Feb. 18, 2008
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (14-10, 5-6 PL) vs. Navy (13-12, 6-4 PL)
Date: February 20, 2008
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Alumni Hall (5,710), Annapolis, Md.
Live Video Streaming: Crusader All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: WTAG 580 AM, Worcester; www.sportsjuice.com, internet; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Navy Radio: WNAV 1430 AM, Annapolis, Md.; Bob Socci, play-by-play
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 29-15
Last Meeting: Navy 85, Holy Cross 74 (January 23, 2008; Worcester, Mass.)
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS: Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. F 33 Colin Cunningham 6-6 210 Jr. F 53 Eric Meister 6-8 230 So. C 00 Tim Clifford 6-11 260 Sr. G 2 Kyle Cruze 6-2 175 Sr. G 22 Andrew Beinert 6-2 175 Fr.
THE SERIES WITH NAVY: This will be the 45th meeting between the Crusaders and the Midshipmen on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 29-15. Holy Cross had been victorious in 16 straight meetings between the two schools, before Navy posted an 85-74 win in Worcester earlier this year. Prior to the Crusaders' 16-game winning streak, the Midshipmen had won eight straight and 13 out of 15 meetings in the series. For games played in Annapolis, Holy Cross holds a 11-8 lead with seven straight victories. The schools first met on March 20, 1947, with Holy Cross posting a 55-47 victory at Madison Square Garden in the NCAA Tournament East Regional Semifinals.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 29-15
In Annapolis: Holy Cross leads, 11-8
At Alumni Hall: Tied, 8-8
Ralph Willard vs. Navy: 18-4
Billy Lange vs. Holy Cross: 1-7
Current Win Streak: Navy, 1 game
In Overtime: Navy leads, 2-1
CRUSADERS WRAP UP ROAD TRIP AT NAVY: Holy Cross will play the last of three straight games away from the Hart Center this week, when it travels to Navy on Wednesday, February 20, at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders began the road trip last week with a 64-53 victory at Army on February 14, and a 63-53 win at Bucknell on February 16. Holy Cross now has a 7-5 mark in road games this season, winning two straight and three of its last four away from home. Following the contest at Navy, the Crusaders return home on February 23, for a matchup with Northeastern in the O'Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters.
CLIFFORD PLAYS BIG ROLE IN THE MIDDLE: Senior center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) is once again among the top big men in the conference this season, after earning second team All-Patriot League honors in 2006-2007. In 24 games played this season, he has averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per contest, while hitting 54.7 percent (152 of 278) of his field goal attempts. In Saturday's victory at Bucknell, Clifford led the team with 18 points and six rebounds. During the previous game at Army, he totaled 17 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots. Clifford also played well against Lafayette, recording 13 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Some of Clifford's other top games this season have been against Siena (26 points on 11 of 16 shooting), at Sacred Heart (24 points, seven rebounds, two blocks), against American (24 points on nine of 11 shooting), against Yale (23 points, eight rebounds, six blocked shots, four assists), against Harvard (22 points, four rebounds), at Hampton (22 points, six rebounds), against Navy (20 points, nine rebounds), against Dayton (20 points), against American (18 points), at San Francisco (17 points, five rebounds), at St. Joseph's (16 points, seven rebounds), against Boston University (16 points, eight rebounds, six blocked shots), against Lehigh (16 points, six rebounds, four assists, seven blocked shots), against Bucknell (16 points) and at Maryland (15 points, eight rebounds, three assists). In 34 games played last year, Clifford averaged 11.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per contest. He was even more impressive in Patriot League regular season games, averaging 12.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per contest. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Clifford has now totaled 1,124 points, 487 rebounds and 195 blocked shots, while making 435 of 864 (50.5 percent) field goal attempts.
CLIFFORD BREAKS BLOCKED SHOT RECORD: Senior center Tim Clifford broke the Holy Cross record for career blocked shots during the victory over Yale on Nov. 28, 2007. Clifford's record-breaking block came at the 5:15-mark of the second half, when he swatted away an attempted jump shot by the Bulldogs' Porter Braswell. That block moved him past Nate Lufkin (2001-2005), who had 153 blocked shots during his Holy Cross career. Clifford, who currently has 195 blocked shots during his career as a Crusader, also tied the school single game record for blocks when he swatted away seven shots in the victory over Lehigh on Feb. 2, 2008. He tied the mark of Josh Sankes, who had seven blocks against Colgate on Feb. 5, 2000. In addition to those marks, Clifford owns three of the top seven spots on the school single season list for blocks (64 in 2006-2007; 52 in 2007-2008; 48 in 2005-2006).
CRUZE PLAYS KEY MINUTES IN THE BACKCOURT: Senior guard Kyle Cruze (Knoxville, Tenn.) has developed into a strong player in the Holy Cross backcourt. Through 24 games played this season, Cruze has averaged 6.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals per contest. He has been particularly effective over the last nine games, averaging 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds during that time. In Saturdays' victory at Bucknell, Cruze totaled a career-high 16 points and six rebounds. Previously against Lafayette, he recorded 11 points, three rebounds and three assists. Cruze also played well against American, posting 11 points and a team-high six rebounds. Some of Cruze's other top games this season have come against Navy (14 points, five rebounds, three assists), against Lehigh (13 points, eight assists), at St. Joseph's (13 points, six assists), at American (10 points, eight rebounds, three steals), against Bucknell (10 points, three assists, two rebounds), against Hofstra (10 points, two rebounds, two steals), at Fairfield (nine points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals) and against Ohio (seven points, four assists, three rebounds, game-winning shot with 2.6 seconds remaining). During the 2006-2007 season, Cruze started 25 games for the Crusaders, averaging 2.1 points and 1.4 rebounds per contest.
VANDER BAAN PLAYS KEY ROLE ON FRONT LINE: Junior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) is once again a key member of the Holy Cross lineup this year. He has averaged 8.9 points and 5.8 rebounds in 18 games played this season, despite missing a good deal of time in January due to injury. In Saturday's victory at Bucknell, Vander Baan totaled 14 points and five rebounds, while making 10 of 12 free throw attempts. During the previous contest at Army, he recorded 13 points and seven rebounds, and hit four of five shots from the floor. Vander Baan also had a big night earlier in the season at St. Joseph's, totaling 16 points and seven rebounds, while making all four of his free throws in the final minute of play. Some of Vander Baan's other top performances this season have come against Harvard (18 points, eight rebounds), against Hofstra (15 rebounds, 10 points, three assists, three blocks), at Siena (13 points, six rebounds, two steals), against Dayton (11 points, seven rebounds), against Bucknell (11 points, five rebounds, three assists) and at Fairfield (11 points, four rebounds). In 34 games played last year, Vander Baan averaged 6.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest, while making 36.2 percent of his three-point field goal attempts (17 of 47). Over the course of his career as a Crusader, he has now totaled 574 points, 443 rebounds, 122 assists, 64 steals and 27 blocked shots.
BUCKNELL RECAP: Tim Clifford totaled 18 points and six rebounds to lead Holy Cross to a 63-53 victory over Bucknell at Sojka Pavilion on Feb. 16, 2008. The game was close early on, and the Bison held a 12-11 lead after nine minutes of play. Holy Cross scored the next five points to go in front, and would increase its lead to six points (27-21) with two minutes left before the break. Bucknell then closed out the half with a 5-0 run, leaving the Crusaders with a one-point lead (27-26) heading into the locker room. The scored stayed close throughout the first 15 minutes of the second half, which featured four ties and eight lead changes. The game was tied at 48-48 with under five minute to play, when Alex Vander Baan hit a jumper to put the Crusaders in the lead for good. A three-pointer by Colin Cunningham with 2:15 left extended the Holy Cross lead to five points, then the Crusaders held Bucknell scoreless for the final 1:58 to pull away for the victory. Holy Cross made 27 of 33 free throw attempts on the night (81.8 percent), and held a 28-21 advantage on the boards. Kyle Cruze finished the game with 16 points and six rebounds, while Vander Baan added 14 points and five boards. Bucknell was led by Justin Castleberry with 13 points. The victory was the first for the Crusaders at Sojka Pavilion since Feb. 28, 2003, ending a five-game losing streak for Holy Cross in the building.
CRUSADERS REMAIN TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Holy Cross is once again among the top defensive teams in the nation in 2007-2008. In 24 games played this season, the Crusaders have held their opponents to 60.2 points per contest and 41.7 percent shooting from the field. Holy Cross is also outrebounding the opposition by 6.5 boards per game, while forcing 14.3 turnovers per contest. Since the beginning of the 2001-2002 campaign, Holy Cross has held its opposition to only 58.8 points per contest. In addition, the Crusaders have ranked in the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense in five of the last six 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 Holy Cross' 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
WILLARD CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE RUN AT HOLY CROSS: Ralph Willard is now in his ninth season as the Crusaders' head coach, and currently owns a mark of 173-99 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). Last season, 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 317-223. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.
THE LAST MEETING WITH NAVY: Tim Clifford totaled 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots, but it was not enough as Holy Cross was defeated by Navy 85-74 at the Hart Center on Jan. 23, 2008. Clifford scored the 1,000th point of his collegiate career at the 3:43-mark of the first half, when he knocked down a lay up while being fouled. The score was close throughout a first half which featured three ties and 13 lead changes. Holy Cross led by four points four times in the half, the last coming when it was up 18-14 with 10:24 left before the break. Navy came back to lead by as many as three points, before the score was eventually tied 37-37 heading into the locker room. To start the second half, Holy Cross jumped out to a quick 41-37 lead on a pair of baskets by Clifford, but Navy came right back with a 9-0 run of its own to go in front by five. The Midshipmen were still up 59-54 with 11:21 remaining in the game, when Kyle Cruze hit back-to-back three-pointers to put the Crusaders back in front, 60-59. But Holy Cross once again went cold from the field, and Navy used a 10-1 run to claim the lead for good. The Crusaders could get no closer than four points down the stretch, before the Midshipmen finally pulled away to win by 11. Cruze finished the game with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists, while Colin Cunningham added 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Navy was led by Chris Harris with 29 points and four assists, while Greg Sprink totaled 28 points, four rebounds and four assists.
MEISTER RETURNS TO ACTION: Sophomore forward Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.), who missed 11 games due to injury from Dec. 22-Jan. 30, made his return to the court against Lehigh on Feb. 2. In five games played since his return, Meister has averaged 6.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest, while hitting 63.6 percent (14 of 22) of his field goal attempts. During last week's victory at Army, he scored 11 points on four of four shooting from the field. Meister also had a big game against Lehigh, totaling 10 points, a team-high nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Some of Meister's top performances earlier in the season came against Yale (eight points, nine rebounds), Ohio (eight points, six rebounds) and Hofstra (seven points, nine boards). In 13 games played overall this year, Meister is averaging 5.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest, while hitting 53.4 percent (31 of 58) of his field goal attempts. Last season, he was selected to the Patriot League All-Rookie team, after averaging 3.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game as the first big man off the bench for the Crusaders. Meister's top game last year came against Southern Illinois in the NCAA Tournament, when he scored a career-high 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders have once again shown themselves to be an outstanding rebounding team this year. Holy Cross has been outrebounded only three times in 24 games this season, while averaging 33.8 rebounds per game and outrebounding the opposition by 6.5 boards per contest. The Crusaders have been even more impressive in Patriot League play, outrebounding conference foes by 7.8 boards per game. The rebounding load has been well balanced, with five different players averaging at least 3.7 rebounds per game. Junior forward Alex Vander Baan leads the team with an average of 5.8 rebounds per game, followed by senior center Tim Clifford with 5.5 boards per contest. Sophomore forward Eric Meister has totaled 4.5 rebounds per game, while junior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) has added 4.3 boards per contest, and senior guard Kyle Cruze has contributed 3.7 rebounds per game. Last season, the Crusaders averaged 32.1 rebounds per game, and outrebounded their opponents by an average of 4.3 boards per game. Holy Cross really stepped things up in Patriot League regular season play last year, outrebounding the opposition by 8.0 boards per game, while allowing opponents to average just 25.2 rebounds per contest. Five different players averaged at least 3.6 boards per contest for Holy Cross in 2006-2007.
CUNNINGHAM ENJOYING SOLID SEASON: Junior forward Colin Cunningham has taken over as the starting small forward for Holy Cross this year, and has been one of the Crusaders' top players. During Saturday's victory at Bucknell, he recorded nine points and six rebounds. Cunningham also played well in the first meeting with Navy, totaling 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Previously at Lafayette, he posted 12 points, a team-high seven rebounds and two steals. Some of Cunningham's other top performances this season have come against Fairfield (career-high 17 points, 10 of 10 on the free throw line), against Boston University (16 points, four rebounds, three steals, four of five from three-point range), at Siena (15 points, four assists, three rebounds, three steals), against Yale (13 points, career-high 10 rebounds, first career double-double), against Harvard (13 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals), against Ohio (12 points, three rebounds), at Hampton (10 points, six rebounds, five assists) and at Sacred Heart (10 points, four rebounds). Overall this season, Cunningham is now averaging 7.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, while hitting 38.3 percent (23 of 60) of his three-point attempts.
DOHERTY TAKES OVER AT THE POINT: Junior guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) has taken over as the top point guard for the Crusaders this year, after serving as the first guard off the bench in 2006-2007. He has averaged 7.7 points, 4.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 20 games played this season, despite missing a good deal of time in January due to injury. In the home victory over Lafayette, Doherty recorded six points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals, to earn the Martin J. O'Malley Award as the most valuable player of Holy Cross' winter homecoming game. Previously at San Francisco, he posted 16 points and four rebounds, while hitting six of 10 shots from the field. Doherty also had a big day against Boston University, leading the team with a career-high 20 points, in addition to posting three assists and three steals. Some of Doherty's other top performances this season have come against Hofstra (18 points, four assists, three rebounds), at Siena (15 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two steals), against Ohio (12 points, six assists, three steals) and at Fairfield (11 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals). In 28 games played last season, Doherty averaged 5.3 points, 2.2 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per contest. Doherty returned to the Holy Cross lineup last season, after missing the majority of the 2005-2006 campaign due to injury, and receiving a medical redshirt. 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 457 points, 225 assists, 151 rebounds and 104 steals.
CLIFFORD SCORES 1,000TH CAREER POINT: Senior center Tim Clifford became the 44th 1,000-point scorer in the history of Holy Cross men's basketball during the Jan. 23 game against Navy. He hit a layup while being fouled at the 3:43-mark of the first half to record the 1,000th point of his collegiate career. Clifford has now scored 1,124 points in 118 games as a Crusader, good for an average of 9.5 points per contest. Last season, Torey Thomas became the 43rd 1,000-point scorer at Holy Cross, netting his 1,000th point against Lehigh on Jan. 26, 2007, when he made a layup at the 11:51-mark of the first half.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 89th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1263-809 (.610), 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.
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in four statistical categories, through games of February 14. In addition, senior center Tim Clifford stands among the national leaders in field goal percentage and blocked shots, while junior guard Pat Doherty is nationally ranked in assists and free throw percentage. The rankings:
Category Rank Player / Team Avg. Rebound Margin 20 Holy Cross +6.5 Scoring Defense 23 Holy Cross 60.5 Blocked Shots 33 Tim Clifford 2.2 Field Goal Percent 56 Tim Clifford 54.7 Free Throw Percent 69 Holy Cross 72.4 99 Pat Doherty 81.5 Field Goal Percent Defense 79 Holy Cross 41.7 Assists 96 Pat Doherty 4.4
HOLY CROSS SHOWS BALANCE ON OFFENSE: The Crusaders graduated the top two scorers off of their 2006-2007 team in Keith Simmons and Torey Thomas, but a number of players have stepped up on the offensive end to make up for those losses. Holy Cross currently has seven players averaging at least 5.5 points per game this season. Senior center Tim Clifford leads the team in scoring at 16.6 points per game, followed by junior forward Alex Vander Baan at 8.9 points per contest. Junior guard Pat Doherty has averaged 7.7 points per game, junior forward Colin Cunningham has added 7.4 points per contest, and senior guard Kyle Cruze is chipping in with 6.4 points per game. In addition, sophomore forward Adam May (Mentor, Ohio) has averaged 5.7 points per contest, and sophomore forward Eric Meister has added 5.5 points per game.
CRUSADERS KEEP WINNING AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross stands 7-4 at the Hart Center so far this season, and now owns an all-time record of 298-108 in the building. The Crusaders recently had a 23-game winning streak at the Hart Center, 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. Last season 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 28 out of 32 seasons, while recording double-figure home victories 15 times. The Crusaders stand 85-16 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 54-9 record against Patriot League foes.
HOLY CROSS IN THE RPI: Holy Cross is currently ranked 130th in the nation in the Ratings Percentage Index, with a rating of .5251 through games of February 17. The Crusaders are the second-highest ranked team in the Patriot League, behind only American (109th, .5327). In addition, Holy Cross' non-conference schedule ranks as the 123rd-best in the country, and the hardest in the Patriot League. The Crusaders concluded the 2006-2007 season ranked 59th in the country in the RPI with a rating of .5730. Holy Cross was also ranked 111th in the RPI in 2005-2006 (.5304) and 49th in 2004-2005 (.5657).
SCOUTING THE MIDSHIPMEN: Navy has an overall record of 13-12 on the season, including a 6-4 mark in the Patriot League. The Midshipmen have won their last three games, and are coming off an 82-80 victory at Lafayette on Saturday. The leading scorer for the Midshipmen is senior guard Greg Sprink, who has averaged 21.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game this year. Junior guard Kaleo Kina has chipped in with 14.1 points and 3.5 assists per contest, while sophomore guard Chris Harris is averaging 14.2 points and 3.4 assists per game. Navy is led by head coach Billy Lange, who has a 47-64 mark in his four seasons with the Midshipmen. Lange's career record stands at 86-83, including two seasons at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Once again this season, a number of the Crusaders' basketball contests will be carried by WTAG 580 AM in Worcester. For the 19th straight season, Bob Fouracre will call the play-by-play for most of the games. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk are in their fourth year on the Holy Cross broadcast crew, and will handle either play-by-play or color commentary for selected games. WTAG is currently scheduled to air 18 of the Crusaders' 28 regular season games. All 28 regular season games will also be carried live 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 eight games shown on live television during the 2007-2008 season. The Crusaders had 13 television appearances last year, and 10 television games during both the 2005-2006 and 2004-2005 campaigns. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2007-2008 season:
Date Opponent Television Outlet Jan. 2 Boston University WCTR-TV3 Jan. 8 Maryland Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Jan. 12 Lafayette Lafayette Sports Network Jan. 18 Bucknell ESPNU Feb. 2 Lehigh ESPNU Feb. 16 Bucknell ESPN2 Feb. 27 Colgate WCTR-TV3 Feb. 29 Lehigh ESPNU
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 College Sports Television Online, is available for a $9.95 monthly subscription. For details on how to sign up for Crusader All-Access, click here.
DRIBBLES: Since Navy joined the Patriot League, the Crusaders and the Midshipmen have split the regular season series only twice (in 1994-1995 and 1995-1996) ... Holy Cross' victory at Bucknell on Feb. 16 was its first at Sojka Pavilion in five years, breaking a five-game losing streak in the building ... The Crusaders' 0-4 start in Patriot League play was their worst since 1998-1999, when they opened conference action at 0-5 ... The Crusaders' 39 points against Army on Jan. 16 were the team's fewest ever for a game played at the Hart Center. The previous low came in a 46-42 loss to Colgate on Jan. 16, 2002 ... With the victory at San Francisco, Holy Cross improved to 1-1 on the season in overtime games. The Crusaders now stand 11-3 in overtime contests under Ralph Willard ... Senior center Tim Clifford and senior guard Kyle Cruze are serving as the Crusaders' captains for the 2007-2008 season, while junior guard Pat Doherty and junior forward Alex Vander Baan are co-captains ... Holy Cross was picked to finish first in this year's Patriot League preseason poll ... Senior center Tim Clifford was named this season's Patriot League preseason Player of the Year, in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors ... With the victory over Hofstra on Nov. 10, the Crusaders improved to 64-25 all-time in their opening game of the season, including a 7-2 mark under Ralph Willard.