Men's Basketball Travels To Lafayette On Wednesday

Eric Green

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (9-9, 3-3 PL) vs. Lafayette (4-13, 0-6 PL)
Date: January 22, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Allan P. Kirby Sports Center (3,500), Easton, Pa.
Television: Lafayette Sports Network; Gary Laubach, play-by-play; John Leone, color
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League Network
Unofficial Live Statistics: Gametracker
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 33-23
Last Meeting: Lafayette 77, Holy Cross 54 (Patriot League Quarterfinals; March 6, 2013; Easton, 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, 2, Anthony Thompson, 5-10, 150, Fr.
G, 3, Justin Burrell, 5-9, 165, Jr.

CRUSADERS HIT THE ROAD AGAIN AT LAFAYETTE: Holy Cross begins another road trip when it heads to Lafayette for a 7:00 p.m. game on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The Crusaders will next travel to Navy on Saturday, Jan. 25, for a 7:00 p.m. contest. Holy Cross will then return home to take on Loyola (Md.) on Wednesday, Jan. 29 (7:00 p.m.), before hitting the road again for games at American (Feb. 1, 1:00 p.m.) and Colgate (Feb. 4, 9:00 p.m.).

THE SERIES WITH LAFAYETTE: This will be the 57th meeting between the Crusaders and the Leopards on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 33-23. The Leopards have won the last four games between the schools, and have now been victorious in seven of the last eight meetings. For games played in Easton, Lafayette has won five of the last six and holds a narrow 13-12 lead overall. The schools first met on Feb. 4, 1947, with Holy Cross posting a 50-40 victory at the Boston Garden.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 33-23
In Easton: Lafayette leads, 13-12
At the Kirby Sports Center: Lafayette leads, 13-12
Milan Brown vs. Lafayette: 3-10
Fran O'Hanlon vs. Holy Cross: 22-20
Current Win Streak: Lafayette, four games
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1

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 18 games played this season, Miller is averaging 10.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. In the victory over Lehigh, he totaled 14 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Previously at Army, Miller led the team with 17 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. He also played well at Bucknell, posting a career-high 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. A few of Miller's other top games this year have been at New Jersey Tech (18 points, nine rebounds, career-high seven blocks, three assists), at Hartford (18 points), against Canisius (15 points four rebounds, four assists), Colgate (11 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks), 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 387 points, 280 rebounds, 95 assists, 64 blocked shots and 43 steals.

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 9.0 points per game, and stands third with an average of 4.3 rebounds per contest. During the victory over Lehigh, Alexander totaled 13 points, four rebounds and two assists. Previously at Army, he tallied 16 points and five 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 Hartford (13 points, seven rebounds), against Fairfield (13 points, five rebounds), at North Carolina (13 points, five rebounds) and against Albany (10 points, four 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.

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 18 games played, he is averaging 15.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game, while hitting 80.4 percent of his free throws (74 of 92). During the victory over Lehigh, Dudzinski posted 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Previously at Army, he recorded 14 points and five rebounds, while hitting all eight of his free throws. Dudzinski also played well against Colgate, totaling a team-high 16 points and eight 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 American (15 points, six rebounds), against Belmont (15 points, five rebounds), at New Jersey Tech (14 points, six rebounds), at Boston University (12 points, 10 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 1,132 points, 577 rebounds and 81 blocked shots, while connecting on 48.3 percent (408 of 844) of his field goals and 80.1 percent (266 of 332) of his free throws.

LEHIGH RECAP: Malcolm Miller recorded 14 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals, to lead Holy Cross to a 61-42 victory over Lehigh at the Hart Center on Jan. 18, 2014. Miller hit five of eight field goal attempts on the day, including both of his shots from three-point range, and also drained both of his free throws. The Crusaders turned in one of their top defensive performances of the season, holding Lehigh to 29.6 percent shooting from the field (16 of 54) and 23.1 percent shooting from three-point range (three of 13). Holy Cross made 43.6 percent of its shots from the floor (24 of 55), while holding a 36-33 rebounding advantage. The score was tied at 4-4 early on, before the Mountain Hawks went on a 10-4 run to claim the lead. Lehigh later led by five points (16-11) with 9:47 remaining before the break, when the Crusaders scored 16 straight points over the next eight minutes to take a 27-16 advantage. Holy Cross would lead 27-18 heading into the locker room at halftime. The Crusaders were still up by nine points (29-20) with 18:30 left to play in regulation, before scoring the next five points to extend their lead to double figures. The Mountain Hawks would get no closer than 11 points the rest of the way, as Holy Cross eventually pulled away for a 19-point victory. Malachi Alexander finished the game with 13 points, four rebounds and two assists. Justin Burrell added 11 points, three rebounds and two assists, while Dave Dudzinski chipped in with 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots. Lehigh was led by Austin Price with 13 points, four rebounds and two 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 15 games played this year, he has averaged 7.9 points, 2.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds per contest, while hitting 74.1 percent (20 of 27) of his free throws. During the victory over Lehigh, Burrell posted 11 points, three rebounds and two assists. Previously at Bucknell, he recorded 13 points and three assists. Burrell also played well against Colgate, totaling 13 points, two rebounds and two assists. A few of Burrell's other top games this season have been at Michigan (14 points, five assists), 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. 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 695 points, 253 assists, 144 rebounds and 44 steals, while making 82.2 percent (148 of 180) 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 18 games played, he is averaging 7.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.8 assists per game. During the victory at Army, Green posted the first double-double of his collegiate career with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Previously against Colgate, he filled up the stat line with 10 points, five steals, four assists, three rebounds and two blocks. Green also played well at New Jersey Tech, he recorded 15 points, five assists, five steals and four rebounds. A few of his 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).

THE LAST MEETING WITH LAFAYETTE: Dave Dudzinski posted game-highs of 22 points and eight rebounds, but Holy Cross was defeated by Lafayette 77-54 at the Allan P. Kirby Sports Center in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament on March 6, 2013. Dudzinski connected on nine of 16 field goal attempts and four of six free throws on the night. Lafayette hit 51.9 percent of its field goal attempts in the game (28 of 54), including 53.8 percent shooting from three-point range (14 of 26). Holy Cross was able to connect on only 34.6 percent of its shots from the floor (18 of 52), and was outrebounded 33-31. The game was close early on, and the Crusaders held a 15-12 lead after the first five minutes of play. The Leopards then went on a 16-0 run over the next four minutes to claim a 28-15 lead. Lafayette would stay ahead by at least 10 points for the remainder of the half, and took a 45-31 advantage into the locker room. The Leopards were still up by 14 (50-36) with 17:57 remaining the second half, before using a 16-2 spurt to put the game away. Lafayette would lead by at least 20 points for the rest of the game, eventually posting a 23-point victory. Dee Goens finished the night with nine points and three rebounds, while Jordan Stevens added nine points and two assists. The Leopards were led by Seth Hinrichs (20 points, four assists, three rebounds) and Tony Johnson (19 points, seven 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 8.6 points, 2.3 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game, while hitting 74.0 percent (57 of 77) of his free throws. During the victory at Army, Thompson scored 13 points and handed out two assists. Previously at Bucknell, he netted 10 points to go along with career highs of six rebounds and four steals. Thompson also played well against Colgate, scoring 10 points. A few of his other top games this year have come at New Hampshire (career-high 17 points, five rebounds), 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.

HAMILTON BECOMING A TOP SCORING THREAT: Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) is a key player for the Crusaders on the wing this year, but has missed eight of the team's last 13 games due to injury. Hamilton is averaging 12.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game, while hitting 41.7 percent (25 of 60) 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 36 assists, while hitting 33.2­­ percent of his three-point attempts (63 of 190).

CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross is once again a strong free throw shooting team in 2013-2014. In 18 games played, the Crusaders have hit 71.9 percent (307 of 427) of their foul shots as a team. Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton leads the way by hitting 84.2 percent (16 of 19) of his free throws so far in 2013-2014, while senior forward Dave Dudzinski has knocked down 80.4 percent (74 of 92) of his foul shots. Junior forward Malcolm Miller (75.4 percent, 49 of 65), junior guard Justin Burrell (74.1 percent, 20 of 27) and freshman guard Anthony Thompson (74.0 percent, 57 of 77) 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).

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.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 95th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1335-911 (.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.

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 44-62 and a 23-25 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 139-182 (.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 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 free throw percentage, through games of Jan. 19. In addition, three Holy Cross players stand among the best in the nation in various individual categories. The rankings:

Category Rank    Player / Team Avg.
Steals 65   Eric Green 1.9
Free Throw Percent 93   Holy Cross 71.9
  192   Dave Dudzinski 80.4
Blocked Shots 98   Malcolm Miller 1.8
Rebounding 178   Dave Dudzinski 7.2
Field Goal Percent 188   Dave Dudzinski 45.2
Scoring 226   Dave Dudzinski 15.5


CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 341-139 at the Hart Center, including a 4-2 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 128-47 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including an 81-25 record against Patriot League foes.

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.

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 35th all-time at Holy Cross with 1,132 points in 104 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:

Facebook: Holy Cross Athletics
Twitter: @GoHolyCross
YouTube: GoHolyCross
Instagram: GoHolyCross

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SCOUTING THE LEOPARDS: Lafayette enters the game with an overall record of 4-13 on the year, including an 0-6 mark in the Patriot League. The Leopards have lost their last eight games, and are coming off a 66-61 setback at American on Saturday. Sophomore guard Bryce Scott is averaging 14.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, while junior center Dan Trist has added 13.0 points and 5.8 boards per contest. Freshman guard Nick Lindner has put up 10.8 points and 4.2 assists per game, and junior guard Joey Ptasinski is chipping in with 10.6 points per contest. Lafayette is led by head coach Fran O'Hanlon, who owns an overall record of 262-288 in 19 seasons with the Leopards.

DRIBBLES: Holy Cross' opponents have made 76.9 percent (267 of 347) of their free throws this season, including 81.2 percent (69 of 85) 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 2.3 points and 2.0 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 18 career games, totaling 41 points, 11 rebounds and 14 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.