February 23, 2009

Men's Basketball Returns To Action Wednesday At Colgate

Feb. 23, 2009

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (14-13, 9-3 PL) vs. Colgate (9-17, 5-7 PL)
Date: February 25, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Cotterell Court (3,100), Hamilton, N.Y.
Television: Time Warner Cable Sports; Mark Larson, play-by-play; Danny Liedka, color
Live Video Streaming: Crusader All-Access
Live Stats: Sidearm Stats
Holy Cross Radio: WWFX 100.1 FM, Worcester; www.worcesterpike.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, 48-16
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 68, Colgate 44 (January 28, 2009; Worcester, Mass.)

 


PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos.  No.  Name                Ht.   Wt.   Cl.
F      33  
Colin Cunningham    6-6   220   Sr.
F      34  
Andrew Keister      6-9   235   So.
C      53  
Eric Meister        6-8   225   Jr.
G      10  
R.J. Evans          6-3   200   Fr.
G      22  
Andrew Beinert      6-4   185   So.

THE SERIES WITH COLGATE: This will be the 65th meeting between the Crusaders and the Raiders on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 48-16. Colgate has won two of the last three meetings, prior to which the Crusaders posted seven straight victories. Over the last 15 years, Holy Cross holds a slim 19-14 lead in the series, but previously the Crusaders had won 29 of the first 31 meetings between the schools. For games played in Hamilton, the Crusaders hold an 19-9 advantage, with a 16-9 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 leads, 48-16
In Hamilton: Holy Cross leads, 19-9
At Cotterell Court: Holy Cross leads, 16-9
Ralph Willard vs. Colgate: 13-7
Emmett Davis vs. Holy Cross: 9-13
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-0

CRUSADERS TRAVEL TO COLGATE: Holy Cross wraps up a two-game road trip when it travels to Colgate on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7:00 p.m. With a victory against the Raiders and a Navy win at American, the Crusaders would still have a chance at the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament. One more Holy Cross win or one more Navy loss would also guarantee the Crusaders no worse than the second seed. Following the contest with Colgate, Holy Cross returns home for its final game of the regular season against Lehigh on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 3:30 p.m.

BEINERT ENJOYING STRONG SOPHOMORE SEASON: Sophomore guard Andrew Beinert (Floral Park, N.Y.) has been one of the Crusaders' top players in the backcourt this season. During the American game, he led the team with 18 points and three assists, while hitting seven of 11 field goal attempts. Previously against Bucknell, Beinert totaled 18 points and three assists. He also had a solid game at Lafayette, recording 10 points and three rebounds. Some of Beinert's other top performances this season have come at Boston University (18 points), against Lafayette (16 points), at Yale (15 points, five of seven from three-point range), at Central Florida (14 points, three rebounds), at Army (14 points), against Brown (nine points, three assists), at Loyola (eight points, four steals), against Colgate (eight points, two rebounds, two assists), against San Francisco (seven points, career-high 10 assists, three rebounds), at Ohio (seven points, five assists three steals) and against Western Michigan (six points, five assists, five steals). Overall this season, he has averaged 8.1 points, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game, while hitting a Patriot League-best 46.2 percent (42 of 91) of his three-point field goal attempts. Last year, Beinert was selected to the Patriot League All-Rookie team, after averaging 3.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

KEISTER A HUGE FACTOR UP FRONT: Sophomore forward Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) has developed into the Crusaders' top player at the low post positions, posting a team-high seven double-doubles on the season. In Patriot League play, Keister has averaged 13.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest, while hitting 68.6 percent (70 of 102) of his field goal attempts. During the American game, he totaled 13 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. Previously against Navy, Keister recorded 10 points, six rebounds and five assists. He also had a solid game against Bucknell, posting 13 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots. Earlier in the season, he had good games at Navy (27 points, 14 rebounds), against Army (21 points and 12 rebounds), at Bucknell (18 points, 10 rebounds), at Central Florida (18 points, five rebounds), against Lafayette (17 points, nine rebounds), at Lafayette (16 points, 11 rebounds), at Boston University (15 points, 11 rebounds), at Lehigh (10 points, seven rebounds, five assists), at Massachusetts (10 points, six rebounds), against Western Michigan (nine points, eight rebounds), against San Francisco (eight points, nine rebounds), at Ohio (eight points, five rebounds, two blocks) and against Fairfield (six points, eight rebounds). Overall this year, Keister is now averaging 9.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 60.2 percent (100 of 166) from the field.

CRUSADERS LOOKING FOR SIXTH PATRIOT LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON TITLE: Holy Cross enters the Colgate game in second place in the conference with an 9-3 record, and still has a chance to win its sixth Patriot League regular season title. The last championship for the Crusaders came in 2006-2007, when they tied for first place in the conference with Bucknell, as both teams posted 13-1 records in league play. Prior to that, Holy Cross won outright Patriot League regular season titles in 2001, 2003 and 2005, while sharing the regular season championship in 1994. The Crusaders are the only team in league history to win more than two outright titles, while their five total championships are tied for the most in conference history with Navy (one outright, four shared) and Bucknell (two outright, three shared).

EVANS HAS BIG START TO COLLEGIATE CAREER: Freshman guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) is enjoying an outstanding rookie season, and has scored in double-figures in 17 of his last 21 games. During the victory over Navy, he led the team with 17 points and six rebounds. Previously against Bucknell, Evans totaled 10 points and seven rebounds. Earlier in the season he had an outstanding night against San Francisco, posting a double-double with a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds. Some of Evans' other top games this year have come against Siena (21 points, six rebounds, five assists, four steals), at Navy (19 points, career-high 11 rebounds), at Massachusetts (17 points, eight rebounds, four steals), against Western Michigan (17 points, six rebounds), at Army (17 points, five rebounds, three steals), against American (16 points, five rebounds), at Ohio (16 points, four rebounds, three steals), at Lehigh (15 points, four rebounds, three steals), against Sacred Heart (15 points), at Central Florida (14 points, eight rebounds), against Fairfield (13 points, three steals), at Boston University (12 points, six rebounds), against Colgate (12 points, four steals), at Yale (12 points, three rebounds, three assists), against St. Joseph's (12 points, three rebounds), at Lafayette (11 points, three rebounds, three steals) and at Harvard (10 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals). Evans' 26 points against San Francisco were the most by a Holy Cross freshman in a single game since Ronnie Perry scored 29 points at Iona on Dec. 21, 1976. Overall this season, Evans is averaging a team-best 12.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. He has a chance to become the first freshman to lead the Crusaders in scoring since Ryan Serravalle, who averaged 11.6 points per game in 1998-1999. Evans came to Holy Cross from Norwich (Conn.) Free Academy, where he was a two-time All-State selection and scored 2,030 career points.

AMERICAN RECAP: Andrew Beinert totaled 18 points and three assists, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross men's basketball team was defeated by American 56-50 at Bender Arena. Beinert made seven of 11 field goal attempts on the day, including four of six shots from three-point range. The Crusaders played outstanding defense early in game, allowing American to make just one of its first 17 shots from the field, but led just 6-2 with nine minutes left in the first half. The Eagles came back with a 15-4 run of their own to pull in front by seven points (17-10), before Holy Cross closed out the half with an 8-2 spurt to cut the lead to one point (19-18) heading into the locker room. American then started the second half on fire, using an 11-0 run to go in front 30-18 with 17 minutes left to play. The Eagles eventually led by 13 points, before the Crusaders used a 12-4 spurt to make the score 40-35 with 10 minutes remaining. Beinert scored nine points during that run, sinking three three-point shots. Holy Cross was able to close within three points (49-46) with two and a half minutes left, but was not able to get any closer before American made five of seven free throws in the final minute of play to hold on for the win. Andrew Keister finished the game with 13 points and 12 rebounds, for his seventh double-double of the season. The Eagles were led by Garrison Carr with 28 points.

WILLARD CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE RUN AT HOLY CROSS: Ralph Willard is now in his 10th season as the Crusaders' head coach, and currently owns a mark of 188-116 during his time in Worcester. He now stands in second place on the all-time school list for career victories, behind only George Blaney (357-276 / 1972-1994). In 2006-2007, Willard was selected as the Patriot League Coach of the Year for the third time in his career. He was previously named the conference's Coach of the Year during the 2000-2001 and 2004-2005 seasons, and in 2004-2005 he was also one of 10 finalists for the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award. Willard has led the Crusaders to four Patriot League tournament titles and four trips to the NCAA Tournament, during the 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003 and 2006-2007 seasons. He has also guided Holy Cross to four Patriot League regular season championships in 2000-2001, 2002-2003, 2004-2005 and 2006-2007, with the 2002-2003 squad posting an overall record of 26-5 to come up just one win shy of the school single season record for victories. Prior to his time at Holy Cross, Willard spent five seasons as the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh, and four years as head coach at Western Kentucky University. He led Western Kentucky to the NCAA Tournament during each of his final two seasons (advancing to the Sweet 16 in 1992-1993), and his overall career record stands at 332-240. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.

CUNNINGHAM STEPS UP IN SENIOR SEASON: Senior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.) has returned to the Holy Cross lineup at small forward this year, and is once again one of the Crusaders' top players. In the victory over Navy, Cunningham totaled 12 points and six rebounds. Previously against Bucknell, he finished with 13 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals. Earlier in the season, Cunningham had a huge night against San Francisco, scoring a career-high 26 points and handing out six assists. Some of his other top games have come against American (20 points, seven rebounds, four steals), against Army (16 points, four rebounds, three steals), at Loyola (13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals), at Boston University (13 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals), against Colgate (13 points, five steals, three assists), against Western Michigan (12 points, two rebounds, two steals), against Brown (11 points, eight rebounds, six assists), against Lafayette (10 points, nine rebounds, eight assists) and at Lafayette (10 points, five assists, three steals). Overall this year, Cunningham has averaged 8.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.8 steals per contest. Last season, he averaged 8.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game, while hitting 36.8 percent (28 of 76) of his three-point attempts. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Cunningham has totaled 630 points, 365 rebounds, 202 assists and 103 steals.

THE LAST MEETING WITH COLGATE: Colin Cunningham recorded 13 points, five steals and three assists to lead the Crusaders to a 68-44 victory over Colgate at the Hart Center on Jan. 28, 2009. R.J. Evans added 12 points and four steals for Holy Cross in the win. The Crusaders started the game off hot, jumping out to a quick 15-3 lead after the first eight minutes of play. Colgate responded with a 7-2 spurt, and would eventually cut the Holy Cross lead down to four points (22-18) with two minutes left in the half. The Crusaders eventually took a 26-20 advantage into the locker room. Holy Cross was up by just four points (28-24) with 18 minutes remaining in the second half, when it went on a 15-2 run to put the game away. The Crusaders began that spurt by hitting five straight shots from the field, including a pair of three-point field goals from Andrew Beinert. The Holy Cross lead would grow to as many as 27 points late in the game, before the Crusaders finally posted a 24-point victory. Holy Cross held Colgate to just 44 points on 34.3 percent shooting from the field, while posting a 30-18 rebounding advantage. The Crusaders also recorded a season-high 14 steals, while forcing 17 total turnovers. The Raiders were led by Yaw Gyawu with 15 points.

VANDER BAAN PLAYS KEY ROLE ON FRONT LINE: Senior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) has been a key member of the Holy Cross lineup this year, despite missing six contests due to injury. During the victory over Navy, he had eight points and three rebounds, while scoring all eight of his points in the final 10 minutes as the Crusaders came back to win. Earlier in the season at Bucknell, Vander Baan scored 11 points while hitting both of his three-point field goal attempts. He also played well at Ohio, recording 10 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Some of Vander Baan's other top games this season came against St. Joseph's (13 points, 11 rebounds), Sacred Heart (nine points, seven rebounds), Loyola (nine points, three rebounds, two assists) and Brown (six points, eight rebounds, five assists). Overall this year, Vander Baan is averaging 5.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, while hitting 34.0 percent (16 of 47) of his three-point field goal attempts. During the 2007-2008 season, he averaged 8.5 points and 5.7 rebounds in 19 games played. As a freshman in 2005-2006, Vander Baan was selected to the Patriot League All-Rookie team. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, he has now totaled 688 points, 521 rebounds, 150 assists, 84 steals and 36 blocked shots.

MEISTER CLEANS THE GLASS FOR THE CRUSADERS: Junior forward Eric Meister (Boalsburg, Pa.) has been a key player for Holy Cross in the low post this season. During the victory at Lehigh, Meister recorded a career-high 15 points and four rebounds. Previously against American, he scored 12 points on five of six shooting from the floor, while pulling down a team-best eight rebounds. Meister also played well against Western Michigan, totaling 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Some of his other top games this season have come against Sacred Heart (11 points, 11 rebounds), at Harvard (10 points, 11 boards), against St. Joseph's (nine points, seven rebounds, three blocks) and against Navy (nine points, three rebounds). On the season, he is averaging 5.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.9 blocked shots per game. Last year, Meister averaged 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds, while playing in 18 games with eight starts. As a freshman in 2006-2007, he was selected to the Patriot League All-Rookie team. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he has now totaled 337 points, 304 rebounds and 53 blocked shots.

STEALING THE SHOW: Through 27 games played so far this season, Holy Cross has averaged a Patriot League-best 8.8 steals per game, including highs of 14 steals against Colgate and 13 steals at Boston University. Senior forward Colin Cunningham leads the team with 48 steals, and freshman guard R.J. Evans has added 45 steals. Sophomore guard Andrew Beinert has totaled 31 steals, and seven other Crusaders have at least 11 steals. Holy Cross has led the Patriot League in steals five times in the last six seasons, while averaging over 10 steals per game in both 2003-2004 (10.7 steals per game) and 2004-2005 (10.3 steals per game).

HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders are once again a strong rebounding team this year, averaging 35.5 boards per contest and outrebounding their opponents by an average margin of 6.0 rebounds per game. So far this season, Holy Cross has outrebounded its opponent in 21 out of 27 games played. The Crusaders have been even more impressive in Patriot League play, outrebounding their opponents by 6.4 boards per game. Sophomore forward Andrew Keister leads the team with an average of 6.6 rebounds per game, while freshman guard R.J. Evans stands second with 5.0 boards per contest. Senior forward Colin Cunningham is averaging 4.8 rebounds per game, while junior forward Eric Meister is averaging 4.1 boards per contest and senior forward Alex Vander Baan is chipping in with 3.6 rebounds per game. In 2007-2008, Holy Cross was outrebounded only five times in 29 games, while averaging 33.5 rebounds per game and outrebounding the opposition by 5.6 boards per contest. Entering 2008-2009, the Crusaders have posted a positive rebounding margin in nine straight seasons, including seven years in which they outrebounded the opposition by at least four boards per game.

CRUSADERS REMAIN TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Holy Cross is once again among the top defensive teams in the Patriot League in 2008-2009. In 27 games played so far this season, the Crusaders have allowed 63.4 points per game, while forcing 15.6 turnovers per contest and outrebounding the opposition by 6.0 boards per game. Holy Cross is also averaging 8.8 steals and 3.1 blocked shots per contest. Since the beginning of the 2001-2002 campaign, the Crusaders have held their opponents to only 59.4 points per contest. In addition, Holy Cross has ranked in the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense in five of the last seven seasons (sixth in 2001-2002 at 59.6; third in 2002-2003 at 58.7; seventh in 2003-2004 at 58.6; fifth in 2004-2005 at 56.8; and eighth in 2006-2007 at 57.5). Here is a look at the Crusaders' defensive statistics under Ralph Willard.

 

Season       PPG    FG%   3FG%    SPG   BPG
1999-2000   63.3   39.6   31.3    6.5   3.8
2000-2001   62.3   38.2   35.2    6.3   5.2
2001-2002   59.6   42.0   38.5    7.8   3.1
2002-2003   58.7   40.6   33.2    7.9   4.5
2003-2004   58.6   40.3   32.9   10.7   4.5
2004-2005   56.8   38.9   36.3   10.3   5.0
2005-2006   60.5   40.2   30.3    9.1   3.5
2006-2007   57.5   41.4   37.8    9.5   3.6
2007-2008   60.5   41.0   36.9    7.4   3.9
2008-2009   63.4   42.4   34.1    8.8   3.1

DOHERTY RETURNS TO THE COURT: Senior guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.) has seen action in Holy Cross' last 13 games, after missing the first 14 contests of the year due to injury. During the victory at Bucknell, he totaled 18 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals. Doherty also recorded eight points, three assists and two steals against Lafayette, while posting five points, seven assists and three rebounds at Lehigh. On the year, he is averaging 4.5 points, 3.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game, with a 1.84-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Last season, Doherty averaged 7.4 points, 4.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. His top performance during the 2007-2008 campaign came against Boston University with a career-high 20 points, three assists and three steals. As a freshman in 2004-2005, Doherty was honored as the Patriot League Rookie of the Year. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, he has now totaled 547 points, 296 assists, 198 rebounds and 125 steals.

CRUSADERS HEAT UP ON OFFENSE: Holy Cross has turned in some outstanding shooting performances over its last 16 games. In the Feb. 18 victory over Navy, the Crusaders hit a season-best 57.4 percent (27 of 47) of their field goal attempts. Some of Holy Cross' other top shooting games in Patriot League action came against Colgate (25 of 48, 52.1 percent), against American (25 of 48, 52.1 percent) and in the home victory over Lafayette (27 of 51, 52.9 percent). In non-conference play, the Crusaders shot 54.5 percent (24 of 44) from the field at Boston University, while making 51.8 percent (29 of 56) of their shots against San Francisco. Overall this season, Holy Cross has won all six games in which it has made at least half of its shots. In fact, the Crusaders have now won 50 out of 51 games in which they have shot at least 50 percent from the field since the beginning of the 2002-2003 season.

CRUSADERS REACH 300 VICTORIES AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 308-113 at the Hart Center, after posting its 300th win in the building against Sacred Heart on Nov. 14. The Crusaders had a 23-game winning streak at the Hart Center from Feb. 15, 2006-Jan. 2, 2008, which was the longest streak in the history of the building and the sixth-longest home court winning streak in the nation at the time. In 2006-2007 Holy Cross posted a perfect 14-0 mark at the Hart Center, setting a school record for the most home victories since it moved into the building. During the Hart Center's history, Holy Cross has posted a winning record at home in 29 out of 33 seasons, while recording double-figure home victories 15 times. The Crusaders stand 95-21 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 59-11 record against Patriot League foes and an 9-4 mark so far in 2008-2009.

BROWN PLAYS KEY MINUTES OFF THE BENCH: Freshman guard Devin Brown (Randallstown, Md.) has been one of the first players off the bench in the Holy Cross backcourt this season. During the victory over San Francisco, Brown recorded 22 points and five assists, while making 11 of 12 free throw attempts. Previously at Massachusetts, he totaled 14 points and three rebounds. Brown also had a huge game against Fairfield, scoring 22 points while hitting five of nine shots from the field and all 10 of his shots at the foul line. Some of his other top games this season have come against St. Joseph's (12 points, two rebounds, two assists) and Siena (10 points, three rebounds, two assists). Overall this year, he is averaging 6.3 points per game, while making a team-best 88.6 percent (70 of 79) of his free throws. Brown came to Holy Cross from Notre Dame Preparatory School in Fitchburg, Mass., after previously graduating from Baltimore City High School.

HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in four statistical categories, through games of Feb. 19. In addition, freshman guard Devin Brown ranks 16th in the nation in free throw percentage, and senior forward Colin Cunningham stands 72nd in steals. The rankings:

 

Category            Rank  Player / Team      Avg.
Free Throw Percent    16  
Devin Brown        88.6
Steals                21  Holy Cross          8.9
                      72  
Colin Cunningham    1.9
Rebound Margin        24  Holy Cross         +5.9
Scoring Defense       75  Holy Cross         63.7
Assists               96  Holy Cross         14.2

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 90th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1278-826 (.607), 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.

MAY STEPS INTO PROMINENT ROLE: Junior forward Adam May (Mentor, Ohio) has become a key part of the Holy Cross rotation this season, and has been a solid player on the offensive end of the court. So far this year, he is averaging 4.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. During the victory at Army, May had a strong all-around game with eight points, seven rebounds, four assists, four blocks and two steals. Previously against Siena, he totaled 15 points, three rebounds and three steals. Some of May's other top performances earlier in the season came against St. Joseph's (15 points, seven rebounds, four assists) and Northeastern (11 points, two rebounds, two assists). Last season, he averaged 5.2 points and 2.0 rebounds, while playing in 23 games with one start. May scored in double-figures three times in 2007-2008, including a career-best 16 points against Harvard. Over the course of his collegiate career, May has now totaled 255 points, 103 rebounds, 49 assists and 33 steals.

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

SCOUTING THE RAIDERS: Colgate has an overall record of 9-17 on the season, including a 5-7 mark in the Patriot League. The Raiders have lost their last three games, including an 80-75 non-conference loss at Longwood on Saturday. Colgate's leading scorer is sophomore guard Mike Venezia, who has averaged 10.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Junior forward Ben Jonson has added 9.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, while freshman forward Yaw Gyawu is averaging 9.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per contest. Colgate is led by head coach Emmett Davis, who owns a 148-167 record during his 11 seasons with the Raiders. Prior to his time at Colgate, Davis served as an assistant coach at Navy and St. Lawrence for 16 years.

OFFENSE LIGHTS UP SCOREBOARD AGAINST SAN FRANCISCO: In the Dec. 27 victory over San Francisco, the Crusaders scored a season-best 97 points. That performance marked the most points scored by Holy Cross in a single game since Nov. 23, 2002, when it defeated Dowling 101-61. The 97 points were also the most by the Crusaders against a Division I opponent since they defeated Lehigh 100-81 on Jan. 27, 1996. Overall this season, Holy Cross is now averaging 64.8 points per game.

HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Most of the Crusaders' basketball contests during the 2008-2009 season will be carried by The Pike, WWFX 100.1 FM in Worcester. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 22nd season calling the play-by-play for Crusader basketball on the radio. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk are in their fifth year on the Holy Cross broadcast crew, and will handle either play-by-play or color commentary for selected games. The Pike is currently scheduled to air 23 of the Crusaders' 29 regular season games. All games aired on The Pike can also be heard live over the internet at `www.worcesterpike.com'. Five games not carried on The Pike will be broadcast exclusively over the internet at `www.sportsjuice.com'. In addition, the Holy Cross student station, WCHC 88.1 FM, will carry a number of games this year.

CRUSADERS ON TELEVISION: Holy Cross is currently scheduled to have nine games shown on live television during the 2008-2009 season. The Crusaders had eight television appearances last year, while appearing on television 13 times in 2006-2007, 10 times in 2005-2006 and 10 times in 2004-2005. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2008-2009 season:

 

Date     Opponent          Television Outlet
Nov. 29  Loyola (Ill.)     Lakeshore Public Television
Dec. 30  Siena             WCTR-TV3
Jan. 6   Central Florida   Bright House Sports Network
Jan. 17  Bucknell          ESPNU
Jan. 24  American          ESPNU
Jan. 31  Lehigh            Service Electric Cable
Feb. 7   Lafayette         Lafayette Sports Network
Feb. 11  Army              WCTR-TV3
Feb. 25  Colgate           Time Warner Cable

CRUSADER ALL-ACCESS: Live video streaming of a number of Holy Cross basketball games will be available over the internet through Crusader All-Access. The package, done in association with CBS College Sports Online, is available for a $9.95 monthly subscription. For details on how to sign up for Crusader All-Access, click here.

DRIBBLES: The Crusaders stand 8-4 this season when wearing their white uniforms, while going 1-1 in their black uniforms and 5-8 in their purple uniforms ... With the victory over St. Joseph's, Holy Cross is 1-0 this season in overtime games. The Crusaders now stand 12-3 in overtime contests under Ralph Willard ... Senior forward Colin Cunningham, senior guard Pat Doherty and senior forward Alex Vander Baan are serving as the Crusaders' tri-captains this season ... Holy Cross was picked to finish third in the 2008-2009 Patriot League preseason poll, receiving 68 total points and two first place votes. American placed first in the poll, while Lehigh was second ... The New England Basketball Hall of Fame has established the Ronald S. Perry New England Basketball Legend Award, which will be presented at each New England Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony to an individual who, in demonstrating uncommon basketball excellence, has made an extraordinary contribution to the sport in the New England region. The award is named in honor of former Holy Cross student-athlete and athletic director Ron Perry (Class of 1954) ... At halftime of the game between Holy Cross and St. Joseph's on Nov. 16, four all-time Crusader basketball greats were honored. George Kaftan (Class of 1949), Bob Cousy (Class of 1950), Togo Palazzi (Class of 1954) and Tom Heinsohn (Class of 1956) were all be on hand to witness their jerseys being lifted to the Hart Center rafters -- the first time Holy Cross held such a ceremony for any former student-athlete ... With the Nov. 14 victory over Sacred Heart, Holy Cross improved to 27-7 in home openers at the Hart Center, with an 8-2 mark under Ralph Willard ... The Crusaders also improved their all-time mark in season openers to 65-25, including a 39-6 mark at home and an 8-2 record under Ralph Willard ... Holy Cross wore its black uniforms at home for the first time ever against Sacred Heart, as part of the Black Out Night promotion.