Holy Cross To Face Bucknell On Winter Homecoming

Feb. 12, 2009

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (13-11, 8-1 PL) vs. Bucknell (5-19, 2-8 PL)
Date: February 14, 2009
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: Crusader All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: WWFX 100.1 FM, Worcester; www.worcesterpike.com, internet; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Holy Cross Student Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester; Ryan Holt, play-by-play; Chris Gibson & Dan Gaudet, color
Bucknell Radio: WEGH 107.3 FM, Sunbury, Pa.; Doug Birdsong, play-by-play; Ed Sigl, color
Series Record: Bucknell leads, 26-22
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 68, Bucknell 56 (January 17, 2009; Lewisburg, 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 BUCKNELL: This will be the 49th meeting between the Crusaders and the Bison on the hardwood, with Bucknell leading the all-time series 26-22. Holy Cross has won two straight and four of the last six games between the schools, with the road team winning each of the last three contests. For games played in Worcester, the all-time series is tied at 10-10. The schools first met on January 12, 1991, with Holy Cross posting an 80-78 victory in Lewisburg.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Bucknell leads, 26-22
In Worcester: Tied, 10-10
At the Hart Center: Tied, 10-10
Ralph Willard vs. Bucknell: 14-12
Dave Paulsen vs. Holy Cross: 1-1
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, two games
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1

CRUSADERS CONTINUE HOMESTAND AGAINST BUCKNELL: Holy Cross will play the second of three straight home games when it takes on Bucknell at the Hart Center on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 3:30 p.m. The Crusaders would sweep the regular season series with the Bison for the first time since 2003 with a victory, and can also clinch a home game in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament if they win. Following the contest with Bucknell, Holy Cross will play host to 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 for a 2:00 p.m. contest.

O'MALLEY AWARD ON THE LINE AGAINST BISON: The Martin J. O'Malley Award has been presented annually to the most outstanding player in Holy Cross' Winter Homecoming game since 1988. The honor has gone to a Holy Cross player in eight of the last nine seasons, and 15 times in the past 17 years. All told, only four players from visiting teams have won the award. There has only been one player who has won the honor two times in his career (Rob Feaster, in 1993 and 1995). Last year, Crusader guard Pat Doherty took home the trophy after totaling six points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals in a 77-57 victory over Lafayette.

CRUSADERS LOOKING FOR SIXTH PATRIOT LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON TITLE: Holy Cross enters the Bucknell game tied for first place in the conference with an 8-1 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).

KEISTER A HUGE FACTOR UP FRONT: Sophomore forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) has developed into the Crusaders' top player at the low post positions. In Patriot League play, Keister has averaged 13.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest, while hitting 71.8 percent (56 of 78) of his field goal attempts. During Wednesday's victory over Army, he led the team with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Previously at Lafayette, Keister posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. 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 Lehigh (10 points, seven rebounds, five assists), 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 8.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 60.6 percent (86 of 142) 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 Wednesday's victory over Army, Cunningham totaled 16 points, four rebounds and three steals, including four points in the final three minutes to help secure the win. Previously at Lafayette, he recorded 10 points, five assists and three steals. 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 have come 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 Colgate (13 points, five steals, three assists), 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 8.8 points, 5.0 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 605 points, 354 rebounds, 195 assists and 99 steals.

CRUSADERS HEAT UP ON OFFENSE: Holy Cross has turned in some outstanding shooting performances over its last 13 games. In the Jan. 28 victory over Colgate, the Crusaders made 25 of 48 field goal attempts (52.1 percent) and six of 10 shots from three-point range (60.0 percent). Holy Cross also hit 52.1 percent (25 of 48) of its shots from the floor in the victory over American, and connected on 52.9 percent of its field goal attempts (27 of 51) in the home win over Lafayette. In non-conference play, the Crusaders shot 54.5 percent (24 of 44) from the field at Boston University, while making 51.8 percent (29 of 56) of their shots against San Francisco. Overall this season, Holy Cross has won all five games in which it has made at least half of its shots. In fact, the Crusaders have now won 49 out of 50 games in which they have shot at least 50 percent from the field since the beginning of the 2002-2003 season.

ARMY RECAP: Andrew Keister recorded a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, to lead Holy Cross to a 62-59 victory over Army at the Hart Center on Feb. 11, 2009. Colin Cunningham added 16 points, four rebounds and three assists for the Crusaders. Army started the game with a 5-0 run, and was still in front 13-8 with 10 minutes left in the first half. The Black Knights then went on a 12-0 spurt to go up by 17 points (25-8) with 5:47 remaining before the break. The Crusaders were able to get within eight points late in the half, before Army took a 32-20 advantage into the intermission. Holy Cross came out of the locker room on fire to start the second half, scoring 10 straight points and eventually going in front 44-40 with 12 minutes left to play. But Army refused to go away, as the next 10 minutes featured five ties and six lead changes. The score was tied at 56-56 when Cunningham hit two free throws with 2:27 on the clock to give the Crusaders the lead for good. Cunningham then added a jumper at the 1:32-mark to put Holy Cross up 60-57, but the Crusaders made just two of six free throws in the final minute, allowing the Black Knights to stay in the game. Army's Nathan Hedgecock missed a three-point field goal at the buzzer which could have forced overtime, as Holy Cross held on to win 62-59. Army was led by Kenny Brewer with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Josh Miller added 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.

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 18 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 13.0 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.

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 7.4 points, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game, while hitting a Patriot League-best 44.6 percent (33 of 74) 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.

THE LAST MEETING WITH BUCKNELL: Andrew Keister posted his second career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, to lead Holy Cross to a 68-56 victory over Bucknell at Sojka Pavilion on Jan. 17, 2009. Pat Doherty added 18 points, seven assists and three steals without committing a turnover. The Crusaders opened the game with a 9-2 run over the first six minutes of play. The Bison were able to close to within four points (12-8) at the 10-minute mark, before Holy Cross scored six straight points to build its lead to double-figures (18-8). A few minutes later, the Crusaders closed out the half with a 9-2 spurt, to take a 30-15 advantage into the locker room. R.J. Evans scored the first five points of the second half, to give Holy Cross a 20-point lead (35-15) with 18:53 left in the game. Bucknell responded with an 13-2 run, to cut the lead to single digits (37-28) and get back into the game. The Bison would eventually get as close as three points (48-45) with five minutes remaining, before Alex Vander Baan scored four straight points to put the Crusaders back up by seven (52-45). Holy Cross would then hit 14 of 15 free throws in the final two and a half minutes to pull away for the 12-point victory. The Crusaders held the Bison to 35.6 percent shooting on the night, while recording a 43-28 rebounding advantage. Holy Cross also hit 77.5 percent (31 of 40) of its free throws on the day.

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 187-114 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 331-238. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.

VANDER BAAN PLAYS KEY ROLE ON FRONT LINE: Senior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) 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 34.1 percent (14 of 41) 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 680 points, 515 rebounds, 147 assists, 81 steals and 36 blocked shots.

DOHERTY RETURNS TO THE COURT: Senior guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) has seen action in Holy Cross' last 10 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 5.0 points, 3.6 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game, with a 2.6-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 539 points, 284 assists, 190 rebounds and 121 steals.

STEALING THE SHOW: Through 24 games played so far this season, Holy Cross has averaged a Patriot League-best 9.0 steals per game, including highs of 14 steals against Colgate and 13 steals at Boston University. Senior forward Colin Cunningham and freshman guard R.J. Evans are currently tied for the team lead with 44 steals each this season. Sophomore guard Andrew Beinert has totaled 28 steals, and seven 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).

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 5.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots per game. Last year, Meister averaged 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds, while playing in 18 games with eight starts. As a freshman in 2006-2007, he was selected to the Patriot League All-Rookie team. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he has now totaled 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 35.6 boards per contest and outrebounding their opponents by an average margin of 6.0 rebounds per game. So far this season, Holy Cross has outrebounded its opponent in 18 out of 24 games played. The Crusaders have been even more impressive in Patriot League play, outrebounding their opponents by 6.6 boards per game. Sophomore forward Andrew Keister leads the team with an average of 6.2 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 4.1 boards per contest and senior forward Alex Vander Baan 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.

CRUSADERS REACH 300 VICTORIES AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 307-112 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 94-20 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including an 8-3 mark so far in 2008-2009 and a 58-10 record against Patriot League foes.

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 6.8 points per game, while making a team-best 89.3 percent (67 of 75) 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 three statistical categories, through games of Feb. 8. In addition, freshman guard Devin Brown ranks eighth in the nation in free throw percentage, and senior forward Colin Cunningham stands 78th in steals. The rankings:

 

Category           Rank  Player / Team        Avg.
Free Throw Percent    8  Devin Brown          90.3
Steals               22  Holy Cross            8.9
                     78  Colin Cunningham      2.0
Rebound Margin       23  Holy Cross           +6.4
Scoring Defense      69  Holy Cross           63.3

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 90th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1277-824 (.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.

CRUSADERS REMAIN TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Holy Cross is once again among the top defensive teams in the Patriot League in 2008-2009. In 24 games played so far this season, the Crusaders have allowed 63.1 points per game, while forcing 15.9 turnovers per contest and outrebounding the opposition by 6.0 boards per game. Holy Cross is also averaging 9.0 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   63.1   42.4   32.6    9.0   3.3

CRUSADERS HAVE THREE 20-POINT SCORERS: In the 97-88 victory over San Francisco on Dec. 27, Holy Cross had three different players score at least 20 points. Senior forward Colin Cunningham and freshman guard R.J. Evans tied for the team lead with 26 points each, while freshman guard Devin Brown added 22 points. That performance marked the first time that three different Crusaders scored 20 or more points in the same game since Nov. 18, 2005, against High Point. In that game, Kevin Hamilton led Holy Cross with 22 points, Keith Simmons scored 21 points, and Torey Thomas added 20 points.

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 65.0 points per game.

SCOUTING THE BISON: Bucknell has an overall record of 5-19 on the season, with a 2-8 mark in the Patriot League. The Bison have lost their last five games, and have an 0-13 mark this year away from Sojka Pavilion. Bucknell's leading scorer is junior forward Patrick Behan, who has averaged 12.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Senior guard Justin Castleberry has added 11.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest, while freshman guard Bryan Cohen is chipping in with 11.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Bucknell is led by head coach Dave Paulsen, who stands 5-19 in his first season with the Bison. Paulsen's career record stands at 267-139, including eight years at Williams, three seasons at Le Moyne and three years at St. Lawrence.

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 7-3 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.