Jan. 22, 2007
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (14-6, 5-0 PL) vs. Colgate (6-12, 1-4 PL)
Date: January 23, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Cotterell Court (3,100), Hamilton, N.Y.
Holy Cross Radio: WTAG 580 AM, Worcester; www.sportsjuice.com, internet; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Colgate Radio: WKXZ 99.3 FM, Oneonta, N.Y.; Eric Malanoski, play-by-play
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 45-14
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 62, Colgate 56 (February 22, 2006; Hamilton, N.Y.)
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 COLGATE: This will be the 60th meeting between the Crusaders and the Raiders on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 45-14. The Crusaders have won five straight and seven of the last eight meetings, but hold only a 16-12 lead in the series over the last 13 years. Previously, Holy Cross had won 29 of the first 31 meetings between the schools. For games played in Hamilton, the Crusaders hold an 18-8 advantage, with a 15-8 mark at Cotterell Court. The schools first met on Feb. 11, 1947, with Holy Cross posting a 67-39 victory at the Boston Garden.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 45-14
In Hamilton: Holy Cross leads, 18-8
At Cotterell Court: Holy Cross leads, 15-8
Ralph Willard vs. Colgate: 10-5
Emmett Davis vs. Holy Cross: 7-10
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, five games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-0
CRUSADERS TO WRAP UP ROAD TRIP AT COLGATE: Holy Cross will conclude a two-game road trip when it heads to Colgate for a contest on Tuesday, January 23, at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders enter the Colgate game with a 7-6 mark away from the Hart Center so far this season, including four straight wins and a 6-4 mark on the opposing team's home court. Holy Cross then returns home on Friday, January 26, when it plays host to Lehigh at 9:00 p.m. That contest marks the beginning of a three-game homestand, during which the Crusaders will also face American (Jan. 31, 7:00 p.m.) and Lafayette (Feb. 3, 3:30 p.m.). Holy Cross will enter the homestand with a perfect 7-0 home record on the year.
SIMMONS ENJOYING OUTSTANDING SENIOR YEAR: Senior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) has been Holy Cross' top player this season, averaging 18.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals in 20 games played. He has scored in double figures in 31 straight games dating back to last year, and has led the team in scoring 12 times this season. During Saturday's victory at American, Simmons totaled 14 points, five rebounds, five steals and three assists. In the previous game against Navy, he led the team with 22 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Simmons also had a big game against Bucknell, recording 22 points, four rebounds and three assists. Some of Simmons' other top performances this season have come against Lafayette (26 points, six rebounds, three steals), Niagara (23 points, three rebounds), Syracuse (game-high 22 points), Boston University (21 points, 11 rebounds), Harvard (20 points, six rebounds), Providence (20 points, four rebounds, three steals), Hampton (19 points, six rebounds), Siena (18 points, 11 rebounds), Army (18 points, seven rebounds, four steals, three assists), 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 Colgate game, Simmons has scored 1,439 career points as a Crusader, while making 49.7 percent of his field goal attempts (489 of 983) and 43.9 percent from three-point range (181 of 412).
THOMAS STANDS 16 POINTS AWAY FROM 1,000: Senior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) enters the Colgate game needing just 16 points to become the 43rd 1,000-point scorer in the history of Holy Cross men's basketball. Thomas has scored 984 points in 111 games as a Crusader, good for an average of 8.9 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 13th place all-time at Holy Cross with 1,439 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 20 games of the year, the Crusaders have held their opponents to 60.0 points per game, 43.1 percent shooting from the floor, and 38.2 percent shooting from three-point range. Holy Cross has also averaged 9.3 steals and 3.5 blocks per contest, while forcing the opposition to commit 16.8 turnovers per game and outrebounding its opponents by 3.4 boards per contest. In addition, the Crusaders have held 12 of their first 20 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 59.0 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 (181), second in three-point field goal attempts (412), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (43.9 percent), seventh in steals (164) and 10th in minutes played (3,031). He also ranks among the Patriot League's all-time leaders in three-point field goal percentage (43.9 percent, 1st), field goal percentage (49.7 percent, 7th), steals (164, 16th) and points scored (1,439, 21st). 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 (220), seventh in assists (403) and ninth in minutes played (3,103). 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 11th all-time in the Patriot League in blocked shots (111).
AMERICAN RECAP: Tim Clifford totaled 19 points and nine rebounds, to lead Holy Cross to a 69-64 overtime victory over American at Bender Arena on Jan. 20, 2007. The game was close throughout a first half which featured five ties and eight lead changes. The Eagles held a 23-22 lead with 4:32 left before the break, but Holy Cross then closed the half on a 7-1 run to take a 29-24 advantage into the locker room. The Crusaders expanded their lead to seven points early in the second half, but were never able to pull away from the Eagles. The Holy Cross lead would range from one to seven points until the final minute of regulation, when American's Arvydas Eitutavicius hit a pair of free throws with 24.9 seconds left to tie the score at 58-58 and force overtime. In the overtime, the Crusaders jumped out to a quick 62-58 lead as Clifford and Keith Simmons both hit a pair of free throws. But the Eagles came back to tie the score at 62-62, before Pat Doherty drove the lane for a layup with 48.6 seconds left to give Holy Cross the lead for good. Simmons would later hit all four of his free throw attempts in the final 15 seconds to close out the victory. Simmons finished the day with 14 points, five rebounds and five steals, while Torey Thomas added nine points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Eric Meister added nine points and five boards off the bench. American was led by Eitutavicius with 24 points and six rebounds.
THOMAS SHINES IN SENIOR SEASON: Senior point guard Torey Thomas is once again among the top players in the Patriot League this season, averaging 12.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.4 steals per contest. In Saturday's victory at American, Thomas totaled nine points, nine assists, seven rebounds and five steals. During the previous game against Navy, he recorded 10 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals. 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 Lafayette (18 points, six assists, five rebounds), Army (16 points, three assists, two steals), 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), Bucknell (13 points, five rebounds, five assists), 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 984 points, 444 rebounds, 403 assists and 220 steals.
STEALING THE SHOW: Through the first 20 games of the 2006-2007 season, Holy Cross has averaged 9.0 steals per game, including highs of 16 steals against Fairfield and 15 steals at American. Senior guard Keith Simmons has recorded a team-best 50 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 47 steals on the year, while sophomore guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) has added 19 steals and junior guard Kyle Cruze (Knoxville, Tenn.) has chipped in with 18 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.
THE LAST MEETING WITH COLGATE: Keith Simmons recorded 21 points and 11 rebounds, to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to a 62-56 victory over Colgate at Cotterell Court on Feb. 22, 2006. Simmons scored the 1,000th point of his collegiate career with a slam dunk at the 17:46-mark of the second half, to become the 42nd 1,000-point scorer in school history. The Raiders opened the game with an 8-2 run, but the Crusaders responded with a 9-2 spurt of their own to take an 11-10 lead. Holy Cross was still up by just two points (19-17) with nine minutes left in the first half, before using a 6-0 run to build an eight-point lead. The Crusaders later scored the final seven points of the half, and took a 32-22 lead into the locker room. Holy Cross led by as many as 13 points early in the second, but Colgate came back to trim the lead to four points (48-44) with 6:42 left to play. Both teams then struggled to score down the stretch, although the Crusaders were able to make 10 of 14 attempts at the foul line in the final five minutes of play to secure the win. Kevin Hamilton totaled 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals for Holy Cross, while Torey Thomas added 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Colgate was led by Alvin Reed with 19 points and five assists.
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 148-86 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 292-210. 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 Saturday's overtime victory at American, he led the team with 19 points and nine rebounds. Earlier in the month against Bucknell, Clifford recorded 13 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. He also had a strong game against Army, totaling 10 points, three rebounds and two 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), Boston University (16 points, three blocks, three assists), William & Mary (13 points, six rebounds, two blocks), George Mason (12 points, four rebounds) and Lafayette (11 points). Through the first 20 games of the year, he is averaging 10.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 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 537 points, 284 rebounds and 111 blocked shots.
HOLY CROSS IN THE RPI: Holy Cross is presently ranked 65th in the nation in the latest Ratings Percentage Index, with a rating of .5654 through games of January 21. The Crusaders are currently the highest ranked team in the Patriot League, with the second-highest ranking belonging to Bucknell (135th, .5176). In addition, Holy Cross' non-conference schedule ranks as the 142nd 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.
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 Wednesday's victory over Navy, he scored a season-high 13 points on five of nine shooting, to go along with six rebounds and three assists. Previously in the victory at Lafayette, Vander Baan recorded 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 20 games played so far this season, Vander Baan is averaging 6.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest, while making 45.3 percent of his field goal attempts (43 of 95). 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).
DOHERTY RETURNS TO ACTION: Sophomore guard Pat Doherty had a good day at Lafayette on Jan. 6, 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 14 games played this season, he is now averaging 6.5 points, 2.4 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.
CRUSADERS KEEP WINNING AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross stands 7-0 at the Hart Center so far this season, and now owns an all-time record of 283-105 in the building. The Crusaders currently have an 11-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 39-5 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 71-12 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 31.8 rebounds through the first 20 games of the 2006-2007 season, and are currently outrebounding their opponents by an average of 3.4 boards per game. Holy Cross has really stepped things up in Patriot League play, outrebounding the opposition by 10.4 boards per game, while allowing opponents to average just 21.8 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 3.7 boards per contest. Senior guard Keith Simmons leads the team with 5.7 rebounds per game, while sophomore forward Alex Vander Baan has averaged 5.6 boards per contest. Senior guard Torey Thomas (4.6 rebounds per game) and junior center Tim Clifford (4.3 rebounds per game) are also enjoying fine seasons on the glass, while freshman forward Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) is chipping in with 3.7 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 1238-795 (.609), while making 23 postseason tournament appearances -- 11 trips to the NCAA Tournament and 12 to the National Invitation Tournament. In the history of collegiate basketball, Holy Cross is one of only 16 schools to have won the NCAA Tournament (1946-1947) as well as the National Invitational Tournament (1953-1954). Throughout its history, Holy Cross has had six first team All-America selections, sent 10 players to the National Basketball Association, had four players inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, had 23 players drafted by professional teams, had three players go to coach professionally, and had 15 players who have coached in college, including current Crusader coach Ralph Willard.
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in two statistical categories, through games of Jan. 18. Senior guard Keith Simmons and senior guard Torey Thomas are also listed among the national leaders in steals. The rankings:
Category Rank Player / Team Avg. Scoring Defense 26 Holy Cross 59.8 Steals 27 Holy Cross 9.0 28 Keith Simmons 2.4 39 Torey Thomas 2.2
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 RAIDERS: Colgate has an overall record of 6-12 on the season, including a 1-4 mark in the Patriot League. The Raiders have lost four straight and seven of their last eight games, with the only win during that time being a 73-71 overtime victory against Army on Jan. 6. Colgate's leading scorer is senior guard Jon Simon, who has averaged 12.8 points per contest while hitting 36.8 percent (39 of 106) of his three-point attempts. Junior forward Kendall Chones has added 11.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, while junior guard Daniel Waddy is averaging 5.8 points per contest. Colgate is led by head coach Emmett Davis, who owns a 116-129 record during his nine seasons with the Raiders. Prior to his time at Colgate, Davis served as an assistant coach at Navy and St. Lawrence for 16 years.
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: The Crusaders stand 3-0 in overtime games this season, and have now won their last six overtime contests ... 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 ... On Jan. 6 and 9, Holy Cross 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 the Jan. 9 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 34 points and 19 rebounds, while playing 149 minutes in 19 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 3.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest. He pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds at Harvard, and had nine rebounds at Boston University ... The Crusaders are ranked 24th in the latest Mid-Major Top 25 Poll from CollegeInsider.com, released on Jan. 15.