Men's Basketball Plays Host To Lehigh In Patriot League Quarterfinals

Anthony Thompson

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The Teams: Holy Cross (18-12, 12-6 PL) vs. Lehigh (14-17, 7-11 PL)
Event: Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals
Date: March 5, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: Crusader Vision; Dick Lutsk, play-by-play
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 37-17
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 72, Lehigh 67 (February 15, 2014; Bethlehem, Pa.)

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 SET FOR 2014 PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT: Holy Cross opens up play in the 2014 Patriot League Tournament on Wednesday, March 5, when it plays host to Lehigh in a quarterfinal game at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders are the third seed in the tournament, while the Mountain Hawks are seeded sixth. The winner of the Holy Cross-Lehigh game will move on to the semifinals on Saturday, March 8 (possible opponents are American, Colgate and Navy), with the championship game set for Wednesday, March 12. For the eighth straight year, all games in the Patriot League Tournament will be played on the campus of the higher seed.

THE SERIES WITH LEHIGH: This will be the 55th meeting between the Crusaders and the Mountain Hawks on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 37-17. The Crusaders have won 23 out of the last 32 meetings between the schools, but Lehigh has been victorious in six of the last 10 games. For games played in Worcester, Holy Cross holds a 24-5 advantage and has won 16 of the last 18 contests. The schools first met on Jan. 16, 1976, with Holy Cross posting an 84-60 victory at the Hart Center.

Overall: Holy Cross leads, 37-17
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 24-5
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 24-5
In the Patriot League Tournament: Holy Cross leads, 5-0
Milan Brown vs. Lehigh: 4-4
Brett Reed vs. Holy Cross: 7-6
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, two games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 4-1

HOLY CROSS LOOKS TO ADVANCE: Based on results from past years, the Crusaders have a good chance to advance to the Patriot League semifinals. The No. 3 seed has posted an all-time record of 16-7 in the quarterfinal round over the course of the tournament's history ... Holy Cross is looking to become the first No. 3 seed to ever claim the Patriot League Tournament title. No team seeded lower than second has ever won the conference tournament title, with the No. 1 seed capturing 17 championships and the No. 2 seed taking six titles ... The top seed in the tournament has advanced to the championship game in each of the 23 years the Patriot League Tournament has been played. The other title game appearances all belong to the No. 2 (15 times), No. 3 (seven times) and No. 6 (one time) seeds.

THE SEEDINGS: Holy Cross is the No. 3 seed in the 2014 Patriot League Championship. This marks the fifth time the Crusaders have been the third seed in the tournament, with the previous occasions coming in 1991, 1992, 1996 and 2011. In two of those years (1991 and 1996), Holy Cross advanced to the conference title game ... Throughout its history in the Patriot League, Holy Cross has been the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament four times (10-1 record), No. 2 four times (10-2), No. 3 four times (5-4), No. 4 four times (1-3), No. 5 twice (0-2), No. 6 twice (0-2), No. 7  twice (1-2) and No. 8 once (0-1) ... Holy Cross stands 23-5 all-time in Patriot League Tournament games when it has been seeded higher than its opponent. The Crusaders have won 16 of their last 19 contests as the higher seed.

TOURNAMENT TIP-INS: The Crusaders, who will face Lehigh in the quarterfinals, stand 5-0 all-time against the Mountain Hawks in Patriot League Tournament play. The two teams have not met in the postseason since 2006, when Holy Cross won 73-66 in the semifinals ... In previous Patriot League Tournament meetings between Holy Cross and Lehigh, the Crusaders won in the 1991 semifinals (95-90 in overtime), the 1996 quarterfinals (81-66), the 2001 semifinals (69-57), the 2005 semifinals (57-53 in overtime) and the 2006 semifinals (73-66). All of those games were played at the Hart Center, except for the 2001 game in Annapolis, Md. ... Holy Cross stands 17-4 all-time in Patriot League Tournament games which have been played at the Hart Center. That includes a 7-2 mark in quarterfinal games (defeating Army in 1993 and 2005, Bucknell in 2009, Colgate in 1991, Lafayette in 2007, Lehigh in 1996 and Navy in 2006, while falling to Lafayette in 2011 and 2012), a 7-0 record in semifinal games (downing Lehigh in 1991, 2005 and 2006, American in 2007, Army in 1996, Colgate in 2009 and Fordham in 1993) and a 3-2 mark in championship games (defeating Bucknell in 2007, American in 2003 and Navy in 2001, while falling to Fordham in 1991 and Bucknell in 2005) ... In the conference's history, teams playing on their home court have an overall record of 79-17 during the Patriot League Tournament ... For the eighth year in a row, all games in the Patriot League Tournament will be played on the campus sites of the higher seed ... Since the Patriot League moved to its current format of having the higher seed play host to each game (beginning in 2007), home teams stand 21-7 in the quarterfinals, 13-1 in the semifinals and 6-1 in the championship game.

CRUSADERS AND MOUNTAIN HAWKS IN THE TOURNAMENT: When Holy Cross and Lehigh meet in the Patriot League quarterfinals, it will mark the first time the schools have played in the postseason since 2006. The Crusaders own a perfect 5-0 all-time record against the Mountain Hawks in the Patriot League Tournament, including a 1-0 mark in the quarterfinals and a 4-0 record at the Hart Center. The previous postseason meetings between the schools were won by the Crusaders in the 1991 semifinals (95-90 in overtime at the Hart Center), the 1996 quarterfinals (81-66 at the Hart Center), the 2001 semifinals (69-57 in Annapolis, Md.), the 2005 semifinals (57-53 in overtime at the Hart Center) and the 2006 semifinals (73-66 at the Hart Center).

DUDZINSKI NAMED ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE AGAIN: Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) has received first team All-Patriot League honors this season, after being a second team All-Patriot League selection a year ago. In 30 games played, he is averaging 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game, while hitting 75.2 percent of his free throws (112 of 149). During the Boston University game, Dudzinski led the team with 20 points, five rebounds and two assists. Previously against Navy, he posted the 10th double-double of his collegiate career with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Dudzinski also played well against Lafayette, totaling 17 points and 11 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), 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. Over the course of his collegiate career, Dudzinski has now totaled 1,311 points, 672 rebounds and 88 blocked shots, while connecting on 48.8 percent (475 of 974) of his field goals and 78.1 percent (304 of 389) of his free throws.

MILLER EARNS ALL-LEAGUE HONORS: Junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.), one of the top perimeter players for the Crusaders in 2013-2014, has been named third team All-Patriot League. In 30 games played this season, Miller is averaging 10.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.8 blocks and 0.9 steals per game, while hitting 40.3 percent (31 of 77) of his three-point field goals and 76.0 percent (73 of 96) of his free throws. In the victory at Loyola (Md.), he scored a career-high 20 points to go along with eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Previously at Lehigh, Miller totaled 12 points, eight rebounds, five blocks and three assists. He also played well against Bucknell, recording 14 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals. A few of Miller's other top games this year have been at Bucknell (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), at Colgate (17 points, five rebounds, three assists), against Canisius (15 points four rebounds, four assists), against Lehigh (14 points, seven rebounds), at American (14 points, four rebounds) and against Colgate (11 points, eight rebounds, three 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 522 points, 354 rebounds, 120 assists, 86 blocked shots and 52 steals, while connecting on 71.0 percent (120 of 169) of his free throws.

CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 344-141 at the Hart Center, including an 8-4 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 132-49 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including an 85-27 record against Patriot League foes.

HOLY CROSS POSTS ANOTHER WINNING RECORD IN LEAGUE PLAY: With a 12-6 mark in conference action, the Crusaders finished the regular 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 19.

THOMPSON SELECTED TO ALL-ROOKIE TEAM: Freshman guard Anthony Thompson (Glenn Dale, Md.) has become a key part of the Holy Cross backcourt this year, and was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie team. He is currently averaging 9.3 points, 2.3 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game, while hitting 40.5 percent (34 of 84) of his three-point field goals and 78.9 percent (105 of 133) of his free throws. During the victory at Loyola (Md.), Thompson totaled 12 points, four assists and two rebounds. Previously against Navy, he tied his career high with 17 points, in addition to posting three rebounds and three steals. Thompson also played well against Lafayette, scoring 13 points. 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 Lehigh (13 points, two rebounds, two assists), 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.

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 30 games played, he is averaging 8.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game. During the Boston University game, Green finished with 10 points, five assists, three rebounds and three steals. Previously at Loyola (Md.), he totaled 12 points and six rebounds. Green also played well against Navy, recording 14 points, four rebounds and three assists. A few of his other top performances this season have come against Hartford (career-high 18 points, six rebounds, five steals), at Lehigh (14 points, six rebounds, three assists, two 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), at Colgate (11 points, three assists, two steals), against Colgate (10 points, five steals, four assists, three rebounds, two blocks) and against Sacred Heart (10 points, five rebounds, five assists).

THE FIRST 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.

THE SECOND MEETING WITH LEHIGH: Eric Green totaled 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals, as Holy Cross defeated Lehigh 72-67 at Stabler Arena on Feb. 15, 2014. Justin Burrell scored 13 points on the day, seven of them in the game's final 30 seconds, while Malcolm Miller added 12 points, eight rebounds, five blocks and three assists. Anthony Thompson recorded 13 points, two rebounds and two assists, and Dave Dudzinski had 10 points and six rebounds. The score was tied at 5-5 early on, before the Crusaders went on a quick 11-3 run, including two three-point field goals from Miller. The Mountain Hawks had trimmed the margin down to five points (24-19) with 10:30 left in the half, before three-pointers by Taylor Abt and Thompson put Holy Cross up by 11 (30-19). Lehigh responded with an 8-0 spurt to close the gap, and the Crusaders would eventually hold a 41-37 lead heading into the locker room. Holy Cross scored the first six points of the second half to pull in front by 10 (47-37), before an 11-3 spurt allowed Lehigh to get back into the game. The Crusaders would hold onto a slim lead for the next several minutes, before scoring four straight points to go in front by eight (63-55) with 5:07 left to play. The Mountain Hawks used a quick 5-0 run to make the score 63-60 with 4:10 remaining, before neither team scored again for over three and half minutes. Burrell then drained a pull-up jumper with 29.6 seconds on the clock to put Holy Cross up by five (65-60). The Crusaders went on to make seven of eight free throws the rest of the way to pull out the victory. Lehigh was led by Tim Kempton with 17 points and three rebounds, and Mackey McKnight with 16 points and nine assists.

CRUSADERS REACH DOUBLE-FIGURES IN LEAGUE WINS: Holy Cross posted a 12-6 record in Patriot League regular season play 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 the second-most in Patriot League history, behind only Bucknell with 10.

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 27 games played this year, he has averaged 9.4 points, 2.5 assists and 1.7 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. Burrell 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 829 points, 284 assists, 164 rebounds and 55 steals, while making  35.6 percent (101 of 284) of his three-pointers and 83.5 percent (172 of 206) of his free throws.

CRUSADERS LOOKING FOR SIXTH PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CROWN: This year, Holy Cross will be looking to win the Patriot League Tournament for the sixth time in school history. 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.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY RECAP: Dave Dudzinski recorded 20 points and five rebounds, but Holy Cross was defeated by Boston University 68-64 at the Hart Center on March 1, 2014. The Terriers made 52.0 percent of their field goals on the day (26 of 50), in addition to holding a 31-27 rebounding advantage. Holy Cross connected on just 41.2 percent of its shots from the floor (21 of 51), but only committed eight turnovers. The Crusaders led 5-4 early on, before the Terriers scored eight straight points to claim a 12-5 advantage. Boston University would later lead by eight (15-7), when Holy Cross went on a 10-2 run to tie up the game at 17-17. The score would remain close for the rest of the half, before the Terriers took a 30-28 advantage into the locker room. A three-pointer by Dudzinski to open the second half gave Holy Cross the lead, and the Crusaders would go in front by six (41-35) with 16:42 left to play. But Boston University responded with a 13-2 spurt over the next four minutes to pull back ahead. The Terriers were up by eight (63-55) with 5:07 remaining, before Holy Cross scored six straight point to close the gap to two (63-61). The Crusaders were still down by two (66-64) in the final minute, but Anthony Thompson was stripped of the ball while driving to the basket, allowing Boston University to hold onto the lead. D.J. Irving then hit two free throws with 7.2 seconds left to give the Terriers an insurmountable 68-64 advantage. Eric Green finished the day with 10 points, five assists, three rebounds and three steals, while Thompson and Justin Burrell scored nine points each. Boston University was led by Irving with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

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 53-65 and a 32-28 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 148-185 (.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).

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 seven weeks. The Crusaders stand 11-3 over their last 14 games, including winning streaks of five and four games. Holy Cross' mark of 11-3 since Jan. 11 is tied with Boston University for the best in the Patriot League.

SHARING THE ROCK: This season, four different Holy Cross players have handed out at least 60 assists. Junior guard Justin Burrell leads the way with 68 assists, followed by junior forward Malcolm Miller (65) and sophomore guard Eric Green (65) and freshman guard Anthony Thompson (63). This marks the first time since the 1980-1981 campaign that four different Crusaders have dished out at least 60 assists in the same season. In 1980-1981, Eddie Thurman led the team with 154 assists, followed by Kevin Greaney (86), Garry Witts (71) and Dave Mulquin (65). In the history over Holy Cross basketball, this year marks only the sixth time there have been at least four players on the same team with 60 assists.

CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross is once again a strong free throw shooting team in 2013-2014. In 30 games played, the Crusaders have hit 73.2 percent (490 of 669) 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. Freshman guard Anthony Thompson (78.9 percent, 105 of 133), junior forward Malcolm Miller (76.0 percent, 73 of 96) and senior forward Dave Dudzinski (75.2 percent, 112 of 149) 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).

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 4.4 rebounds per contest. During the victory at Loyola (Md.), Alexander narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. Previously against Lehigh, he totaled 13 points, four rebounds and two assists. 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 at Army (16 points, five rebounds), 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.

HOLY CROSS PICKS UP 18TH VICTORY: With the 65-52 victory at Loyola (Md.) on Feb. 26, the Crusaders recorded their 18th win of the year. This marks the most victories for Holy Cross in a single season since going 18-14 in 2008-2009, and the most regular season wins since the 2006-2007 squad had a 22-8 mark entering the Patriot League Tournament. In addition, the Crusaders' 12 Patriot League victories this season are tied for their fourth most ever, behind only the 2002-2003, 2004-2005 and 2006-2007 teams (which all went 13-1).

CRUSADERS STEP UP PLAY ON DEFENSIVE END: Over its last 16 games, Holy Cross has turned in a number of outstanding defensive performances. During that stretch, the Crusaders are allowing just 60.4 points per game, while holding the opposition to 43.6 percent (359 of 823) shooting from the field. Holy Cross has also outrebounded its opponents by 4.5 boards per game over the last 16 contests, in addition to blocking 4.3 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 and 52 points on Feb. 26.

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 1,311 points in 116 career games, good for an average of 11.3 points per contest.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 95th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1344-914 (.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 five statistical categories, through games of March 2. In addition, four Holy Cross players stand among the best in the nation in various individual categories. The rankings:

Category Rank    Player / Team Avg.
Free Throw Percent 52   Holy Cross 73.2
  226   Anthony Thompson 78.9
Fewest Personal Fouls 62   Holy Cross 17.6
Scoring Defense 69   Holy Cross 65.9
Blocked Shots 84   Malcolm Miller 1.8
Steals 91   Eric Green 1.7
Fewest Turnovers 109   Holy Cross 11.7
Winning Percent 117   Holy Cross 60.0
Rebounding 133   Dave Dudzinski 7.5
Field Goal Percent 136   Dave Dudzinski 47.6
Scoring 244   Dave Dudzinski 15.3

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) and 10th in career games started (88), while junior forward Malcolm Miller is in fifth place on the single-season list for blocked shots (54) and 10th on the career list for blocked shots (86).

BURRELL & DUDZINSKI NAMED 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.

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 12 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 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.

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.

SCOUTING THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS: Lehigh enters the game with an overall record of 14-17 and a 7-11 mark in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks have lost three straight games, and are coming off a 74-57 setback against Colgate on Saturday. Senior guard Mackey McKnight leads the team with averages of 13.3 points and 6.1 assists per game. Freshman center Tim Kempton is also enjoying a strong season, putting up 13.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest. The Mountain Hawks are led by head coach Brett Reed, who stands 129-90 in seven seasons at Lehigh. Reed previously served as an assistant coach for the Mountain Hawks from 2002-2007.

CRUSADER VISION & THE PATRIOT LEAGUE NETWORK: Live video streaming of all Holy Cross home non-conference games and most Patriot League regular season games during the 2013-2014 season will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision and the Patriot League Network. The package, done in association with Campus Insiders, is available free of charge. For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision or the Patriot League Network, click here.

CRUSADERS ON TELEVISION: Holy Cross will have at least 10 games shown on live television during the 2013-2014 season. The Crusaders had seven television appearances last year, while appearing on television seven times in 2011-2012, eight times in 2010-2011, nine times in 2009-2010, 10 times in 2008-2009, eight times in 2007-2008, 13 times in 2006-2007, 10 times in 2005-2006 and 10 times in 2004-2005. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2013-2014 season:

Nov. 10 vs. Harvard: New England Sports Network
Nov. 15 at North Carolina: ESPNU
Nov. 30 at New Hampshire: Live Well Network
Dec. 28 at Michigan: Big Ten Network
Jan. 8 vs. Colgate: Charter TV3
Jan. 22 at Lafayette: Lafayette Sports Network
Jan. 29 vs. Loyola (Md.): Charter TV3
Feb. 4 at Colgate: CBS Sports Network
Feb. 9 vs. Bucknell: CBS Sports Network
Feb. 15 at Lehigh: Service Electric Cable

HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Several of the Crusaders' basketball contests during the 2013-2014 season will be carried by Emmanuel Radio, WNEB 1230 AM in Worcester.  Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 27th season calling the play-by-play for Crusader basketball on the radio. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk are in their 10th year on the Holy Cross broadcast crew, and will handle either play-by-play or color commentary for selected games. All games aired on Emmanuel Radio can also be heard live over the internet by clicking here. WCHC 88.1 FM, the Holy Cross student station, will also carry a number of games this year.

CRUSADERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Updates on Holy Cross basketball can be found through the Holy Cross Athletics pages on the following social media networks:

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

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DRIBBLES: During their Jan. 29 game against Loyola (Md.), the Crusaders collected donations to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer ... Holy Cross' opponents have made 73.4 percent (373 of 508) 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 2.3 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 2.8 points and 1.0 rebounds per game ... Junior guard De'Vaughn Reid (West Orange, N.J.) made his first career start at New Hampshire, scoring six points. A walk-on, Reid has now played in 21 career games, totaling 43 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 "".