Crusaders Head To Lehigh On Saturday
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (15-10, 9-4 PL) vs. Lehigh (13-13, 6-7 PL)
Date: February 15, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Stabler Arena (5,600), Bethlehem, Pa.
Television: Service Electric Cable, Bethlehem, Pa.
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League Network
Unofficial Live Statistics: Side Arm Stats
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 36-17
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 61, Lehigh 42 (January 18, 2014; 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 TRAVEL TO LEHIGH: Holy Cross will hit the road on Saturday, Feb. 15, for a 2:00 p.m. contest at Lehigh. The Crusaders currently stand in third place in the Patriot League with a 9-4 mark in conference games, while the Mountain Hawks are tied for fifth place at 6-7. Following the contest with Lehigh, Holy Cross will return home to face Lafayette on Wednesday, Feb. 19 (7:00 p.m.). The Crusaders will then remain at the Hart Center to play host to Navy on Sunday, Feb. 23 (12:00 p.m.).
THE SERIES WITH LEHIGH: This will be the 54th meeting between the Crusaders and the Mountain Hawks on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 36-17. The Crusaders have won 22 out of the last 31 meetings between the schools, but Lehigh has been victorious in six of the last nine games. For games played in Bethlehem, the Mountain Hawks own a narrow 12-11 advantage with four straight victories. The schools first met on Jan. 16, 1976, with Holy Cross posting an 84-60 victory at the Hart Center.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 36-17
In Bethlehem: Lehigh leads, 12-11
At Stabler Arena: Lehigh leads, 12-11
Milan Brown vs. Lehigh: 3-4
Brett Reed vs. Holy Cross: 7-6
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 4-1
CRUSADERS HEATING UP: After beginning the season at 7-9 overall and 1-3 in the Patriot League, Holy Cross has turned things around in the last five weeks. The Crusaders stand 8-1 over their last nine games, including a five-game winning streak from Jan. 15-29. Holy Cross' mark of 8-1 since Jan. 11 is the best of any team in the Patriot League.
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 25 games played, he is averaging 15.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game, while hitting 77.1 percent of his free throws (91 of 118). During the victory over Army, Dudzinski led the team with 26 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Previously against Bucknell, he totaled nine points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots. Dudzinski also played well at Colgate, recording 14 points, five rebounds and two steals, while hitting seven of nine field goal attempts. A few of his other top performances this season have come against Sacred Heart (26 points, career-high tying 15 rebounds, three steals), against Loyola (24 points, 12 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), at Navy (16 points, nine 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 Army (14 points, five 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 1,236 points, 636 rebounds and 87 blocked shots, while connecting on 49.1 percent (450 of 917) of his field goals and 79.1 percent (283 of 358) of his free throws.
HOLY CROSS LOOKS TO POST ANOTHER WINNING RECORD IN LEAGUE PLAY: With one more conference victory this year, the Crusaders would once again finish the regular season with a winning record in Patriot League play. Holy Cross has posted a winning record against conference opponents 14 times in the league's first 23 seasons. The Crusaders finished with winning records in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012. Holy Cross' 14 winning seasons in conference play are the second-most in the history of the Patriot League, behind only Bucknell with 18.
BURRELL LEADS HOLY CROSS FROM THE POINT: Junior guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) is in his third season in the Holy Cross starting lineup. In 22 games played this year, he has averaged 9.7 points, 2.7 assists and 1.9 rebounds per contest, while hitting 83.3 percent (35 of 42) of his free throws. During the victory over Army, Burrell scored 10 points and tied his career high with nine assists, while hitting four key free throws in the final 20 seconds. Previously against Bucknell, he led the team with 19 points, four rebounds and three assists. Burrell also played well at Colgate, totaling 11 points and three assists, and making a key steal in the final minute to set up the go-ahead basket. A few of Burrell's other top games this season have been at Navy (17 points, three rebounds), at Lafayette (15 points, three rebounds), at Michigan (14 points, five assists), at American (13 points, three assists), at Bucknell (13 points, three assists), against Colgate (13 points), against Lehigh (11 points, three rebounds), against Canisius (11 points) and against Loyola (10 points). 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 790 points, 275 assists, 158 rebounds and 51 steals, while making 83.6 percent (163 of 195) of his free throws.
CRUSADERS IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Two current Holy Cross players have earned spots in the school's all-time record book. Senior forward Dave Dudzinski currently stands ninth all-time in career blocked shots (87) and 12th in career free throw percentage (.791, 283 of 358). In addition, junior guard Justin Burrell ranks third all-time in career free throw percentage (83.6, 163 of 195).
ARMY RECAP: Dave Dudzinski tied his season high by scoring 26 points, as the Crusaders earned a 66-63 victory over Army at the Hart Center on Feb. 12, 2014. Dudzinski hit 10 of 19 field goal attempts, in addition seven rebounds and three steals on the night. Holy Cross was up by just one point (57-56) with less than two minutes remaining, before Justin Burrell knocked down a three-point field goal to make it a four-point game (60-56). After a jumper by Army's Kyle Wilson trimmed the lead to two points, Dudzinski scored off an inbounds pass from Eric Green with 28.1 seconds left to make the score 62-58. The Black Knights were able to pull within one point twice in the closing seconds, but each time Burrell knocked down both ends of a one-and-one to put the Crusaders back up by three. A three-pointer by Wilson was then off the mark just before the final buzzer, allowing Holy Cross to pull out the victory. The Crusaders had opened the game with an 11-8 lead, before going over eight minutes without scoring as Army claimed a 17-11 advantage. The Black Knights would go in front by eight points (29-21) late in the half, before Holy Cross used a quick 9-0 spurt to take a 30-29 advantage into the locker room. A 10-0 run early in the second half would give the Crusaders their largest lead of the night (40-31), and Holy Cross was still up by eight (48-40) with nine minutes left in regulation. But Army came back with an 11-2 spurt to pull ahead (51-50), and the score would stay close the rest of the way. Burrell finished the night with 10 points and tied his career high with nine assists. Green added eight points, three rebounds and three assists, while Malcolm Miller totaled eight points and eight rebounds. The Black Knights were led by Wilson with 23 points and five rebounds.
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 25 games played this season, Miller is averaging 10.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals per game, while hitting 75.6 percent (62 of 82) of his free throws. In the victory over Bucknell, he recorded 14 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Previously at Colgate, Miller led the team with 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. He also played well at American, totaling 14 points, four rebounds and two blocks. 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), at Army (17 points, six rebounds), against Canisius (15 points four rebounds, four assists), against Lehigh (14 points, seven rebounds), against Colgate (11 points, eight rebounds, three assists) and at Lafayette (10 points, seven rebounds, two assists). 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 466 points, 320 rebounds, 107 assists, 74 blocked shots and 48 steals, while connecting on 70.3 percent (109 of 155) of his free throws.
CRUSADERS STEP UP PLAY ON DEFENSIVE END: Over its last 11 games, Holy Cross has turned in a number of outstanding defensive performances. During that stretch, the Crusaders are allowing just 58.8 points per game, while holding the opposition to 42.2 percent (239 of 567) shooting from the field. Holy Cross has also outrebounded its opponents by 3.8 boards per game over the last 11 contests, in addition to blocking 4.5 shots per game. On Jan. 18, the Crusaders held Lehigh to a season-low 42 points, while Bucknell scored a season-low 50 points on Feb. 9. Holy Cross also limited Navy to 52 points on Jan. 25 and Loyola (Md.) to 51 points on Jan. 29.
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 25 games played, he is averaging 7.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game. During the victory at Colgate, Green totaled 11 points, three assists and two steals. Previously at Army, he posted his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Green also played well in the first meeting with Colgate, filling up the stat line with 10 points, five steals, four assists, three rebounds and two blocks. A few of his other top performances this season have come against Hartford (career-high 18 points, six rebounds, five steals), at New Jersey Tech (15 points, five assists, five steals, four rebounds), at Hartford (12 points, three assists, three steals) and against Sacred Heart (10 points, five rebounds, five assists).
THE LAST MEETING WITH LEHIGH: 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.
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, 2.3 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game, while hitting 74.5 percent (79 of 106) of his free throws. During the American game, Thompson netted 12 points while hitting four of five field goal attempts. Previously at Navy, he totaled 10 points, four rebounds and two assists. Thompson also played well at Army, scoring 13 points and handing out two assists. 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), at Bucknell (10 points, six rebounds, four steals), 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.
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 50-63 and a 29-26 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 145-183 (.442). 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).
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 22nd all-time at Holy Cross with 1,236 points in 111 career games, good for an average of 11.1 points per contest.
CRUSADERS LOOKING FOR SIXTH PATRIOT LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON TITLE: During the 2013-2014 campaign, Holy Cross is attempting 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).
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 seventh on the team with an average of 7.2 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.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 95th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1341-912 (.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 IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in three statistical categories, through games of Feb. 9. In addition, three Holy Cross players stand among the best in the nation in various individual categories. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg.|
|Scoring Defense||78||Holy Cross||66.4|
|Fewest Personal Fouls||88||Holy Cross||18.0|
|Blocked Shots||92||Malcolm Miller||1.8|
|Free Throw Percent||106||Holy Cross||71.8|
|Field Goal Percent||132||Dave Dudzinski||48.1|
HAMILTON BECOMES 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 nine games due to injury. Hamilton is averaging 9.1 points and 1.9 rebounds per game, while hitting 37.7 percent (29 of 77) 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 336 points, 119 rebounds and 40 assists, while hitting 32.4 percent of his three-point attempts (67 of 207).
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 KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross is once again a strong free throw shooting team in 2013-2014. In 25 games played, the Crusaders have hit 72.2 percent (399 of 553) of their foul shots as a team. Junior guard Justin Burrell leads the way by hitting 83.3 percent (35 of 42) of his free throws so far in 2013-2014, while sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton has knocked down 82.6 percent (19 of 23) of his foul shots. Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (77.1 percent, 91 of 118), junior forward Malcolm Miller (75.6 percent, 62 of 82), and freshman guard Anthony Thompson (74.5 percent, 79 of 106) 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).
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 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.
CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 344-139 at the Hart Center, including a 7-2 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 131-47 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including an 84-25 record against Patriot League foes.
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 MOUNTAIN HAWKS: Lehigh enters the game with an overall record of 13-13 and a 6-7 mark in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks have lost two of their last three games, and are coming off a 64-44 setback at American on Wednesday night. Senior guard Mackey McKnight leads the team with averages of 13.6 points and 6.0 assists per game. Freshman center Tim Kempton is also enjoying a strong season, putting up 13.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest. The Mountain Hawks are led by head coach Brett Reed, who stands 128-86 in seven seasons at Lehigh. Reed previously served as an assistant coach for the Mountain Hawks from 2002-2007.
DRIBBLES: During their Jan. 29 game against Loyola (Md.), the Crusaders collected donations to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer ... Holy Cross' opponents have made 75.1 percent (332 of 442) of their free throws this season. 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 2.4 points and 2.6 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 3.1 points and 0.8 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 ... The Crusaders took part in the Coach4aDay Program during the 2013-2014 season, as opportunities were auctioned off for a guest "assistant coach," with the proceeds going to charity. For more information, visit "www.coach4aday.com".