Men's Basketball Returns To Hart Center To Face Army
Jan. 8, 2007
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (10-6, 1-0 PL) vs. Army (10-6, 0-1 PL)
Date: January 9, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
WCTR Television: Kevin Shea, play-by-play; Kevin Wells, color
Holy Cross Radio: WTAG 580 AM, Worcester; www.sportsjuice.com, internet; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play, Jeremy Lechan, color
Holy Cross Student Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester
Army Radio: WBNR 1260 AM, Beacon, N.Y.; WLNA 1420 AM, Peekskill, N.Y.; Rich DeMarco, play-by-play; Bob Beretta, color
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 48-14
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 88, Army 38 (February 8, 2006; Worcester, Mass.)
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS: Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. F 10 Keith Simmons 6-5 205 Sr. F 21 Alex Vander Baan 6-8 205 So. C 00 Tim Clifford 6-10 270 Jr. G 1 Torey Thomas 5-11 185 Sr. G 2 Kyle Cruze 6-2 175 Jr.
THE SERIES WITH ARMY: This will be the 63rd meeting between the Crusaders and the Black Knights on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 48-14. The Crusaders swept the season series last year, and have won 11 straight games overall against the Black Knights. Army's last victory in the series came on Jan. 23, 2002, when it posted a 57-46 win at home. For games played in Worcester, Holy Cross holds a 28-2 advantage, with nine straight victories. Army has not won at the Hart Center since Jan. 10, 1998, when it captured an 84-80 decision in overtime. The schools first met on Feb. 22, 1926, with Army posting a 41-27 victory at West Point.
SERIES QUICK FACTS
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 48-14
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 28-2
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 27-2
Ralph Willard vs. Army: 14-3
Jim Crews vs. Holy Cross: 0-10
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, 11 games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-1
CRUSADERS RETURN TO THE HART CENTER: When Holy Cross faces Army on Jan. 9, it will play its first game at the Hart Center since Nov. 25. The Crusaders just concluded a string of 11 straight games either on the road or at neutral courts, posting a 5-6 record during that stretch. The contest against Army will also be the start of a three-game homestand for the Crusaders. Holy Cross will next play host to Bucknell in a 7:00 p.m. game on Friday, Jan. 12. The Crusaders then wrap up the homestand against Navy on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 7:00 p.m.
CRUSADERS IN PATRIOT LEAGUE HOME OPENERS: Holy Cross is now in its 17th season of play in the Patriot League, and will play its first league home game of the year against Army. During their first 16 seasons in the conference, the Crusaders have posted a 10-6 mark in their opening Patriot League home game of the year. Holy Cross has a 5-2 mark in its opening conference home game under head coach Ralph Willard, including victories in each of the last two seasons. The Crusaders also stand 12-5 in their first overall Patriot League game of the season, following Saturday's 84-74 victory at Lafayette. Holy Cross has now won its opening Patriot League game seven times in the last eight years.
SIMMONS ENJOYING OUTSTANDING SENIOR YEAR: Senior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) has been Holy Cross' top player this season, averaging 17.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.4 steals in 16 games played. He has scored in double figures in 27 straight games dating back to last year, and has led the team in scoring nine times this season. During Saturday's victory at Lafayette, Simmons led the team with 26 points, six rebounds and three steals. In the previous game at Boston University, he posted his third career double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Simmons also had a big game against Delaware, totaling 17 points, two rebounds and two assists. Some of Simmons' other top performances this season have come against Niagara (23 points, three rebounds), Syracuse (game-high 22 points), Harvard (20 points, six rebounds), Providence (20 points, four rebounds, three steals), Hampton (19 points, six rebounds), Siena (18 points, 11 rebounds), Fairfield (18 points, five steals) and William & Mary (16 points, eight rebounds, school single-game record-tying seven steals). Prior to the start of the year, Simmons was selected as a 2006-2007 preseason mid-major All-American by CollegeInsider.com (one of just 25 players from across the nation to be chosen to the squad). He was also named preseason All-Patriot League, after earning first team all-conference honors in both his sophomore and junior years. In 32 games played last season, Simmons averaged 14.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game, while shooting 52.5 percent (158 of 301) from the field and 47.6 percent (60 of 126) from three-point range. Entering the Army game, Simmons has scored 1,363 career points as a Crusader, while making 49.9 percent of his field goal attempts (470 of 942) and 43.8 percent from three-point range (173 of 395). Simmons is currently the all-time Patriot League leader in career three-point field goal percentage, and while ranking second all-time at Holy Cross in three-point field goals made and 15th in points scored.
STEALING THE SHOW: Through the first 16 games of the 2006-2007 season, Holy Cross has averaged 9.0 steals per game, including a high of 16 steals against Fairfield. Senior guard Keith Simmons has recorded 38 steals so far this season, while tying the school single-game record with seven steals in the victory over William & Mary. Senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) ranks second on the team with 36 steals on the year, and junior guard Kyle Cruze (Knoxville, Tenn.) has chipped in with 15 steals. In 32 games played last season, the Crusaders totaled 290 steals, for a Patriot League-best average of 9.1 steals per game. Holy Cross reached double figures in steals 11 times last year, with highs of 16 against Harvard and 15 against Lafayette. Kevin Hamilton led the team with 102 steals last year, while Thomas added 77 steals last season. With his 102 total steals, Hamilton set new Holy Cross and Patriot League single season records. Hamilton's average of 3.3 steals per game last year also set a new Patriot League single season record.
CRUSADERS REMAIN TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Holy Cross is once again among the top defensive teams in the nation in 2006-2007. Through the first 16 games of the year, the Crusaders have held their opponents to 62.0 points per game, 43.6 percent shooting from the floor, and 37.7 percent shooting from three-point range. Holy Cross has also averaged 9.0 steals and 3.6 blocks per contest, while forcing the opposition to commit 16.8 turnovers per game and outrebounding its opponents by 1.8 boards per contest. In addition, the Crusaders have held nine of their first 16 opponents to under 60 points during regulation. Last season, Holy Cross allowed just 60.5 points per game, while holding its opponents to 40.2 percent shooting from the floor and 30.3 percent shooting from three-point range. The Crusaders also forced their opponents to commit 16.0 turnovers per game, while averaging 9.1 steals and 3.5 blocks per contest, and outrebounding the opposition by 3.9 boards per game. Since the beginning of the 2001-2002 campaign, Holy Cross has held the opposition to only 59.2 points per contest. In addition, the Crusaders ranked in the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense in four of the last five seasons (sixth in 2001-2002 at 59.6; third in 2002-2003 at 58.7; seventh in 2003-2004 at 58.6; and fifth in 2004-2005 at 56.8).
LAFAYETTE RECAP: Keith Simmons totaled a season-high 26 points, six rebounds and three steals, to lead Holy Cross to an 84-74 victory over Lafayette at the Allan P. Kirby Sports Center on Jan. 6, 2007. Simmons hit nine of 12 shots from the field, including four of six attempts from three-point range. Lafayette opened the game with an early 8-3 lead, but Holy Cross scored the next four points to keep the score close. The Leopards would eventually expand their lead to as many as six points, 24-18 with 10:52 left in the half. But the Crusaders then went on a 16-5 run to claim the lead for good. Holy Cross would lead by as many as nine points late in the half, before taking a 42-35 advantage into the locker room. The Crusaders opened the second half with a quick 8-3 run to go up by 12 (50-38), as Simmons hit a pair of three-pointers during that spurt. A few minutes later, Holy Cross used an 11-3 run to expand its lead to 20 points (67-47), putting the game away. Lafayette would get no closer than 11 points until rallying in the closing minutes of play to make the final score look closer than it really was. Torey Thomas finished the day with 18 points, six assists and five rebounds, while Tim Clifford added 11 points and Pat Doherty scored 10 points. The Leopards were led by Bilal Abdullah with 22 points.
THOMAS SHINES IN SENIOR SEASON: Senior point guard Torey Thomas is once again among the top players in the Patriot League this season, averaging 12.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.3 steals per contest. In Saturday's victory at Lafayette, Thomas totaled 18 points, six assists and five rebounds. During the previous game at Boston University, he recorded 16 points and three assists, while hitting four of six shots from three-point range. Earlier this year, Thomas recorded 20 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals against Siena, while posting 20 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals against Fairfield, including a pair of free throws with 2.9 seconds remaining in overtime to win the game. Some of his other top performances this season have come against Niagara (15 points, seven assists, six rebounds), La Salle (14 points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals), Providence (13 points, four rebounds, four steals), Dayton (13 points, four rebounds, four steals), Harvard (12 points, six assists), Hampton (10 points, five rebounds, five assists, four steals) and George Mason (10 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals). Thomas was named preseason All-Patriot League prior to the start of the year, after being named second team all-conference last season. A year ago he averaged 11.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.4 steals per game, while making 34 of 96 attempts (35.4 percent) from three-point range. Thomas finished the 2005-2006 season as the Patriot League's leader in assists, while ranking second in steals, fourth in rebounding and 14th in scoring. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Thomas has now totaled 936 points, 428 rebounds, 381 assists and 209 steals. He currently ranks third all-time at Holy Cross in career steals and eighth in career assists, while needing 64 points to become the 43rd 1,000-point scorer in school history.
HOLY CROSS SHARES LA SALLE INVITATIONAL TITLE: From Dec. 28-30, the Crusaders finished in a three-way tie for first place at the La Salle Invitational with a 2-1 record, to claim the 13th regular season tournament title in school history. At the La Salle Invitational, Holy Cross defeated La Salle (68-48) and Delaware (49-47), while falling to Niagara (67-61). This marked the second title for the Crusaders in their last three tournaments, including the 2005 William & Mary Tip-Off Classic where they defeated High Point (85-73) and William & Mary (67-55). Prior to that, Holy Cross had not won a regular season tournament since the 1982-1983 season, when it defeated Davidson (65-62) and Iona (66-65) to capture the crown of the Worcester County Classic, played at the Worcester Centrum.
THE LAST MEETING WITH ARMY: Torey Thomas totaled 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to an 88-38 victory over Army at the Hart Center on Feb. 8, 2006. The Crusaders set a new Hart Center record for largest margin of victory (50 points), breaking the old mark of 49 points which Holy Cross set against Canisius on Jan. 13, 1977 (113-64). The Crusaders opened the game on an 8-0 run, but were still up by just eight points (17-9) with 9:50 left in the opening half. Holy Cross then went on another 8-0 spurt to increase its lead to double figures, and later scored the final 16 points before the break to take a 42-14 advantage into the locker room. The Crusaders held Army to just five of 25 (20.0 percent) shooting from the field in the first half. Holy Cross was up 59-25 with 14:57 left in the game, before outscoring the Black Knights 23-4 over the next 9:14 to take a 53-point lead (82-29). Kevin Hamilton finished the game with 15 points, six steals, five assists and four rebounds for the Crusaders. Tim Clifford added 13 points and four rebounds, while Keith Simmons totaled 12 points and six rebounds. Army was led by Matt Bell with nine points. Holy Cross shot 54.2 percent (32 of 59) from the floor and 52.4 percent (11 of 21) from three-point range on the night. Army was held to just 21.6 percent (11 of 51) shooting.
WILLARD CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE RUN AT HOLY CROSS: Ralph Willard is now in his eighth season as the Crusaders' head coach, and currently owns a mark of 144-86 during his time in Worcester. He stands in third place on the all-time school list for career victories, behind only George Blaney (357-276 / 1972-1994) and Lester "Buster" Sheary (155-36 / 1948-1955). Willard has led the Crusaders to three Patriot League tournament titles and three trips to the NCAA Tournament, during the 2000-2001, 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 seasons. He has also guided Holy Cross to Patriot League regular season championships in 2000-2001, 2002-2003 and 2004-2005, with the 2002-2003 squad posting an overall record of 26-5 to come up just one win shy of the school single season record for victories. During the 2000-2001 and 2004-2005 seasons, Willard was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year, and in 2004-2005 he was also one of 10 finalists for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award. Prior to his time at Holy Cross, Willard spent five seasons as the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh, and four years as head coach at Western Kentucky University. He led Western Kentucky to the NCAA Tournament during each of his final two seasons (advancing to the Sweet 16 in 1992-1993), and his overall career record stands at 288-210. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.
CLIFFORD PLAYS BIG IN THE POST: Junior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) looks to be one of the top big men in the Patriot League this season. During Saturday's victory at Lafayette, Clifford scored 11 points while making four of five shots from the floor. In the previous game at Boston University, he totaled 16 points, three blocked shots and three assists. Clifford also totaled 12 points and four rebounds against George Mason, after leading the team with 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots at Providence. Earlier in the year he scored a team-high 22 points on nine of 11 shooting from the field at Harvard, while totaling 13 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots against William & Mary. Through the first 16 games of the year, he is averaging 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per contest. Overall last year, Clifford averaged 7.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game, while making 96 of 194 (49.5 percent) field goal attempts. He was even more impressive against Patriot League opponents, averaging 9.7 points per contest and hitting 54.2 percent (52 of 96) of his shots from the floor. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Clifford has now totaled 489 points, 259 rebounds and 108 blocked shots. He currently ranks fourth all-time at Holy Cross in career blocks.
DOHERTY RETURNS TO ACTION: Sophomore guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) had a good day at Lafayette on Saturday, after missing the previous six games due to injury. Doherty scored 10 points against the Leopards, hitting three of five shots from the field and two of four attempts from three-point range. Earlier in the season at Yale, he led the team with a career-high 18 points, four assists and three steals, while making five of six shots from the floor, all four of his attempts from three-point range, and all four of his free throws. Doherty also played well in the game at Dayton, totaling nine points and three assists. In 10 games played this season, he is now averaging 7.3 points, 2.6 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals per contest. Doherty returned to the Holy Cross lineup this year, after missing the majority of the 2005-2006 campaign due to injury, and receiving a medical redshirt. As a freshman in 2004-2005, Doherty was honored as the Patriot League Rookie of the Year.
VANDER BAAN LOOKS TO BUILD ON ALL-ROOKIE SEASON: Sophomore forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) is once again a key member of the Holy Cross lineup this season, after being selected to the 2005-2006 Patriot League All-Rookie Team. In Saturday's victory at Lafayette, Vander Baan totaled nine points and four rebounds, while hitting four of six field goal attempts. Earlier in the season, he totaled 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists at Yale, while grabbing a career-high 11 rebounds to go along with eight points and four assists at Syracuse. Vander Baan also posted his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds against Siena, while recording nine points and six rebounds against Hampton. In 16 games played so far this season, Vander Baan is averaging 6.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest, while making 46.2 percent of his field goal attempts (36 of 78). In 32 games played last year, Vander Baan averaged 6.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest, to rank ninth in the conference in rebounding. He also led all Patriot League freshmen by earning league Rookie of the Week honors four times last season (Nov. 21, Dec. 27, Feb. 6, Feb. 20). Vander Baan's top week of the 2005-2006 campaign came at the San Juan Shootout, where he averaged 15.7 points and 7.0 rebounds over three games, while shooting 55.6 percent from the floor.
HOLY CROSS IN THE RPI: Holy Cross is presently ranked 92nd in the nation in the latest Ratings Percentage Index, with a rating of .5425 through games of January 7. The Crusaders are currently the highest ranked team in the Patriot League, with the second-highest ranking belonging to Bucknell (118th, .5246). In addition, Holy Cross' non-conference schedule ranks as the 169th hardest in the country. The Crusaders concluded the 2005-2006 season ranked 111th in the country in the RPI with a rating of .5304. Holy Cross also ranked 49th in the nation in the RPI at the end of the 2004-2005 season with a mark of .5657, to place ahead of four at large selections to the NCAA tournament.
CRUSADERS KEEP WINNING AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross stands 4-0 at the Hart Center so far this season, and now owns an all-time record of 280-105 in the building. The Crusaders currently have an eight-game home winning streak, after going 11-2 at the Hart Center last season with an 8-1 mark against Patriot League opponents. Holy Cross also stands 36-5 in Patriot League regular season home games over the last six seasons. In 2004-2005, Holy Cross posted an overall record of 12-3 at home, including a 10-game winning streak. Since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, the Crusaders now have an overall mark of 68-12 at the Hart Center. The building opened on Dec. 1, 1975, and since that time Holy Cross has posted a winning record at home in 27 out of 31 seasons, while posting double-figure home victories 14 times.
HOLY CROSS HAVING GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders have averaged 31.5 rebounds through the first 16 games of the 2006-2007 season, and are currently outrebounding their opponents by an average of 1.8 boards per game. Holy Cross' top rebounding game so far this year came against Siena, when it held a 43-21 advantage on the glass. The rebounding load has been well balanced, with five different players currently averaging at least 3.4 boards per contest. Sophomore forward Alex Vander Baan leads the team with 5.8 rebounds per game, while senior guard Keith Simmons has averaged 5.7 boards per contest. Senior guard Torey Thomas (4.7 rebounds per game) and junior center Tim Clifford (3.8 rebounds per game) are also enjoying fine seasons on the glass, while freshman forward Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) is chipping in with 3.4 boards per game.
CRUSADERS PICKED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL: In the 2006-2007 Patriot League preseason poll, Holy Cross was picked to finish in second place in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. The Crusaders received 86 total points in the poll, to trail only first-place Bucknell (96 points). Holy Cross received three first-place votes in the poll, with the Bison earning 12 first-place votes and American one. Following the Crusaders in the poll were American (third, 70 points), Lehigh (fourth, 64 points), Colgate (fifth, 48 points), Lafayette (sixth, 35 points), Navy (seventh, 31 points) and Army (eighth, 18 points).
SIMMONS AND THOMAS NAMED PRESEASON ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE: Senior guard Keith Simmons and senior guard Torey Thomas were both named preseason All-Patriot League, in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. Holy Cross was the only team in the league to place more than one player on the preseason all-conference team. Along with Simmons and Thomas, other selections to the squad were Bucknell senior center Chris McNaughton, American senior guard Andre Ingram and Lehigh senior guard Jose Olivero. All five players on the preseason All-Patriot League squad were named either first or second team all-conference at the conclusion of the 2005-2006 season.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 88th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1234-795 (.608), while making 23 postseason tournament appearances -- 11 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 inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, had 23 players drafted by professional teams, had three players go to coach professionally, and had 15 players who have coached in college, including current Crusader coach Ralph Willard.
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in two categories, through games of Jan. 1. Senior guard Keith Simmons and senior guard Torey Thomas are also ranked among the national leaders in steals. The rankings:
Category Rank Player / Team Avg. Steals 31 Holy Cross 9.3 35 Torey Thomas 2.4 43 Keith Simmons 2.3 Scoring Defense 42 Holy Cross 60.6
SIMMONS AND THOMAS NAMED CAPTAINS: Senior guard Keith Simmons and senior guard Torey Thomas have been selected as the Crusaders' captains for the 2006-2007 season. Both players are three-year letterwinners for the Crusaders, and have taken over the leadership role from Kevin Hamilton and Kevin Hyland, who served as the Crusaders' captains as seniors during the 2005-2006 season.
SCOUTING THE BLACK KNIGHTS: Army has an overall record of 10-6 on the season, with an 0-1 mark in the Patriot League. The Black Knights started the year strong with a 9-2 mark, but have lost four of their last five games. Army's leading scorer is junior guard Jarrell Brown, who has averaged 18.3 points per game while hitting 46.1 percent (53 of 115) of his three-point attempts. Senior guard Matt Bell has added 16.0 points per contest and made 54.9 percent (28 of 51) of his shots from three-point range, while freshman forward Chris Walker is chipping in with 8.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Army is led by head coach Jim Crews, who owns a 30-94 record during his five seasons with the Black Knights. Crews' career record stands at 326-303, including 17 years as the head coach at Evansville, where he led the Purple Aces to four NCAA Tournament appearances.
HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Once again this season, the majority of the Crusaders' basketball contests will be carried by WTAG 580 AM in Worcester. For the 18th straight season, Bob Fouracre will call the play-by-play for most of the games. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk are in their third year on the Holy Cross broadcast crew, and will handle either play-by-play or color commentary for selected games. WTAG is currently scheduled to air 22 of the Crusaders' 30 regular season games. In addition, WCUW 91.3 FM in Worcester will air seven Holy Cross contests which are not included as part of the WTAG package. All 30 regular season games will also be carried live over the internet at "www.sportsjuice.com". In addition, the Holy Cross student station, WCHC 88.1 FM, is scheduled carry a number of games this year.
CRUSADERS ON TELEVISION: Holy Cross is currently scheduled to have 10 games shown on live television during the 2006-2007 season, with other television appearances still to be announced. During each of the last two years, the Crusaders had 10 television appearances, including four games on ESPN2. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2006-2007 campaign:
Date Opponent Television Outlet Nov. 27 Syracuse ESPNU Dec. 6 Duke ESPN2 Jan. 3 Boston University CN8 Jan. 6 Lafayette CSTV / Lafayette Sports Network Jan. 9 Army WCTR-TV3 Jan. 12 Bucknell ESPNU Jan. 26 Lehigh ESPNU Jan. 31 American WCTR-TV3 Feb. 9 Bucknell ESPNU Feb. 25 Lehigh Service Electric
DRIBBLES: On Saturday, Holy Cross outrebounded Lafayette 30-16, holding the Leopards to the lowest rebounding total by a Crusader opponent during Ralph Willard's tenure as head coach ... The Crusaders were a perfect 13 of 13 at the free throw line against Niagara on Dec. 29, marking the first time in school history Holy Cross has made all of its free throw attempts ... The crowd of 19,235 at the Holy Cross-Syracuse game on Nov. 27 was the largest to ever witness a Crusader game during the regular season (attendance records are not available prior to the 1982-1983 season). It is also the third largest overall crowd to ever see Holy Cross play, behind the Kansas game in the 2002 NCAA Tournament (26,612) and the Marquette game in the 2003 NCAA Tournament (20,960) ... Sophomore forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) had eight points and two assists in the overtime victory at Boston University, including a pair of key three-pointers late in regulation. Earlier in the year, he scored a season-high 11 points at Syracuse ... Junior guard Kyle Cruze scored a career-high 15 points in the victory at La Salle, then had career-highs of six assists and six rebounds against Niagara ... Sophomore center Greg McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) has totaled 28 points and 15 rebounds, while playing 127 minutes in 15 games this season. Last year, he totaled four points and one rebound in 15 minutes of action all season ... Freshman forward Eric Meister has started his collegiate career strong, averaging 2.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest. He pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds at Harvard, and had nine rebounds at Boston University.