Jan. 8, 2009
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (5-10, 0-0 PL) vs. Lafayette (4-10, 0-0 PL)
Date: January 10, 2009
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: Crusader All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: WWFX 100.1 FM, Worcester; www.worcesterpike.com, internet; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Holy Cross Student Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester; Ryan Holt, play-by-play; Chris Gibson & Dan Gaudet, color
Lafayette Radio: WSAN 1470 AM, Whitehall, Pa.; www.fox1470.com, internet; Dick Hammer, play-by-play; Phil La Bella, color
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 28-14
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 77, Lafayette 57 (February 9, 2008; Worcester, Mass.)
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS: Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. F 33 Colin Cunningham 6-6 220 Sr. F 34 Andrew Keister 6-9 235 So. C 45 Greg McCarthy 6-11 235 Sr. G 10 R.J. Evans 6-3 200 Fr. G 22 Andrew Beinert 6-4 185 So.
THE SERIES WITH LAFAYETTE: This will be the 43rd meeting between the Crusaders and the Leopards on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 28-14. The two schools split the season series last year, with each team winning on its home court, but prior to that the Crusaders had won seven straight meetings. Before last year, the Leopards had not defeated Holy Cross since sweeping the season series in 2003-2004. For games played in Worcester, the Crusaders hold a 16-4 advantage, including five straight victories and wins in eight of the last nine games. The schools first met on Feb. 4, 1947, with Holy Cross posting a 50-40 victory at the Boston Garden.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 28-14
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 16-4
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 16-4
Ralph Willard vs. Lafayette: 13-7
Fran O'Hanlon vs. Holy Cross: 13-15
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1
CRUSADERS SET TO OPEN PATRIOT LEAGUE PLAY: Holy Cross will play its first conference game of the 2008-2009 campaign when it plays host to Lafayette on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 3:30 p.m. Following that contest, the Crusaders will play three straight Patriot League games on the road. Holy Cross will travel to Army on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 7:00 p.m., head to Bucknell on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 12:00 p.m., and play at Navy on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 7:00 p.m. The next home game for the Crusaders after the Lafayette contest will be on Saturday, Jan. 24, against American.
CRUSADERS IN PATRIOT LEAGUE OPENERS: Holy Cross is beginning its 19th season of play in the Patriot League with the contest against Lafayette. During their first 18 years in the conference, the Crusaders have posted a 12-6 record in their first Patriot League game of the season. Holy Cross has gone 7-2 in league openers under head coach Ralph Willard, including two victories over both Colgate (68-51 in 1999-2000; 68-55 in 2000-2001), Army (61-45 in 2002-2003; 60-32 in 2003-2004) and Lafayette (86-57 in 2005-2006; 84-74 in 2006-2007), and one win over Navy (70-57 in 2001-2002). The only losses during that time came at Bucknell in 2004-2005 (59-43) and at Lafayette in 2007-2008 (60-52). The Crusaders also stand 11-7 all-time in their first Patriot League home game of the season, with a 6-3 mark under Willard.
WILLARD CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE RUN AT HOLY CROSS: Ralph Willard is now in his 10th season as the Crusaders' head coach, and currently owns a mark of 179-112 during his time in Worcester. He now stands in second place on the all-time school list for career victories, behind only George Blaney (357-276 / 1972-1994). In 2006-2007, Willard was selected as the Patriot League Coach of the Year for the third time in his career. He was previously named the conference's Coach of the Year during the 2000-2001 and 2004-2005 seasons, and in 2004-2005 he was also one of 10 finalists for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award. Willard has led the Crusaders to four Patriot League tournament titles and four trips to the NCAA Tournament, during the 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003 and 2006-2007 seasons. He has also guided Holy Cross to four Patriot League regular season championships in 2000-2001, 2002-2003, 2004-2005 and 2006-2007, 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. 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 323-236. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.
KEISTER BECOMING A FACTOR UP FRONT: Sophomore forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) is developing into one of the Crusaders' top players at the low post positions. Over Holy Cross' last seven games, Keister has averaged 10.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest, while hitting 57.4 percent (27 of 47) of his field goal attempts. During the Central Florida game, he scored a career-high 18 points and pulled down five rebounds. In the previous game at Boston University, Keister posted his first career double-double with 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. He also played well against San Francisco, scoring eight points and pulling down nine rebounds. Earlier in the season, he had good games against Massachusetts (10 points, six rebounds), Western Michigan (nine points, eight rebounds), Ohio (eight points, five rebounds, two blocks) and Fairfield (six points, eight rebounds). Overall this year, Keister is now averaging 5.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
EVANS HAS BIG START TO COLLEGIATE CAREER: Freshman guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) is enjoying an outstanding rookie season, and has scored in double-figures in each of his last nine games. During the Central Florida game, he totaled 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds. In the previous contest at Boston University, Evans recorded 12 points, six rebounds and two steals. He also had a huge game against San Francisco, posting his first career double-double with career highs of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Earlier in the season, Evans had big games against Siena (21 points, six rebounds, five assists, four steals), Massachusetts (17 points, eight rebounds, four steals), Western Michigan (17 points, six rebounds, two steals), Ohio (16 points, four rebounds, three steals), Sacred Heart (15 points on seven of 12 shooting), Fairfield (13 points, three steals), Yale (12 points, three rebounds, three assists), St. Joseph's (12 points, three rebounds) and Harvard (10 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals). Evans' 26 points against San Francisco were the most by a Holy Cross freshman in a single game since Ronnie Perry scored 29 points at Iona on Dec. 21, 1976. Overall this season, Evans is averaging a team-best 13.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. Evans came to Holy Cross from Norwich (Conn.) Free Academy, where he was a two-time All-State selection and score 2,030 career points.
CENTRAL FLORIDA RECAP: Andrew Keister scored a career-high 18 points and pulled down five rebounds, but it was not enough as Holy Cross was defeated by Central Florida 70-57 at the UCF Arena on Jan. 6, 2009. Keister hit seven of 10 shots from the field, in addition to making four of six attempts at the free throw line. The Crusaders opened the game with an 8-2 run, and would increase their lead to seven points (13-6) with 13:24 left in the first half. The Knights came back to score the next five points, and would eventually pull in front (17-15) at the nine-minute mark. Central Florida would lead by as many as five points late in the half, before finally taking a 28-24 advantage into the locker room. The score remained close early in the second half, when the Knights went on an 11-4 run to go in front by eight (44-36) with 11:44 left in regulation. Holy Cross was able to close to within five points (50-45) at the 8:30-mark, but Central Florida then used an 8-3 spurt to bring its lead back to double figures. The Knights would eventually lead by as many as 15 points down the stretch, before finally posting a 13-point victory. R.J. Evans finished with 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Crusaders, while Andrew Beinert totaled 14 points and three rebounds. Central Florida was led by Jermaine Taylor with 29 points and five rebounds.
BEINERT TAKES OVER AT THE POINT: Sophomore guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) has been one of the Crusaders' top players in the backcourt this season. During the Central Florida game, he recorded 14 points and three rebounds. Previously at Boston University, Beinert scored a career-high 18 points, while hitting seven of nine shots from the field and four of five attempts from three-point range. He also played well against San Francisco, totaling seven points, three rebounds and a career-high 10 assists. Some of Beinert's other top games this season have come against Yale (15 points, five of seven from three-point range), Brown (nine points, three assists), Loyola (eight points, four steals), Ohio (seven points, five assists three steals) and Western Michigan (six points, five assists, five steals). Overall this season, he has averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game, while hitting 46.5 percent (20 of 43) of his three-point field goal attempts. Last year, Beinert was selected to the Patriot League All-Rookie team, after averaging 3.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.
CUNNINGHAM STEPS UP IN SENIOR SEASON: Senior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) has returned to the Holy Cross lineup at small forward this year, and is once again one of the Crusaders' top players. In the victory at Boston University, Cunningham totaled 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Previously against San Francisco, he scored a career-high 26 points and handed out six assists. Cunningham also played well against Western Michigan, totaling 12 points, two rebounds and two steals. Earlier in the season, he had big games against Loyola (13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals) and Brown (11 points, eight rebounds, six assists). Overall this year, Cunningham has averaged 8.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.5 steals per contest. Last season, he averaged 8.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game, while hitting 36.8 percent (28 of 76) of his three-point attempts. Cunningham's top game in 2007-2008 came at American in the Patriot League quarterfinals, when he recorded 20 points, four rebounds and three assists. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Cunningham has totaled 522 points, 317 rebounds, 156 assists and 76 steals.
STEALING THE SHOW: Through 15 games played so far this season, Holy Cross has averaged 8.5 steals per game, including highs of 13 steals at Boston University and 12 steals at Harvard. Freshman guard R.J. Evans currently leads the team with 26 steals, while sophomore guard Andrew Beinert stands second with 23 steals. Senior forward Colin Cunningham has totaled 21 steals, senior center Greg McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) has recorded 14 steals, and three other Crusaders have at least 10 steals. Holy Cross has led the Patriot League in steals five times in the last six seasons, while averaging over 10 steals per game in both 2003-2004 (10.7 steals per game) and 2004-2005 (10.3 steals per game).
THE LAST MEETING WITH LAFAYETTE: Pat Doherty totaled six points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals, as Holy Cross posted a 77-57 victory over Lafayette at the Hart Center on Feb. 9, 2008. Following the game, Doherty received the Martin J. O'Malley Award as the most valuable player of Holy Cross' winter homecoming game. The Crusaders started the game hot, jumping out to a quick 8-2 lead after the first 3:20 of play. The Leopards scored the next four points to tighten up the game, but Holy Cross was able to build its lead back to five points (16-11) with just under 10 minutes left in the half. Lafayette then went on an 11-1 run to take its first lead of the day, and would hold onto the lead for the rest of the first half. The Leopards held a 29-25 advantage heading into the locker room. Lafayette built its lead up to as many as nine points early in the second half, and was up 40-34 with 15:22 left to play. The Crusaders then went on a 12-0 run to regain the lead, and never looked back. A few minutes later Holy Cross used a 7-0 spurt to build its lead to double figures (55-44), and the Leopards would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way. The Crusaders would eventually lead by as many as 21 points in the closing minutes, before finally winning by 20. Holy Cross held Lafayette to just 35.6 percent shooting from the field and 28.6 percent shooting from three-point range, while forcing 18 turnovers and outrebounding the Leopards 40-24. Tim Clifford led the Crusaders in scoring with 13 points and eight rebounds, while Kyle Cruze added 11 points, three rebounds and three steals. Greg McCarthy also had a big day, scoring 10 points while making all five of his field goal attempts. All told, nine Holy Cross players scored at least six points. Lafayette was led by Bilal Abdullah with 13 points.
MCCARTHY PLAYS BIG ROLE UP FRONT: Senior center Greg McCarthy has seen a good deal of action for Holy Cross at the low post positions this season. During the Yale game, McCarthy scored 12 points and pulled down a career-best nine rebounds. Previously at Loyola (Ill.), he posted 13 points on six of 10 shooting, in addition to recording three rebounds and two steals. Earlier in the season, McCarthy also played well at Harvard (18 points, eight rebounds, four steals) and Northeastern (11 points, four rebounds). Overall this season, he is now averaging 6.1 points and 3.7 rebounds, while leading the team in field goal percentage (50.6 percent, 39 of 77). Last season, McCarthy averaged 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he has totaled 249 points and 139 rebounds, while hitting 104 of 209 (49.8 percent) field goal attempts.
BROWN PLAYS KEY MINUTES OFF THE BENCH: Freshman guard Devin Brown (Randallstown, Md.) has been the first player off the bench in the Holy Cross backcourt this season. During the victory over San Francisco, Brown recorded 22 points and five assists, while making 11 of 12 free throw attempts. Previously at Massachusetts, he totaled 14 points and three rebounds. Brown also had a huge game against Fairfield, scoring 22 points while hitting five of nine shots from the field and all 10 of his shots at the foul line. Some of his other top games this season have come against St. Joseph's (12 points, two rebounds, two assists) and Siena (10 points, three rebounds, two assists). Overall this year, he is averaging 8.4 points per game, while making a team-best 89.8 percent (53 of 59) of his free throws. Brown came to Holy Cross from Notre Dame Preparatory School in Fitchburg, Mass., after previously graduating from Baltimore City High School.
HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders are once again an outstanding rebounding team this year, averaging 35.8 boards per contest and outrebounding their opponents by an average margin of 5.7 rebounds per game. So far this season, Holy Cross has outrebounded its opponent in 13 out of 15 games played. Senior forward Colin Cunningham leads the team with an average of 5.5 rebounds per game, while senior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) stands second with 5.1 boards per contest. Junior forward Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) is averaging 4.9 rebounds per game, while freshman guard R.J. Evans is averaging 4.8 boards per contest and sophomore forward Andrew Keister is chipping in with 4.5 rebounds per game. In 2007-2008, Holy Cross was outrebounded only five times in 29 games, while averaging 33.5 rebounds per game and outrebounding the opposition by 5.6 boards per contest. The Crusaders were even more impressive in Patriot League play, outrebounding conference foes by 6.3 boards per game. Entering 2008-2009, the Crusaders have posted a positive rebounding margin in nine straight seasons, including seven years in which they outrebounded the opposition by at least four boards per game.
MEISTER CLEANS THE GLASS FOR THE CRUSADERS: Junior forward Eric Meister has been a key player for Holy Cross in the low post this season, despite missing three games due to injury. During the victory over Western Michigan, he totaled 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Previously at Harvard, Meister posted his second double-double of the year with 10 points and 11 boards. He also had big games earlier in the season against Sacred Heart (11 points, career-high 11 rebounds) and St. Joseph's (nine points, seven rebounds, three blocks). On the season, he is averaging 5.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots per game. Last year, Meister averaged 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds, while playing in 18 games with eight starts. As a freshman in 2006-2007, he was selected to the Patriot League All-Rookie team. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he has now totaled 269 points, 265 rebounds and 45 blocked shots.
MAY STEPS INTO PROMINENT ROLE: Junior forward Adam May (Mentor, Ohio) has become a key part of the Holy Cross rotation this season, and has been one of the team's top players on the offensive end of the court. So far this year, he is averaging 5.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. During the Siena game, May totaled 15 points, three rebounds and three steals. Earlier in the season against St. Joseph's, he led the team with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists. May also played well at Northeastern, totaling 11 points, two rebounds and two assists. Last season, he averaged 5.2 points and 2.0 rebounds, while playing in 23 games with one start. May scored in double-figures three times in 2007-2008, including a career-best 16 points against Harvard. Over the course of his collegiate career, May has now totaled 221 points, 82 rebounds, 40 assists and 27 steals.
CRUSADERS REACH 300 VICTORIES AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 303-112 at the Hart Center, after posting its 300th win in the building against Sacred Heart on Nov. 14. The Crusaders 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 Holy Cross posted a perfect 14-0 mark at the Hart Center, setting a school record for the most home victories since it moved into the building. During the Hart Center's history, Holy Cross has posted a winning record at home in 29 out of 33 seasons, while recording double-figure home victories 15 times. The Crusaders stand 90-20 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 54-10 record against Patriot League foes.
VANDER BAAN PLAYS KEY ROLE ON FRONT LINE: Senior forward Alex Vander Baan has been a key member of the Holy Cross lineup this year, despite missing six contests due to injury. During the Ohio game, he recorded 10 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Previously at Loyola (Ill.), Vander Baan totaled nine points, three rebounds and two assists. Earlier in the season, he had big games against St. Joseph's (13 points, 11 rebounds), Sacred Heart (nine points, seven rebounds) and Brown (six points, eight rebounds, five assists). Overall this year, Vander Baan is averaging 6.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. During the 2007-2008 season, he averaged 8.5 points and 5.7 rebounds in 19 games played. As a freshman in 2005-2006, Vander Baan was selected to the Patriot League All-Rookie team. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, he has now totaled 634 points, 492 rebounds, 135 assists, 74 steals and 35 blocked shots.
OFFENSE LIGHTS UP SCOREBOARD AGAINST SAN FRANCISCO: In the Dec. 27 victory over San Francisco, the Crusaders scored a season-best 97 points. That performance marked the most points scored by Holy Cross in a single game since Nov. 23, 2002, when it defeated Dowling 101-61. The 97 points were also the most by the Crusaders against a Division I opponent since they defeated Lehigh 100-81 on Jan. 27, 1996. Overall this season, Holy Cross is now averaging 64.3 points per game.
DOHERTY RETURNS TO THE COURT: Senior guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) saw his first action of the season at Central Florida, after missing the first 14 game of the year due to injury. He recorded two points, one rebound and one assist in eight minutes of action against the Knights. Last season, Doherty averaged 7.4 points, 4.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. Some of his top performances during the 2007-2008 campaign were against Boston University (career-high 20 points, three assists, three steals), Hofstra (18 points, four assists, three rebounds), San Francisco (16 points, four rebounds) and Siena (15 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two steals). As a freshman in 2004-2005, Doherty was honored as the Patriot League Rookie of the Year. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, he has now totaled 491 points, 249 assists, 169 rebounds and 109 steals.
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in two statistical categories, through games of Jan. 4. In addition, freshman guard Devin Brown ranks among the national leaders in free throw percentage. The rankings:
Category Rank Player / Team Avg. Free Throw Percent 13 Devin Brown 89.8 Steals 41 Holy Cross 8.8 Rebound Margin 46 Holy Cross +5.9
CRUSADERS HAVE THREE 20-POINT SCORERS: In the 97-88 victory over San Francisco on Dec. 27, Holy Cross had three different players score at least 20 points. Senior forward Colin Cunningham and freshman guard R.J. Evans tied for the team lead with 26 points each, while freshman guard Devin Brown added 22 points. That performance marked the first time that three different Crusaders scored 20 or more points in the same game since Nov. 18, 2005, against High Point. In that game, Kevin Hamilton led Holy Cross with 22 points, Keith Simmons scored 21 points, and Torey Thomas added 20 points.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 90th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1269-823 (.607), 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 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, including current Crusader coach Ralph Willard.
CRUSADERS REMAIN TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Holy Cross is once again among the top defensive teams in the Patriot League in 2008-2009. In 15 games played so far this season, the Crusaders have allowed 67.7 points per game, while forcing 15.8 turnovers per contest and outrebounding the opposition by 5.7 boards per game. Holy Cross is also averaging 8.5 steals and 3.2 blocked shots per contest. Since the beginning of the 2001-2002 campaign, the Crusaders have held their opponents to only 59.4 points per contest. In addition, Holy Cross has ranked in the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense in five of the last seven seasons (sixth in 2001-2002 at 59.6; third in 2002-2003 at 58.7; seventh in 2003-2004 at 58.6; fifth in 2004-2005 at 56.8; and eighth in 2006-2007 at 57.5). Here is a look at the Crusaders' defensive statistics under Ralph Willard.
Season PPG FG% 3FG% SPG BPG 1999-2000 63.3 39.6 31.3 6.5 3.8 2000-2001 62.3 38.2 35.2 6.3 5.2 2001-2002 59.6 42.0 38.5 7.8 3.1 2002-2003 58.7 40.6 33.2 7.9 4.5 2003-2004 58.6 40.3 32.9 10.7 4.5 2004-2005 56.8 38.9 36.3 10.3 5.0 2005-2006 60.5 40.2 30.3 9.1 3.5 2006-2007 57.5 41.4 37.8 9.5 3.6 2007-2008 60.5 41.0 36.9 7.4 3.9 2008-2009 67.7 44.5 34.9 8.5 3.2
SCOUTING THE LEOPARDS: Lafayette enters the game with an overall record of 4-10 on the year. The Leopards have lost 10 of their last 12 games, after starting the season 2-0. Senior guard Andrew Brown currently leads the team in scoring with an average of 15.1 points per game, in addition to handing out a team-best 3.6 assists per contest. Junior guard Jeff Kari is averaging 11.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, while sophomore forward Jared Mintz has added 8.1 points and 3.2 boards per contest. Lafayette is led by head coach Fran O'Hanlon, who owns an overall record of 190-198 in 14 seasons with the Leopards.
HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Most of the Crusaders' basketball contests during the 2008-2009 season will be carried by The Pike, WWFX 100.1 FM in Worcester. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 22nd season calling the play-by-play for Crusader basketball on the radio. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk are in their fifth year on the Holy Cross broadcast crew, and will handle either play-by-play or color commentary for selected games. The Pike is currently scheduled to air 23 of the Crusaders' 29 regular season games. All games aired on The Pike can also be heard live over the internet at `www.worcesterpike.com'. The six games not carried on The Pike will be broadcast exclusively over the internet at `www.sportsjuice.com'. In addition, the Holy Cross student station, WCHC 88.1 FM, will carry a number of games this year.
CRUSADERS ON TELEVISION: Holy Cross is currently scheduled to have nine games shown on live television during the 2008-2009 season. The Crusaders had eight television appearances last year, while appearing on television 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 2008-2009 season:
Date Opponent Television Outlet Nov. 29 Loyola (Ill.) Lakeshore Public Television Dec. 30 Siena WCTR-TV3 Jan. 6 Central Florida Bright House Sports Network Jan. 17 Bucknell ESPNU Jan. 24 American ESPNU Jan. 31 Lehigh Service Electric Cable Feb. 7 Lafayette Lafayette Sports Network Feb. 11 Army WCTR-TV3 Feb. 25 Colgate Time Warner Cable
CRUSADER ALL-ACCESS: Live video streaming of a number of Holy Cross basketball games will be available over the internet through Crusader All-Access. The package, done in association with CBS College Sports Online, is available for a $9.95 monthly subscription. For details on how to sign up for Crusader All-Access, click here.
DRIBBLES: The Crusaders stand 3-3 this season when wearing their white uniforms, while going 1-0 in their black uniforms and 1-7 in their purple uniforms ... With the victory over St. Joseph's, Holy Cross is 1-0 this season in overtime games. The Crusaders now stand 12-3 in overtime contests under Ralph Willard ... Senior forward Colin Cunningham, senior guard Pat Doherty and senior forward Alex Vander Baan are serving as the Crusaders' tri-captains this season ... Holy Cross was picked to finish third in the 2008-2009 Patriot League preseason poll, receiving 68 total points and two first place votes. American placed first in the poll, while Lehigh was second ... The New England Basketball Hall of Fame has established the Ronald S. Perry New England Basketball Legend Award, which will be presented at each New England Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony to an individual who, in demonstrating uncommon basketball excellence, has made an extraordinary contribution to the sport in the New England region. The award is named in honor of former Holy Cross student-athlete and athletic director Ron Perry (Class of 1954) ... At halftime of the game between Holy Cross and St. Joseph's on Nov. 16, four all-time Crusader basketball greats were honored. George Kaftan (Class of 1949), Bob Cousy (Class of 1950), Togo Palazzi (Class of 1954) and Tom Heinsohn (Class of 1956) were all be on hand to witness their jerseys being lifted to the Hart Center rafters -- the first time Holy Cross held such a ceremony for any former student-athlete ... With the Nov. 14 victory over Sacred Heart, Holy Cross improved to 27-7 in home openers at the Hart Center, with an 8-2 mark under Ralph Willard ... The Crusaders also improved their all-time mark in season openers to 65-25, including a 39-6 mark at home and an 8-2 record under Ralph Willard ... Holy Cross wore its black uniforms at home for the first time ever against Sacred Heart, as part of the Black Out Night promotion.