Crusaders Come Home To Face American On ESPNU
Jan. 22, 2009
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (8-11, 3-1 PL) vs. American (11-6, 3-0 PL)
Date: January 24, 2009
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
ESPNU Television: Bob Socci, play-by-play; John Feinstein, color
Holy Cross Radio: www.sportsjuice.com, internet; Jeremy Lechan, play-by-play
Holy Cross Student Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester; Ryan Holt, play-by-play; Chris Gibson & Dan Gaudet, color
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 14-5
Last Meeting: American 62, Holy Cross 60 (March 5, 2008; Washington, D.C.)
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS: Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. F 12 Adam May 6-8 205 Jr. F 33 Colin Cunningham 6-6 220 Sr. C 34 Andrew Keister 6-9 235 So. G 10 R.J. Evans 6-3 200 Fr. G 22 Andrew Beinert 6-4 185 So.
THE SERIES WITH AMERICAN: This will be the 20th meeting between the Crusaders and the Eagles on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 14-5. American has won the last two games between the schools, but prior to that Holy Cross had won eight straight contests in the series. For games played in Worcester the Crusaders hold a 7-2 advantage, but the Eagles posted a 62-46 victory at the Hart Center last season. Holy Cross and American first met on Dec. 21, 1967, with the Crusaders posting an 81-57 victory on the road.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 14-5
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 7-2
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 7-2
Ralph Willard vs. American: 13-5
Jeff Jones vs. Holy Cross: 5-13
Current Win Streak: American, two games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-0
CRUSADERS RETURN HOME THIS WEEK: Following a three-game road trip where it posted a 2-1 record, Holy Cross returns to the Hart Center on Saturday, January 24, to face American at 2:00 p.m., in a contest which will be shown live on ESPNU. The Crusaders then stay at home to play host to Colgate at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28. Following that contest, Holy Cross hits the road once again, traveling to Lehigh on January 31 and Lafayette on February 7.
KEISTER A HUGE FACTOR UP FRONT: Sophomore forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) has developed into one of the Crusaders' top players at the low post positions. Over Holy Cross' last 11 games, Keister has averaged 12.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 66.7 percent (56 of 84) of his field goal attempts. During the Navy game, he posted his third double-double this season with career highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds. In the previous contest at Bucknell, Keister totaled team highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds. He also had a big day against Lafayette, leading the team with 17 points and nine rebounds. Earlier in the season, he had good games against Central Florida (18 points, five rebounds), Boston University (15 points, 11 rebounds), 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 8.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 58.4 percent (59 of 101) from the field.
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 11 of his last 13 games. During the Navy game, he posted his second double-double of the season with 19 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Previously at Army, he led the team with 17 points, five rebounds and three steals. He also had an outstanding performance against San Francisco, posting a double-double with a career high 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), Central Florida (14 points, eight rebounds), 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, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 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 six games, Beinert has averaged 11.2 points per contest, while hitting 53.7 percent (22 of 41) of his field goal attempts and 46.2 percent (12 of 26) 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 7.8 points, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game, while hitting 42.6 percent (26 of 61) of his three-point field goal attempts. Last year, Beinert was selected to the Patriot League All-Rookie team, after averaging 3.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.
CUNNINGHAM STEPS UP IN SENIOR SEASON: Senior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) has returned to the Holy Cross lineup at small forward this year, and is once again one of the Crusaders' top players. In the victory 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 7.6 points, 5.8 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 540 points, 344 rebounds, 173 assists and 83 steals.
NAVY RECAP: Andrew Keister had career-highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds, but it was not enough as Holy Cross was defeated by Navy 74-68 at Alumni Hall on Jan. 21, 2009. R.J. Evans added 19 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. The Crusaders led 8-7 at the 16:12 mark of the first half, when the Midshipmen scored six straight points to take the lead. Navy would eventually expand its lead to eight points (24-16), before Holy Cross used a 13-3 spurt to go back in front (29-27) with three minutes left before the break. The Midshipmen then closed out the half with an 8-3 run, to take a 35-32 advantage into the locker room. The scored stayed close early in the second half, and Navy was up 40-39 with 15 minutes left to play. The Midshipmen then went on an 8-0 run, and would eventually expand their lead to 11 points (65-54) with 5:20 remaining. But the Crusaders responded with a 10-2 spurt of their own, to cut the Navy lead to 67-64 with 1:10 left in the game. Holy Cross would get as close as two points (70-68) with 23 seconds on the clock, before the Midshipmen hit four straight free throws in the closing seconds to hold on for the win. Chris Harris and Mark Veazey both scored 20 points to lead Navy.
MEISTER CLEANS THE GLASS FOR THE CRUSADERS: Junior forward Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) 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, 4.3 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 285 points, 274 rebounds and 47 blocked shots.
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 182-114 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 326-238. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.
THE LAST MEETING WITH AMERICAN: American's Brian Gilmore converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 18 seconds remaining, to lift the Eagles to a 62-60 victory over Holy Cross at Bender Arena in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament on March 5, 2008. Tim Clifford recorded 23 points and six rebounds to lead the Crusaders, while Colin Cunningham added 20 points. Holy Cross scored the first five points of the game, on its way to an 18-9 lead after 10 minutes of play. After American cut the lead down to five points, the Crusaders used a 6-0 spurt to go up by 11 (26-15) with 4:28 left in the half. But the Eagles then closed out the half with a 7-2 run, to trail by just six points (28-22) at the break. American hit a pair of three-pointers on its first two possessions of the second half to tie the game at 28-28, and the score remained close the rest of the way. Holy Cross was up by five points (50-45) with 6:31 left to play, before two more three-pointers gave the Eagles their first lead of the night, 51-50 with 5:51 remaining. There would then be three ties and five lead changes down the stretch, before Cunningham hit a pair of free throws with 1:19 on the clock to give the Crusaders a 60-59 lead. But Gilmore's three-point play in the closing minute would conclude the scoring, giving American the victory.
HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders are once again an outstanding rebounding team this year, averaging 36.7 boards per contest and outrebounding their opponents by an average margin of 7.4 rebounds per game. So far this season, Holy Cross has outrebounded its opponent in 17 out of 19 games played. The Crusaders have been even more impressive in Patriot League play, outrebounding their opponents by 13.5 boards per game. Senior forward Colin Cunningham leads the team with an average of 5.8 rebounds per game, while sophomore forward Andrew Keister stands second with 5.7 boards per contest. Freshman guard R.J. Evans is averaging 5.2 rebounds per game, while junior forward Eric Meister is averaging 4.3 boards per contest and senior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) is chipping in with 4.0 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. 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.
STEALING THE SHOW: Through 19 games played so far this season, Holy Cross has averaged a Patriot League-best 8.5 steals per game, including highs of 13 steals at Boston University, and 12 steals at both Bucknell and Harvard. Freshman guard R.J. Evans currently leads the team with 31 steals, while senior forward Colin Cunningham stands second with 28 steals. Sophomore guard Andrew Beinert has totaled 26 steals, and five other Crusaders have at least 11 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 four games, after missing the first 14 contests of the year due to injury. During the victory at Bucknell, he totaled 18 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals. Previously against Lafayette, Doherty recorded eight points, three assists and two steals. On the year, he is averaging 6.0 points, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game, with a 5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Last season, Doherty averaged 7.4 points, 4.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. His top performance during the 2007-2008 campaign came against Boston University with a career-high 20 points, three assists and three 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 519 points, 263 assists, 179 rebounds and 115 steals.
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 4.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.4 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 237 points, 94 rebounds, 44 assists and 32 steals.
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 7.4 points per game, while making a team-best 90.8 percent (59 of 65) 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 Bucknell game, he scored 11 points while hitting both of his three-point field goal attempts. Previously at Ohio, he recorded 10 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Vander Baan also played well at Loyola (Ill.), totaling 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 5.8 points and 4.0 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 652 points, 498 rebounds, 139 assists, 76 steals and 35 blocked shots.
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 5.1 points and 3.2 rebounds, while ranking second on 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 143 rebounds, while hitting 106 of 212 (50.0 percent) field goal attempts.
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. 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 8 Devin Brown 90.8 Rebound Margin 23 Holy Cross +6.8 Steals 32 Holy Cross 8.8
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.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 90th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1272-824 (.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.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES: American has an overall record of 11-6 on the season, including a 3-0 mark in the Patriot League. The Eagles have won their last six games, with their last loss coming on Dec. 22 at Maryland. The leading scorer for American is senior guard Garrison Carr, who has averaged 17.8 points while hitting 57 of 154 (37.0 percent) shots from three-point range. Senior guard Derrick Mercer is also enjoying a fine season, averaging 9.9 points and 3.9 assists per contest, while senior forward Brian Gilmore has added 12.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. The Eagles are led by head coach Jeff Jones, who owns a 136-119 record in nine seasons at American. Jones' career record stands at 282-223, including eight years as the head coach at the University of Virginia.
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 64.6 points per game.
CRUSADERS REMAIN TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Holy Cross is once again among the top defensive teams in the Patriot League in 2008-2009. In 19 games played so far this season, the Crusaders have allowed 65.7 points per game, while forcing 15.5 turnovers per contest and outrebounding the opposition by 7.4 boards per game. Holy Cross is also averaging 8.5 steals and 3.3 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 65.7 43.3 34.0 8.5 3.3
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.
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 3-8 in their purple uniforms ... During the Jan. 21 game at Navy, Holy Cross went 0 for 13 from three-point range. That marked the first time the Crusaders did not make at least one shot from behind the arc since Nov. 30, 1996 at Fordham ... 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.