January 15, 2009

Men's Basketball Set To Face Bucknell On ESPNU

Jan. 15, 2009

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (7-10, 2-0 PL) vs. Bucknell (3-13, 0-2 PL)
Date: January 17, 2009
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Place: Sojka Pavilion (4,000), Lewisburg, Pa.
ESPNU Television: Bob Socci, play-by-play; John Feinstein, color
Holy Cross Radio: WWFX 100.1 FM, Worcester; www.worcesterpike.com, internet; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Bucknell Radio: WEGH 107.3 FM, Sunbury, Pa.; Doug Birdsong, play-by-play; Ed Sigl, color
Series Record: Bucknell leads, 26-21
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 63, Bucknell 53 (February 16, 2008; Lewisburg, Pa.)

 


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 BUCKNELL: This will be the 48th meeting between the Crusaders and the Bison on the hardwood, with Bucknell leading the all-time series 26-21. Holy Cross has won three of the last five games after the schools split the season series last year, with each team winning on the road. For contests played in Lewisburg, Bucknell holds a 12-8 advantage, with a 5-2 lead for games played at Sojka Pavilion. The schools first met on January 12, 1991, with Holy Cross posting an 80-78 victory in Lewisburg.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Bucknell leads, 26-21
In Lewisburg: Bucknell leads, 12-8
At Sojka Pavilion: Bucknell leads, 5-2
Ralph Willard vs. Bucknell: 12-12
Dave Paulsen vs. Holy Cross: 1-0
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1

CRUSADERS CONTINUE ROAD TRIP AT BUCKNELL: Holy Cross will play the second of three straight games away from the Hart Center this weekend, when it travels to Bucknell for a contest which will be televised on ESPNU at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 17. The Crusaders began the road trip with a 47-36 victory at Army on Wednesday night. Holy Cross stays on the road next week with a game at Navy on January 21 at 7:00 p.m. The next home game for Holy Cross does not come until January 24, when it plays host to American at 2:00 p.m.

CRUSADERS GET OFF TO FAST START IN LEAGUE PLAY: Holy Cross has opened Patriot League play with a perfect 2-0 mark in its first two conference games. This marks the third time in the last four years the Crusaders have started league play at 2-0. The best ever Patriot League start for Holy Cross came in the 2006-2007 season, when it began conference play at 10-0. In Patriot League history, the best ever start came in 2005-2006, when Bucknell won all 14 of its league games. The second-best winning streak to ever open up Patriot League play is 10 games, held by the 2006-2007 Crusaders.

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 10 of his last 11 games. During the victory at Army, he led the team with 17 points, five rebounds and three steals. Previously at Central Florida, Evans totaled 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds. 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), Boston University (12 points, six rebounds, two 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 13.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 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.

BEINERT ENJOYING STRONG SOPHOMORE SEASON: Sophomore guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) has been one of the Crusaders' top players in the backcourt this season. Over the last four games, Beinert has averaged 15.5 points per contest, while hitting 67.7 percent (21 of 31) of his field goal attempts and 66.7 percent (12 of 18) of his three-point shots. During the victory at Army, he had 14 points while hitting four of five three-point attempts. Previously against Lafayette, Beinert scored 16 points and made all eight of his free throws. He also had a big night at Central Florida, recording 14 points and three rebounds. Some of Beinert's other top games this season have come against Boston University (career-high 18 points), 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 8.4 points, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game, while hitting 49.1 percent (26 of 53) 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.

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 nine games, Keister has averaged 10.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest, while hitting 60.0 percent (36 of 60) of his field goal attempts. During the victory over Lafayette, he led the team with 17 points and nine rebounds. Previously 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 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 50.6 percent (39 of 77) from the field.

ARMY RECAP: R.J. Evans had 17 points, five rebounds and three steals, to lead Holy Cross to a 47-36 victory over Army at Christl Arena on Jan. 14, 2009. Andrew Beinert added 14 points, while hitting five of seven shots from the field and four of five attempts from three-point range. Army opened the game with a 7-2 run, and would expand its lead to seven points (13-6) with 9:27 remaining in the first half. Holy Cross then responded with a 10-2 spurt of its own, to take a 16-15 lead with three minutes left before the break. The Crusaders eventually took a 21-19 advantage into the locker room. The score remained close early in the second half, and Holy Cross was up 28-27 with 13:54 left in regulation. Beinert then hit three-point shots on three straight possessions, igniting a 19-3 run which put the Crusaders up 47-30 with 3:48 remaining. At one point during that spurt, Holy Cross held Army scoreless for a span of 8:45. The Black Knights closed the game with a 6-0 run, as the Crusaders won by 11 points. Holy Cross turned in one of its top defensive performances of the season, holding Army to just 36 points on 30.0 percent shooting from the floor, while forcing 17 turnovers. Adam May finished with eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots for the Crusaders. The Black Knights were led by Cleveland Richard with eight points, three rebounds and three 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 8.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.6 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 534 points, 331 rebounds, 166 assists and 81 steals.

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 181-113 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 325-237. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.

THE LAST MEETING WITH BUCKNELL: Tim Clifford totaled 18 points and six rebounds to lead Holy Cross to a 63-53 victory over Bucknell at Sojka Pavilion on Feb. 16, 2008. The game was close early on, and the Bison held a 12-11 lead after nine minutes of play. Holy Cross scored the next five points to go in front, and would increase its lead to six points (27-21) with two minutes left before the break. Bucknell then closed out the half with a 5-0 run, leaving the Crusaders with a one-point lead (27-26) heading into the locker room. The scored stayed close throughout the first 15 minutes of the second half, which featured four ties and eight lead changes. The game was tied at 48-48 with under five minute to play, when Alex Vander Baan hit a jumper to put the Crusaders in the lead for good. A three-pointer by Colin Cunningham with 2:15 left extended the Holy Cross lead to five points, then the Crusaders held Bucknell scoreless for the final 1:58 to pull away for the victory. Holy Cross made 27 of 33 free throw attempts on the night (81.8 percent), and held a 28-21 advantage on the boards. Kyle Cruze finished the game with 16 points and six rebounds, while Vander Baan added 14 points and five boards. Bucknell was led by Justin Castleberry with 13 points. The victory was the first for the Crusaders at Sojka Pavilion since Feb. 28, 2003, ending a five-game losing streak for Holy Cross in the building.

DOHERTY RETURNS TO THE COURT: Senior guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) has seen action in Holy Cross' last three 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, 253 assists, 171 rebounds and 111 steals.

STEALING THE SHOW: Through 17 games played so far this season, Holy Cross has averaged a Patriot League-best 8.6 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 30 steals, while senior forward Colin Cunningham stands second with 26 steals. Sophomore guard Andrew Beinert has totaled 24 steals, and five 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).

HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders are once again an outstanding rebounding team this year, averaging 35.6 boards per contest and outrebounding their opponents by an average margin of 6.4 rebounds per game. So far this season, Holy Cross has outrebounded its opponent in 15 out of 17 games played. The Crusaders have been even more impressive in Patriot League play, outrebounding their opponents by 11.0 boards per game. Senior forward Colin Cunningham leads the team with an average of 5.7 rebounds per game, while sophomore forward Andrew Keister stands second with 4.9 boards per contest. Freshman guard R.J. Evans is averaging 4.8 rebounds per game, while junior forward Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) is averaging 4.5 boards per contest and senior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) 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.

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 7.9 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.

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 5.9 points and 4.5 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 641 points, 496 rebounds, 140 assists, 74 steals and 35 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 a solid player on the offensive end of the court. So far this year, he is averaging 5.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. During the victory at Army, May had a strong all-around game with eight points, seven rebounds, four assists, four blocks and two steals. Previously against Siena, he totaled 15 points, three rebounds and three steals. Some of May's other top performances earlier in the season came against St. Joseph's (15 points, seven rebounds, four assists) and Northeastern (11 points, two rebounds, 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 231 points, 89 rebounds, 44 assists and 30 steals.

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 5.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 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, 269 rebounds and 45 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. 11. 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    9  Devin Brown        90.2
Rebound Margin       36  Holy Cross         +6.2
Steals               49  Holy Cross          8.5

MCCARTHY PLAYS BIG ROLE UP FRONT: Senior center Greg McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) 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 5.6 points and 3.5 rebounds, while leading the team in field goal percentage (51.3 percent, 41 of 80). 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 142 rebounds, while hitting 106 of 212 (50.0 percent) field goal attempts.

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 64.2 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 1271-823 (.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 17 games played so far this season, the Crusaders have allowed 64.2 points per game, while forcing 15.9 turnovers per contest and outrebounding the opposition by 6.4 boards per game. Holy Cross is also averaging 8.6 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   65.8   43.8   34.3    8.6   3.2

SCOUTING THE BISON: Bucknell has an overall record of 3-13 on the season, with an 0-2 mark in the Patriot League. The Bison have lost their last seven games, but do have a 3-3 mark this year at Sojka Pavilion. Bucknell's leading scorer is senior guard Justin Castleberry, who has averaged 12.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Bryan Cohen has added 11.9 points per contest, while junior forward Patrick Behan is chipping in with 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Bucknell is led by head coach Dave Paulsen, who stands 3-13 in his first season with the Bison. Paulsen's career record stands at 265-133, including eight years at Williams, three seasons at Le Moyne and three years at St. Lawrence.

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 2-7 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.