Jan. 29, 2009
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (10-11, 5-1 PL) vs. Lehigh (13-7, 3-3 PL)
Date: January 31, 2009 Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Stabler Arena (5,600), Bethlehem, Pa.
Television: Service Electric Cable, Bethlehem, Pa.; Mike Zambelli, play-by-play; Rich Baksa, color
Live Video Streaming: Crusader All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: WWFX 100.1 FM, Worcester; www.worcesterpike.com, internet; Jeremy Lechan, play-by-play
Lehigh Radio: WEEX 1230 AM, Easton, Pa.; WTKZ 1320 AM, Allentown, Pa.; Matt Kerr, play-by-play; Greg Falkenbach, color
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 31-11
Last Meeting: Lehigh 65, Holy Cross 58 (February 29, 2008; Bethlehem, 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 53 Eric Meister 6-8 225 Jr. G 10 R.J. Evans 6-3 200 Fr. G 22 Andrew Beinert 6-4 185 So.
THE SERIES WITH LEHIGH: This will be the 43rd meeting between the Crusaders and the Mountain Hawks on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 31-11. The Crusaders have won 17 out of the last 20 meetings between the schools, but Lehigh was victorious in the last game, 65-58 on Feb. 29, 2008. For games played in Bethlehem, Holy Cross holds a 10-8 advantage, including wins in five of the last eight years. The schools first met on Jan. 16, 1976, with Holy Cross posting an 84-60 victory at the Hart Center.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 31-11
In Bethlehem: Holy Cross leads, 10-8
At Stabler Arena: Holy Cross leads, 10-8
Ralph Willard vs. Lehigh: 17-4
Brett Reed vs. Holy Cross: 1-1
Current Win Streak: Lehigh, one game
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 4-0
CRUSADERS RETURN TO THE ROAD: Following a brief two-game homestand during which it posted a 2-0 record, Holy Cross hits the road once again, traveling to Lehigh on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 1:00 p.m. The Crusaders will then have a full week off prior to their next game, at Lafayette on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 1:00 p.m. Holy Cross will not play at home again until Feb. 11, when it plays host to Army at 7:00 p.m.
CRUSADERS LOOKING FOR SIXTH PATRIOT LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON TITLE: Holy Cross enters the Lehigh game in first place in the conference with a 5-1 record, and is looking to win its sixth Patriot League regular season title. The last championship for the Crusaders came in 2006-2007, when they tied for first place in the conference with Bucknell, as both teams posted 13-1 records in league play. Prior to that, Holy Cross won outright Patriot League regular season titles in 2001, 2003 and 2005, while sharing the regular season championship in 1994. The Crusaders are the only team in league history to win more than two outright titles, while their five total championships are tied for the most in conference history with Navy (one outright, four shared) and Bucknell (two outright, three shared).
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 13 of his last 15 games. During the victory over Colgate, he recorded 12 points, four steals and two rebounds. Previously against American, Evans totaled 16 points, five rebounds and two assists. Earlier in the season he had an outstanding night against San Francisco, posting a double-double with a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds. Some of Evans' other top games this year have come against Siena (21 points, six rebounds, five assists, four steals), Navy (19 points, career-high 11 rebounds), Massachusetts (17 points, eight rebounds, four steals), Western Michigan (17 points, six rebounds, two steals), Army (17 points, five rebounds, three 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 13.3 points, 5.0 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.
COACHES VS. CANCER WEEKEND: During the Lehigh game, members of the Holy Cross coaching staff will be taking part in the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers Awareness Weekend, a collaborative initiative of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society. The coaches will wear sneakers instead of dress shoes with their usual game attire to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of coaches across the country, Coaches vs. Cancer participants have raised nearly $45 million since 1993 to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking cancer research, provide up-to-date cancer information and education, advocate for public health policies that benefit communities, and deliver services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
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 Colgate, Cunningham totaled 13 points, five steals and three assists. Previously against American, he led the team with 20 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Earlier in the season, Cunningham 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), Boston University (13 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals), Western Michigan (12 points, two rebounds, two steals), Brown (11 points, eight rebounds, six assists) and Lafayette (10 points, nine rebounds, eight assists). Overall this year, Cunningham has averaged 8.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.9 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 573 points, 345 rebounds, 183 assists and 92 steals.
COLGATE RECAP: Colin Cunningham recorded 13 points, five steals and three assists to lead the Crusaders to a 68-44 victory over Colgate at the Hart Center on Jan. 28, 2009. R.J. Evans added 12 points and four steals for Holy Cross in the win. The Crusaders started the game off hot, jumping out to a quick 15-3 lead after the first eight minutes of play. Colgate responded with a 7-2 spurt, and would eventually cut the Holy Cross lead down to four points (22-18) with two minutes left in the half. The Crusaders eventually took a 26-20 advantage into the locker room. Holy Cross was up by just four points (28-24) with 18 minutes remaining in the second half, when it went on a 15-2 run to put the game away. The Crusaders began that spurt by hitting five straight shots from the field, including a pair of three-point field goals from Andrew Beinert. The Holy Cross lead would grow to as many as 27 points late in the game, before the Crusaders finally posted a 24-point victory. Holy Cross held Colgate to just 44 points on 34.3 percent shooting from the field, while posting a 30-18 rebounding advantage. The Crusaders also recorded a season-high 14 steals, while forcing 17 total turnovers. The Raiders were led by Yaw Gyawu with 15 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. During the victory over Colgate, he totaled eight points, two rebounds and two assists. Previously at Army, Beinert had 14 points while hitting four of five three-point attempts. He also had a big day against Lafayette, scoring 16 points and making all eight of his free throws. Some of Beinert's other top performances this season have come against Boston University (career-high 18 points), Yale (15 points, five of seven from three-point range), Central Florida (14 points, three rebounds), 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 7.6 points, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game, while hitting 43.9 percent (29 of 66) 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.
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 184-114 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 328-238. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.
THE LAST MEETING WITH LEHIGH: Tim Clifford scored 25 points on 10 of 14 shooting from the field, but it was not enough as Holy Cross was defeated by Lehigh 65-58 at Stabler Arena on Feb. 29, 2008. The Crusaders started the game with a 10-4 run over the first six minutes of play, with Colin Cunningham scoring eight of those points. The Mountain Hawks came back to tie the score up at 12-12, before an 11-3 Holy Cross spurt put the Crusaders back up by eight points (23-15). Holy Cross would stay in front for the remainder of the first half, eventually taking a 32-26 advantage into the locker room. The Crusaders held onto a small lead through the early parts of the second half, and they were up 42-37 with 10 minutes left to play. But Lehigh went on a 12-0 run over the next five minutes to claim its first lead of the day. Holy Cross was able to get no closer than four points down the stretch, as the Mountain Hawks made 17 of 23 free throw attempts in the second half. Cunningham finished the game with 15 points, four rebounds and four assists. Lehigh was led by Marquis Hall with 23 points, seven assists and six rebounds.
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. In Patriot League play, Keister has averaged 12.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, while hitting 72.3 percent (34 of 47) 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. Previously 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 7.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 57.7 percent (64 of 111) from the field.
DOHERTY RETURNS TO THE COURT: Senior guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) has seen action in Holy Cross' last seven 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 5.6 points, 2.9 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game, with a 2.9-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 528 points, 268 assists, 183 rebounds and 116 steals.
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. During the victory over American, Meister scored 12 points on five of six shooting from the floor, while pulling down a team-best eight rebounds. Previously against Western Michigan, he totaled 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Meister also played well at Harvard, posting his second double-double of the year with 10 points and 11 boards. Earlier in the season, he had big games against Sacred Heart (11 points, 11 rebounds) and St. Joseph's (nine points, seven rebounds, three blocks). On the season, he is averaging 5.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.9 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 299 points, 284 rebounds and 48 blocked shots.
HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders are once again an outstanding rebounding team this year, averaging 36.0 boards per contest and outrebounding their opponents by an average margin of 7.2 rebounds per game. So far this season, Holy Cross has outrebounded its opponent in 18 out of 21 games played. The Crusaders have been even more impressive in Patriot League play, outrebounding their opponents by 11.0 boards per game. Sophomore forward Andrew Keister leads the team with an average of 5.7 rebounds per game, while senior forward Colin Cunningham stands second with 5.3 boards per contest. Freshman guard R.J. Evans is averaging 5.0 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 21 games played so far this season, Holy Cross has averaged a Patriot League-best 8.8 steals per game, including highs of 14 steals against Colgate and 13 steals at Boston University. Senior forward Colin Cunningham leads the team with 37 steals on the season, while freshman guard R.J. Evans has added 36 steals. Sophomore guard Andrew Beinert has totaled 27 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).
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 7.2 points per game, while making a team-best 91.2 percent (62 of 68) 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.
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. 25. 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 5 Devin Brown 91.2 Rebound Margin 19 Holy Cross +7.0 Steals 37 Holy Cross 8.6
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 5.9 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 664 points, 506 rebounds, 142 assists, 77 steals and 35 blocked shots.
CRUSADERS REACH 300 VICTORIES AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 306-112 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 93-20 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 57-10 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 1274-824 (.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.
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, 2.2 rebounds and 1.5 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 243 points, 96 rebounds, 46 assists and 32 steals.
CRUSADERS REMAIN TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Holy Cross is once again among the top defensive teams in the Patriot League in 2008-2009. In 21 games played so far this season, the Crusaders have allowed 64.5 points per game, while forcing 15.6 turnovers per contest and outrebounding the opposition by 7.2 boards per game. Holy Cross is also averaging 8.8 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 64.5 43.1 33.8 8.8 3.2
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS: Lehigh has an overall record of 13-7 on the season, including a 3-3 mark in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks have won three of their last four games, and are coming off a 61-59 victory over Bucknell. The leading scorer for Lehigh is junior forward Zahir Carrington, who has averaged 14.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Junior guard Marquis Hall has added 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contest, while sophomore guard Rob Keefer is chipping in with 9.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. The Mountain Hawks are led by head coach Brett Reed, who stands 27-22 in two seasons at Lehigh. Reed previously served as an assistant coach for the Mountain Hawks from 2002-2007.
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'. Five 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 6-3 this season when wearing their white uniforms, while going 1-0 in their black uniforms and 3-8 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 ... 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 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.