Crusaders Return Home To Take On Northeastern

Feb. 22, 2008

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (14-11, 5-7 PL) vs. Northeastern (12-14, 8-8 CAA)
Date: February 23, 2008
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: Crusader All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: WTAG 580 AM, Worcester; www.sportsjuice.com, internet; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Holy Cross Student Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester
Northeastern Radio: WAGM 890 AM, Boston; Dave Jageler, play-by-play; Jay Pearlman, color
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 12-4
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 59, Northeastern 44 (December 30, 2005; Boston, 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 NORTHEASTERN: This will be the 17th meeting between the Crusaders and the Huskies on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 12-4. The two schools last met on Dec. 30, 2005, when the Crusaders posted a 59-44 victory in Boston. Holy Cross has won the last four meetings in the series, and six of the last eight. For games played in Worcester, the Crusaders hold a 7-2 advantage, including a 4-2 record against the Huskies at the Hart Center. The schools first met on January 16, 1924, with Holy Cross winning 47-21 in Worcester.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 12-4
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 7-2
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 4-2
Ralph Willard vs. Northeastern: 4-0
Bill Coen vs. Holy Cross: 0-0
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, 4 games
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1

CRUSADERS TO FACE HUSKIES IN BRACKETBUSTERS: The game between Holy Cross and Northeastern is part of the 2008 O'Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters. This marks the second straight season in which the Crusaders have taken part in the BracketBusters, and the first time they are a home team in the event. Last year, Holy Cross dropped a close 65-64 decision at Hofstra, in a game which was shown live on ESPNU. Overall, a total of 100 teams are taking part in this year's BracketBusters. In addition to Holy Cross, one other Patriot League school is participating in the event, with Bucknell playing a road game against Old Dominion.

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 25 games played this season, he has averaged 17.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per contest, while hitting 56.1 percent (166 of 296) of his field goal attempts. In the Navy game, Clifford scored a career-high 34 points on 14 of 18 shooting from the field, in addition to posting seven rebounds and four blocks. During the previous contest at Bucknell, he led the team with 18 points and six rebounds. Clifford also played well at Army, totaling 17 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots. Some of Clifford's other top games this season have been at 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) and against Lehigh (16 points, six rebounds, four assists, seven blocked shots). 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 1,158 points, 494 rebounds and 199 blocked shots, while making 449 of 882 (50.9 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 199 blocked shots during his career as a Crusader, needs just one more to become the third player in Patriot League history with 200 career blocks. He also tied the school single game record for blocks earlier this season, when he swatted away seven shots in the victory over Lehigh on Feb. 2, 2008. Clifford 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; 56 in 2007-2008; 48 in 2005-2006).

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 7.8 points, 4.1 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 21 games played this season, despite missing a good deal of time due to injury. In the Navy game, Doherty totaled 11 points, five rebounds and two assists. Previously against Lafayette, he posted 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. Doherty also had a big day at San Francisco, recording 16 points and four rebounds, while hitting six of 10 shots from the field. Some of Doherty's other top performances this season have come against Boston University (career-high 20 points, three assists, three steals), 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 468 points, 227 assists, 156 rebounds and 105 steals.

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.

NAVY RECAP: Tim Clifford had a career-high 34 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots, but it was not enough as Holy Cross dropped a 72-66 decision to Navy at Alumni Hall on Feb. 20, 2008. Clifford made 14 of 18 shots from the field, in addition to hitting six of eight attempts from the free throw line. Kyle Cruze hit a three-pointer to open the game, but Navy then went on an 11-2 run over the next four minutes to claim a six-point lead. The Midshipmen would eventually build their lead up to seven points (18-11) with 10:38 left in the half, before the Crusaders responded with a 16-6 run to claim a three-point lead (27-24). Pat Doherty capped that spurt with back-to-back three-point field goals, to put Holy Cross in front. Heading into the locker room, the Crusaders held a 30-29 advantage. Holy Cross was still up by one point (42-41) with 13 minutes left in regulation, when it went on a 9-4 run to increase its lead to six points (51-45). But Navy then outscored the Crusaders 18-4 over the next five minutes to take the lead for good, 63-55. Holy Cross was able to cut the lead down to two points (68-66) in the final minute and had a chance to tie the score, but Doherty was unable to convert on a running shot in the lane. The Midshipmen then made all four of their free throws in the final 10 seconds to put the game away. Doherty finished the game with 11 points and five rebounds, while Navy was led by Greg Sprink with 25 points and seven boards. The Midshipmen shot 25 free throws, hitting 92.0 percent, while the Crusaders had just 11 attempts from the foul line.

CRUSADERS REMAIN TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Holy Cross is once again among the top defensive teams in the nation in 2007-2008. In 25 games played this season, the Crusaders have held their opponents to 60.7 points per contest and 41.3 percent shooting from the field. Holy Cross is also outrebounding the opposition by 6.4 boards per game, while forcing 14.2 turnovers per contest. Since the beginning of the 2001-2002 campaign, Holy Cross has held its opposition to only 58.9 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 173-100 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 317-224. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.

THE LAST MEETING WITH NORTHEASTERN: Keith Simmons had 15 points and five rebounds to lead Holy Cross to a 59-44 victory over Northeastern at Solomon Court on Dec. 30, 2005. The Crusaders turned in one of their top defensive performances of the 2005-2006 season, limiting the Huskies to just 44 points and 30.6 percent shooting from the field. Holy Cross played outstanding defense from the opening tip, outscoring Northeastern 15-2 over the first 10 minutes of play. The Huskies made only one of nine field goal attempts during that span, while being forced to commit six turnovers. The Crusaders would lead by at least 10 points for the remainder of the half, and expanded their lead to 17 points (28-11) heading into the locker room. Northeastern opened the second half with an 11-5 run to cut the lead down to 11 points, then scored five straight points a few minutes later to make the score 40-31 with 11 minutes left to play. But Holy Cross responded with a 13-3 run of its own to take control of the game with just under five minutes remaining. The Huskies would get no closer than 14 points down the stretch, before the Crusaders finally won by 15. Kevin Hamilton totaled 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Holy Cross, while Alex Vander Baan added seven points and a team-high nine boards. Janon Cole had 11 points and eight rebounds for Northeastern.

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 25 games played this season, Cruze has averaged 6.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.6 steals per contest. He has been particularly effective over the last nine games, averaging 10.1 points and 5.0 rebounds during that time. In the 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 8.5 points and 5.7 rebounds in 19 games played this season, despite missing a good deal of time since the beginning of January due to injury. In the 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 576 points, 446 rebounds, 123 assists, 64 steals and 27 blocked shots.

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 six games played since his return, Meister has averaged 6.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest, while hitting 55.2 percent (16 of 29) of his field goal attempts. During the 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 14 games played overall this year, Meister is averaging 5.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest, while hitting 50.8 percent (33 of 65) 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.

CUNNINGHAM ENJOYING SOLID SEASON: Junior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) has taken over as the starting small forward for Holy Cross this year, and has been one of the Crusaders' top players. During the 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 7.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, while hitting 37.1 percent (23 of 62) of his three-point attempts.

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 25 games this season, while averaging 34.0 rebounds per game and outrebounding the opposition by 6.4 boards per contest. The Crusaders have been even more impressive in Patriot League play, outrebounding conference foes by 7.6 boards per game. The rebounding load has been well balanced, with five different players averaging at least 3.6 rebounds per game. Junior forward Alex Vander Baan leads the team with an average of 5.7 rebounds per game, followed by senior center Tim Clifford with 5.5 boards per contest. Sophomore forward Eric Meister has totaled 4.7 rebounds per game, while junior forward Colin Cunningham has added 4.4 boards per contest, and senior guard Kyle Cruze has contributed 3.6 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.

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 1,158 points in 119 games as a Crusader, good for an average of 9.7 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 1263-810 (.609), 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 five statistical categories, through games of February 17. 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 steals. The rankings:

Category                  Rank  Player / Team   Avg.
Rebound Margin              18  Holy Cross      +6.5
Scoring Defense             19  Holy Cross      60.2
Blocked Shots               34  Tim Clifford     2.2
Field Goal Percent          54  Tim Clifford    54.7
Free Throw Percent          55  Holy Cross      73.0
Field Goal Percent Defense  77  Holy Cross      41.7
Steals                      93  Pat Doherty      1.9
                            99  Holy Cross       7.5

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 17.3 points per game, followed by junior forward Alex Vander Baan at 8.5 points per contest. Junior guard Pat Doherty has averaged 7.8 points per game, junior forward Colin Cunningham has added 7.3 points per contest, and senior guard Kyle Cruze is chipping in with 6.2 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.

HOLY CROSS IN THE RPI: Holy Cross is currently ranked 136th in the nation in the Ratings Percentage Index, with a rating of .5210 through games of February 20. The Crusaders are the second-highest ranked team in the Patriot League, behind only American (107th, .5346). In addition, Holy Cross' non-conference schedule ranks as the 120th-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).

CRUSADERS LOOK TO DEFEND REGULAR SEASON TITLE: Last year, Holy Cross won a share of the fifth Patriot League regular season championship in school history. The Crusaders tied for first place in the conference with Bucknell, as both teams posted 13-1 records in league play. Prior to last season, 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).

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: Northeastern has an overall record of 12-14 on the season, including an 8-8 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Huskies have lost their last two contests, but prior to that ran off a five-game winning streak. The leading scorer for Northeastern is sophomore guard Matt Janning, who has averaged 26.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game this year. Sophomore center Nkem Ojougboh has chipped in with 10.7 points and a team-best 6.9 rebounds per contest, while sophomore forward Manny Adako is averaging 10.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Northeastern is led by head coach Bill Coen, who has a 25-33 mark in his two seasons with the Huskies. Prior to his time at Northeastern, Coen served as an assistant coach at Boston College and Rhode Island.

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: The Crusaders have a 2-1 record this season when wearing their new black uniforms, winning at American and Bucknell, while losing at Maryland. Holy Cross also stands 7-5 on the year when wearing white, and 5-5 in purple ... 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.