Crusaders Head South To Face Navy
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (10-9, 4-3 PL) vs. Navy (7-11, 2-5 PL)
Date: January 25, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Alumni Hall (5,710), Annapolis, Md.
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League Network
Unofficial Live Statistics: Gametracker
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 37-18
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 66, Navy 57 (February 12, 2013; Worcester, Mass.)
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 REMAIN ON THE ROAD AT NAVY: Following Wednesday night's 59-58 victory at Lafayette, Holy Cross will stay on the road for a 7:00 p.m. game at Navy on Saturday, Jan. 25. The Crusaders will next return home to take on Loyola (Md.) on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross will then hit the road once again for games at American (Feb. 1, 1:00 p.m.) and Colgate (Feb. 4, 9:00 p.m.).
THE SERIES WITH NAVY: This will be the 56th meeting between the Crusaders and the Midshipmen on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 37-18. The Crusaders have won six straight and eight of the last nine games between the schools. Holy Cross was also victorious in 16 straight meetings in the series from 2001-2007, while the Midshipmen won eight straight from 1997-2000. For games played in Annapolis, the Crusaders hold a narrow 14-11 advantage. The schools first met on March 20, 1947, with Holy Cross posting a 55-47 victory at Madison Square Garden in the NCAA Tournament East Regional Semifinals.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 37-18
In Annapolis: Holy Cross, 14-11
At Alumni Hall: Tied, 11-11
Milan Brown vs. Navy: 9-2
Ed DeChellis vs. Holy Cross: 0-4
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, six games
In Overtime: Navy 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 16 games played this year, he has averaged 8.4 points, 2.4 assists and 1.9 rebounds per contest, while hitting 75.9 percent (22 of 29) of his free throws. During the victory at Lafayette, Burrell led the team with 15 points, three rebounds and two steals. Previously against Lehigh, he posted 11 points, three rebounds and two assists. Burrell also played well at Bucknell, recording 13 points and three assists. A few of Burrell's other top games this season have been at Michigan (14 points, five assists), against Colgate (13 points, two rebounds, two assists), against Canisius (11 points, two assists), against Sacred Heart (nine points, eight assists) and at North Carolina (nine points, two rebounds). 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 710 points, 254 assists, 147 rebounds and 46 steals, while making 82.4 percent (150 of 182) of his free throws.
MILLER MAKES PRESENCE FELT ON THE WING: Junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) has been one of the top perimeter players for the Crusaders in 2013-2014. In 19 games played this season, Miller is averaging 10.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals per game, while hitting 41.5 percent (17 of 41) of his three-point field goals and 75.8 percent (50 of 66) of his free throws. In the victory at Lafayette, he recorded 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Previously against Lehigh, Miller totaled 14 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals. He also played well at Army, leading the team with 17 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. A few of Miller's other top games this year have been at Bucknell (career-high 19 points, nine rebounds, three blocks), 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) and against Hartford (nine points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals). 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 397 points, 287 rebounds, 97 assists, 64 blocked shots and 43 steals.
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 19 games played, he is averaging 15.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game, while hitting 80.2 percent of his free throws (77 of 96). 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 1,141 points, 583 rebounds and 82 blocked shots, while connecting on 48.2 percent (411 of 852) of his field goals and 80.1 percent (269 of 336) of his free throws.
LAFAYETTE RECAP: Justin Burrell scored a game-high 15 points and drained a trio of three-pointers to help lead the Crusaders to a 59-58 triumph over Lafayette at the Kirby Sports Center on Jan. 22, 2014. Malcolm Miller finished the night with 10 points and a game-best seven rebounds, while Dave Dudzinski posted nine points and six boards. Lafayette was led by Nick Linder with 13 points, and Joey Ptasinski and Dan Trist with 10 points each. The teams went back and forth to begin the contest, as the game was knotted at 7-7 with 14:47 on the clock. The Crusaders scored five quick points to gain the 12-7 lead (12:29), but the Leopards responded with an 8-2 rally to earn the 15-14 advantage (6:57). Lafayette increased its lead to five (24-19) with 2:40 on the clock, but Holy Cross closed the half strong and went into the locker room trailing by two points, 26-24. The Crusaders upped their offensive intensity after the intermission, as Burrell went three for three from behind the arc to begin the half and help Holy Cross gain the 45-36 advantage with 10:20 on the clock. The Crusaders kept the nine-point lead (52-43) with six minutes left in the half, but Lafayette surged back with a 13-4 run to tie the game at 56-56 with 1:13 to go. Eric Green went one of two from the free throw line to give the Crusaders a one-point lead, then Burrell drained a pair of free throws to give the Crusaders a 59-56 edge with 19 seconds remaining. Lafayette sank two from the charity stripe to make the score 59-58, then Holy Cross missed the front end of a one-and-one to give the Leopards one last chance. But the Crusader defense came up with a key stop on a well-contested drive to the basket to hang on for the victory. Holy Cross shot 40.0 percent from the field (20 of 50) and connected on seven of its 21 shots from behind the arc (33.3 percent), while holding advantages in rebounding (33-25) and second chance points (19-8). Lafayette canned 20 of its 45 shots from the floor (44.4 percent) and hit 30.8 percent from downtown (four of 13).
CRUSADERS STEP UP PLAY ON DEFENSIVE END: Over its last five games, Holy Cross has turned in a number of outstanding defensive performances. During that stretch, the Crusaders are allowing just 60.0 points per game, while holding the opposition to 41.9 percent (111 of 265) shooting from the field and 33.3 percent (24 of 72) shooting from three-point range. Holy Cross has also outrebounded its opponents by 4.4 boards per game over the last five contests. The Crusaders held Lehigh to a season-low 42 points on Jan. 18, while Lafayette tied its season-low by scoring just 58 points on Jan. 22.
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 also stands fourth 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.
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, despite missing eight games due to injury. Hamilton is averaging 11.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, while hitting 41.3 percent (26 of 63) 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 320 points, 112 rebounds and 37 assists, while hitting 33.2 percent of his three-point attempts (64 of 193).
THE LAST MEETING WITH NAVY: Justin Burrell totaled 14 points and five assists to lead Holy Cross to a 66-57 victory over Navy at the Hart Center on Feb. 12, 2013. Dave Dudzinski also had a strong night for the Crusaders, finishing with 13 points and eight rebounds. Holy Cross started the game hot, jumping out to a quick 11-2 lead after the first three and half minutes of play. The Midshipmen were able to trim the margin down to six points (17-11), before a 10-2 spurt put the Crusaders up by 14 (27-13). The Holy Cross lead would grow as large as 18 points (37-19), before the Crusaders eventually took a 43-28 advantage into the locker room at half time. Navy came out on fire to start the second half, hitting its first four shots and using a 10-0 run to make the score 43-38 with 17 minutes left to play. The Midshipmen would later trim the margin to four points (49-45), before the Crusaders used an 8-0 spurt to go back up by 12 (57-45) with 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Holy Cross still held a double-digit lead (62-51) with 5:32 on the clock, when the Midshipmen scored the next six points to make it a five-point game (62-57) with 1:58 to go. But the Crusaders would not let Navy score another point the rest of the way, and hit all four of their free throws in the final minute to hold on for the win. Malcolm Miller finished the game with nine points and four rebounds for Holy Cross. Eric Obeysekere added eight points and nine rebounds, while Dee Goens totaled six points, five assists and four rebounds. The Midshipmen were led by Worth Smith with 19 points and eight rebounds.
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 45-62 and a 24-25 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 140-182 (.435). 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).
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 19 games played, he is averaging 7.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.8 steals 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).
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 8.4 points, 2.2 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game, while hitting 73.8 percent (59 of 80) 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.
CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross is once again a strong free throw shooting team in 2013-2014. In 19 games played, the Crusaders have hit 72.0 percent (319 of 443) 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 80.2 percent (77 of 96) of his foul shots. Junior guard Justin Burrell (75.9 percent, 22 of 29), junior forward Malcolm Miller (75.8 percent, 50 of 66), and freshman guard Anthony Thompson (73.8 percent, 59 of 80) are also hitting over 70 percent from the charity stripe this year. In 2012-2013, the Crusaders made 75.3 percent (351 of 466) of their foul shots as a team, good for the second-best single-season free throw percentage in school history behind only the 1961-1962 Holy Cross squad which knocked down 77.6 percent (505 of 651) of its free throws. Prior to last year, the Crusaders had not made at least 75 percent of their foul shots for an entire season since 1978-1979 (75.1 percent, 560 of 746).
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 95th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1336-911 (.595), while making 24 postseason tournament appearances — 12 trips to the NCAA Tournament and 12 to the National Invitation Tournament. In the history of collegiate basketball, Holy Cross is one of only 16 schools to have won the NCAA Tournament (1946-1947) as well as the National Invitational Tournament (1953-1954). Throughout its history, Holy Cross has had six first team All-America selections, sent 10 players to the National Basketball Association, had four players and coaches inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, had 23 players drafted by professional teams, had three players go on to coach professionally, and had 15 players who have coached in college.
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).
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 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.|
|Free Throw Percent||93||Holy Cross||71.9|
|Blocked Shots||98||Malcolm Miller||1.8|
|Field Goal Percent||188||Dave Dudzinski||45.2|
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.
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. The next game which is included comes against Bucknell on Feb. 9. For more information, visit "www.coach4aday.com".
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.
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 32nd all-time at Holy Cross with 1,141 points in 105 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.
RECORDS FALL IN SACRED HEART GAME: A number of Hart Center and Holy Cross records were set during the 122-118 double overtime victory over Sacred Heart. The Crusaders set new building records for both free throws made (45) and free throw attempts (56), while Holy Cross and Sacred Heart broke the Hart Center records for combined points (240), free throws made (77) and free throw attempts (94) by both teams. In addition, the Crusaders' 122 points were the third-most ever scored in the building, while the Pioneers 118 points were the most by a visiting team and the fifth-most overall. All-time school records for both teams combined were set for points scored in a game (240) and free throws made in a game (77). The old mark of 236 total points last happened against Iona on Feb. 21, 1989, while the previous record of 75 free throws made stood since 1970 (against Seton Hall). Holy Cross nearly broke the school single-game record for free throws made with 45, coming up just two short of the mark of 47 set against Seton Hall on Feb. 7, 1970.
CRUSADER VISION & THE PATRIOT LEAGUE NETWORK: Live video streaming of all Holy Cross home non-conference games and most Patriot League regular season games during the 2013-2014 season will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision and the Patriot League Network. The package, done in association with Campus Insiders, is available free of charge. For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision or the Patriot League Network, click here.
CRUSADERS ON TELEVISION: Holy Cross will have at least 10 games shown on live television during the 2013-2014 season. The Crusaders had seven television appearances last year, while appearing on television seven times in 2011-2012, eight times in 2010-2011, nine times in 2009-2010, 10 times in 2008-2009, eight times in 2007-2008, 13 times in 2006-2007, 10 times in 2005-2006 and 10 times in 2004-2005. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2013-2014 season:
Nov. 10 vs. Harvard: New England Sports Network
Nov. 15 at North Carolina: ESPNU
Nov. 30 at New Hampshire: Live Well Network
Dec. 28 at Michigan: Big Ten Network
Jan. 8 vs. Colgate: Charter TV3
Jan. 22 at Lafayette: Lafayette Sports Network
Jan. 29 vs. Loyola (Md.): Charter TV3
Feb. 4 at Colgate: CBS Sports Network
Feb. 9 vs. Bucknell: CBS Sports Network
Feb. 15 at Lehigh: Service Electric Cable
HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: 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 MIDSHIPMEN: Navy has an overall record of 7-11 on the season, including a 2-5 mark in the Patriot League. The Midshipmen have lost four of their last five games, and were defeated by Lehigh 68-66 in overtime on Wednesday. Junior guard Brandon Venturini is currently averaging 10.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per game, while junior forward Worth Smith has added 10.6 points and 5.2 boards per game. Navy is led by head coach Ed DeChellis, who stands 18-60 in three seasons with the Midshipmen. DeChellis' career record stands at 237-291, including eight seasons at Penn State and seven years at East Tennessee State.
DRIBBLES: Holy Cross' opponents have made 77.8 percent (281 of 361) of their free throws this season, including 83.8 percent (83 of 99) 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 2.6 points and 2.8 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 3.9 points and 1.0 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.