January 10, 2007

Holy Cross To Face Bucknell In Key Conference Showdown

Jan. 10, 2007

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (11-6, 2-0 PL) vs. Bucknell (8-7, 2-0 PL)
Date: January 12, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
ESPNU Television: Bob Socci, play-by-play; John Feinstein, 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
Bucknell Radio: Doug Birdsong, play-by-play; Doug Byerly, color; WEGH 107.3 FM, Sunbury, Pa.
Series Record: Bucknell leads, 24-18
Last Meeting: Bucknell 74, Holy Cross 59 (March 10, 2006; Lewisburg, Pa.)


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 BUCKNELL: This will be the 43rd meeting between the Crusaders and the Bison on the hardwood, with Bucknell leading the all-time series 24-18. The Bison have won four straight meetings and six of the last seven games played between the schools, but Holy Cross had won five of the six meetings prior to that. For games played in Worcester, Bucknell holds a 9-8 advantage, including two straight victories at the Hart Center. The schools first met on January 12, 1991, with Holy Cross posting an 80-78 victory in Lewisburg.

SERIES QUICK FACTS
Overall: Bucknell leads, 24-18
In Worcester: Bucknell leads, 9-8
At the Hart Center: Bucknell leads, 9-8
Ralph Willard vs. Bucknell: 9-10
Pat Flannery vs. Holy Cross: 20-11
Current Win Streak: Bucknell, four games
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1

CRUSADERS CONTINUE HOMESTAND AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross will play the second contest of a three-game homestand when it faces Bucknell on Friday, Jan. 12, at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders began the week by playing host to Army on Jan. 9, and posted a 66-42 victory. Following the Bucknell game, Holy Cross will take on Navy at the Hart Center on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders then return to the road for a pair of games at American (Jan. 20, 3:00 p.m.) and Colgate (Jan. 23, 7:00 p.m.). Prior to this week, Holy Cross had a string of 11 straight games either on the road or at neutral courts, posting a 5-6 record during that stretch.

SIMMONS ENJOYING OUTSTANDING SENIOR YEAR: Senior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) has been Holy Cross' top player this season, averaging 17.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals in 17 games played. He has scored in double figures in 28 straight games dating back to last year, and has led the team in scoring 10 times this season. During Tuesday's victory over Army, Simmons led the team with 18 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. In the previous game at Lafayette, he totaled a season-high 26 points, six rebounds and three steals. Simmons also had a big game at Boston University, posting his third career double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. 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), Delaware (17 points, two rebounds, two assists) and William & Mary (16 points, eight rebounds, 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 Bucknell game, Simmons has scored 1,381 career points as a Crusader, while making 49.9 percent of his field goal attempts (475 of 952) and 43.8 percent from three-point range (175 of 400).

THOMAS STANDS 48 POINTS AWAY FROM 1,000: Senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) enters the Bucknell game needing just 48 points to become the 43rd 1,000-point scorer in the history of Holy Cross men's basketball. Thomas has scored 952 points in 108 games as a Crusader, good for an average of 8.8 points per contest. Last season, senior guard Keith Simmons became the 42nd 1,000-point scorer at Holy Cross, netting his 1,000th point at Colgate on Feb. 22, 2006, when he threw down a slam dunk at the 17:46-mark of the second half. Simmons now stands in 15th place all-time at Holy Cross with 1,381 points, and has a chance to become only the 11th player in school history with 1,500 career points.

CRUSADERS REMAIN TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Holy Cross is once again among the top defensive teams in the nation in 2006-2007. Through the first 17 games of the year, the Crusaders have held their opponents to 60.8 points per game, 43.6 percent shooting from the floor, and 38.2 percent shooting from three-point range. Holy Cross has also averaged 9.2 steals and 3.5 blocks per contest, while forcing the opposition to commit 17.1 turnovers per game and outrebounding its opponents by 2.3 boards per contest. In addition, the Crusaders have held 10 of their first 17 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 59.1 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).

CRUSADERS IN THE RECORD BOOKS: A number of Holy Cross players have placed their names in the school's all-time record book this season. Senior guard Keith Simmons ranks second on the school career list for three-point field goals made (175), third in three-point field goal attempts (400), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (43.8 percent) and seventh in steals (156). He also ranks among the Patriot League's all-time leaders in three-point field goal percentage (43.8 percent, 1st), field goal percentage (49.9 percent, 7th), steals (156, 18th) and points scored (1,381, 22nd). In addition, Simmons tied the Holy Cross single game record for steals with seven against William & Mary on Nov. 25, 2006. Senior guard Torey Thomas currently stands third all-time at Holy Cross in steals (211) and eighth in assists (384). He also ranks fifth all-time in the Patriot League in steals and eighth in assists. In addition, junior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) stands fourth all-time at Holy Cross and 13th all-time in the Patriot League in blocked shots (108).

ARMY RECAP: Keith Simmons recorded 18 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists, to lead Holy Cross to a 66-42 victory over Army at the Hart Center on Jan. 9, 2007. The game was close throughout a first half which featured five ties and 14 lead changes. Neither team led by more than three points until the closing minutes of the half, when the Crusaders used a 6-0 run to take a 27-23 lead into the locker room. Simmons scored four of his points during that spurt. Holy Cross held on to the lead early in the second half, but was still up by just six (32-26) with 15 minutes left to play. The Crusaders then went on a 12-0 run to put the game away, including five points each from Simmons and Torey Thomas. Army would get no closer than 14 points the rest of the way, as Holy Cross eventually pulled away to win by 24. The Crusaders had one of their top defensive performances of the season, limiting the Black Knights to just 42 points and forcing 23 turnovers. On four different occasions during the game, Army was held scoreless for at least four minutes. Thomas finished the night with 16 points and three assists, while Tim Clifford added 10 points and three rebounds. The Black Knights were led by Jarell Brown with 10 points.

STEALING THE SHOW: Through the first 17 games of the 2006-2007 season, Holy Cross has averaged 9.2 steals per game, including a high of 16 steals against Fairfield. Senior guard Keith Simmons has recorded 42 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 ranks second on the team with 38 steals on the year, and junior guard Kyle Cruze (Knoxville, Tenn.) has chipped in with 17 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.

THOMAS SHINES IN SENIOR SEASON: Senior point guard Torey Thomas is once again among the top players in the Patriot League this season, averaging 12.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.2 steals per contest. In Tuesday's victory over Army, Thomas totaled 16 points, three assists and two steals. During the previous game at Lafayette, he recorded 18 points, six assists and five rebounds. Earlier this year, Thomas had 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 Boston University (16 points, three assists), 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) and Harvard (12 points, six assists). 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 952 points, 428 rebounds, 384 assists and 211 steals.

THE LAST MEETING WITH BUCKNELL: Kevin Hamilton totaled 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals, but it was not enough as Holy Cross was defeated by Bucknell 74-59 in the Patriot League championship game at Sojka Pavilion on March 10, 2006. Keith Simmons added 19 points, four rebounds and two assists for the Crusaders. The game was close throughout a first half which featured nine ties and seven lead changes. Holy Cross' largest lead was only two points, which it held on four different occasions in the first five minutes of play. Bucknell came back to lead by six points (27-21) with 9:11 left before the break, before the Crusaders responded with a 9-2 run to go back in front. The score was tied 34-34 at the 4:52 mark, before the Bison closed the half on an 8-4 run to take a 42-38 lead into the locker room. Holy Cross struggled to score early in the second half, though it was still down by just five points (49-44) with 13:44 left to play. But Bucknell then went on an 11-0 run over the next five and a half minutes of play, to take an insurmountable 60-44 lead. The Crusaders tried to rally in the closing minutes, but were unable to get any closer than 11 points. Tim Clifford finished the game with 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists for Holy Cross. Bucknell was led by Kevin Bettencourt with 23 points and four assists. Charles Lee added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Bison, while Chris McNaughton scored 14 points.

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 145-86 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 289-210. 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 has established himself as one of the top big men in the Patriot League this season. During Tuesday's victory over Army, Clifford totaled 10 points, three rebounds and two assists. In the previous game at Lafayette, he scored 11 points while making four of five shots from the floor. Clifford also had a big night at Boston University, totaling 16 points, three blocked shots and three assists. Some of Clifford's other top performances this season have come against Harvard (22 points on nine of 11 shooting from the field), Providence (21 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks), William & Mary (13 points, six rebounds, two blocks) and George Mason (12 points, four rebounds). Through the first 17 games of the year, he is averaging 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 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 499 points, 262 rebounds and 108 blocked shots.

HOLY CROSS IN THE RPI: Holy Cross is presently ranked 84th in the nation in the latest Ratings Percentage Index, with a rating of .5516 through games of January 9. The Crusaders are currently the highest ranked team in the Patriot League, with the second-highest ranking belonging to Bucknell (121st, .5268). In addition, Holy Cross' non-conference schedule ranks as the 158th best in the country, and the hardest in the Patriot League. 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.

DOHERTY RETURNS TO ACTION: Sophomore guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) had a good day at Lafayette last 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 11 games played this season, he is now averaging 6.8 points, 2.7 assists, 1.8 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 last 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 17 games played so far this season, Vander Baan is averaging 6.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest, while making 45.8 percent of his field goal attempts (38 of 83). 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.

CRUSADERS KEEP WINNING AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross stands 5-0 at the Hart Center so far this season, and now owns an all-time record of 281-105 in the building. The Crusaders currently have a nine-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 37-5 in Patriot League regular season home games since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season. 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 campaign, the Crusaders now have an overall mark of 69-12 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 31.2 rebounds through the first 17 games of the 2006-2007 season, and are currently outrebounding their opponents by an average of 2.3 boards per game. Holy Cross has really stepped things up in Patriot League play, outrebounding the opposition by 12.0 boards per game, while allowing opponents to average just 16.5 rebounds per contest. The Crusaders' 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 3.6 boards per contest. Sophomore forward Alex Vander Baan leads the team with 5.8 rebounds per game, while senior guard Keith Simmons has also averaged 5.8 boards per contest. Senior guard Torey Thomas (4.4 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 3.6 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 1235-795 (.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 steals, through games of Jan. 7. 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         32  Keith Simmons      2.4
               33  Holy Cross         9.0
               41  Torey Thomas       2.3

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.

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 BISON: Bucknell has an overall record of 8-7 on the season, with a 2-0 mark in the Patriot League. The Bison have bounced back after opening the year with four straight losses, and are currently riding a three-game winning streak. Bucknell's leading scorer is senior forward Donald Brown, who has averaged 11.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Junior guard John Griffin has added 10.4 points per contest, while senior center Chris McNaughton is chipping in with 10.2 points per game. Bucknell is led by head coach Pat Flannery, who owns a 208-157 record during his 13 seasons with the Bison. Flannery's career record stands at 303-200, including five years as the head coach at Lebanon Valley College.

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: With a pair of victories to open the conference season, Holy Cross now stands 12-5 all-time in Patriot League openers, 12-5 in conference home openers, and 11-6 in league road openers ... In its last two games, Holy Cross has held its opponents to 16 rebounds (at Lafayette) and 17 rebounds (against Army). Prior to that, the lowest rebounding total by a Crusader opponent during Ralph Willard's tenure as head coach was 18 ... During Tuesday's game with Army, the Black Knights went a stretch of 17:06 (from the middle of the first half to the middle of the second half) without missing a field goal attempt. But Holy Cross forced Army to commit 15 turnovers during that time, while extending its lead from one point to 14 points ... 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 129 minutes in 16 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 3.6 rebounds per contest. He pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds at Harvard, and had nine rebounds at Boston University.