Holy Cross Heads To Brown For CIT First Round
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (19-13, 12-6 PL) vs. Brown (15-13, 7-7 Ivy)
Event: CollegeInsider.com Tournament
Date: March 17, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Pizzitola Sports Center (2,800), Providence, R.I.
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Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 43-17
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 85, Brown 79 (OT; December 2, 2009; Providence, R.I.)
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 SET FOR COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT: Holy Cross will take part in postseason play for the first time since the 2006-2007 season, when it plays in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The Crusaders will play at Brown in the first round on Monday, March 17, at 7:00 p.m. The CIT will continue with second round games from March 21-22 and the quarterfinal round from March 25-27. Both the semifinals (April 1) and the championship game (April 3) will be shown live on the CBS Sports Network. All games in the tournament will be played on campus sites.
2014 CIT First Round Pairings
THE SERIES WITH BROWN: This will be the 61st meeting between the Crusaders and the Bears on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 43-17. The Crusaders have won seven of the last eight games between the schools, but the teams have not played since Holy Cross won an 85-79 overtime contest in Providence on Dec. 2, 2009. For games played at the Pizzitola Sports Center the series is tied at 4-4, but the Crusaders have won their last four trips to Providence. The schools first met on February 12, 1901, with Holy Cross posting a 9-8 victory in Worcester.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 43-17
In Providence: Holy Cross leads, 23-12
At the Pizzitola Sports Center: Tied, 4-4
Milan Brown vs. Brown: 0-0
Mike Martin vs. Holy Cross: 0-0
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1
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 32 games played, he is averaging 15.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game, while hitting 75.5 percent of his free throws (114 of 155). Against American in the Patriot League semifinals, Dudzinski led the team with 22 points and nine rebounds. Previously against Lehigh in the quarterfinals, he totaled 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Dudzinski also played well against Boston University, recording 20 points, five rebounds and two assists. 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 Navy (22 points, 10 rebounds), against Albany (22 points, seven rebounds), against Hartford (18 points, nine rebounds), against Lafayette (17 points, 11 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) and at Boston University (12 points, 10 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 1,345 points, 687 rebounds and 91 blocked shots, while connecting on 48.7 percent (490 of 1,007) of his field goals and 78.3 percent (306 of 391) of his free throws.
CRUSADERS STEP UP PLAY ON DEFENSIVE END: Over its last 15 games, Holy Cross has turned in a number of outstanding defensive performances. During that stretch, the Crusaders are allowing just 58.1 points per game, while holding the opposition to 42.4 percent (324 of 764) shooting from the field. Holy Cross has also outrebounded its opponents by 4.0 boards per game over the last 15 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. Overall, nine of Holy Cross' last 15 opponents have scored less than 60 points, with only one team netting 70 or more points during that time.
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 32 games played this season, Miller is averaging 10.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.8 blocks and 0.9 steals per game, while hitting 41.2 percent (35 of 85) of his three-point field goals and 76.0 percent (76 of 100) of his free throws. In the Patriot League semifinals against American, he posted his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Previously against Lehigh in the quarterfinals, Miller led the team with 19 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. He also played well at Loyola (Md.), scoring a career-high 20 points to go along with eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks. 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), against Bucknell (14 points, six rebounds), at American (14 points, four rebounds), at Lehigh (12 points, eight rebounds, five blocks, three assists) 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 551 points, 372 rebounds, 121 assists, 90 blocked shots and 53 steals, while connecting on 71.1 percent (123 of 173) of his free throws.
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.
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 9.2 points, 2.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game, while hitting 41.1 percent (37 of 90) of his three-point field goals and 77.0 percent (107 of 139) of his free throws. Against American in the Patriot League semifinals, Thompson finished with 10 points and three assists. Previously against Lehigh in the quarterfinals, he recorded seven points, six rebounds and a career-high nine assists. Thompson also played well at Loyola (Md.), totaling 12 points, four assists and two rebounds. A few of his other top games this year have come against Navy (17 points, three rebounds, three steals), 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), against Lafayette (13 points), 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.
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.
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 54-66 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 149-186 (.445). 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).
BURRELL LEADS HOLY CROSS BACKCOURT: Junior guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) is in his third season in the Holy Cross starting lineup. In 29 games played this year, he has averaged 9.0 points, 2.4 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. 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 838 points, 287 assists, 169 rebounds and 55 steals, while making 35.5 percent (104 of 293) of his three-pointers and 83.5 percent (172 of 206) of his free throws.
HOLY CROSS PICKS UP 19TH VICTORY: With the 54-48 victory over Lehigh in the Patriot League quarterfinals, the Crusaders recorded their 19th win of the year. This marks the most victories for Holy Cross in a single season since going 25-9 in 2006-2007. The Crusaders' 18-12 mark in the regular season was also their best since they had a 22-8 mark entering the Patriot League Tournament in 2006-2007. In addition, Holy Cross' 12 Patriot League victories this year tied for its fourth most ever, behind only the 2002-2003, 2004-2005 and 2006-2007 teams (which all went 13-1).
CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross is once again a strong free throw shooting team in 2013-2014. In 32 games played, the Crusaders have hit 72.7 percent (498 of 685) 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 (77.0 percent, 107 of 139), junior forward Malcolm Miller (76.0 percent, 76 of 100) and senior forward Dave Dudzinski (75.5 percent, 114 of 151) 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).
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 32 games played, he is averaging 7.8 points, 4.0 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).
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 6.5 points per game, and stands third with an average of 4.3 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.
PROTECTING THE BALL: In 32 games played this season, the Crusaders have committed only 376 turnovers, for an average of just 11.8 turnovers per game. Holy Cross currently stands third in the Patriot League in fewest turnovers, behind only Bucknell (10.7 turnovers per game) and Colgate (11.5 turnovers per game). The Crusaders' average of 11.8 turnovers per contest is the best in school history, breaking the record which had been set just last year at 12.4 turnovers per game (372 in 30 games).
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 18th all-time at Holy Cross with 1,345 points in 118 career games, good for an average of 11.4 points per contest.
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 seventh all-time in career games started (90), eighth in career blocked shots (91) and eighth in single-season games started (32), while junior forward Malcolm Miller is in fifth place on the single-season list for blocked shots (58), eighth on the single-season list for games started (32) and ninth on the career list for blocked shots (88).
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in four statistical categories, through games of March 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.|
|Fewest Personal Fouls||40||Holy Cross||17.1|
|Scoring Defense||56||Holy Cross||65.1|
|Free Throw Percent||71||Holy Cross||72.7|
|Blocked Shots||79||Malcolm Miller||1.8|
|Fewest Turnovers||115||Holy Cross||11.8|
|Field Goal Percent||131||Dave Dudzinski||47.4|
SHARING THE ROCK: This season, four different Holy Cross players have handed out at least 60 assists. Freshman guard Anthony Thompson leads the way with 75 assists, followed by junior guard Justin Burrell (71), sophomore guard Eric Green (70) and junior forward Malcolm Miller (66). 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.
THE LAST MEETING WITH BROWN: Mike Cavataio totaled 21 points and six rebounds, to lead Holy Cross to an 85-79 overtime victory over Brown at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Dec. 2, 2009. Cavataio scored 15 points in the second half and six more in overtime, as the Crusaders came back from an eight-point deficit with three minutes remaining in regulation. After being down 67-59 with just three minutes to play in the second half, Cavataio and R.J. Evans each hit one-of-two free throws to make it a six-point game with 2:32 to play. Cavataio then drove the lane for a layup and hit a jumper to make the score 67-65 with a minute to go. A driving layup by Devin Brown tied the game at 67-67 with 29.6 seconds left on the clock, and neither team scored again in regulation. During the final three minutes of the second half, the Bears attempted only one field goal, with the Holy Cross defense forcing four turnovers. In overtime, Brown held a 70-69 lead before a three-point field goal by Andrew Beinert with 2:39 to play gave the Crusaders the lead for good. A jumper by Cavataio and four Beinert free throws extended the lead to eight points (78-70), and the Bears would get no closer than five points the rest of the way. As a team, Holy Cross hit 13 of 14 free throw attempts in the overtime session. Beinert finished the night with 15 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Evans totaled 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Andrew Keister also posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Brown was led by Peter Sullivan with 28 points and Matt Mullery with 21 points. The Crusaders committed only nine turnovers on the night, while holding a 39-34 advantage on the boards. Holy Cross also hit 80.0 percent (24 of 30) of its free throw attempts.
PATRIOT LEAGUE SEMIFINAL RECAP: Dave Dudzinski totaled 22 points and nine rebounds, but Holy Cross was defeated by American 57-46 at Bender Arena in the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament on March 8, 2014. Holy Cross held a 33-28 rebounding advantage on the night, but made only 38.0 percent of its field goal attempts (19 of 50) and 33.3 percent of its three-pointers (six of 18). American was able to connect on 44.4 percent of its shots from the floor (20 of 45) and 46.7 percent of its three-pointers (seven of 15). The Eagles also held a 14-5 advantage in free throw attempts. The game was close early on, and the Crusaders led 7-6 with 14 minutes remaining in the first half. American then scored 10 straight points to pull in front, and would later lead by eight (18-10) with nine minutes left before the break. Holy Cross responded with a 12-0 run over the next four minutes, including seven points by Malcolm Miller and five points from Dudzinski, to claim a 22-18 advantage. The Crusaders went on to take a 28-22 lead into the locker room at halftime. Holy Cross started the second half hot, increasing its lead to 10 points (39-29) with 16 minutes left in regulation. But the Crusaders then went cold from the field, as the Eagles scored the next eight points to begin a 20-2 run which saw them take control of the game. Holy Cross would get no closer than six points the rest of the way, as American pulled away in the closing minutes for an 11-point victory. Miller posted his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Anthony Thompson added 10 points and three assists. The Eagles were led by Jesse Reed with 18 points and three rebounds.
PATRIOT LEAGUE QUARTERFINAL RECAP: Malcolm Miller totaled 19 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots, as the Crusaders defeated Lehigh 54-48 at the Hart Center in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament. Holy Cross turned in an outstanding defensive performance, holding Lehigh to 32.3 percent shooting from the field (20 of 62) and 14.3 percent shooting from three-point range (three of 21). The Crusaders hit 40.4 percent of their own shots (21 of 52) and 35.3 percent of their three-pointers (six of 17) on the night, but made just 54.5 percent of their free throws (six of 11). The game was close early on, and the Mountain Hawks held a 12-11 lead with 12 minutes remaining in the first half. Holy Cross then went on an 8-2 run to claim the lead, and would later lead by eight points (28-20) late in the half. Lehigh responded with a quick 4-0 spurt of its own to make the score 28-24 at halftime. The Crusaders started the second half hot, using an 8-0 run over the first 2:27 to increase their lead to 12 points (36-24). Holy Cross was still up by 12 (39-27) with 14:36 left to play, when the Mountain Hawks used a 10-3 spurt to get back into the game. The Crusader lead would later stand at eight points (50-42) with 4:21 on the clock, before Lehigh used a 6-0 run to make it a two-point game (50-48) with less than a minute to play. But on Holy Cross' next possession, Dave Dudzinski hit a short jumper to put the Crusaders back up by four (52-48). The Mountain Hawks would not score again, and Miller added two free throws with 22.0 seconds on the clock to ice the victory. Dudzinski finished the game with 12 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots, while Justin Burrell added nine points, four rebounds and two assists. Anthony Thompson also played well, finishing with seven points, six rebounds and a career-high nine assists. Lehigh was led by Mackey McKnight with 18 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 95th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1345-915 (.595), while making 25 postseason tournament appearances — 12 trips to the NCAA Tournament, 12 to the National Invitation Tournament and one to the CollegeInsider.com 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 AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 345-141 at the Hart Center, including a 9-4 mark 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 133-49 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including an 86-27 record against Patriot League foes.
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.
CRUSADERS ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY: Holy Cross will be playing on St. Patrick's Day for only the fourth time in school history. The Crusaders currently stand 3-0 all-time on March 17, winning at Canisius (66-56 in 1949), and earning victories at Madison Square Garden in the NIT over Memphis (81-69 in 1961) and Colorado State (72-71 in 1962).
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 11 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
March 8 at American: CBS Sports Network
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 BEARS: Brown currently owns an overall record of 15-13 this year, and placed fifth in the Ivy League with a 7-7 mark in conference games. The Bears have lost three straight games, and are coming off a 98-93 setback against Harvard in overtime on March 8. Senior guard Sean McGonagill leads the team with averages of 17.7 points and 3.8 assists per game, while hitting 40.6 percent (91 of 224) of his three-point field goal attempts. Junior center Rafael Maia has added 9.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest, while freshman forward Leland King is chipping in with 9.3 points and 5.0 boards per game. Brown is led by Mike Martin, who is 28-28 in two seasons as the Bears' head coach. Martin previously spent time as an assistant at Pennsylvania and Brown.
DRIBBLES: Holy Cross was picked to finish in seventh place in the 2013-2014 Patriot League preseason poll of head coaches and sports information directors. In addition, senior forward Dave Dudzinski was selected to the preseason All-Patriot League team ... During their Jan. 29 game against Loyola (Md.), the Crusaders collected donations to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer ... Holy Cross' opponents have made 73.5 percent (388 of 528) 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 2.5 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 2.5 points and 0.9 rebounds per game ... Junior guard De'Vaughn Reid (West Orange, N.J.) made his first career start at New Hampshire, scoring six points. A walk-on, Reid has now played in 22 career games, totaling 43 points, 15 assists, 12 rebounds and eight steals ... During the Jan. 8 victory over Colgate, Holy Cross had six different players score in double figures ... 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".