February 9, 2005

Holy Cross Returns Home To Face Lafayette

Feb. 9, 2005

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (17-5, 8-1 PL) vs. Lafayette (6-16, 2-7 PL)
Date: February 11, 2005
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Radio: Jeremy Lechan, play-by-play; www.sportsjuice.com, internet
Lafayette Radio: Dick Hammer, play-by-play; Phil LaBella, color; WEST 1400 AM, Allentown, Pa.
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 21-13
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 74, Lafayette 57 (January 28, 2005; Easton, Pa.)

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos. No.  Name            Ht.   Wt.   Cl.
F     23  Greg Kinsey     6-4   195   Sr.
F     24  John Hurley     6-8   215   Sr.
C     41  Kevin Hyland    6-7   240   Jr.
G     14  Kevin Hamilton  6-4   180   Jr.
G     20  Pat Doherty    5-11   165   Fr.

THE SERIES WITH LAFAYETTE: This will be the 35th meeting between the Crusaders and the Leopards on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 21-13. The Crusaders won this year's first meeting 74-57 in Easton, but in 2003-2004 Lafayette swept the season series from the Crusaders. Prior to that, Holy Cross had won three straight and four out of five meetings. For games played in Worcester, the Crusaders hold a 10-5 advantage, including wins in three of the last four games. The schools first met on Feb. 4, 1947, with Holy Cross posting a 50-40 victory at the Boston Garden.

SERIES QUICK FACTS
Overall: Holy Cross, 20-13
At Worcester: Holy Cross, 10-5
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross, 10-5
Ralph Willard vs. Lafayette: 6-6
Fran O'Hanlon vs. Holy Cross: 12-8
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game

HOLY CROSS IN THE RPI: The Crusaders are currently ranked 37th in the nation in the latest Ratings Percentage Index, according to Collegiate Basketball News. In the most recent ratings, through games of February 6, Holy Cross had an RPI of .5841, to place ahead of nationally ranked teams such as Pittsburgh (46th, .5748). The Crusaders' non-conference schedule ranked as the 41st-toughest in the country, including games against four teams which are presently ranked in the top 53 (No. 3 Boston College, No. 15 Vermont, No. 33 Minnesota and No. 53 Boston University). Holy Cross is currently the top rated team in the Patriot League, coming in well ahead of Bucknell (77th, .5528) and American (149th, .5118). No other Patriot League school ranks better than 240th.

CRUSADERS STEP UP ON DEFENSE: The Holy Cross defense has been outstanding so far this season, allowing its opponents to average just 57.2 points per game. The Crusaders have held 16 of their first 22 opponents this year under 60 points in regulation, with lows of 29 points by Army, 39 points by Fordham and 48 points by Boston University. On Jan. 12, Holy Cross held Army to the lowest point total by an opponent (29) since the Crusaders defeated Tufts 71-29 on Jan. 11, 1947. Holy Cross has also forced its opponents to commit an average of 17.5 turnovers per game, including 26 by Harvard and 25 by both Minnesota and Fordham. In addition, the Crusaders have averaged 10.8 steals and 4.7 blocks per contest, while outrebounding the opposition by 4.1 boards per game and holding opponents to 40.3 percent shooting from the field. 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 58.7 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 three seasons (sixth in 2001-2002 at 59.6; third in 2002-2003 at 58.7; and seventh in 2003-2004 at 58.6).

WILLARD CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE RUN AT HOLY CROSS: Ralph Willard is now in his sixth season as the Crusaders' head coach, and currently owns a mark of 106-66 during his time in Worcester. With Holy Cross' next victory, Willard will move into sole possession of 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). He is currently tied for third with both Roy Leenig (106-48 / 1955-1961) and Jack Donohue (106-66 / 1965-1972). 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 also guided Holy Cross to Patriot League regular season championships in 2000-2001 and 2002-2003, 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 250-190. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.

THE ROAD WARRIORS: Holy Cross returns home this week, after playing its previous four games on the road. The Crusaders have posted an impressive 11-3 record this year in games away from the Hart Center, with a current six-game winning streak away from home, including road wins over American (76-67 in overtime), Navy (68-66), Lehigh (58-56), Lafayette (74-57) and Army (66-29), and a neutral court victory over Iona (78-53) at the DCU Center. The last time Holy Cross posted six straight victories away from the Hart Center came in 2002-2003, when the Crusaders downed Army (53-45), Colgate (92-91 in overtime), Bucknell (54-43) and Lehigh (72-64) on their home courts, then defeated Army (58-40) and Bucknell (75-50) in the Patriot League Tournament at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md.

HAMILTON ENJOYING OUTSTANDING SEASON: Junior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) has turned in a some outstanding performances for Holy Cross so far this season, scoring in double figures 20 times in 22 games. In Sunday's victory at American, he recorded his first career double-double, totaling 14 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals. Previously, Hamilton was named the Patriot League Player of the Week on Jan. 31, after averaging 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.3 steals in victories over Lehigh (17 points, five rebounds, three steals), Lafayette (22 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals) and American (23 points, seven assists, five steals, four rebounds). Earlier in the year against Iona, Hamilton scored a career-high 24 points, in addition to totaling five steals and three assists. He also had a big game at Minnesota with 22 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Some of Hamilton's other top games this season came against Colgate (19 points, six steals, five rebounds), Army (18 points, four rebounds), Harvard (18 points, five rebounds, five steals, three assists), Bucknell (17 points, three rebounds, three steals), Fordham (17 points, eight rebounds), Boston University (17 points, six steals, five rebounds, three assists), Dartmouth (16 points, eight rebounds, four assists, four steals), Northeastern (13 points, six rebounds, five assists), Navy (12 points, six rebounds, six steals) and Rhode Island (12 points, seven rebounds, three steals). Through 22 games so far this year, he is averaging 15.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 3.1 assists per game. Prior to the start of the season, Hamilton was named to the 2004-2005 preseason All-Patriot League team, in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. He has now scored in double figures on 44 occasions during his Holy Cross career, including 34 times in his last 37 games.

AMERICAN RECAP: Torey Thomas scored 10 of his 15 points in overtime, to lead Holy Cross to a 76-67 victory over American at Bender Arena on Feb. 6, 2005. The Eagles shot 53.6 percent from the floor in the first half and led by as many as eight points before the break, taking a seven-point advantage (36-29) into the locker room. After trailing by as many as nine points early in the second half, the Crusaders came back to tie the score at 48-48 with five minutes remaining. With Holy Cross trailing 54-53 and only 2:01 left in regulation, John Hurley hit a pair of free throws to put the Crusaders in the lead, then made a lay up on the next possession to give Holy Cross a 57-54 advantage. But American trimmed the lead to one point, and with 4.8 seconds remaining, Kevin Hamilton was called for a foul on Andre Ingram, as Ingram was falling out of bounds. Unfortunately for American, Ingram could hit only one of two free throws, sending the game into overtime. After both teams scored on their first two possessions of overtime, Thomas and Tim Clifford both hit jumpers to put the Crusaders up by four (65-61) with two minutes left to play. Holy Cross then made 11 of 14 shots at the foul line down the stretch to clinch the victory. Clifford finished the game with 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Hurley had 15 points and six boards. Ingram led the Eagles with 22 points and eight rebounds.

HURLEY ENJOYING ANOTHER STRONG SEASON: Senior forward John Hurley (South Boston, Mass.) is once again among the top players for the Crusaders during the 2004-2005 season. Through 22 games so far this year, he is averaging 7.9 points and a team-high 5.8 rebounds per contest. Hurley is coming off an outstanding pair of games against American (15 points, six rebounds) and Navy (13 points, nine rebounds) during which he made 11 of 15 shots from the field (73.3 percent). Some of his other top games this season have come against Northeastern (18 points, five rebounds, two assists), Navy at home (12 points, seven rebounds), Boston College (11 points, seven rebounds), Vermont (10 points, 10 rebounds), Marist (10 points, eight rebounds), Harvard (nine points, five rebounds, six steals), Lafayette (nine points, seven rebounds), Rhode Island (nine points, four rebounds, two steals), Dartmouth (seven points, eight rebounds), Fordham (seven points, six rebounds, three steals) and Boston University (seven points, seven rebounds, two steals). Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Hurley has now totaled 507 points, 368 rebounds, 66 assists, 39 blocks and 79 steals.

CLIFFORD PLAYS BIG OFF THE BENCH: Freshman center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) has turned into a key player for the Crusaders in the low post positions. During Sunday's victory at American, Clifford posted his first career double-double with career-highs of 13 points and 13 rebounds. He also recorded five blocked shots, while recording six of his points and six of his rebounds in overtime. Earlier this season against Marist, Clifford totaled nine points, seven rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots. His six blocks tied for the second-highest single game total in school history, and were the most by a Crusader since Josh Sankes had seven blocks against Colgate on Feb. 5, 2000. Clifford also played well at Harvard, totaling six points and four rebounds. In 19 games played this year, he is now averaging 2.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per contest.

STEALING THE SHOW: In its first 22 games so far this season, Holy Cross has recorded 237 steals, good for an average of 10.8 steals per game. The Crusaders have already reached double figures in steals for a game 12 times this season, with highs of 20 at Harvard, 18 against Iona and 16 at Fordham. Leading the way is junior guard Kevin Hamilton, who already has 70 steals this year, the fifth-highest single season total in school history. Hamilton has a chance to break both the Holy Cross (78 by Gordon Hamilton in 1993-1994) and Patriot League (94 by Mike Bright of Bucknell in 1992-1993) single season records for steals. As a team, the Crusaders stand 67 steals away from the school single season record of 304 (1992-1993) and 115 steals away from the Patriot League single season record of 352 (Navy, 1999-2000).

THE LAST MEETING WITH LAFAYETTE: In the last game between the Crusaders and the Leopards, Kevin Hamilton totaled 22 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals to lead Holy Cross to a 74-57 victory at the Kirby Sports Center on Jan. 28, 2005. The Crusaders played outstanding defense from the opening tip, and were up 13-3 after nine minutes of play. After the Leopards closed to within six, an 11-2 run gave Holy Cross its biggest lead of the first half, 24-9 with five minutes to play. The Crusaders were up by 13 at the break (31-18), then scored the first seven points of the second half to take a 20-point lead. Lafayette would get no closer than 12 points the rest of the way, and Holy Cross cruised to the victory. As a team, the Crusaders shot 56.0 percent from the field (28 of 50), marking the sixth straight game in which they have hit at least half of their shots. Lafayette shot only 36.7 percent from the floor (18 of 49), while being forced to commit 21 turnovers. Keith Simmons had 18 points and six rebounds for Holy Cross, while Nate Lufkin added 11 points, four rebounds and two blocks. Jamaal Douglas was the only Leopard to score in double figures, as he finished the night with 14 points.

CRUSADERS KEEP WINNING AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross stands 6-2 at the Hart Center so far this season, improving its all-time record in the building to 259-102. Since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, the Crusaders now have an overall mark of 47-9 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 25 out of 29 seasons, while posting double-figure home victories 12 times.

HOLY CROSS WINS NINTH STRAIGHT: With Sunday's win at American, Holy Cross posted its ninth straight victory. This marks the longest winning streak for the Crusaders since the 2002-2003 squad won 12 games in a row, before falling to Marquette in the NCAA Tournament. During its current nine-game streak, Holy Cross has averaged 72.6 points per game, while shooting 49.8 percent from the floor, 41.4 percent from three-point range and outscoring the opposition by 16.6 points per contest. During the first six games of the streak, the Crusaders won each game by double figures. That marked the first time Holy Cross won by at least 10 points in six straight games since the 1964-1965 season (86-66 over Boston University, 93-74 over Dartmouth, 100-87 over Springfield, 99-62 over Amherst, 81-71 over Dartmouth and 95-74 over Assumption). With a victory over Lafayette, the Crusaders would record 10 or more wins in a row for only the 15th time in school history. Here is a look at the longest winning streaks ever by Holy Cross:

Rank  Streak    Dates
  1.  29 games  March 4, 1949-March 3, 1950
  2.  26 games  Jan. 7, 1947-Dec. 13, 1947
  3.  20 games  Jan. 8, 1948-March 20, 1948
  4.  13 games  Feb. 6, 1906-Jan. 29, 1908
  5.  12 games  Jan. 31, 2003-March 14, 2003
  6.  11 games  Feb. 4, 1961-March 17, 1961
      11 games  Jan. 2, 1960-Feb. 16, 1960
      11 games  Dec. 30, 1955-Feb. 8, 1956
      11 games  Jan. 16, 1954-Feb. 24, 1954
      11 games  Dec. 5, 1953-Jan. 12, 1954
 11.  10 games  Jan. 5, 1963-Feb. 8, 1963
      10 games  Feb. 10, 1953-March 13, 1953
      10 games  Feb. 4, 1952-March 1, 1952
      10 games  Feb. 12, 1930-Dec. 10, 1930

HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders currently rank among the NCAA Division I leaders in six different statistical categories, through games of February 7. In addition, junior guard Kevin Hamilton is listed among the nation's leaders in steals. The rankings:

Category                     Rank  Player / Team   Avg.
Steals                          3  Kevin Hamilton   3.4
                                5  Holy Cross      10.8
Scoring Defense                 7  Holy Cross      57.2
Won-Lost Percentage            24  Holy Cross      77.3
Field Goal Percentage Defense  39  Holy Cross      40.3
Scoring Margin                 40  Holy Cross      +9.4
Blocked Shots                  41  Holy Cross       4.7

SIMMONS PROVIDES A SPARK AS SIXTH MAN: Sophomore guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) has turned in some big games off the bench for Holy Cross so far this season. During last Friday's victory at Navy, he led the team with 22 points on seven of 12 shooting, in addition to totaling five rebounds, two assists and two steals. In this year's first meeting with Lehigh, Simmons recorded 14 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals, while in the game at Lafayette, he totaled 18 points and six rebounds. During the victory at Brown on Dec. 21, he scored a career-high 30 points, hitting 11 of 14 field goal attempts and six of six from three-point range. Simmons, who also recorded five rebounds, two steals and two assists, had the highest scoring total by a Crusader since Josh Sankes put up 30 points against Northeastern on Dec. 22, 1999, and was named the Patriot League Player of the Week. Some of Simmons' other top performances this season have come against Colgate (18 points, six rebounds), Army (18 points, five rebounds), American at home (17 points, eight rebounds), Vermont (15 points, eight rebounds), Iona (14 points, three steals), Boston University (13 points, three rebounds), Navy (13 points, three assists, two boards), Northeastern (12 points, three rebounds, three assists) and Princeton (12 points). Through 22 games, he is averaging 12.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per contest, while hitting 52.2 percent of his field goals (96 of 184) and 43.4 percent of his three-pointers (36 of 83). Simmons is coming off a strong freshman season in which he was named to the 2003-2004 Patriot League All-Rookie team, after averaging 8.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, and leading the Patriot League in three-point field goal percentage (.458, 33 of 72).

DOHERTY STEPPING UP IN BACKCOURT: Freshman guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) is enjoying a solid season, and has been named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week twice, on Jan. 24 and Jan. 31. In the five games Holy Cross played during those two weeks, Doherty averaged 11.2 points, 4.2 assists and 2.8 steals per contest, while shooting 47.2 percent from the floor and posting a 1.9-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. During last Friday's win over Navy, Doherty had nine points, five assists and three rebounds, while hitting a pair of key three-pointers in the final three minutes of the game. In the previous game at Lehigh, he recorded 14 points and three assists, while hitting a pair of free throws with 1:32 remaining to break a 54-54 tie. During this season's first game against American, Doherty totaled 15 points, five steals, two rebounds and two assists, while in the first Navy game, he led the team with 16 points, six assists and five steals, while committing only one turnover. Against Iona, in his first collegiate start, he totaled seven points, two steals and a career-high eight assists. Doherty also played well off the bench against Colgate, totaling 14 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals. Earlier in the season he had solid games against Army (eight points, four assists, two rebounds), Brown (nine points, five assists), Minnesota (six points) and Marist (two points, two rebounds, four assists, two steals). Through 22 games played so far this season, Doherty is now averaging 5.2 points and 2.5 assists per contest.

THOMAS SHINES IN SOPHOMORE YEAR: Sophomore point guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) has been one of the Crusaders' top players so far this season. After seeing limited action over the last month due to injury, Thomas had one of his top games of the season at American on Sunday, with 15 and six rebounds. He played particularly well in the overtime session, scoring 10 of his 15 points, including an eight of 10 performance at the free throw line. Earlier this season in the victory over Dartmouth, Thomas scored 15 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists. He also played well at Rhode Island, totaling 11 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Some of Thomas' other top performances this season have come against Vermont (14 points, three rebounds, three assists), Harvard (13 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals), Northeastern (12 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals), Boston College (10 points, eight assists), Boston University (10 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals), Fordham (10 points, five rebounds, five steals, four assists), Army (nine points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals), Minnesota (nine points, five rebounds, three assists), Marist (eight points, seven rebounds, eight assists) and Princeton (seven points, five steals, six rebounds). Through 21 games so far this year, he is averaging 7.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Last season, Thomas averaged 5.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game as the Crusaders' backup point guard.

KINSEY STARTING FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR: Senior guard Greg Kinsey (Hatboro, Pa.) is in the Holy Cross starting lineup for the third consecutive season this year, and has averaged 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds over the first 22 games. Some of his top performances this season have come against Northeastern (seven points, five assists, three rebounds), Princeton (11 points), Marist, (10 points, five rebounds, two assists), Colgate (nine points, two rebounds, two assists) and Navy (eight points, three rebounds, three steals). Last season, Kinsey started all 28 of Holy Cross' games, averaging 5.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Kinsey has now totaled 432 points, 276 rebounds, 150 assists and 111 steals, while being in the starting lineup for 77 of the last 78 games the Crusaders have played.

LUFKIN TIED FOR BLOCKED SHOT RECORD: Senior center Nate Lufkin (Austin, Texas) is once again enjoying a solid season for the Crusaders in 2004-2005. He currently has 135 blocked shots during his Holy Cross career, and is tied with Josh Sankes (1999-2001) as the Crusaders' all-time career leader in blocks. Lufkin's record-tying block was a big one, as he swatted away Lehigh's Mitch Gilfillan with only three seconds remaining in Holy Cross' 58-56 win on Jan. 30. Over the course of the season, some of Lufkin's top performances have come against Northeastern (14 points, six rebounds, three assists), Boston College (12 points, nine rebounds), Dartmouth (12 points), Lafayette (11 points, four rebounds, two blocks), Navy (10 points, five blocks, three rebounds), Rhode Island (nine points, two rebounds), Harvard (eight points, seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks), Iona (eight points, four rebounds, four assists), Princeton (eight points, three rebounds), Fordham (seven points, five rebounds, two assists) and Army (seven points, three rebounds, three blocks). On the year, Lufkin is averaging 7.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per contest. The 2001-2002 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, Lufkin has now totaled 764 points and 500 rebounds in his career at Holy Cross.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 86th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1195-775 (.607), while making 22 postseason tournament appearances -- 11 trips to the NCAA Tournament and 11 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, has 23 players drafted by professional teams, had three players go on to coach professionally, and had 15 players who have coached in college, including current Crusader coach Ralph Willard.

CRUSADERS PICKED FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL: In the 2004-2005 Patriot League preseason poll, Holy Cross was picked to finish in fourth place in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. The Crusaders received 66 total points in the poll, to trail first place Bucknell (92 points), second place Lehigh (79 points) and third place American (74 points). Following Holy Cross, Colgate placed fifth with 57 points, Lafayette came in sixth with 38 points, Navy was seventh with 24 points and Army finished eighth with 18 points.

HYLAND BECOMING A FORCE DOWN LOW: Junior forward Kevin Hyland (White Plains, N.Y.) has turned in some big games so far this season as the first big man off the bench for the Crusaders. During the victory over Iona, he totaled 12 points and four rebounds, while hitting four of five shots from the floor. In the victory at Brown, Hyland scored a career-high 14 points, while hitting all seven of his field goal attempts. Earlier in the season he had 11 points and five rebounds at Boston College, in addition to recording 13 points and two blocks against Marist. Through 22 games played so far this year, Hyland is averaging 4.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.5 blocks per game, while shooting 66.7 percent (40 of 60) from the field.

SCOUTING THE LEOPARDS: Lafayette has an overall record of 6-16 on the season, including a 2-7 mark in the Patriot League. The Leopards have lost eight of their last nine games, with their only win during that time coming on Jan. 20 against Army. The leading scorer for Lafayette is senior center Sean Knitter, who has averaged 10.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Bilal Abdullah is also enjoying a fine season, averaging 8.9 points, 2.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds per contest. The Leopards are led by head coach Fran O'Hanlon, who owns a 147-133 record in 10 seasons at Lafayette. Prior to his time with the Leopards, O'Hanlon spent six seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania.

DRIBBLES: Seniors John Hurley and Greg Kinsey are serving as Holy Cross' co-captains this season ... During their six victories from Jan. 12-28, the Crusaders shot at least 50.0 percent from the field in each game. During those six contests, Holy Cross hit 54.2 percent of its field goal attempts (163 of 301) and 47.7 percent of its three-point attempts (52 of 109), while averaging 75.2 points per game ... On Dec. 21 and 27, Holy Cross scored over 80 points in consecutive games for the first time in seven years against Brown (84 points) and Northeastern (82 points) ... During the Boston College game on Dec. 9, the Crusaders became the first team to outrebound the Eagles this year (41-39), and forced Boston College to commit 18 turnovers. In addition, Holy Cross held Boston College to 53 points in regulation, after the Eagles entered the game with a scoring average of 79.2, and a previous low of 72 points ... Holy Cross' 3-0 start to this season was its best since the 1992-1993 Crusaders also began the year at 3-0 ... The Crusaders have won their last eight contests against opponents from the Atlantic 10 Conference, following this year's victories against Fordham and Rhode Island ... Holy Cross will serve as the host institution for first and second round games of the 2005 NCAA Tournament at the DCU Center in Worcester on March 18 and 20.