Holy Cross Heads To Colgate For Saturday Game

Feb. 16, 2005

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (19-5, 10-1 PL) vs. Colgate (11-13, 6-5 PL)
Date: February 19, 2005
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Place: Cotterell Court (3,100), Hamilton, N.Y.
Time Warner Sports Television: Mark Larson, play-by-play; Dan Liedka, color
Holy Cross Radio: Jeremy Lechan, play-by-play; www.sportsjuice.com, internet
Colgate Radio: Eric Malanoski, play-by-play; WKXZ 93.9 FM, Norwich, N.Y.
Live Statistics: Gametracker
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 42-14
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 74, Colgate 64 (January 15, 2005; Worcester, Mass.)

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      4  Nate Lufkin    6-11   235   Sr.
G      1  Torey Thomas   5-11   175   So.
G     14  Kevin Hamilton  6-4   180   Jr.

THE SERIES WITH COLGATE: This will be the 57th meeting between the Crusaders and the Raiders on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 42-14. The Crusaders have won two straight and four of the last five meetings, but hold only a 13-12 lead in the series over the last 12 years, with neither team winning more than three straight games during that time. Previously, Holy Cross had won 29 of the first 31 meetings between the schools. For games played in Hamilton, the Crusaders hold a 16-8 advantage, with a 13-8 mark at Cotterell Court. The schools first met on Feb. 11, 1947, with Holy Cross posting a 67-39 victory at the Boston Garden.

SERIES QUICK FACTS
Overall: Holy Cross, 42-14
At Hamilton: Holy Cross, 16-8
At Cotterell Court: Holy Cross, 13-8
Ralph Willard vs. Colgate: 7-5
Emmett Davis vs. Holy Cross: 7-7
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, two games

CRUSADERS HEAT UP ON OFFENSE: Holy Cross has turned in some outstanding shooting performances so far this season. The Crusaders have hit at least 50 percent of their field goal attempts 11 times this year, including each of their last two games, against Lafayette on Feb. 11 (29 of 56, 51.8 percent) and Lehigh on Feb. 13 (27 of 51, 52.9 percent). This includes a string of six consecutive games from Jan. 12-28, when Holy Cross made at least half of its shots every time. The Crusaders have a perfect 11-0 record this year when shooting at least 50 percent from the floor, while winning those game by an average of 20.3 points. In fact, Holy Cross has now won its last 25 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 RPI: The Crusaders are currently ranked 38th in the nation in the latest Ratings Percentage Index, according to Collegiate Basketball News. In the most recent ratings, through games of February 13, Holy Cross had an RPI of .5806, to place ahead of nationally ranked teams such as Texas Tech (43rd, .5768) and Pittsburgh (51st, .5735). The Crusaders' non-conference schedule ranked as the 53rd-toughest in the country, including games against three teams which are presently ranked in the top 50 (No. 5 Boston College, No. 15 Vermont and No. 42 Boston University). Holy Cross is currently the top rated team in the Patriot League, coming in well ahead of Bucknell (69th, .5574) and American (145th, .5149). No other Patriot League school ranks better than 213th.

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 21 times in 23 games, and earning Patriot League Player of the Week honors twice (on Jan. 31 and Feb. 14). During Sunday's victory over Lehigh, Hamilton totaled 20 points, six rebounds and three assists, while hitting three of four attempts from three-point range. In the previous contest against Lafayette, he had an outstanding all-around game with 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals. 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 American at home (23 points, seven assists, five steals, four rebounds), at Lafayette (22 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals), against Colgate (19 points, six steals, five rebounds), at Army (18 points, four rebounds), at Harvard (18 points, five rebounds, five steals, three assists), at Lehigh (17 points, five rebounds, three steals), at Bucknell (17 points, three rebounds, three steals), at Fordham (17 points, eight rebounds), at Boston University (17 points, six steals, five rebounds, three assists), against Dartmouth (16 points, eight rebounds, four assists, four steals), at American (14 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, first career double-double) and against Northeastern (13 points, six rebounds, five assists). Through 24 games this year, he is averaging 15.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 3.1 steals per contest. Prior to the start of the season, Hamilton was named to the 2004-2005 preseason All-Patriot League team. He has now scored in double figures on 46 occasions during his Holy Cross career, including 36 times in his last 39 games.

CRUSADERS STEP UP ON DEFENSE: The Holy Cross defense has been outstanding so far this season, allowing its opponents to average just 57.1 points per game. The Crusaders have held 17 of their first 24 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 5.0 blocks per contest, while outrebounding the opposition by 4.1 boards per game and holding opponents to 39.5 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 58.6 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 108-66 during his time in Worcester. Willard currently 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). With the victory over Lafayette on Feb. 11, he moved past 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 252-190. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.

LEHIGH RECAP: Kevin Hamilton totaled 18 points, six rebounds and three assists, to lead Holy Cross to a 73-53 victory over Lehigh at the Hart Center on Feb. 13, 2005. The Crusaders opened the game on a 7-1 run, then used an 11-0 spurt a few minutes later to extend their lead to double digits. Holy Cross eventually led by as many as 20 points (36-16) late in the first half, before taking a 36-19 advantage into the locker room. The Mountain Hawks kept things close after the break and trailed by only nine points (45-36) with 10 minutes remaining in regulation. But the Crusaders then put the game away with a 22-5 run, which included 10 points from Hamilton. Holy Cross led by as many as 24 points in the closing minutes, before finally winning by 20. The Crusaders shot 52.9 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from three-point range in the game, while limiting Lehigh to 30.8 percent shooting overall and an 18.8 percent clip from behind the arc. Torey Thomas handed out a career-best 11 assists on the day, in addition to recording eight points and five steals. Nate Lufkin added 10 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots for Holy Cross, while Greg Kinsey had 11 points and three rebounds. The Mountain Hawks had only one player score in double figures, as Jose Olivero totaled 12 points.

THE ROAD WARRIORS: Holy Cross will be playing its final road game of the 2004-2005 regular season at Colgate. 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. Holy Cross has not won seven consecutive games away from home since the 1989-1990 season, when it topped St. Peter's (73-65), Canisius (88-85), Niagara (92-82), Manhattan (63-56) and Dartmouth (79-61) on the road, and Iona (89-60) and Georgia State (101-94) on neutral courts.

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. In Sunday's victory over Lehigh, Thomas handed out a career-high 11 assists (the highest single-game total by a Crusader since Jave Meade had 11 assists against Marquette on March 20, 2003), in addition to recording eight points and five steals. Previously, in the victory at American, he totaled 15 points and six rebounds, including points 10 and an eight of 10 performance at the free throw line during overtime. 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 23 games this year, he is averaging 7.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.9 steals per contest. 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.

THE LAST MEETING WITH COLGATE: In the last game between the Crusaders and the Raiders, Kevin Hamilton totaled 19 points, five rebounds, six steals and two assists to lead Holy Cross to a 74-64 victory at the Hart Center. Holy Cross started the game on fire, hitting four of its first six shots to take a 10-0 lead after only three minutes of play. The Crusaders would extend their lead to as many as 11 points in the opening half, before the Raiders came back to make it a five-point game at the break. Holy Cross was still up by five points (49-44) with 14 minutes left to play, before going on an 8-1 run to take a 12-point advantage at the 12-minute mark. But a few minutes later, Colgate went on a 10-2 run of its own, and the Crusaders were up by just two (66-64) with two minutes left in regulation. Hamilton then hit a three-pointer from the corner to start an 8-0 Holy Cross run to close out the game. Keith Simmons totaled 18 points and six rebounds for the Crusaders, while Pat Doherty added 14 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals. Colgate, which made 11 of 15 three-point attempts (73.3 percent) on the afternoon, was led by Alvin Reed (16 points, six assists) and Kyle Roemer (15 points, seven rebounds).

LUFKIN BREAKS 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 138 blocked shots during his Holy Cross career, and has become the Crusaders' all-time leader in career blocks. Lufkin broke the record on Feb. 13 against Lehigh, when he swatted away a layup attempt by the Mountain Hawks' Kyle Neptune with 12:05 remaining in the second half. That block moved him past Josh Sankes (1999-2001), who had 135 blocked shots during his Holy Cross career. 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 on the road (11 points, four rebounds, two blocks), Lehigh at home (10 points, six rebounds, three blocks), Navy at home (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 on the road (seven points, three rebounds, three blocks). On the year, Lufkin is averaging 7.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per contest. The 2001-2002 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, Lufkin has now totaled 774 points and 506 rebounds in his career at Holy Cross.

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 4.5 points and 2.5 rebounds through 24 games. He has been hot over the last four contests, averaging 9.5 points per game while hitting 14 of 25 field goal attempts (56.0 percent) and four of six shots from three-point range (66.7 percent). During Sunday's victory over Lehigh, Kinsey totaled 11 points, three rebounds and two assists, while in the previous game against Lafayette, he recorded 13 points, three assists and two rebounds. Some of his other top performances this season have come against Princeton (11 points), Marist (10 points, five rebounds, two assists), Colgate (nine points, two rebounds, two assists), Navy (eight points, three rebounds, three steals) and Northeastern (seven points, five assists, three rebounds). 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 456 points, 281 rebounds, 155 assists and 113 steals, while being in the starting lineup for 79 of the last 80 games the Crusaders have played.

HOLY CROSS WINS 11TH STRAIGHT: With Sunday's win against Lehigh, Holy Cross posted its 11th 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 11-game streak, Holy Cross has averaged 73.4 points per game, while shooting 50.3 percent from the floor, 42.1 percent from three-point range and outscoring the opposition by 17.3 points per contest. During the first six games of the streak, the Crusaders won each contest 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 Colgate, the Crusaders would tie for the fifth longest winning streak 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  Jan. 12, 2005-present
      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
 12.  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

STEALING THE SHOW: In 24 games played this season, Holy Cross has recorded 258 steals, good for an average of 10.8 steals per game. The Crusaders have already reached double figures in steals for a game 13 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 has 75 steals this year, the third-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 46 steals away from the school single season record of 304 (1992-1993) and 94 steals away from the Patriot League single season record of 352 (Navy, 1999-2000).

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 24 games so far this year, he is averaging 8.0 points and a team-high 6.0 rebounds per contest. Hurley has played particularly well over the last four games, averaging 11.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks, while hitting 16 of 28 shots from the field (57.1 percent). That stretch includes outstanding games against Navy (13 points, nine rebounds), American (15 points, six rebounds) and Lafayette (11 points, 11 rebounds). Some of Hurley's 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 on the road (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 524 points, 383 rebounds, 69 assists, 45 blocks and 81 steals.

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. In last Friday's victory over Lafayette, Simmons posted his first career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while hitting six of eight shots from the floor. Previously in the win 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 at home (13 points, three assists, two boards), Northeastern (12 points, three rebounds, three assists) and Princeton (12 points). Through 24 games, he is averaging 12.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals per contest, while hitting 53.0 percent of his field goals (105 of 198) and 45.1 percent of his three-pointers (41 of 91). 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).

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 86th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1198-775 (.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.

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 the win at 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. Previously 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 24 games played so far this season, Doherty is now averaging 4.9 points and 2.5 assists per contest.

HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders currently rank among the NCAA Division I leaders in seven different statistical categories, through games of February 14. In addition, junior guard Kevin Hamilton is listed among the nation's leaders in steals. The rankings:

Category                     Rank  Player / Team   Avg. / No.
Steals                          4  Holy Cross            10.8
                                5  Kevin Hamilton         3.1
Current Winning Streak          5  Holy Cross              11
Scoring Defense                 7  Holy Cross            57.1
Field Goal Percentage Defense  20  Holy Cross            39.5
Won-Lost Percentage            24  Holy Cross            79.2
Blocked Shots                  26  Holy Cross             5.0
Scoring Margin                 34  Holy Cross           +10.3

CRUSADERS ON THE RADIO: Once again this season, several Crusader basketball contests will be carried by WTAG 580 AM in Worcester. For the 16th straight season, Bob Fouracre will call the play-by-play for the majority of the games. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk have joined the Holy Cross broadcast crew this season, 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 many games which are not on WTAG. The Holy Cross student station, WCHC 88.1 FM, will also carry a number of games this year.

HOLY CROSS ON TELEVISION: The Crusaders will have seven games shown on live television during the 2004-2005 season. On two occasions, Holy Cross has been featured on the Patriot League Game of the Week, which was shown on College Sports Television. The January 8 game at Bucknell and the February 13 contest against Lehigh at the Hart Center were both carried. The Lehigh game was also shown on WLVI-TV 56 in Boston. In addition, the December 4 game at Minnesota was shown by Fox Sports Net North, the January 2 contest at Rhode Island was carried by Cox Sports Television, the January 28 game at Lafayette was shown by the Lafayette Sports Network, the January 30 contest at Lehigh was carried by Service Electric Television and the February 19 game at Colgate will be shown on Time Warner Sports.

DOUBLING UP: During the games against American and Lafayette on Feb. 6 and 11, Holy Cross has had four different players post double-doubles. This came after the Crusaders had only one double-double in the first 21 games of the season. In the Lafayette game, Keith Simmons posted his first career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while John Hurley added 11 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth career double-double. In the American game, Tim Clifford (13 points, 13 rebounds) and Kevin Hamilton (14 points, 10 rebounds) both recorded the first double-double of their careers. Prior to those two games, the only double-double of the season by a Holy Cross player came against Vermont, when Hurley had 10 points and 10 rebounds. In addition, the last time the Crusaders had two players with double-doubles in the same game was on Feb. 15, 2003, when Tim Szatko (15 points, 12 rebounds) and Patrick Whearty (17 points, 11 rebounds) accomplished the feat against Lafayette.

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 last Friday's victory over Lafayette, he scored a career-high 15 points on six of nine shooting from the floor. In the victory over Iona, Hyland totaled 12 points (four of five shooting) and four rebounds, while at Brown, he scored 14 points (seven of seven from the field). 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 24 games played so far this year, Hyland is averaging 4.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.5 blocks per game, while shooting 67.6 percent (48 of 71) from the field.

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 last Friday's victory over Lafayette, he totaled eight points and five rebounds, while tying his career high with six blocked shots. In the previous game 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 six blocked shots. His six blocks against both Lafayette and Marist are tied for the second-highest single game total in school history, coming in just behind the seven blocks by Josh Sankes against Colgate on Feb. 5, 2000. In 21 games played this year, he is now averaging 3.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per contest.

CRUSADERS KEEP WINNING AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross stands 8-2 at the Hart Center so far this season, improving its all-time record in the building to 261-102. Since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, the Crusaders now have an overall mark of 49-9 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.

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.

SCOUTING THE RAIDERS: Colgate has an overall record of 11-13 on the season, including a 6-5 mark in the Patriot League. The Raiders have won their last three games to move into a tie for fourth place in the league, defeating Lafayette (62-61), Navy (72-67) and American (67-57). Colgate also has an 8-3 mark at home so far this season, with four straight victories. The Raiders' leading scorer is junior guard Alvin Reed, who has averaged 13.1 points and 3.3 assists per contest. Sophomore guard Jon Simon (12.8 points per game), senior forward Andrew Zidar (12.5 points per game) and freshman guard Kyle Roemer (10.0 points per game) are also averaging in double figures. Colgate is led by head coach Emmett Davis, who owns a 97-97 record during his seven seasons with the Raiders. Prior to his time at Colgate, Davis served as an assistant coach at Navy and St. Lawrence for 16 years.

DRIBBLES: The Crusaders are ranked No. 20 in the most recent Mid-Major Top 25 Poll from CollegeInsider.com , released on Feb. 14 ... Seniors John Hurley and Greg Kinsey are serving as Holy Cross' co-captains this season ... 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 ... The Crusaders are also guaranteed one of the top two seeds in the Patriot League Tournament, and will play host to quarterfinal and semifinal round games on March 4 and 6.