Men's Basketball Set To Play At Colgate On Wednesday

Feb. 21, 2006

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:

  • The Teams: Holy Cross (16-11, 9-3 PL) vs. Colgate (9-17, 3-9 PL)
  • Date: February 22, 2006
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Place: Cotterell Court (3,100), Hamilton, N.Y.
  • Holy Cross Radio: WTAG 580 AM, Worcester; www.sportsjuice.com, internet; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
  • Colgate Radio: WKXZ 99.3 FM, Oneonta, N.Y.; Eric Malanoski, play-by-play
  • Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 44-14
  • Last Meeting: Holy Cross 60, Colgate 42 (January 25, 2006; Worcester, Mass.)

    
    PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
    Pos.  No.  Name               Ht.   Wt.   Cl.    PPG   RPG
    F      10  Keith Simmons      6-4   210   Jr.   13.5   4.8
    F      21  Alex Vander Baan   6-8   195   Fr.    6.6   5.1
    C      00  Tim Clifford      6-10   255   So.    7.4   3.9
    G       1  Torey Thomas      5-11   170   Jr.   11.5   5.3
    G      14  Kevin Hamilton     6-4   190   Sr.   17.7   6.4

    THE SERIES WITH COLGATE: This will be the 59th meeting between the Crusaders and the Raiders on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 44-14. The Crusaders have won four straight and six of the last seven meetings, but hold only a 15-12 lead in the series over the last 13 years. Previously, Holy Cross had won 29 of the first 31 meetings between the schools. For games played in Hamilton, the Crusaders hold a 17-8 advantage, with a 14-8 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, 44-14
    In Hamilton: Holy Cross, 17-8
    At Cotterell Court: Holy Cross, 14-8
    Ralph Willard vs. Colgate: 9-5
    Emmett Davis vs. Holy Cross: 7-9
    Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, four games

    CRUSADERS PREPARE TO WRAP-UP REGULAR SEASON: Holy Cross will play its final road game of the 2005-2006 regular season, when it travels to Colgate for a 7:00 p.m. contest on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The Crusaders then conclude the regular season by returning home to face Lehigh at the Hart Center on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 1:00 p.m. Holy Cross currently stands in third place in the Patriot League with a 9-3 mark in conference contests, two games behind Lehigh (11-1). If Holy Cross can win its last two contests, and Lehigh loses at Bucknell on Feb. 22, the Crusaders and the Mountain Hawks will finish tied for second place at 11-3. The team with the higher RPI according to Collegiate Basketball News would then receive the second seed in the Patriot League Tournament (entering this week, Holy Cross stands at 129th, and Lehigh is ranked 156th).

    SIMMONS STANDS 12 POINTS AWAY FROM 1,000: Junior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.) enters the Colgate game needing just 12 points to become the 42nd 1,000-point scorer in the history of Holy Cross men's basketball. Simmons has scored 988 points in 87 games as a Crusader, good for an average of 11.4 points per contest. Earlier this season, senior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) became the 41st 1,000-point scorer at Holy Cross, netting his 1,000th point at Cincinnati on Nov. 25, 2005, when he hit a free throw at the 4:34 mark of the first half. Hamilton now stands in 12th place all-time at Holy Cross with 1,406 points, and has a chance to become only the 11th player in school history with 1,500 career points.

    HAMILTON ENJOYING ANOTHER OUTSTANDING SEASON: Senior guard Kevin Hamilton is once again one of the top players in the Patriot League this year. In Saturday's victory at American, Hamilton recorded 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. He also played well in last Wednesday's win over Navy, totaling 17 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and three steals, and was named the Patriot League Player of the Week for the fourth time this season. Hamilton previously scored at least 20 points in four straight games from Jan. 25-Feb. 4, against Lafayette (22 points, career-high 13 rebounds), Navy (26 points, seven rebounds), Lehigh (20 points, seven rebounds, four steals) and Colgate (24 points, seven steals, four rebounds). Following the Lafayette and Navy games, he was named the Patriot League Player of the Week. Hamilton has also scored at least 12 points in every Patriot League game so far this season, and is averaging 19.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 4.1 steals in conference play. Earlier in the season, Hamilton was named Patriot League Player of the Week and to the All-Tournament team following the San Juan Shootout, after averaging 26.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in three games, while shooting 54.5 percent from the floor and 57.1 percent from three-point range. He had a career-high 38 points against Tennessee-Chattanooga, and also totaled 27 points, six assists and three steals against Mississippi State. Hamilton was also named Patriot League Player of the Week and Most Valuable Player at the William & Mary Tip-Off Classic, following games against High Point (22 points) and William & Mary (18 points, nine rebounds). Hamilton has now scored in double figures in 25 of the 26 games he has played this season. On the year, he is averaging 17.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 3.3 steals per contest. Last season, Hamilton was named Patriot League Player of the Year, first team All-Patriot League and an honorable mention All-American, after averaging 15.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 2.8 assists. He has now scored in double figures 78 times during his Holy Cross career, including 68 times in his last 75 games.

    SIMMONS SHINES AS A STARTER: Junior guard Keith Simmons has moved into the starting lineup for the Crusaders this season, after serving as Holy Cross' sixth man in 2004-2005. In Saturday's victory at American, Simmons totaled 23 points and seven rebounds, while making all three of his three-point attempts. He previously recorded 26 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals at Army, while posting 26 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in the home game with Lafayette. To open the year, Simmons was named to the All-Tournament Team at the William & Mary Tip-Off Classic, after averaging 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in two games against High Point (21 points, 10 rebounds) and William & Mary (16 points). Some of his other top performances this season have come at Lafayette (22 points, seven rebounds), at Siena (20 points, seven rebounds), at Vermont (18 points, five rebounds), against Navy (16 points, four rebounds), against American (15 points, six rebounds), at Northeastern (15 points, five rebounds), against Harvard (15 points, four rebounds), against Brown (14 points, five assists) and at Navy (14 points). On the year, he is averaging 13.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game, while shooting 51.2 percent (125 of 244) from the field and 46.6 percent (51 of 106) from three-point range. A year ago, Simmons earned first team All-Patriot League honors, after averaging 12.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals per contest. He enters the Colgate game with a career field goal percentage of 49.2 (338 of 687), while hitting 45.1 percent (134 of 297) of his three-point attempts.

    STEALING THE SHOW: In the first 27 games of the 2005-2006 season, the Crusaders have totaled 253 steals, for a Patriot League-best average of 9.4 steals per game. Holy Cross has reached double figures in steals 11 times this year, with highs of 16 against Harvard and 15 against Lafayette. Senior guard Kevin Hamilton currently leads the team with 86 steals on the year, while junior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) has added 69 steals this season. Last year, the Crusaders recorded 329 steals in 32 games, good for an average of 10.3 steals per contest. Hamilton led the team with 92 steals during the 2004-2005 campaign, to set a new Holy Cross single season record for steals (breaking the mark of 78 by Gordon Hamilton in 1993-1994). He needs only seven more steals this year to break his own record, while needing nine more to set a new Patriot League single season record (the mark is currently held by Mike Bright of Bucknell with 94 steals in 1992-1993).

    AMERICAN RECAP: Keith Simmons scored 23 points and pulled down seven rebounds, to lead Holy Cross to a 69-62 victory over American at Bender Arena on Feb. 18, 2006. Simmons made six of nine field goal attempts, all three of his three-point tries, and eight of nine shots at the free throw line. After the Eagles hit the first basket of the game, the Crusaders scored the next seven points to take a 7-2 lead. A few minutes later, Holy Cross went on a 13-1 run to build a 29-13 advantage with 3:36 left before the break. American was able to trim the lead to 11 points, before the Crusaders took a 34-22 lead into the locker room. In the second half, the Holy Cross lead grew as large as 18 points (51-33) when Simmons hit a three-pointer with 10:37 left to play. But the Eagles then went on a 13-3 run to cut the lead down to eight points. American would get as close as four points (61-57) with 1:24 left, but the Crusaders hit 12 of 14 shots at the free throw line in the final five minutes to hang on for the seven-point victory. Kevin Hamilton recorded 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals for Holy Cross, while making 11 of 12 attempts at the foul line. As a team, the Crusaders shot 80.0 percent (28 of 35) at the charity stripe. American was led by Andre Ingram with 16 points and six rebounds, while Arvydas Eitutavicius added 12 points.

    CRUSADERS REMAIN TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Holy Cross is once again among the top defensive teams in the nation this year. The Crusaders have been particularly impressive over their last 15 contests, allowing just 55.8 points per game, with the opposition shooting 37.5 percent from the floor and 27.0 percent from three-point range. Overall this season, Holy Cross is allowing 60.6 points per game, while holding its opponents to 40.6 percent shooting from the floor and 30.0 percent shooting from three-point range. Holy Cross has also forced its opponents to commit an average of 16.4 turnovers per game, including 25 by Fordham, 23 by Colgate and 22 by Harvard. In addition, the Crusaders are averaging 9.4 steals and 3.5 blocks per contest, while outrebounding the opposition by 4.1 boards per game. Last year, the Crusaders allowed their opponents to average just 56.8 points per game, while holding 22 of their 32 foes to under 60 points in regulation. 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 58.8 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 four seasons (sixth in 2001-2002 at 59.6; third in 2002-2003 at 58.7; seventh in 2003-2004 at 58.6; and fifth in 2004-2005 at 56.8).

    WILLARD CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE RUN AT HOLY CROSS: Ralph Willard is now in his seventh season as the Crusaders' head coach, and currently owns a mark of 130-79 during his time in Worcester. He 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). 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 has also guided Holy Cross to Patriot League regular season championships in 2000-2001, 2002-2003 and 2004-2005, 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. During the 2000-2001 and 2004-2005 seasons, Willard was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year, and in 2004-2005 he was also one of 10 finalists for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award. 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 274-203. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.

    THE LAST MEETING WITH COLGATE: Kevin Hamilton totaled 24 points, seven steals, four rebounds and two assists, to lead Holy Cross to a 60-42 victory over Colgate at the Hart Center on Jan. 25, 2006. Hamilton tied the school single game record for steals, and also became the all-time Holy Cross and Patriot League career leader in steals during the contest. Both teams struggled to score early in the game, although Holy Cross did move out to an 11-7 lead after seven and a half minutes of play. But the Crusaders would not score again for nearly six minutes, as Colgate used an 11-0 run to build a seven-point lead. Holy Cross came back with an 11-1 spurt of its own to regain the lead, and held a 26-23 advantage at halftime. The Crusaders then opened the second half on a 10-0 run, taking a 36-23 lead with 16 minutes left to play. The Raiders were able to trim the lead down to 10 points (40-30), but Holy Cross then held Colgate without a point for over seven minutes. The Crusaders used a 12-0 spurt during that time to build their lead up to 22 points, before eventually winning by 18. Keith Simmons totaled 11 points and seven rebounds for the Crusaders, while Torey Thomas added eight points, eight assists, four rebounds and three steals. Colgate was led by Simon Knight with nine points and four rebounds.

    THOMAS CONTINUES TO HAVE STRONG SEASON: Junior point guard Torey Thomas is once again one of the Crusaders' top players this season. He has averaged 11.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.6 steals per contest through 27 games this year. Thomas has also been shooting better this season, making 30 of 84 attempts (35.7 percent) from three-point range. In last Wednesday's victory over Navy, he totaled 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. Previously, in the home victory over Army, Thomas led the team with 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds. He also had a strong game at Lafayette, totaling 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Earlier this year, Thomas was named to the All-Tournament team at the San Juan Shootout, after averaging 10.3 points, 4.3 assists and 3.7 rebounds over three games. He had 11 points, six assists and five rebounds against Tennessee-Chattanooga, and added 13 points, four rebounds and three assists against Mississippi State. Some of Thomas' other top performances this season came against Fordham (career-high 23 points, five assists, five steals, four rebounds), High Point (20 points, six rebounds, six assists), Lafayette (18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists), Boston College (16 points), George Mason (16 points, six rebounds), Army (16 points, seven assists, five rebounds), William & Mary (15 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, four steals) and Navy (13 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds). Entering the Colgate game, Thomas has career totals of 694 points, 330 rebounds, 290 assists and 165 steals.

    CLIFFORD PLAYING BIG IN THE POST: Sophomore center Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) has moved into the starting lineup for the last nine games, and has responded with some excellent performances. During the victory over Army, he scored 13 points and pulled down four rebounds. Previously at Navy, Clifford recorded 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots. He also had a huge game against American at home, totaling 27 points, four rebounds and four blocks, while hitting nine of 15 shots from the floor and eight of nine attempts from the foul line. Earlier in the season against Brown, Clifford totaled 21 points, seven rebounds and four blocks, while hitting nine of 12 field goal attempts. Some of his other top performances this year have come against Lehigh (19 points, seven rebounds), Boston College (11 points, two rebounds), Lafayette (10 points, four rebounds) and Bucknell (10 points, three rebounds). Through 27 games played this season, Clifford has averaged 7.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots, while making 81 of 165 (49.1 percent) field goal attempts. In 28 games played last season, he averaged 2.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per contest.

    HAMILTON IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Senior guard Kevin Hamilton has put his name among the all-time leaders at Holy Cross in a number of statistical categories. During the first game with Colgate, Hamilton recorded the 247th steal of his collegiate career to set all-time Holy Cross and Patriot League records. He now has 276 steals, after breaking the marks of Jave Meade (246 steals, 2000-2004). Against Cincinnati, Hamilton hit a free throw at the 4:34 mark of the first half to become the 41st player in school history to score 1,000 career points. He now has 1,406 points during his four-year career as a Crusader, to stand in 12th-place on the school's all-time scoring list. In addition, Hamilton is the Crusaders' all-time leader in career three-point field goals made (216) and attempted (609). Hamilton has also tied the school single game records for steals (seven against Harvard, Lafayette and Colgate) and three-point field goals (seven against Tennessee-Chattanooga) this season.

    HOLY CROSS HAS FIVE DIFFERENT 20-POINT SCORERS: In 27 games played this season, Holy Cross has had five different players score 20 or more points in a single contest. Senior guard Kevin Hamilton leads the way with nine 20-point games this season, while junior guard Keith Simmons has six 20-point efforts. Hamilton broke the 20-point barrier against Tennessee-Chattanooga (38 points), Mississippi State (27 points), Navy (26 points), Colgate (24 points), American (22 points), High Point (22 points), Lafayette (22 points), Army (21 points) and Lehigh (20 points), while Simmons scored 20 points against Lafayette (twice -- 26 points and 22 points), Army (26 points), American (23 points), High Point (21 points) and Siena (20 points). Junior guard Torey Thomas has added three 20-point performances, and sophomore center Tim Clifford has a pair of 20-point games this year. Thomas totaled 23 points against Fordham, 21 points against Army and 20 points against High Point, while Clifford had 27 points against American and 21 points against Brown. In addition, freshman forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) recorded 21 points against Mississippi State. Against High Point, the Crusaders had three 20-point scorers in a single game for the first time since Feb. 9, 1994 (against Lehigh). In addition, Holy Cross' five different 20-point scorers this year are its most since five players had 20-point games during the 1996-1997 season (Chris Rojik six times, Damion Ezell three times, John Hightower twice, Jon Kerr twice and Carlos Clark once). Also, the 21 total 20-point games by Crusaders this season are the most since the 1994-1995 season, when Holy Cross players had 20-point performances on 22 occasions.

    VANDER BAAN ENJOYING STRONG FRESHMAN YEAR: Freshman forward Alex Vander Baan has been a key part of the Holy Cross starting lineup throughout the 2005-2006 season. Last week, Vander Baan turned in a pair of strong performances against American (nine points, five rebounds, three steals) and Navy (10 points, five rebounds), and was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this year. He was previously named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Feb. 6, following his performances at Navy (10 points, six rebounds, three assists) and Lafayette (six points, six boards, two assists). Vander Baan also earned Rookie of the Week honors following the San Juan Shootout (Dec. 27) and the William & Mary Tip-Off Classic (Nov. 21). Over the three games at the San Juan Shootout, he averaged 15.7 points and 7.0 rebounds, while shooting 55.6 percent from the floor. Vander Baan had a career-high 21 points and nine rebounds against Mississippi State, while totaling 15 points and seven rebounds against Clemson, and scoring 11 points against Tennessee-Chattanooga. He averaged 7.5 points and 3.5 rebounds at the Tip-Off Classic, while shooting 60.0 percent from the field. His top game came against High Point, when he totaled 11 points and five rebounds. Through 27 games played this season, Vander Baan has averaged 6.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest. Vander Baan came to Holy Cross from Whitinsville Christian School, where he averaged 16.1 points and 15.6 rebounds as a senior.

    THOMAS PLAYING MANY MINUTES: Junior guard Torey Thomas currently leads the team and the Patriot League in playing time this season, having played 994 minutes on the year. Thomas has averaged 36.8 minutes per contest this season, and has a chance to break the Holy Cross single season records for minutes played and average minutes played. The mark for most minutes per game is currently held by Jim McCaffrey, who averaged 35.8 minutes per contest during the 1984-1985 season. The record for most total minutes is currently held by Jave Meade, who saw 1,132 minutes of action during the 2001-2002 campaign. Senior guard Kevin Hamilton has seen the second-most playing time in the Patriot League this year, playing 926 minutes for an average of 35.6 minutes per game.

    CRUSADERS HEAT UP ON OFFENSE: Holy Cross has turned some outstanding shooting performances in Patriot League play. In last Wednesday's victory over Navy, the Crusaders made 25 of 46 field goal attempts (54.3 percent). A week earlier against Army, the Holy Cross hit 54.2 percent (32 of 59) of their field goals, and 52.4 percent (11 of 21) of its shots from three-point range. And in the contest at Navy, the Crusaders made 28 of 51 shots from the floor (54.9 percent) and seven of 14 from three-point range (50.0 percent). Earlier in the season, Holy Cross made 27 of 47 field goals (57.4 percent) against Army on Jan. 11, and hit 34 of 61 shots (55.7 percent) against Lafayette on Jan. 7. Overall this season, The Crusaders have won all seven games in which they have made at least half of their shots. Last year, Holy Cross had a perfect 12-0 record when shooting at least 50 percent from the floor. In fact, the Crusaders have now won their last 33 games when they hits at least half their shots from the field, since a 75-73 loss to Bucknell on Feb. 20, 2002.

    CRUSADERS KEEP WINNING AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross stands 8-2 at the Hart Center so far this season, and now owns an all-time record of 273-105 in the building. The Crusaders also have a 5-1 home mark against Patriot opponents so far in 2005-2006, and now stand 35-5 in Patriot League regular season home games over the last six seasons. In 2004-2005, Holy Cross posted an overall record of 12-3 at home, including a 10-game winning streak. Since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, the Crusaders now have an overall mark of 60-12 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 26 out of 30 seasons, while posting double-figure home victories 13 times.

    HOLY CROSS IN THE RPI: Holy Cross is currently ranked 129th in the nation in the latest Ratings Percentage Index, with a rating of .5174 through games of Feb. 19. The Crusaders are currently the second-highest rated team in the Patriot League, behind only Bucknell (40th, .5906). In addition, Holy Cross' non-conference schedule ranks as the 107th hardest in the country. The Crusaders concluded the 2004-2005 season ranked 49th in the nation in the RPI with a mark of .5657, to place ahead of four at large selections to the NCAA tournament. The Crusaders' 2004-2005 non-conference schedule ranked as the 84th-toughest in the country, including games against three teams which finished the year ranked in the top 50.

    HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in two statistical categories, through games of Feb. 13. Junior guard Torey Thomas and senior guard Kevin Hamilton are also ranked among the national steal leaders. The rankings:

    Category       Rank  Player / Team     Avg.
    Steals            4  Kevin Hamilton     3.3
                     21  Torey Thomas       2.6
                     28  Holy Cross         9.2
    Scoring Defense  29  Holy Cross        60.4
    Assists          45  Torey Thomas       5.0

    HOLY CROSS BREAKS THREE-POINT SHOOTING MARK: In the Jan. 11 victory at Army, the Crusaders set a school single game record by making 15 three-point field goals on only 22 attempts. Junior guard Keith Simmons led the way by hitting six of seven attempts from behind the arc, while senior guard Kevin Hamilton made four of six shots from three-point range. The previous school record for most team three-pointers made in a single game was set on Dec. 2, 1994, when the Crusaders made 14 of 32 shots from behind the arc against Boston College. Holy Cross also came up just short of the Patriot League single game record of 18 three-pointers made, which is held by Lafayette (on Dec. 11, 2000, against Fordham, and on Dec. 30, 2001, against Howard). In addition, the Crusaders have made 175 three-point field goals on the year, and are on pace to break the school single season record (198 in 2004-2005).

    TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 87th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1220-788 (.608), while making 23 postseason tournament appearances -- 11 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 nine players on to professional basketball, had four players inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, had 23 players drafted by professional teams, had three players go to coach professionally, and had 15 players who have coached in college, including current Crusader coach Ralph Willard.

    CRUSADERS HAVE HUGE GAME ON THE BOARDS: Holy Cross turned in its top rebounding performance of the 2005-2006 season in the victory at Lafayette. The Crusaders pulled down a season-best 50 rebounds, while allowing the Leopards only 24 boards, for a +26 rebound margin. Holy Cross pulled down its most rebounds in a single game since Feb. 28, 2003, when it totaled 50 rebounds against Bucknell. The Crusaders also had their biggest rebound margin since Feb. 13, 2002, when they outrebounded Lehigh 48-21 (+27). Overall this year, Holy Cross is averaging 35.5 rebounds per game, while outrebounding the opposition by 4.1 boards per contest.

    CRUSADERS SET NEW HART CENTER RECORD FOR VICTORY MARGIN: In the Feb. 8 win over Army, Holy Cross set a new record for the largest-ever margin of victory for a game played at the Hart Center. The Crusaders defeated the Black Knights by 50 points (88-38) to break the record. The old mark of 49 points had stood for nearly 30 years, since Holy Cross defeated Canisius 113-64 on Jan. 13, 1977. The 50-point margin of victory was also the largest for the Crusaders in any game since they defeated St. Michael's by 70 points (138-68) on Dec. 3, 1970.

    HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Once again this season, the majority of the Crusaders' basketball contests will be carried by WTAG 580 AM in Worcester. For the 17th 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 second year on the Holy Cross broadcast crew, 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 a few games which are not on WTAG. The Holy Cross student station, WCHC 88.1 FM, will also 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 2005-2006 season. Last year the Crusaders had 10 television appearances, including three games which were shown on ESPN2. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2005-2006 campaign:

    Date     Opponent           Television Outlet
    Dec. 1   Siena              Time Warner
    Jan. 2   Boston University  New England Sports Network
    Jan. 14  Bucknell           College Sports Television / WLVI-TV56
    Jan. 17  Boston College     New England Sports Network
    Jan. 25  Colgate            WCTR-TV3
    Jan. 28  Lehigh             Service Electric
    Feb. 4   Lafayette          Lafayette Sports Network
    Feb. 8   Army               WCTR-TV3
    Feb. 26  Lehigh             College Sports Television

    SCOUTING THE RAIDERS: Colgate has an overall record of 9-17 on the season, including a 3-9 mark in the Patriot League. The Raiders snapped a four-game losing streak last Saturday, when they posted a 63-60 home victory over Navy. Colgate's leading scorer is sophomore guard Kyle Roemer, who has averaged 11.4 points per contest while hitting 35.0 percent (56 of 160) of his three-point attempts. Senior guard Alvin Reed has added 9.2 points and 3.0 assists per game, while junior guard Jon Simon is averaging 8.6 points per contest. Colgate is led by head coach Emmett Davis, who owns a 107-117 record during his eight 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' 88 points against Army on Feb. 8 were their most since an 88-54 victory over Navy on Jan. 23, 2004 ... Holy Cross played the 2,000th game in the history of its men's basketball program against American on Jan. 21 ... Senior guard Kevin Hamilton is the Crusaders' captain for the 2005-2006 season, while senior forward Kevin Hyland (White Plains, N.Y.) is serving as Holy Cross' co-captain ... From Jan. 12, 2005-Jan. 11, 2006, the Crusaders had a 15-game winning streak in Patriot League regular season contests, the second longest streak in conference history ... With a pair of victories to begin the conference season, Holy Cross now stands 11-5 all-time in Patriot League openers, 11-5 in conference home openers, and 10-6 in league road openers ... Holy Cross was picked to finish second in this year's Patriot League preseason poll, behind Bucknell ... Senior guard Kevin Hamilton and junior guard Keith Simmons were both named preseason All-Patriot League this year, in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors ... When the Crusaders won the William & Mary Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 18-19, it marked the 12th regular season tournament title in school history.