Crusaders Open Road Trip With Contest At Army
Jan. 12, 2009
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (6-10, 1-0 PL) vs. Army (4-11, 0-1 PL)
Date: January 14, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Christl Arena (5,043), West Point, N.Y.
Live Video Streaming: Crusader All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: WWFX 100.1 FM, Worcester; www.worcesterpike.com, internet; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
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, 51-15
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 64, Army 53 (February 14, 2008; West Point, N.Y.)
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 ARMY: This will be the 67th meeting between the Crusaders and the Black Knights on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 51-15. The schools split a pair of contests last year, with each team winning on the road. Prior to that, the Crusaders had a 13-game winning streak in the series. Before last year, Army did not have a victory over Holy Cross since Jan. 23, 2002, when it posted a 57-46 win at home. For games played at West Point, the Crusaders hold a 19-12 advantage, with six straight victories. 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, 51-15
At West Point: Holy Cross leads, 19-12
At Christl Arena: Holy Cross leads, 14-8
Ralph Willard vs. Army: 17-4
Jim Crews vs. Holy Cross: 1-13
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, 1 game
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-1
CRUSADERS EMBARK ON THREE-GAME ROAD TRIP: Holy Cross will play its next three games on the road, all against Patriot League opponents. The Crusaders begin the road trip when they travel to Army on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross will then 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 will not come until Saturday, Jan. 24, when they play host to American at 2:00 p.m.
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 eight games, Keister has averaged 11.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 62.5 percent (35 of 56) of his field goal attempts. During the victory over Lafayette, he led the team with 17 points and nine rebounds. In the previous contest at Central Florida, Keister scored a career-high 18 points and pulled down five rebounds. He also had a big night at Boston University, posting his first career double-double with 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Earlier in the season, he had good games against Massachusetts (10 points, six rebounds), Western Michigan (nine points, eight rebounds), San Francisco (eight points, nine rebounds), Ohio (eight points, five rebounds, two blocks) and Fairfield (six points, eight rebounds). Overall this year, Keister is now averaging 6.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 52.1 percent (38 of 73) from the field.
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 Lafayette game, he scored 16 points and made all eight of his free throw attempts. Previously at Central Florida, Beinert recorded 14 points and three rebounds. He also had a big night at Boston University, scoring a career-high 18 points, while hitting seven of nine shots from the field and four of five attempts from three-point range. 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), San Francisco (seven points, career-high 10 assists, three rebounds), Ohio (seven points, five assists three steals) and Western Michigan (six points, five assists, five steals). Overall this season, he has averaged 8.1 points, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game, while hitting 45.8 percent (22 of 48) 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.
CRUSADERS IN PATRIOT LEAGUE ROAD OPENERS: Holy Cross is now in its 19th season of play in the Patriot League, and will play its first league road game of the year at Army. During their first 18 seasons in the conference, the Crusaders have posted a 11-7 mark in their opening Patriot League road game of the year. Holy Cross has a 6-3 mark in its opening conference road game under head coach Ralph Willard, including victories in three of the last four seasons. The Crusaders also stand 13-6 in their first overall Patriot League game of the season, following Saturday's 81-57 victory over Lafayette. Holy Cross has now won its opening Patriot League game eight times in the last 10 years.
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 180-113 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 324-237. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.
LAFAYETTE RECAP: Andrew Keister totaled 17 points and nine rebounds, to lead Holy Cross to a 81-67 victory over Lafayette at the Hart Center on Jan. 10, 2009. Lafayette led 8-6 after the first three and a half minutes of play, when the Crusaders went on a 13-2 run to take a 19-10 lead. Both Keister and Devin Brown scored five points during that spurt. The Leopards were able to trim the lead to four points (25-21) with 5:21 left before the break, but Holy Cross then closed out the half with an 11-3 run to take a 36-24 advantage into the locker room. The Crusaders extended their lead to 13 points early in the second half, when Lafayette went on an 11-2 run to make the score 44-40 with 12 minutes left in regulation. But Holy Cross responded with an 8-0 spurt of its own to build the lead back to double figures, 52-40. The Leopards would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way, as the Crusaders finally pulled away for a 14-point victory. Andrew Beinert scored 16 points for Holy Cross, while Colin Cunningham added 10 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. In all, nine different Crusaders scored at least five points. Lafayette was led by Jeff Kari with 16 points and four assists.
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 over Lafayette, Cunningham recorded 10 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Previously at Boston University, he totaled 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Cunningham also had a huge night against San Francisco, scoring a career-high 26 points and handing out six assists. Earlier in the season, he had big games against Loyola (13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals), Western Michigan (12 points, two rebounds, two steals) and Brown (11 points, eight rebounds, six assists). Overall this year, Cunningham has averaged 8.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.6 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 532 points, 326 rebounds, 164 assists and 79 steals.
EVANS HAS BIG START TO COLLEGIATE CAREER: Freshman guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) is enjoying an outstanding rookie season, and scored in double-figures in nine straight games from Dec. 1-Jan. 6. During the Central Florida game, he totaled 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Previously 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 13.0 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.
THE LAST MEETING WITH ARMY: Tim Clifford totaled 17 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots, as Holy Cross posted a 64-53 victory over Army at Christl Arena on Feb. 14, 2008. The score stayed close early on, and the Crusaders were up 9-8 with 13:28 left in the first half. Holy Cross then went on a 21-4 run over the next 11 minutes to expand its lead to double figures (30-12). At one time during that stretch, the Black Knights went over eight minutes without scoring a single point. But Army then came back to close out the half with an 11-2 spurt of its own, leaving the Crusaders with a 32-23 lead heading into the locker room, Holy Cross scored the first four points of the second half, but the Black Knights came right back with a 6-0 run to keep things interesting. Army would eventually get as close as four points (47-43) with 6:58 remaining in the game, before the Crusaders regained their form on the offensive end of the court. Holy Cross would outscore Army 9-4 over the next four minutes, to run its lead back to nine points (56-47). The Crusaders then hit all eight of their foul shots in the final three minutes to clinch the victory. Holy Cross shot 55.3 percent from the field on the night (21 of 38), while hitting 80.8 percent of their free throws (21 of 26). The Crusaders also held a 35-19 rebounding advantage over the Black Knights. Alex Vander Baan posted 13 points and seven rebounds for Holy Cross, and Eric Meister added 11 points while making all four of his field goal attempts. Army was led by Jarell Brown with 21 points on nine of 16 shooting.
STEALING THE SHOW: Through 16 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 27 steals, while senior forward Colin Cunningham stands second with 24 steals. Sophomore guard Andrew Beinert has totaled 23 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).
DOHERTY RETURNS TO THE COURT: Senior guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) has seen action in Holy Cross' last two games, after missing the first 14 contests of the year due to injury. In the victory over Lafayette, he totaled eight points, three assists and two steals. 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 499 points, 252 assists, 170 rebounds and 111 steals.
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 6.2 rebounds per game. So far this season, Holy Cross has outrebounded its opponent in 14 out of 16 games played. Senior forward Colin Cunningham leads the team with an average of 5.7 rebounds per game, while senior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) stands second with 4.9 boards per contest. Junior forward Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) is averaging 4.8 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 4.8 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.
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 6.0 points and 3.6 rebounds, while ranking second on the team in field goal percentage (51.9 percent, 41 of 79). Last season, McCarthy averaged 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he has totaled 254 points and 141 rebounds, while hitting 106 of 211 (50.2 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 8.3 points per game, while making a team-best 90.2 percent (55 of 61) 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.
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 5.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 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 274 points, 268 rebounds and 45 blocked shots.
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 6.3 points and 4.9 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 639 points, 495 rebounds, 139 assists, 74 steals and 35 blocked shots.
CRUSADERS REACH 300 VICTORIES AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 304-112 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 91-20 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 55-10 record against Patriot League foes.
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. 8. 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 12 Devin Brown 89.8 Rebound Margin 46 Holy Cross +5.7 Steals 51 Holy Cross 8.5
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 a solid player on the offensive end of the court. So far this year, he is averaging 5.0 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.5 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 223 points, 82 rebounds, 40 assists and 28 steals.
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 65.3 points per game.
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 1270-823 (.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 16 games played so far this season, the Crusaders have allowed 67.6 points per game, while forcing 15.8 turnovers per contest and outrebounding the opposition by 6.2 boards per game. Holy Cross is also averaging 8.5 steals and 3.1 blocked shots per contest. Since the beginning of the 2001-2002 campaign, the Crusaders have held their opponents to only 59.5 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 67.6 44.6 34.8 8.5 3.1
SCOUTING THE BLACK KNIGHTS: Army has an overall record of 4-11 on the season, with an 0-1 mark in the Patriot League. The Black Knights have lost four of their last five games, including a 62-42 loss to Colgate on Saturday in their conference opener. Army's leading scorer is junior guard Cleveland Richard, who has averaged 10.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Junior guard Josh Miller has added 8.7 points and 3.5 assists per game, while freshman guard Julian Simmons is chipping in with 6.5 points per game. Army is led by head coach Jim Crews, who owns a 53-131 record during his seven seasons with the Black Knights. Crews' career record stands at 347-340, 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: 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 4-3 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.