Men's Basketball To Open Homestand Against Army

Feb. 9, 2009

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (12-11, 7-1 PL) vs. Army (7-15, 3-5 PL)
Date: February 11, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
WCTR Television: Kevin Shea, play-by-play; Kevin Wells, color
Live Video Streaming: Crusader All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: www.sportsjuice.com, internet; Dick Lutsk, 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, 52-15
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 47, Army 36 (January 14, 2009; West Point, N.Y.)

 


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 ARMY: This will be the 68th meeting between the Crusaders and the Black Knights on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 52-15. The Crusaders have won two straight and 15 of the last 16 meetings in the series. Army's only win during that time came on Jan. 16, 2008, at the Hart Center (53-39). Prior to that, Army did not have a victory over Holy Cross since Jan. 23, 2002, when it posted a 57-46 win at home. For games played in Worcester, Holy Cross holds a 29-3 advantage. The schools first met on Feb. 22, 1926, with Army posting a 41-27 victory at West Point.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 52-15
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 29-3
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 28-3
Ralph Willard vs. Army: 18-4
Jim Crews vs. Holy Cross: 1-14
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, two games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-1

CRUSADERS OPEN THREE-GAME HOMESTAND: After playing seven of its last 10 games away from home, Holy Cross returns to the Hart Center to face Army on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7:00 p.m. The contest against the Black Knights marks the beginning of a three-game homestand for the Crusaders. After facing Army, Holy Cross will play host to Bucknell on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 3:30 p.m., and Navy on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 7:00 p.m. The next road game for the Crusaders comes on Feb. 21, when they travel to American.

CRUSADERS LOOKING FOR SIXTH PATRIOT LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON TITLE: Holy Cross enters the Lafayette game tied for first place in the conference with a 7-1 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 15 of his last 17 games. During the victory at Lafayette, he recorded 11 points, three rebounds and three steals. Previously at Lehigh, Evans totaled 15 points, four rebounds and three steals. 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), at Navy (19 points, career-high 11 rebounds), at Massachusetts (17 points, eight rebounds, four steals), against Western Michigan (17 points, six rebounds), at Army (17 points, five rebounds, three steals), against American (16 points, five rebounds), at Ohio (16 points, four rebounds, three steals), against Sacred Heart (15 points), at Central Florida (14 points, eight rebounds), against Fairfield (13 points, three steals), at Boston University (12 points, six rebounds), against Colgate (12 points, four steals), at Yale (12 points, three rebounds, three assists), against St. Joseph's (12 points, three rebounds) and at 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, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. He has a chance to become the first freshman to lead the Crusaders in scoring since Ryan Serravalle, who averaged 11.6 points per game in 1998-1999. 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.

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 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest, while hitting 73.0 percent (46 of 63) of his field goal attempts. During the victory at Lafayette, he posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Previously at Lehigh, Keister totaled 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists. He also had a big night at Navy, recording career highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds. Earlier in the season, he had good games at Bucknell (18 points, 10 rebounds), at Central Florida (18 points, five rebounds), against Lafayette (17 points, nine rebounds), at Boston University (15 points, 11 rebounds), at Massachusetts (10 points, six rebounds), against Western Michigan (nine points, eight rebounds), against San Francisco (eight points, nine rebounds), at Ohio (eight points, five rebounds, two blocks) and against Fairfield (six points, eight rebounds). Overall this year, Keister is now averaging 8.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 59.8 percent (76 of 127) from the field.

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 at Lafayette, Cunningham recorded 10 points, five assists and three steals. Previously against Colgate, he totaled 13 points, five steals and three assists. Earlier in the season, Cunningham had a huge night against San Francisco, scoring a career-high 26 points and handing out six assists. Some of his other top games came against American (20 points, seven rebounds, four steals), at Loyola (13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals), at Boston University (13 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals), against Western Michigan (12 points, two rebounds, two steals), against Brown (11 points, eight rebounds, six assists) and against Lafayette (10 points, nine rebounds, eight assists). Overall this year, Cunningham has averaged 8.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.0 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 589 points, 350 rebounds, 192 assists and 98 steals.

LAFAYETTE RECAP: Andrew Keister posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, to lead Holy Cross to a 64-50 victory over Lafayette at the Allan P. Kirby Sports Center on Feb. 7, 2009. Keister had a perfect day shooting the ball, making all seven of his field goal attempts and both of his free throws. The score was close throughout a first half which included seven ties and six lead changes. After Lafayette opened the game with a three-point field goal, Holy Cross scored eight straight points to go in front 8-3. The Leopards came back to tie the score at 8-8, and neither team would lead by more than four points for the rest of the half. The teams eventually went into the locker room tied at 30-30. Lafayette started the second half with a 7-4 run, to go in front 37-34 with 17 minutes left to play. But the Crusaders responded with an 11-0 spurt over the next four minutes to take a 45-37 lead. The Leopards came back to score the next four points, before Holy Cross used a 10-1 run to go in front 55-42 and put the game away. The Crusaders led by at least 10 points the rest of the way, before finally winning 64-50. R.J. Evans finished with 11 points, three rebounds and three steals for Holy Cross. Colin Cunningham added 10 points, five assists and three steals, while Andrew Beinert had 10 points and three rebounds. Lafayette was led by Ryan Willen with 17 points and seven rebounds.

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 at Lafayette, he recorded 10 points and three rebounds. Previously against Colgate, Beinert totaled eight points, two rebounds and two assists. He also had a big night at Army, scoring 14 points while hitting four of five three-point attempts. Some of Beinert's other top performances this season have come at Boston University (career-high 18 points), against Lafayette (16 points), at Yale (15 points, five of seven from three-point range), at Central Florida (14 points, three rebounds), against Brown (nine points, three assists), at Loyola (eight points, four steals), against San Francisco (seven points, career-high 10 assists, three rebounds), at Ohio (seven points, five assists three steals) and against Western Michigan (six points, five assists, five steals). Overall this season, he has averaged 7.6 points, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game, while hitting a Patriot League-best 45.2 percent (33 of 73) 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 186-114 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 330-238. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.

THE LAST MEETING WITH ARMY: R.J. Evans had 17 points, five rebounds and three steals, to lead Holy Cross to a 47-36 victory over Army at Christl Arena on Jan. 14, 2009. Andrew Beinert added 14 points, while hitting five of seven shots from the field and four of five attempts from three-point range. Army opened the game with a 7-2 run, and would expand its lead to seven points (13-6) with 9:27 remaining in the first half. Holy Cross then responded with a 10-2 spurt of its own, to take a 16-15 lead with three minutes left before the break. The Crusaders eventually took a 21-19 advantage into the locker room. The score remained close early in the second half, and Holy Cross was up 28-27 with 13:54 left in regulation. Beinert then hit three-point shots on three straight possessions, igniting a 19-3 run which put the Crusaders up 47-30 with 3:48 remaining. At one point during that spurt, Holy Cross held Army scoreless for a span of 8:45. The Black Knights closed the game with a 6-0 run, as the Crusaders won by 11 points. Holy Cross turned in one of its top defensive performances of the season, holding Army to just 36 points on 30.0 percent shooting from the floor, while forcing 17 turnovers. Adam May finished with eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots for the Crusaders. The Black Knights were led by Cleveland Richard with eight points, three rebounds and three assists.

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 at Lehigh, Meister recorded a career-high 15 points and four rebounds. Previously against American, he scored 12 points on five of six shooting from the floor, while pulling down a team-best eight rebounds. Meister also played well against Western Michigan, totaling 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Earlier in the season, he had big games against Sacred Heart (11 points, 11 rebounds), Harvard (10 points, 11 boards) and St. Joseph's (nine points, seven rebounds, three blocks). On the season, he is averaging 6.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 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 320 points, 293 rebounds and 52 blocked shots.

HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders are once again an outstanding rebounding team this year, averaging 35.8 boards per contest and outrebounding their opponents by an average margin of 6.4 rebounds per game. So far this season, Holy Cross has outrebounded its opponent in 18 out of 23 games played. The Crusaders have been even more impressive in Patriot League play, outrebounding their opponents by 7.6 boards per game. Sophomore forward Andrew Keister leads the team with an average of 6.0 rebounds per game, while senior forward Colin Cunningham stands second with 5.0 boards per contest. Freshman guard R.J. Evans is averaging 4.9 rebounds per game, while junior forward Eric Meister is averaging 4.4 boards per contest and senior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) is chipping in with 3.8 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 23 games played so far this season, Holy Cross has averaged a Patriot League-best 8.9 steals per game, including highs of 14 steals against Colgate and 13 steals at Boston University. Senior forward Colin Cunningham leads the team with 43 steals on the season, while freshman guard R.J. Evans has added 42 steals. Sophomore guard Andrew Beinert has totaled 28 steals, and six 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 nine 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. Doherty also recorded eight points, three assists and two steals against Lafayette, while posting five points, seven assists and three rebounds at Lehigh. On the year, he is averaging 5.1 points, 3.8 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game, with a 3.1-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 535 points, 282 assists, 190 rebounds and 117 steals.

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 3.8 rebounds per game, while hitting 36.1 percent (13 of 36) of his three-point field goal attempts. 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 669 points, 507 rebounds, 142 assists, 77 steals and 35 blocked shots.

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 6.9 points per game, while making a team-best 90.3 percent (65 of 72) 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.

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.

HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in three statistical categories, through games of Feb. 5. In addition, freshman guard Devin Brown ranks third in the nation in free throw percentage, and senior forward Colin Cunningham stands 86th in steals. The rankings:

 

Category           Rank  Player / Team     Avg.
Free Throw Percent    3  Devin Brown       91.4
Rebound Margin       19  Holy Cross        +6.8
Steals               27  Holy Cross         8.9
                     89  Colin Cunningham   1.9
Scoring Defense      86  Holy Cross        63.9

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 90th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1276-824 (.608), 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.

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 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds, while ranking second on the team in field goal percentage (50.6 percent, 42 of 83). Last season, McCarthy averaged 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he has totaled 257 points and 145 rebounds, while hitting 106 of 212 (50.0 percent) field goal attempts.

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 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.

CRUSADERS REMAIN TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Holy Cross is once again among the top defensive teams in the Patriot League in 2008-2009. In 23 games played so far this season, the Crusaders have allowed 63.3 points per game, while forcing 15.7 turnovers per contest and outrebounding the opposition by 6.4 boards per game. Holy Cross is also averaging 8.9 steals and 3.3 blocked shots per contest. Since the beginning of the 2001-2002 campaign, the Crusaders have held their opponents to only 59.3 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   63.3   42.2   33.0    8.9   3.3

SCOUTING THE BLACK KNIGHTS: Army has an overall record of 7-15 on the season, with a 3-5 mark in the Patriot League. The Black Knights have lost their last two games, including a 55-53 setback at Colgate on Saturday. Army's leading scorer is junior guard Cleveland Richard, who has averaged 11.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Junior guard Josh Miller has added 8.7 points and 3.2 assists per game, while freshman guard Julian Simmons is chipping in with 6.8 points per game. Army is led by head coach Jim Crews, who owns a 56-135 record during his seven seasons with the Black Knights. Crews' career record stands at 350-344, including 17 years as the head coach at Evansville, where he led the Purple Aces to four NCAA Tournament appearances.

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 65.1 points per game.

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 5-8 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.