Crusaders Head To Loyola On Wednesday Night
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (17-11, 11-5 PL) vs. Loyola (10-17, 5-11 PL)
Date: February 26, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Reitz Arena (2,100), Baltimore, Md.
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League Network
Unofficial Live Statistics: Gametracker
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 3-2
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 60, Loyola 51 (January 29, 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 LOYOLA: Holy Cross heads to Loyola (Md.) on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m., for its final road game of the regular season. The Crusaders currently stand in third place in the Patriot League with an 11-5 mark in conference games, while the Greyhounds are in eighth place at 5-11. Holy Cross has already clinched a top four finish in the Patriot League and a home game in the conference quarterfinals, and will be seeded either second, third or fourth in the league tournament. Following the contest with the Greyhounds, the Crusaders will close out the regular season by playing host to Boston University on Saturday, March 1 (2:00 p.m.).
THE SERIES WITH LOYOLA: This will be only the sixth meeting between the Crusaders and the Greyhounds on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 3-2. Prior to this season, the schools had 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. The teams first played 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: Holy Cross leads, 3-2
In Baltimore: Loyola leads, 1-0
At Reitz Arena: Loyola leads, 1-0
Milan Brown vs. Loyola: 6-2
G.G. Smith vs. Holy Cross: 0-1
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
CRUSADERS HEAT 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 six weeks. The Crusaders stand 10-2 over their last 12 games, including winning streaks of five and four games. Holy Cross' mark of 10-2 since Jan. 11 is the best 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 28 games played, he is averaging 15.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game, while hitting 77.1 percent of his free throws (108 of 140). During the victory over Navy, Dudzinski posted the 10th double-double of his collegiate career with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Previously against Lafayette, he totaled 17 points and 11 rebounds. Dudzinski also played well at Lehigh, recording 10 points and six 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 Army (26 points, seven 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 Colgate (14 points, five rebounds, two steals), 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 1,285 points, 663 rebounds and 88 blocked shots, while connecting on 48.7 percent (465 of 954) of his field goals and 78.9 percent (300 of 380) of his free throws.
HOLY CROSS POSTS ANOTHER WINNING RECORD IN LEAGUE PLAY: With an 11-5 mark in conference action, the Crusaders are guaranteed to finish the season with a winning record in Patriot League play. This marks the 15th time Holy Cross has posted a winning record against conference opponents in the league's 24-year history. The Crusaders previously finished with winning records in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012. Holy Cross' 15 winning seasons in conference play are the second-most in the history of the Patriot League, behind only Bucknell with 18.
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 28 games played, he is averaging 7.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game. During the victory over Navy, Green recorded 14 points, four rebounds and three assists. Previously at Lehigh, he led the team with 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Green also played well at Colgate, totaling 11 points, three assists and two steals. 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), at Army (11 points, 10 rebounds, first career double-double), against Colgate (10 points, five steals, four assists, three rebounds, two blocks) and against Sacred Heart (10 points, five rebounds, five assists).
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 28 games played this season, Miller is averaging 10.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.0 steals per game, while hitting 40.3 percent (27 of 67) of his three-point field goals and 75.3 percent (67 of 89) of his free throws. In the victory at Lehigh, he totaled 12 points, eight rebounds, five blocks and three assists. Previously against Bucknell, Miller recorded 14 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals. He also played well at Colgate, leading the team with 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. 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), at American (14 points, four rebounds), against Colgate (11 points, eight rebounds, three assists) and at Lafayette (10 points, seven 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 494 points, 339 rebounds, 114 assists, 83 blocked shots and 51 steals, while connecting on 70.4 percent (114 of 162) of his free throws.
NAVY RECAP: Dave Dudzinski posted the 10th double-double of his collegiate career with 22 points and 10 rebounds, to lead Holy Cross to a 74-57 victory over Navy at the Hart Center. Following the contest, Dudzinski received the Martin J. O'Malley Award as the most valuable player of the Crusaders' Winter Homecoming game. Anthony Thompson finished the day with 17 points, three rebounds and three steals, while Eric Green added 14 points, four rebounds and three assists. The Midshipmen were led by Thurgood Wynn with 14 points, two assists and two steals, all in the second half. The game was close early on, with Navy holding a 6-5 lead after the first two minutes of play. The Crusaders then went on a 13-1 run over the next eight minutes to claim an 11-point advantage (18-7). A 9-0 spurt a few minutes later would push the Holy Cross advantage to 20 points (32-12), before the Crusaders eventually led 34-19 at halftime. The Midshipmen were able to trim the margin down to 14 (38-24) early in the second half, before Holy Cross scored the next six points to go back in front by 20 (44-24). The Crusader lead grew to 21 points (50-29) with 10:46 left to play, before Navy went on a 14-4 run to make things interesting. The Midshipmen were able to make it a 10-point game (62-52) with 5:45 remaining, but Holy Cross scored the next eight points to put things away. The Crusaders made just 39.6 percent of their field goals (21 of 53) on the day, but made up for it with a 45-24 rebounding advantage. Navy connected on 41.2 percent of its shot from the floor (21 of 51).
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 9.2 points, 2.3 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game, while hitting 40.3 percent (31 of 77) of his three-point field goals and 76.9 percent (93 of 121) of his free throws. During the victory over Navy, Thompson tied his career high with 17 points, in addition to posting three rebounds and three steals. Previously against Lafayette, he scored 13 points. Thompson also played well at Lehigh, recording 13 points, two rebounds and two assists. A few of his other top games this year have come at New Hampshire (17 points, five rebounds), against Belmont (15 points, four assists, two steals), at Army (13 points, two assists), at American (12 points), at Bucknell (10 points, six rebounds, four steals), at Navy (10 points, four rebounds, two assists), 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.
CRUSADERS REACH DOUBLE-FIGURES IN LEAGUE WINS: Holy Cross currently owns an 11-5 record in Patriot League so far this season. This marks the ninth time the Crusaders have reached double-figures in conference victories, since the Patriot League began play in the 1990-1991 season. The school record for most conference wins is held by the 2002-2003, 2004-2005 and 2006-2007 teams, which all posted 13-1 marks in the Patriot League. In addition, the 1992-1993 team went 12-2, the 2005-2006 and 2008-2009 squads went 11-3, the 2000-2001 team was 10-2, and the 1991-1992 team had a 10-4 record. Holy Cross' nine seasons with double-figure conference victories are tied with Bucknell for the most in Patriot League history.
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 52-64 and a 31-27 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 147-184 (.444). 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).
THE LAST MEETING WITH LOYOLA: Dave Dudzinski posted a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds, as Holy Cross defeated Loyola (Md.) 60-51 at the Hart Center on Jan. 29, 2014. Dudzinski hit eight of 11 shots from the floor and eight of 12 free throws on the night. Holy Cross made 44.4 percent of its field goal attempts in the game (20 of 45), while holding Loyola to 34.0 percent shooting (17 of 50). The Crusaders also held a 38-30 rebounding advantage, while blocking 10 shots. The game was close early on, with Holy Cross leading 9-6 after the first four minutes of play. The Crusaders then went on a 13-3 run over the next seven minutes to go in front by 13 (22-9), including a pair of dunks by Malcolm Miller. Holy Cross would hold on to a comfortable lead for the remainder of the first half, eventually taking a 28-19 advantage into the locker room at halftime. The Crusaders were able to extend their lead to 14 points (38-24) with 13:42 remaining in regulation, and still held a 12-point advantage (43-31) with 11:10 on the clock. The Greyhounds then went on a 10-3 run to close the gap, and were able to make it a two-point game (51-49) with 3:19 left to play. But Dylon Cormier missed a pair of free throws on Loyola's next possession, then Anthony Thompson converted a three-point play to put Holy Cross back up by five (54-49). The Crusaders went on to hit six of eight free throws in the final two minutes, while allowing the Greyhounds only two more points the rest of the way. Justin Burrell finished the game with 10 points on four of six shooting, while Miller totaled nine points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots. Cormier led Loyola with 15 points and three assists.
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 25 games played this year, he has averaged 9.6 points, 2.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds per contest, while hitting 83.0 percent (44 of 53) of his free throws. During the victory at Lehigh, Burrell scored 13 points, including seven points in the final 30 seconds. Previously against Army, he tallied 10 points and a career high-tying nine assists, while hitting four free throws in the final 20 seconds. Burrell also played well against Bucknell, leading the team with 19 points, four rebounds and three assists. 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), at Colgate (11 points, three assists, key steal to set up the go-ahead basket), 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 816 points, 279 assists, 161 rebounds and 54 steals, while making 83.5 percent (172 of 206) of his free throws.
CRUSADERS STEP UP PLAY ON DEFENSIVE END: Over its last 14 games, Holy Cross has turned in a number of outstanding defensive performances. During that stretch, the Crusaders are allowing just 60.5 points per game, while holding the opposition to 43.1 percent (313 of 726) shooting from the field. Holy Cross has also outrebounded its opponents by 4.8 boards per game over the last 14 contests, in addition to blocking 4.6 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.
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 6.8 points per game, and stands third with an average of 4.3 rebounds per contest. During the home 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.
CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross is once again a strong free throw shooting team in 2013-2014. In 28 games played, the Crusaders have hit 73.0 percent (454 of 622) of their foul shots as a team. Junior guard Justin Burrell leads the way by hitting 83.0 percent (44 of 53) of his free throws so far in 2013-2014, while sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) has knocked down 82.6 percent (19 of 23) of his foul shots. Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (77.1 percent, 108 of 140), freshman guard Anthony Thompson (76.9 percent, 93 of 121) and junior forward Malcolm Miller (75.3 percent, 67 of 89) are also hitting over 75 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 1343-913 (.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 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).
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 20th all-time at Holy Cross with 1,285 points in 114 career games, good for an average of 11.3 points per contest.
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in four statistical categories, through games of Feb. 23. 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||60||Holy Cross||73.0|
|Scoring Defense||71||Holy Cross||66.3|
|Fewest Personal Fouls||73||Holy Cross||17.8|
|Blocked Shots||84||Malcolm Miller||1.8|
|Winning Percent||114||Holy Cross||60.7|
|Field Goal Percent||140||Dave Dudzinski||47.5|
HAMILTON BECOMES A TOP SCORING THREAT: Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton has been a key player for the Crusaders on the wing this year, despite missing 10 games due to injury. Hamilton has averaged 8.2 points and 1.8 rebounds per game, while hitting 36.3 percent (29 of 80) 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 338 points, 120 rebounds and 40 assists.
CRUSADERS IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Three current Holy Cross players have earned spots in the school's all-time record book. Junior guard Justin Burrell currently stands third all-time in career free throw percentage (.835, 172 of 206). In addition, senior forward Dave Dudzinski ranks ninth all-time in career blocked shots (88), while junior forward Malcolm Miller is in fifth place on the single-season list for blocked shots (51).
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 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 OWNS FIVE PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CROWNS: Seven years ago, the Crusaders captured their fifth Patriot League Tournament crown with a 74-66 victory over Bucknell on March 9, 2007. Holy Cross' previous tournament titles came in 2003 (72-64 over American), 2002 (58-54 at American), 2001 (68-64 over Navy in overtime) and 1993 (98-73 at Bucknell). The Crusaders' five conference tournament championships are the most in Patriot League history, with Bucknell (2005, 2006, 2011 and 2013) ranking second. Holy Cross has also appeared in the championship game seven times in the last 12 years. Overall, the Crusaders have made a conference-record 10 appearances in the Patriot League championship game.
CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 344-140 at the Hart Center, including an 8-3 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 132-48 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including an 85-26 record against Patriot League foes.
THE JESUIT BASKETBALL SPOTLIGHT: The matchup between Holy Cross and Loyola is part of the nationwide Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project, using Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education. Both Holy Cross and Loyola are Jesuit schools. The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project highlights more than 90 games this season between men's and women's teams from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States. Each of the 28 is dedicated to strong academics and teaching women and men to serve others and live a faith that does justice. The spotlight project includes awareness announcements during these designated games and during gamecasts on radio and television. Jesuit, Catholic colleges and universities in the United States have more than 200,000 students currently and more than 1.7 million living alumni. The Jesuit educational mission began in Europe approximately 500 years ago. For more information on Jesuit higher education in the United States, visit 'www.ajcunet.edu'.
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.
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 10-17 on the season, including a 5-11 mark in the Patriot League. The Greyhounds have dropped their last five games, and are coming off an 84-60 loss at Colgate. Senior guard Dylon Cormier leads the team with an average of 21.2 points per game, but has not played since Feb. 1 due to injury. Sophomore guard Eric Laster has averaged 8.1 points and 3.3 boards per contest, while junior guard R.J. Williams has added 8.1 points and 3.9 assists per game. Loyola is led by head coach G.G. Smith, who stands 10-17 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: During their Jan. 29 game against Loyola (Md.), the Crusaders collected donations to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer ... Holy Cross' opponents have made 74.5 percent (356 of 478) 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 2.5 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 2.9 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 19 career games, totaling 41 points, 12 rebounds and 15 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".