Crusaders Return To The Hart Center To Face Army

Feb. 7, 2006

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (13-10, 6-2 PL) vs. Army (5-16, 1-8 PL)
Date: February 8, 2006
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
WCTR Television: Kevin Shea, play-by-play; Kevin Wells, color
Holy Cross Radio: WTAG 580 AM, Worcester; www.sportsjuice.com, internet; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Jeremy Lechan, color
Holy Cross Student Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester
Army Radio: WBNR 1260 AM, Beacon, N.Y.; WLNA 1420 AM, Peekskill, N.Y.; Rich DeMarco, play-by-play; Bob Beretta, color
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 47-14
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 84, Army 46 (January 11, 2006; West Point, N.Y.)

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos.  No.  Name               Ht.   Wt.   Cl.    PPG   RPG
F      10  Keith Simmons      6-4   210   Jr.   13.1   4.7
F      21  Alex Vander Baan   6-8   195   Fr.    6.4   5.3
C      00  Tim Clifford      6-10   255   So.    7.1   4.0
G       1  Torey Thomas      5-11   170   Jr.   11.5   5.3
G      14  Kevin Hamilton     6-4   190   Sr.   18.0   6.3

THE SERIES WITH ARMY: This will be the 62nd meeting between the Crusaders and the Black Knights on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 47-14. The Crusaders took this year's first meeting at West Point, and have won 10 straight games overall against the Black Knights. Army's last victory in the series came on Jan. 23, 2002, when it posted a 57-46 win at home. For games played in Worcester, Holy Cross holds a 27-2 advantage, with eight straight victories. Army has not won at the Hart Center since Jan. 10, 1998, when it captured an 84-80 decision in overtime. The schools first met on Feb. 22, 1926, with Army posting a 41-27 victory at West Point.

SERIES QUICK FACTS
Overall: Holy Cross, 47-14
At Worcester: Holy Cross, 27-2
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross, 26-2
Ralph Willard vs. Army: 13-3
Jim Crews vs. Holy Cross: 0-9
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, 10 games

CRUSADERS RETURN TO HART CENTER FOR THREE-GAME HOMESTAND: Following a three-game road trip, Holy Cross will now play its next three games at the Hart Center. The Crusaders begin the homestand against Army on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross will then play host to Patriot League-leading Bucknell in a 3:30 p.m. contest on Saturday, Feb. 11. The Crusaders will conclude the homestand with a 7:00 p.m. game against Navy on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Holy Cross enters the Army game with a six-game home winning streak and a 6-1 record at the Hart Center so far this season. The Crusaders have also won their last 14 Patriot League regular season home games.

HAMILTON ENJOYING ANOTHER OUTSTANDING SEASON: Senior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) is once again one of the top players in the Patriot League this year. In Saturday's win at Lafayette, he posted his first double-double of the season with 22 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Hamilton previously had 26 points and seven rebounds at Navy, and was named the Patriot League Player of the Week for the third time this season following those two performances. He has now scored at least 20 points in four straight contests, including game against Lehigh (20 points, seven rebounds, four steals) and Colgate (24 points, seven steals, four rebounds). Hamilton has also scored at least 17 points in every Patriot League game so far this season, and is averaging 20.8 points and 7.1 rebounds in conference play. Earlier in the season, Hamilton was named Patriot League Player of the Week and to the All-Tournament team following the San Juan Shootout, after averaging 26.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in three games, while shooting 54.5 percent from the floor and 57.1 percent from three-point range. He had a career-high 38 points against Tennessee-Chattanooga, and also totaled 27 points, six assists and three steals against Mississippi State. Hamilton was also named Patriot League Player of the Week and Most Valuable Player at the William & Mary Tip-Off Classic, following games against High Point (22 points) and William & Mary (18 points, nine rebounds). Hamilton has now scored in double figures in 21 of the 22 games he has played this season. On the year, he is averaging 18.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3.3 steals per contest. Last season, Hamilton was named Patriot League Player of the Year, first team All-Patriot League and an honorable mention All-American, after averaging 15.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 2.8 assists. He has now scored in double figures 74 times during his Holy Cross career, including 64 times in his last 71 games.

HAMILTON IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Senior guard Kevin Hamilton has put his name among the all-time leaders at Holy Cross in a number of statistical categories. During the Colgate game, Hamilton recorded the 247th steal of his collegiate career to set all-time Holy Cross and Patriot League records. He now has 262 steals, after breaking the marks of Jave Meade (246 steals, 2000-2004). Against Cincinnati, Hamilton hit a free throw at the 4:34 mark of the first half to become the 41st player in school history to score 1,000 career points. He now has 1,340 points during his four-year career as a Crusader, to stand in 15th-place on the school's all-time scoring list. In addition, Hamilton is the Crusaders' all-time leader in career three-point field goals made (208) and attempted (588). Hamilton has also tied the school single game records for steals (seven against Harvard, Lafayette and Colgate) and three-point field goals (seven against Tennessee-Chattanooga) this season.

SIMMONS SHINES AS A STARTER: Junior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) has moved into the starting lineup for the Crusaders this season, after serving as Holy Cross' sixth man in 2004-2005. In Saturday's win at Lafayette, Simmons totaled 22 points, seven rebounds and three assists. He previously recorded 26 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals at Army, while posting 26 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in the first game with Lafayette. To open the year, Simmons was named to the All-Tournament Team at the William & Mary Tip-Off Classic, after averaging 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in two games against High Point (21 points, 10 rebounds) and William & Mary (16 points). Some of his other top performances this season have come against Siena (20 points, seven rebounds), Vermont (18 points, five rebounds), American (15 points, six rebounds), Northeastern (15 points, five rebounds), Harvard (15 points, four rebounds), Brown (14 points, five assists) and Navy (14 points). On the year, he is averaging 13.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game, while shooting 46.3 percent (44 of 95) from three-point range. A year ago, Simmons earned first team All-Patriot League honors, after averaging 12.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals per contest. He enters the Army game with a career field goal percentage of 48.5 (317 of 653), while hitting 44.4 percent (127 of 286) of his three-point attempts.

CRUSADERS REMAIN TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Holy Cross is once again among the top defensive teams in the nation this year. The Crusaders have been particularly impressive over their last 11 contests, allowing just 56.2 points per game, with the opposition shooting 38.4 percent from the floor and 25.7 percent from three-point range. Overall this season, Holy Cross is allowing 61.6 points per game, while holding its opponents to 41.5 percent shooting from the floor and 29.8 percent shooting from three-point range. Holy Cross has also forced its opponents to commit an average of 16.4 turnovers per game, including 25 by Fordham, 23 by Colgate and 22 by Harvard. In addition, the Crusaders are averaging 9.2 steals and 3.6 blocks per contest, while outrebounding the opposition by 3.3 boards per game. Last year, the Crusaders allowed their opponents to average just 56.8 points per game, while holding 22 of their 32 foes to under 60 points in regulation. Since the beginning of the 2001-2002 campaign, Holy Cross has never allowed its opponents to average over 60 points per game for a season, while holding the opposition to only 58.9 points per contest during that span. In addition, the Crusaders have ranked in the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense during each of the last four 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).

LAFAYETTE RECAP: Kevin Hamilton totaled 22 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and three steals to lead Holy Cross to a 77-61 victory over Lafayette at the Kirby Sports Center on Feb. 4, 2006. Keith Simmons added 22 points, seven rebounds and three assists for Holy Cross, which had a 50-24 rebounding advantage in the game. The Crusaders scored the first five points of the day, and would increase their lead to nine points (21-12) with 12:38 left in the first half. But Lafayette then responded with a 13-0 run, to take a four-point lead. The score stayed close for the rest of the first half, before the Leopards took a 36-31 lead into the locker room. Lafayette was still up 38-33 with 18 minutes left in the game, when Holy Cross went on a 25-7 run to regain the lead for good. Hamilton scored nine of his points during that run, while Simmons added seven points in the spurt. The Leopards would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way, as the Crusaders made 12 of 15 free throws in the final 10 minutes. Holy Cross also held Lafayette to just five of 21 shooting (23.8 percent) in the second half. Torey Thomas recorded 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists for the Crusaders, while Tim Clifford had 10 points and four rebounds. Andrei Capusan led the Leopards with 22 points and seven rebounds.

THOMAS CONTINUES TO HAVE STRONG SEASON: Junior point guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) is once again one of the Crusaders' top players this season. He has averaged 11.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.6 steals per contest through the first 23 games of the year. Thomas has also been shooting well as of late, making 22 of 50 attempts (44.0 percent) from three-point range over the Crusaders' last 14 contests. In Saturday's victory at Lafayette, he totaled 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Previously at Navy, Thomas had an excellent all-around game with 13 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and three steals. He also had a big game in the first meeting with Lafayette, posting his second double-double of the season with 18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals. Earlier this year, Thomas was named to the All-Tournament team at the San Juan Shootout, after averaging 10.3 points, 4.3 assists and 3.7 rebounds over three games. He had 11 points, six assists and five rebounds against Tennessee-Chattanooga, and added 13 points, four rebounds and three assists against Mississippi State. Some of Thomas' other top performances this season came against Fordham (career-high 23 points, five assists, five steals, four rebounds), High Point (20 points, six rebounds, six assists, three steals), Boston College (16 points, three assists), George Mason (16 points, six rebounds), Army (16 points, seven assists, five rebounds) and William & Mary (15 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, four steals). Entering the Army game, Thomas has career totals of 648 points, 308 rebounds, 265 assists and 156 steals.

CLIFFORD PLAYING BIG IN THE POST: Sophomore center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) has moved into the starting lineup for the last five games, and has responded with some excellent performances. In Saturday's victory at Lafayette, he scored 10 points on five of seven shooting, in addition to pulling down four rebounds. Previously at Navy, Clifford recorded 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots. He also had a huge game against American, totaling 27 points, four rebounds and four blocks, while hitting nine of 15 shots from the floor and eight of nine attempts from the foul line. In addition, Clifford posted 19 points and seven rebounds at Lehigh, while recording 11 points and two rebounds against Boston College. Earlier in the season against Brown, Clifford totaled 21 points, seven rebounds and four blocks, while hitting nine of 12 field goal attempts. Through 23 games played this year, Clifford has averaged 7.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. In 28 games played last season, he averaged 2.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per contest. Clifford also finished the 2004-2005 season ranked fifth in the Patriot League with his 31 blocked shots.

THE LAST MEETING WITH ARMY: Keith Simmons scored 26 points on nine of 11 shooting to lead the Holy Cross men's basketball team to an 84-46 victory over Army at Christl Arena on Jan. 11, 2006. Simmons made six of seven shots from three-point range, in addition to totaling five rebounds, three assists and two steals. The Crusaders hit their first four shots of the game and jumped out to an early 10-5 lead after three minutes of play, but Army kept the game close for most of the first half. Holy Cross was up just 21-19 after 10 minutes of play, before using a 7-0 run to build its lead up to nine points. A few minutes later the Crusaders used another 7-0 spurt to make the score 35-21, before taking a 43-28 advantage into the locker room. Early in the second half, Holy Cross used a 13-1 run to build its lead up to 28 points (59-31). Later in the half, the Crusaders went on a 16-0 spurt to extend their lead up to 43 points (81-38) with just under five minutes remaining, before finally winning by 38. Kevin Hamilton recorded 21 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals for Holy Cross, while Torey Thomas added 16 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals. Army was led by Matt Bell with 13 points, while Cory Sinning added 10 points and Erik Engstrom pulled down seven rebounds.

STEALING THE SHOW: In the first 23 games of the 2005-2006 season, the Crusaders have totaled 212 steals, for a Patriot League-best average of 9.2 steals per game. Holy Cross has reached double figures in steals eight times this year, with highs of 16 against Harvard and 15 against Lafayette. Senior guard Kevin Hamilton currently leads the team with 72 steals on the year, while junior guard Torey Thomas has added 60 steals this season. Last year, the Crusaders recorded 329 steals in 32 games, good for an average of 10.3 steals per contest. Hamilton led the team with 92 steals during the 2004-2005 campaign, to set a new Holy Cross single season record for steals (breaking the mark of 78 by Gordon Hamilton in 1993-1994). As a team, the Crusaders also broke the school single season record for steals last season.

WILLARD CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE RUN AT HOLY CROSS: Ralph Willard is now in his seventh season as the Crusaders' head coach, and currently owns a mark of 127-78 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 271-202. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.

HOLY CROSS HAS FIVE DIFFERENT 20-POINT SCORERS: In 23 games played this season, Holy Cross has had five different players score 20 or more points in a single contest. Senior guard Kevin Hamilton leads the way with eight 20-point games this season, while junior guard Keith Simmons has five 20-point efforts. Hamilton broke the 20-point barrier against Tennessee-Chattanooga (38 points), Mississippi State (27 points), Navy (26 points), Colgate (24 points), High Point (22 points), Lafayette (22 points), Army (21 points) and Lehigh (20 points), while Simmons scored 20 points against Lafayette (twice -- 26 points and 22 points), Army (26 points), High Point (21 points) and Siena (20 points). Junior guard Torey Thomas and sophomore center Tim Clifford also have a pair of 20-point games each this year. Thomas totaled 23 points against Fordham and 20 points against High Point, while Clifford had 27 points against American and 21 points against Brown. In addition, freshman forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) recorded 21 points against Mississippi State. Against High Point, the Crusaders had three 20-point scorers in a single game for the first time since Feb. 9, 1994 (against Lehigh). In addition, Holy Cross' five different 20-point scorers this year are its most since five players had 20-point games during the 1996-1997 season (Chris Rojik six times, Damion Ezell three times, John Hightower twice, Jon Kerr twice and Carlos Clark once). Also, the 18 total 20-point games by Crusaders this season are the most since the 1995-1996 season, when Holy Cross players had 20-point performances on 20 occasions.

CRUSADERS HAVE HUGE GAME ON THE BOARDS: Holy Cross turned in its top rebounding performance of the 2005-2006 season in last Saturday's victory at Lafayette. The Crusaders pulled down a season-best 50 rebounds, while allowing the Leopards only 24 boards, for a +26 rebound margin. Holy Cross pulled down its most rebounds in a single game since Feb. 28, 2003, when it totaled 50 rebounds against Bucknell. The Crusaders also had their biggest rebound margin since Feb. 13, 2002, when they outrebounded Lehigh 48-21 (+27). Overall this year, Holy Cross is averaging 35.4 rebounds per game, while outrebounding the opposition by 3.3 boards per contest.

CRUSADERS KEEP WINNING AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross stands 6-1 at the Hart Center so far this season, and now owns an all-time record of 271-104 in the building. The Crusaders have also won their last 14 Patriot League regular season games played at home, including a 3-0 mark so far in 2005-2006. Holy Cross has not lost a regular season game to a conference opponent at the Hart Center since Jan. 25, 2004, when it was defeated by American 62-59. The Crusaders also have a 33-4 mark in Patriot League regular season home games over the last six seasons. Last year, Holy Cross posted an overall record of 12-3 at home, including a 10-game winning streak. Since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, the Crusaders now have an overall mark of 58-11 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 26 out of 30 seasons, while posting double-figure home victories 13 times.

VANDER BAAN ENJOYING STRONG FRESHMAN YEAR: Freshman forward Alex Vander Baan has been a key part of the Holy Cross starting lineup throughout the 2005-2006 season. He has been named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the third time this year, following his performances at Navy (10 points, six rebounds, three assists) and Lafayette (six points, six boards, two assists). Vander Baan was previously named the league Rookie of the Week following the San Juan Shootout (Dec. 27) and the William & Mary Tip-Off Classic (Nov. 21). Over the three games at the San Juan Shootout, he averaged 15.7 points and 7.0 rebounds, while shooting 55.6 percent from the floor. Vander Baan had a career-high 21 points and nine rebounds against Mississippi State, while totaling 15 points and seven rebounds against Clemson, and scoring 11 points against Tennessee-Chattanooga. He averaged 7.5 points and 3.5 rebounds at the Tip-Off Classic, while shooting 60.0 percent from the field. His top game came against High Point, when he totaled 11 points and five rebounds. Through 23 games played this season, Vander Baan has averaged 6.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest. Vander Baan came to Holy Cross from Whitinsville Christian School, where he averaged 16.1 points and 15.6 rebounds as a senior.

HOLY CROSS IN THE RPI: Holy Cross is currently ranked 130th in the nation in the latest Ratings Percentage Index, with a rating of .5221 through games of Feb. 5. The Crusaders are currently the second-highest rated team in the Patriot League, behind only Bucknell (42nd, .5892). In addition, Holy Cross' non-conference schedule ranks as the 100th hardest in the country. The Crusaders concluded the 2004-2005 season ranked 49th in the nation in the RPI with a mark of .5657, to place ahead of four at large selections to the NCAA tournament. The Crusaders' 2004-2005 non-conference schedule ranked as the 84th-toughest in the country, including games against three teams which finished the year ranked in the top 50.

CRUSADERS HEAT UP ON OFFENSE: Holy Cross has turned some outstanding shooting performances in Patriot League play. At Navy last Wednesday, the Crusaders hit 28 of 51 shots from the floor (54.9 percent) and seven of 14 from three-point range (50.0 percent). Holy Cross previously made 27 of 47 field goals (57.4 percent) against Army on Jan. 11, and hit 34 of 61 shots (55.7 percent) against Lafayette on Jan. 7. Overall this season, Holy Cross has won all five games in which it has made at least half of its shots. Last year, the Crusaders had a perfect 12-0 record when shooting at least 50 percent from the floor. In fact, Holy Cross has now won its last 31 games when it hits at least half its shots from the field, since a 75-73 loss to Bucknell on Feb. 20, 2002.

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. 30. Junior guard Torey Thomas and senior guard Kevin Hamilton are also ranked among the national steal leaders. The rankings:

Category       Rank  Player / Team     Avg.
Steals            5  Kevin Hamilton     3.3
                 22  Torey Thomas       2.6
                 26  Holy Cross         9.4
Scoring Defense  39  Holy Cross        61.3

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 87th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1217-787 (.607), 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 nine players on to professional basketball, 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 BREAKS THREE-POINT SHOOTING MARK: In the Jan. 11 victory at Army, the Crusaders set a school single game record by making 15 three-point field goals on only 22 attempts. Junior guard Keith Simmons led the way by hitting six of seven attempts from behind the arc, while senior guard Kevin Hamilton made four of six shots from three-point range. The previous school record for most team three-pointers made in a single game was set on Dec. 2, 1994, when the Crusaders made 14 of 32 shots from behind the arc against Boston College. Holy Cross also came up just short of the Patriot League single game record of 18 three-pointers made, which is held by Lafayette (on Dec. 11, 2000, against Fordham, and on Dec. 30, 2001, against Howard). In addition, the Crusaders have made 150 three-point field goals on the year, and are on pace to break the school single season record (198 in 2004-2005).

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 17th 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 second year on the Holy Cross broadcast crew, and will handle either play-by-play or color commentary for selected games. Most games will be carried over the internet at "www.sportsjuice.com", including a few games which are not on WTAG. The Holy Cross student station, WCHC 88.1 FM, will also 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 2005-2006 season. Last year the Crusaders had 10 television appearances, including three games which were shown on ESPN2. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2005-2006 campaign:

Date     Opponent           Television Outlet
Dec. 1   Siena              Time Warner
Jan. 2   Boston University  New England Sports Network
Jan. 14  Bucknell           College Sports Television / WLVI-TV56
Jan. 17  Boston College     New England Sports Network
Jan. 25  Colgate            WCTR-TV3
Jan. 28  Lehigh             Service Electric
Feb. 4   Lafayette          Lafayette Sports Network
Feb. 8   Army               WCTR-TV3
Feb. 26  Lehigh             College Sports Television / WLVI-TV56

SCOUTING THE BLACK KNIGHTS: Army has an overall record of 5-16 on the season, with a 1-8 mark in the Patriot League. The Black Knights have lost four straight and 11 of their last 12 games, with the only win during that time coming at Navy (80-73) on Jan. 22. The Black Knights' leading scorer is sophomore guard Jarrell Brown, who has averaged 15.8 points per game while hitting 40.4 percent (40 of 99) of his three-point attempts. Junior guard Matt Bell has added 13.6 points and 3.0 assists per contest, while sophomore forward Corban Bares is pulling down a team-best 5.9 rebounds per game. Army is led by head coach Jim Crews, who owns a 19-83 record during his four seasons with the Black Knights. Crews' career record stands at 313-292, including 17 years as the head coach at Evansville, where he led the Purple Aces to four NCAA Tournament appearances.

DRIBBLES: Holy Cross played the 2,000th game in the history of its men's basketball program against American on Jan. 21 ... Senior guard Kevin Hamilton has been selected as the Crusaders' captain for the 2005-2006 season, while senior forward Kevin Hyland (White Plains, N.Y.) will serve as Holy Cross' co-captain ... From Jan. 12, 2005-Jan. 11, 2006, the Crusaders had a 15-game winning streak in Patriot League regular season contests, the second longest streak in conference history ... With the victories over Lafayette and Army, Holy Cross now stands 11-5 all-time in Patriot League openers, 11-5 in conference home openers, and 10-6 in league road openers ... Holy Cross was picked to finish second in this year's Patriot League preseason poll, behind Bucknell ... Senior guard Kevin Hamilton and junior guard Keith Simmons were both named preseason All-Patriot League this year, in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors ... When the Crusaders won the William & Mary Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 18-19, it marked the 12th regular season tournament title in school history.