GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (11-9, 5-3 PL) vs. Loyola (9-10, 4-4 PL)
Date: January 29, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Television: Charter TV3; Kevin Shea, play-by-play; Kevin Wells, color
Live Video Streaming: Crusader Vision
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Tied, 2-2
Last Meeting: Loyola 73, Holy Cross 55 (December 29, 1995; Oakland, Calif.)
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.
HOLY CROSS COMES HOME TO FACE LOYOLA: After playing four of their last five games on the road, the Crusaders will return to the Hart Center 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 (Saturday, Feb. 1, 1:00 p.m.) and Colgate (Tuesday, Feb. 4, 9:00 p.m.). The Crusaders' next home contest after the Loyola game will not come until Sunday, Feb. 9, when they play host to Bucknell (12:00 p.m.).
THE SERIES WITH LOYOLA: This will be only the fifth meeting between the Crusaders and the Greyhounds on the hardwood, with the all-time series tied at 2-2. The schools have not met since Dec. 29, 1995, when Loyola posted a 73-55 victory in the consolation game of the Otis Spunkmeyer Classic in Oakland, Calif. Holy Cross previously earned a 69-62 home win on Jan. 27, 1990, while the Greyhounds won 87-73 in Baltimore on Dec. 6, 1984. The teams first met on Dec. 1, 1975, when the Crusaders posted a 94-85 victory in the first-ever game at the Hart Center.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Tied, 2-2
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 2-0
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 2-0
Milan Brown vs. Loyola: 5-2
G.G. Smith vs. Holy Cross: 0-0
Current Win Streak: Loyola, one game
HOLY CROSS TO PARTNER WITH COACHES VS. CANCER: During the game against Loyola, the Crusaders will be collecting donations to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer. In addition, a 50-50 raffle will take place, with the proceeds going to Coaches vs. Cancer. For more information on Coaches vs. Cancer, visit 'www.coachesvscancer.org'.
BURRELL LEADS HOLY CROSS FROM THE POINT: Junior Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) is in his third season as Holy Cross' starting point guard. In 17 games played this year, he has averaged 8.9 points, 2.4 assists and 1.9 rebounds per contest, while hitting 79.4 percent (27 of 34) of his free throws. During the victory at Navy, Burrell totaled 17 points, three rebounds and two assists. Previously at Lafayette, he led the team with 15 points, three rebounds and two steals. Burrell also played well against Lehigh, posting 11 points, three rebounds and two assists. A few of Burrell's other top games this season have been at Michigan (14 points, five assists), at Bucknell (13 points, three 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. During last year's victory at Sacred Heart, Burrell totaled a career-high 30 points, five assists and three rebounds. 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 727 points, 256 assists, 150 rebounds and 46 steals, while making 82.9 percent (155 of 187) 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 8.5 points, 2.2 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game, while hitting 74.4 percent (64 of 86) of his free throws. During the victory at Navy, Thompson totaled 10 points, four rebounds and two assists. Previously at Army, he scored 13 points and handed out two assists. Thompson also played well at Bucknell, netting 10 points to go along with career highs of six rebounds and four steals. 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), against Sacred Heart (10 points, two steals) and against Colgate (10 points). Last season, Thompson was named the Montgomery County Player of the Year for the Bullis School in Potomac, Md.
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 20 games played, he is averaging 15.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game, while hitting 80.6 percent of his free throws (79 of 98). During the victory at Navy, Dudzinski totaled 16 points and nine rebounds, while hitting seven of nine field goal attempts. Previously against Lehigh, he posted 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Dudzinski also played well at Army, recording 14 points and five rebounds, and hitting all eight of his free throws. 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 Colgate (16 points, eight 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 1,157 points, 592 rebounds and 82 blocked shots, while connecting on 48.5 percent (418 of 861) of his field goals and 80.2 percent (271 of 338) of his free throws.
NAVY RECAP: Justin Burrell totaled 17 points, three rebounds and two assists, to lead Holy Cross to a 67-52 victory over Navy at Alumni Hall on Jan. 25, 2014. Dave Dudzinski finished the game with 16 points and nine rebounds, while hitting seven of nine field goal attempts. Anthony Thompson added 10 points, four rebounds and two assists. The Midshipmen were led by Worth Smith with 19 points , six rebounds and two blocks. The game was tied at 4-4 early on, before Holy Cross went on a 7-1 run to claim the lead (11-5). The Crusaders would later expand the advantage to eight points (20-12), before Navy used an 8-3 spurt to close the gap to three points (23-20). But Holy Cross came back to finish the half with an 8-2 run, taking a 31-22 lead into the locker room. The Crusaders started the second half hot, using a 9-2 spurt to extend their lead to 16 points (40-24). The Midshipmen refused to go away, scoring the next eight points to get back into the game. The Holy Cross lead would stay between seven and 13 points for the next several minutes, and the score was 56-47 with five minutes left to play. The Crusaders then used an 11-0 run to put the game away, before eventually posting a 15-point victory. Holy Cross made 46.3 percent of its field goal attempts (19 of 41) and 80.0 percent of its free throws (24 of 30) on the night, while holding a 36-30 rebounding advantage. Navy connected on just 37.5 percent of its shots from the floor (18 of 48) and 52.9 percent of its foul shots (nine of 17).
CRUSADERS STEP UP PLAY ON DEFENSIVE END: Over its last six games, Holy Cross has turned in a number of outstanding defensive performances. During that stretch, the Crusaders are allowing just 58.7 points per game, while holding the opposition to 41.2 percent (129 of 313) shooting from the field and 34.1 percent (31 of 91) shooting from three-point range. Holy Cross has also outrebounded its opponents by 4.7 boards per game over the last five contests, in addition to blocking 4.3 shots per game. On Jan. 18, the Crusaders held Lehigh to a season-low 42 points. Holy Cross also limited Navy to only 52 points on Jan. 25, while Lafayette tied its season-low by scoring just 58 points on Jan. 22.
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 20 games played this season, Miller is averaging 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steals per game, while hitting 41.5 percent (17 of 41) of his three-point field goals and 77.5 percent (55 of 71) 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 404 points, 290 rebounds, 98 assists, 64 blocked shots and 44 steals, while connecting on 70.8 percent (102 of 144) of his free throws.
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 LOYOLA: Loyola's Mike Powell totaled 29 points, five assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks, to lead the Greyhounds to a 73-55 victory over Holy Cross in the consolation game of the Otis Spunkmeyer Classic at the Oakland Arena on Dec. 29, 1995. The game was close early on, with the first 12 minutes of play featuring five ties and six lead changes. Loyola later held a slim 25-23 lead with 6:18 remaining before the break, before going on an 11-0 run to take control. The Greyhounds went on to take a 39-28 advantage into the locker room at halftime. The Crusaders were able to trim the margin down to eight points (43-35) with 17:47 left in regulation, before a 6-0 spurt put Loyola back up by 14 (49-35). Holy Cross would get no closer than 11 points the rest of the way, as the Greyhounds went on to earn an 18-point victory. Walter Brown led the Crusaders with 15 points, while Damon Hart added nine points and seven rebounds. Holy Cross made just 36.0 percent of its field goals (18 of 50) and 22.2 percent of its three-pointers (four of 18) on the game, while being outrebounded 37-31. Loyola was able to connect on 47.4 percent of its shots from the floor (27 of 57) and 50.0 percent of its attempts from beyond the arc (six of 12).
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.
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 11.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, while hitting 40.6 percent (28 of 69) of his three-point field goals and 82.6 percent (19 of 23) 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 329 points, 114 rebounds and 38 assists, while hitting 33.2 percent of his three-point attempts (69 of 199).
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 46-62 and a 25-25 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 141-182 (.437). 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 20 games played, he is averaging 7.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 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).
CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross is once again a strong free throw shooting team in 2013-2014. In 20 games played, the Crusaders have hit 72.5 percent (343 of 473) of their foul shots as a team. Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton leads the way by hitting 82.6 percent (19 of 23) of his free throws so far in 2013-2014, while senior forward Dave Dudzinski has knocked down 80.6 percent (79 of 98) of his foul shots. Junior guard Justin Burrell (79.4 percent, 27 of 34), junior forward Malcolm Miller (77.5 percent, 55 of 71), and freshman guard Anthony Thompson (74.4 percent, 64 of 86) 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 fifth on the team with an average of 8.6 points per game, and stands fourth with an average of 4.2 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 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).
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 31st all-time at Holy Cross with 1,157 points in 106 career games, good for an average of 10.9 points per contest.
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. 26. 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||76||Holy Cross||72.5|
|Blocked Shots||117||Malcolm Miller||1.6|
|Scoring Defense||117||Holy Cross||68.1|
|Field Goal Percent||168||Dave Dudzinski||46.2|
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 95th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1337-911 (.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.
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".
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.
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 GREYHOUNDS: Loyola has an overall record of 9-10 on the season, including a 4-4 mark in the Patriot League. The Greyhounds have won three of their last five games, and are coming off a 67-60 victory over Colgate on Saturday. Senior guard Dylon Cormier currently leads the team with averages of 20.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Eric Laster has added 8.8 points and 3.4 boards per contest, while sophomore guard Jarred Jones and junior guard R.J. Williams are each chipping in with 8.1 points per game. Loyola is led by head coach G.G. Smith, who stands 9-10 in his first season with the Greyhounds. Smith previously spent time as an assistant coach at Loyola, Johns Hopkins, Armstrong Atlantic State, Tennessee Tech and Kentucky.
DRIBBLES: Holy Cross' opponents have made 76.7 percent (290 of 378) of their free throws this season, including 79.3 percent (92 of 116) 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 2.5 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 3.6 points and 0.9 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.