colgate, Holy Cross had six different players score in double figures. That marked the first time six Crusaders scored at least 10 points in the same game since Dec. 31, 2002, when six players reached double digits in an 87-54 victory at Fordham.
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 15 games played, he is averaging 16.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 0.5 blocks per game, while hitting 47.8 percent of his field goal attempts (85 of 178) and 77.5 percent of his free throws (62 of 80). During the victory over Colgate, Dudzinski totaled a team-high 16 points and eight rebounds. Previously against American, he led the team with 15 points and six rebounds. Dudzinski also played well at Boston University, posting his seventh career double-double with 12 points and 10 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), at Michigan (17 points, six rebounds), against Canisius (16 points, 10 rebounds), against Belmont (15 points, five rebounds), at New Jersey Tech (14 points, six 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 1,101 points, 561 rebounds and 76 blocked shots, while connecting on 49.0 percent (399 of 814) of his field goals and 79.4 percent (254 of 320) of his free throws.
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 15 games played, he is averaging 7.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 2.0 assists per game. During the victory over Colgate, Green filled up the stat line with 10 points, five steals, four assists, three rebounds and two blocks. Previously at New Jersey Tech, he recorded 15 points, five assists, five steals and four rebounds. A few of Green's other top performances this season have come against Hartford (career-high 18 points, six rebounds, five steals), at Hartford (12 points, three assists, three steals) and against Sacred Heart (10 points, five rebounds, five assists).
BURRELL LEADS HOLY CROSS FROM THE POINT: Junior Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) is in his third season as Holy Cross' starting point guard. In 12 games played this year, he has averaged 7.7 points, 2.6 assists and 1.9 rebounds per contest, while hitting 42.9 percent (12 of 28) of his three-point attempts and 85.7 percent (18 of 21) of his free throws. During the victory over Colgate, Burrell totaled 13 points, two rebounds and two assists. Previously at Michigan, he posted 14 points and five assists while hitting four of five attempts from three-point range. 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), at New Jersey Tech (eight points, three rebounds, two 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 678 points, 247 assists, 140 rebounds and 42 steals, while making 83.9 percent (146 of 174) of his free throws.
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, 2.5 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 0.8 steals per game, while hitting 75.4 percent (49 of 65) of his free throws. During the victory over Colgate, Thompson scored 10 points. Earlier in the season at New Hampshire, he posted career highs of 17 points and five rebounds, while hitting all 10 of his free throw attempts. A few of Thompson's other top games this year have come against Belmont (15 points, four assists, two steals, four of five from three-point range) and Sacred Heart (10 points, two steals). Last season, he was named the Montgomery County Player of the Year for the Bullis School in Potomac, Md.
COLGATE RECAP: Dave Dudzinski totaled 16 points and eight rebounds, to lead the Crusaders to a 73-64 victory over Colgate at the Hart Center on Jan. 8, 2014. Eric Green has an outstanding all-around game with 10 points, five steals, four assists, three rebounds and two blocks, while Justin Burrell finished with 13 points, two rebounds and two steals. Malcolm Miller (11 points), Cullen Hamilton (10 points) and Anthony Thompson (10 points) also reached double-figures for Holy Cross. The Raiders were led by Austin Tillotson with 20 points and six assists. The Crusaders opened the game with a 9-0 run over the first five minutes of play and were still up by seven (14-7) with 12:24 on the clock. Colgate responded with a 10-2 spurt to claim its first lead of the night, before Holy Cross scored the next six points to pull back in front. The Crusaders would extend their lead to 11 points (34-23) late the half, but the Raiders scored the next four points to make the score 34-27 at the break. Colgate netted the first six points of the second half to make it a one-point game, and the score would remain close for the majority of the second half. Holy Cross was clinging to a one-point lead (52-51) with 8:20 to go, before holding the Raiders scoreless for the next 5:41 while using a 10-0 run to put the game away. The Crusaders went on to hit nine of 10 free throws in the final two minutes to ice the victory.
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 15 games played this season, Miller is averaging 8.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. In the victory over Colgate, he totaled 11 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Previously at New Jersey Tech, Miller led the team with 18 points, nine rebounds, a career-high seven blocks and three assists. He also played well against Canisius, recording 15 points, four rebounds and four assists. A few of Miller's other top games this year have been at Hartford (18 points), 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 337 points, 258 rebounds, 94 assists, 57 blocked shots and 40 steals.
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. Hamilton is averaging 13.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, while hitting 43.9 percent (25 of 57) of his three-point field goals and 84.2 percent (16 of 19) of his free throws. During the victory over Colgate, he posted 10 points and six rebounds. Previously at Boston University, Hamilton scored 16 points while hitting four of six attempts from three-point range. 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). A few of his other top performances this season have come against Belmont (16 points, two rebounds, two assists) and at Fairfield (13 points, four rebounds). Last year, 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 315 points, 111 rebounds and 34 assists, while hitting 33.7 percent of his three-point attempts (63 of 187).
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.
THE LAST MEETING WITH BUCKNELL: Bucknell's Mike Muscala totaled 25 points and seven rebounds, to lead the Bison to a 74-57 victory over Holy Cross at Sojka Pavilion on Feb. 24, 2013. Justin Burrell led the Crusaders with 16 points and three assists. Phil Beans added 15 points and seven rebounds, while Cullen Hamilton chipped in with 10 points and four rebounds. Bucknell started the game hot, jumping out to an early 7-2 lead after the first two minutes of play. The Bison would later be up by three points (9-6), before using a 9-2 run to take an 18-8 lead. Bucknell eventually extended its advantage to 15 points (29-14) with 4:28 remaining in the first half, before Holy Cross scored eight straight points to get back into the game. Beans scored five of the Crusaders' points during that run. The Bison eventually led 31-24 heading into the locker room. Muscala scored the first five points of the second half, as Bucknell used an 11-2 run to build its lead back up to double figures (42-26). The Bison lead would stay in double figures for the next several minutes, and the score was eventually 62-49 with 5:33 left in regulation. Bucknell then scored the next eight points to put the game away, eventually posting a 17-point victory. The Bison held a 40-28 rebounding advantage on the afternoon, and also committed only five turnovers to nine for Holy Cross.
CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross is once again an excellent free throw shooting team in 2013-2014. In 15 games played, the Crusaders have hit 72.2 percent (267 of 370) of their foul shots as a team. Junior guard Justin Burrell leads the way by hitting 85.7 percent (18 of 21) of his free throws so far in 2013-2014, while sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton has knocked down 84.2 percent (16 of 19) of his foul shots. Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (77.5 percent, 62 of 80), freshman guard Anthony Thompson (75.4 percent, 49 of 65) and junior forward Malcolm Miller (73.7 percent, 42 of 57) 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).
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 fourth on the team with an average of 8.7 points per game, and stands second with an average of 4.5 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.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 95th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1333-910 (.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.
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.
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 42-61 and a 21-24 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 137-181 (.431). 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).
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in two statistical categories, through games of Jan. 5. 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||83||Holy Cross||72.3|
|Three-Point Percent||109||Holy Cross||35.9|
|Blocked Shots||110||Malcolm Miller||1.6|
|Field Goal Percent||165||Dave Dudzinski||47.6|
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 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.
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.
CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 340-139 at the Hart Center, including a 3-2 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 127-47 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including an 80-25 record against Patriot League foes.
DUDZINSKI NETS 1,000TH POINT: Senior forward Dave Dudzinski became the 47th 1,000-point scorer in the history of Crusader 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 now ranks 39th all-time at Holy Cross with 1,101 points in 101 career games, good for an average of 10.9 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 Lehigh (Jan. 18) and Bucknell (Feb. 9). For more information, visit "www.coach4aday.com".
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: Several 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 BISON: Bucknell has an overall record of 7-7 on the season, with a 2-1 mark in the Patriot League. The Bison have won their last two games, and are coming off a 96-86 victory at Lafayette on Wednesday night. Senior guard Cameron Ayers leads the team by averaging 14.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Chris Hass has added 10.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per contest, while senior forward Brian Fitzpatrick is chipping in with 9.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Bucknell is led by head coach Dave Paulsen, who stands 106-72 in six seasons with the Bison. Paulsen owns a career record of 368-192, including eight years at Williams, three seasons at Le Moyne and three years at St. Lawrence.
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 2.9 points and 2.9 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 4.0 points and 1.1 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.