Crusaders Set For Trip To Army
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (7-9, 1-3 PL) vs. Army (8-7, 4-0 PL)
Date: January 15, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Christl Arena (5,043), West Point, N.Y.
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League Network
Unofficial Live Statistics: Gametracker
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 57-19
Last Meeting: Army 69, Holy Cross 62 (Feb. 27, 2013; West Point, N.Y.)
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, 2, Anthony Thompson, 5-10, 150, Fr.
G, 3, Justin Burrell, 5-9, 165, Jr.
CRUSADERS CONTINUE ROAD SWING AT ARMY: Holy Cross will play on the road for the fifth time in its last seven games, when it travels to Army for a 7:00 p.m. contest on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The Crusaders will follow that by returning to the Hart Center on Saturday, Jan. 18, for a match-up with Lehigh (4:00 p.m.). Holy Cross will then hit the road again for its next two games, heading to Lafayette on Wednesday, Jan. 22 (7:00 p.m.), and Navy on Saturday, Jan. 25 (7:00 p.m.).
THE SERIES WITH ARMY: This will be the 77th meeting between the Crusaders and the Black Knights on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 57-19. The Crusaders have won 20 out of the last 25 meetings in the series, although all five of Army's victories during that time have come in the last six years. For games played at West Point, the Crusaders hold a 22-14 advantage, with nine victories in their last 11 visits. The schools first met on Feb. 22, 1926, with Army posting a 41-27 victory at West Point.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 57-19
At West Point: Holy Cross leads, 22-14
At Christl Arena: Holy Cross leads, 17-10
Milan Brown vs. Army: 3-3
Zach Spiker vs. Holy Cross: 4-4
Current Win Streak: Army, two games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-1
BURRELL LEADS HOLY CROSS FROM THE POINT: Junior Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) is in his third season as Holy Cross' starting point guard. In 13 games played this year, he has averaged 8.1 points, 2.6 assists and 1.8 rebounds per contest, while hitting 37.5 percent (12 of 32) of his three-point attempts and 82.6 percent (19 of 23) of his free throws. During the Bucknell game, Burrell recorded 13 points and three assists. Previously against Colgate, he totaled 13 points, two rebounds and two assists. Burrell also played well at Michigan, posting 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 681 points, 250 assists, 141 rebounds and 43 steals, while making 83.5 percent (147 of 176) 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 8.8 points, 2.4 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game, while hitting 75.4 percent (49 of 65) of his free throws. During the Bucknell game, Thompson netted 10 points to go along with career highs of six rebounds and four steals. Previously against Colgate, he scored 10 points. Earlier in the season at New Hampshire, Thompson posted a career-high 17 points and five rebounds, while hitting all 10 of his free throw attempts. A few of his 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, Thompson was named the Montgomery County Player of the Year for the Bullis School in Potomac, Md.
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 16 games played this season, Miller is averaging 9.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. In the Bucknell game, he led the team with a career-high 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Previously against Colgate, Miller totaled 11 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks. He also played well at New Jersey Tech, recording 18 points, nine rebounds, a career-high seven blocks and three assists. A few of Miller's other top games this year have been at Hartford (18 points), against Canisius (15 points four rebounds, four assists), 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 356 points, 267 rebounds, 94 assists, 60 blocked shots and 41 steals.
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 16 games played, he is averaging 7.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.9 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).
BUCKNELL RECAP: Malcolm Miller scored a career-high 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds, but Holy Cross was defeated by Bucknell 61-57 at Sojka Pavilion on Jan. 11, 2014. Miller hit eight of 13 field goal attempts on the afternoon, including both of his shots from three-point range. Justin Burrell finished the game with 13 points and three assists, while Anthony Thompson added 10 points, six rebounds and four steals. The Bison were led by Ben Brackney with 13 points and four rebounds. Bucknell opened the game with a layup by Steven Kaspar, but Holy Cross scored the next eight points to claim the lead. The Crusaders were still up by six points (15-9) a few minutes later, when they used an 11-4 spurt to extend their lead to 13 points (26-13) with 6:07 remaining before the break. But Holy Cross then went cold from the field, and Bucknell scored the next 13 points to tie the score at 26-26. The teams eventually went into the locker room tied 29-29 at halftime. The Bison started the second half with a quick 7-0 run, to claim a seven-point lead (36-29). A few minutes later, the Crusaders responded with a 9-0 spurt, pulling back in front by two points (40-38). Neither team would lead by more than three points for the next several minutes, and Holy Cross would eventually hold a 55-52 advantage with 4:34 left to play. But Bucknell would then score the next six points to claim the lead for good, 58-55. The Bison were up by two points (59-57) with less than 10 seconds to play, when a three-point attempt by Burrell was off the mark to allow Bucknell to hold on for the win. The Crusaders made just 38.7 percent (24 of 62) of their field goal attempts and 50.0 percent (four of eight) on their free throws on the day, while Bison made 44.9 percent (22 of 49) of their shots from the floor and 86.7 percent (13 of 15) of their foul shots.
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 16 games played, he is averaging 15.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game, while hitting 44.7 percent of his three-point attempts (17 of 38) and 78.0 percent of his free throws (64 of 82). 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 1,108 points, 566 rebounds and 77 blocked shots, while connecting on 48.7 percent (401 of 823) of his field goals and 79.5 percent (256 of 322) of his free throws.
CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross is once again a strong free throw shooting team in 2013-2014. In 16 games played, the Crusaders have hit 71.7 percent (271 of 378) of their foul shots as a team. Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) leads the way by hitting 84.2 percent (16 of 19) of his free throws so far in 2013-2014, while junior guard Justin Burrell has knocked down 82.6 percent (19 of 23) of his foul shots. Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (78.0 percent, 64 of 82), freshman guard Anthony Thompson (75.4 percent, 49 of 65) and junior forward Malcolm Miller (72.9 percent, 43 of 59) 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).
THE LAST MEETING WITH ARMY: Phil Beans posted 16 points and four rebounds, but Holy Cross was defeated by Army 69-62 at Christl Arena on Feb. 27, 2013. Dave Dudzinski finished the night with 15 points, three rebounds and two blocked shots. Justin Burrell added 12 points and seven assists for the Crusaders, while Jordan Stevens had 10 points and three rebounds. The Black Knights were led by Ella Ellis with 31 points and five rebounds. Holy Cross opened the game by scoring the first five points, and would go on to take a 22-14 lead with seven minutes remaining in the first half. Army responded with a 10-3 spurt over the next four and half minutes to make it a one-point game (25-24), then closed out the half with six straight points to take a 30-28 advantage into the locker room at halftime. The Crusaders began the second half with six consecutive points to reclaim the lead, but were also whistled for seven fouls in the first four and half minutes of the second half. The score stayed close for the next several minutes, and Holy Cross was clinging to a two-point lead (44-42) with 10:45 left on the clock. The Black Knights scored the next five points to pull back in front, and were up 51-50 with six minutes to go. Army then used another 5-0 spurt to go up by six points, and the Crusaders would get no closer than three points the rest of the way and the Black Knights eventually posted a seven-point victory. Holy Cross hit 47.8 percent of its field goal attempts on the night (22 of 46), while holding Army to 35.1 percent shooting (20 of 57). But the Black Knights outrebounded the Crusaders 39-29, and also held a 27-17 advantage in free throw attempts.
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 fifth on the team with an average of 8.3 points per game, and stands third with an average of 4.3 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.
HAMILTON BECOMING A TOP SCORING THREAT: Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton is a key player for the Crusaders on the wing this year, but has missed seven of the team's last 11 games due to injury. 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).
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 95th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1333-911 (.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 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 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).
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 42-62 and a 21-25 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 137-182 (.429). The 16th head coach in the history of the program, he came to Holy Cross after spending the previous seven seasons as head coach at Mount St. Mary's. During his final three years at Mount St. Mary's, Brown led the Mountaineers to three straight winning seasons and a pair of postseason appearances. His teams posted a 54-44 record (.551) during those three years, including a 35-19 mark (.648) in Northeast Conference play. During the 2007-2008 campaign, Brown led Mount St. Mary's to the first NCAA Division I Tournament victory in school history (69-60 over Coppin State).
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.
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. 12. In addition, three Holy Cross players stand among the best in the nation in various individual categories. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg.|
|Free Throw Percent||95||Holy Cross||71.7|
|Blocked Shots||97||Malcolm Miller||1.8|
|Three-Point Percent||105||Holy Cross||35.9|
|Field Goal Percent||179||Dave Dudzinski||46.5|
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.
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.
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 37th all-time at Holy Cross with 1,108 points in 102 career games, good for an average of 10.9 points per contest.
CRUSADERS USE BALANCED SCORING TO DEFEAT COLGATE: During the 73-64 victory over Colgate on Jan. 8 , 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.
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 BLACK KNIGHTS: Army enters the game with an overall record of 8-7 and a 4-0 mark in the Patriot League. The Black Knights have won their last five games, and are coming off a 60-55 victory at Navy on Saturday. Sophomore guard Kyle Wilson leads the team by averaging 18.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Tanner Plomb has added 9.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest, while sophomore center Kevin Ferguson is chipping in with 9.3 points and 5.6 boards per game. Army is led by Zach Spiker, who stands 61-74 in his fifth season as the Black Knights' head coach. Prior to his time with Army, Spiker served as an assistant coach at Cornell, West Virginia and Winthrop.
DRIBBLES: Holy Cross' opponents have made 78.2 percent (251 of 321) of their free throws this season, including 89.8 percent (53 of 59) in Patriot League play. The school record for opponent free throw percentage for an entire season was set in 1985-1986, when the opposition hit 73.9 percent (526 of 712) of their foul shots ... 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 2.8 points and 2.7 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 16 career games, totaling 41 points, 10 rebounds and 12 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.