Men's Basketball Plays Host To Colgate On Senior Night

Feb. 25, 2008

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (15-11, 5-7 PL) vs. Colgate (14-13, 5-7 PL)
Date: February 27, 2008
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
WCTR Television: Kevin Shea, play-by-play; Kevin Wells, color
Live Video Streaming: Crusader All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: www.sportsjuice.com, internet; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Holy Cross Student Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 47-15
Last Meeting: Colgate 58, Holy Cross 46 (January 30, 2008; Hamilton, N.Y.)


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      20  Pat Doherty        5-11   170   Jr.

THE SERIES WITH COLGATE: This will be the 63rd meeting between the Crusaders and the Raiders on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 47-15. The Crusaders had won seven straight, before Colgate posted a 58-46 victory in Hamilton earlier this year. Over the last 14 years, Holy Cross holds a slim 18-13 lead in the series, but prior to that the Crusaders had won 29 of the first 31 meetings between the schools. For games played in Worcester, Holy Cross holds a 26-4 advantage, with five straight victories and a 17-4 mark at the Hart Center. 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, 47-15
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 26-4
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 17-4
Ralph Willard vs. Colgate: 12-6
Emmett Davis vs. Holy Cross: 8-12
Current Win Streak: Colgate, one game
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-0

CRUSADERS TO WRAP UP REGULAR SEASON THIS WEEK: Holy Cross will play its final two regular season games of the 2007-2008 campaign this week. The Crusaders play host to Colgate on Wednesday, February 27, at 7:00 p.m., before traveling to Lehigh on Friday, February 29, at 9:00 p.m. Holy Cross enters the week in a three-way tie for fifth place in the Patriot League with a 5-7 mark in conference games, but is just one game out of third place. The Crusaders could potentially finish the season as high as third or as low as eighth in the league standings.

SENIOR SALUTE: Three members of the Holy Cross basketball program will be taking part in their final regular season game at the Hart Center against Colgate. Team captains Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) and Kyle Cruze (Knoxville, Tenn.) will be honored before the game, along with senior guard Victor Vaval (West Roxbury, Mass.). Over the last four years, the senior class has helped Holy Cross to an overall record of 85-39, two Patriot League regular season championships, one Patriot League tournament title, a trip to the NCAA Tournament and an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament. The 85 total victories for the seniors are the most by Holy Cross in a four-year span since the Crusaders went 85-31 from 1974-1978.

CLIFFORD PLAYS BIG ROLE IN THE MIDDLE: Senior center Tim Clifford 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 26 games played this season, he has averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per contest, while hitting 57.4 percent (179 of 312) of his field goal attempts. In the Northeastern game, Clifford scored 26 points on 13 of 16 shooting from the floor, in addition to posting five rebounds and four blocked shots. During the previous contest at Navy, he led the team with a career-high 34 points on 14 of 18 shooting from the field, to go along with seven rebounds and four blocks. Clifford also played well at Bucknell, totaling 18 points and six rebounds. 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 Army (17 points, four rebounds, two blocks), 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 1,184 points, 499 rebounds and 203 blocked shots, while making 462 of 898 (51.4 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 203 blocked shots during his career as a Crusader, is also just the third player in Patriot League history with 200 career blocks. In addition, he 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. With 60 blocked shots so far this season, Clifford could also break the Holy Cross single season records for blocks, currently held by Sankes with 69 in 1999-2000.

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 7.6 points, 4.1 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 22 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 472 points, 230 assists, 157 rebounds and 108 steals.

NORTHEASTERN RECAP: Tim Clifford totaled 26 points, five rebounds and four blocked shots, to lead Holy Cross to a 61-47 victory over Northeastern at the Hart Center on Feb. 23, 2008, in a contest which was part of the O'Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters. The score was tied 7-7 after the first seven minutes of play, when Holy Cross went on a 6-1 run to claim the lead. After Northeastern was able to pull within four points (16-12), the Crusaders used a 10-3 spurt to build their lead up to double figures (26-15), with Greg McCarthy scoring five points during that time. Holy Cross eventually held a 32-21 advantage heading into the locker room. The Crusaders increased their lead to 13 points (36-23) early in the second half, before the Huskies went on a 9-2 run to work their way back into the game. Northeastern would eventually get as close as four points (46-42) with 4:40 left to play, before Holy Cross reclaimed control of the action. The Crusaders used a 7-0 run to build their lead back to double figures, and eventually led by as many as 16 points in the closing minutes. Holy Cross turned in another outstanding performance on the defensive end of the court, holding the Huskies to just 28.8 percent shooting from the field, and 17.6 percent shooting from three-point range. The Crusaders also forced 15 turnovers, while totaling six blocked shots and nine steals. McCarthy finished the game with 11 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Colin Cunningham added eight points and six assists. The Huskies were led by Eugene Spates with 12 points.

CRUSADERS REMAIN TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Holy Cross is once again among the top defensive teams in the nation in 2007-2008. In 26 games played this season, the Crusaders have held their opponents to 60.2 points per contest and 40.8 percent shooting from the field. Holy Cross is also outrebounding the opposition by 6.1 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 58.8 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 174-100 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 318-224. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.

THE LAST MEETING WITH COLGATE: Tim Clifford totaled 11 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots, but it was not enough as Holy Cross was defeated by Colgate 58-46 at Cotterell Court on Jan. 30, 2008. The Crusaders scored the first four points of the game, and jumped out to a 10-3 lead after the first eight minutes of play. The Raiders responded with an 11-2 spurt of their own over the next four minutes, to claim a 14-12 lead. The scored stayed close for the remainder of the first half, before Colgate took a 23-22 advantage into the locker room. After the Raiders increased their lead to 26-22 early in the second half, Holy Cross scored nine straight points to go back in front, 31-26. But Colgate came back once again with its own 9-0 run, to reclaim the lead for good. Holy Cross could get no closer then five points in the final five minutes of play, and the Raiders made six of eight free throws in the final minute to secure the victory. Greg McCarthy and Andrew Beinert both finished with eight points and six rebounds for the Crusaders. Kyle Roemer led Colgate with 15 points and three rebounds, while Alex Woodhouse and Mike Venezia both scored 10 points.

CRUZE PLAYS KEY MINUTES IN THE BACKCOURT: Senior guard Kyle Cruze has developed into a strong player in the Holy Cross backcourt. Through 26 games played this season, Cruze has averaged 6.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 steals per contest. He has been particularly effective over the last 10 games, averaging 9.8 points and 4.9 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 seven games played since his return, Meister has averaged 5.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest, while hitting 53.3 percent (16 of 30) 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 15 games played overall this year, Meister is averaging 5.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest, while hitting 50.0 percent (33 of 66) 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, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, while hitting 37.5 percent (24 of 64) 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 four times in 26 games this season, while averaging 33.8 rebounds per game and outrebounding the opposition by 6.1 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 3.5 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 4.3 boards per contest, and senior guard Kyle Cruze has contributed 3.5 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.

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 21. In addition, senior center Tim Clifford stands among the national leaders in field goal percentage, blocked shots and scoring. The rankings:

Category                  Rank  Player / Team   Avg.
Rebound Margin              17  Holy Cross      +6.4
Scoring Defense             25  Holy Cross      60.7
Blocked Shots               32  Tim Clifford     2.2
                            99  Holy Cross       3.8
Field Goal Percent          36  Tim Clifford    56.1
Free Throw Percent          52  Holy Cross      73.0
Field Goal Percent Defense  68  Holy Cross      41.3
Scoring                     87  Tim Clifford    17.3

CRUSADERS KEEP WINNING AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross stands 8-4 at the Hart Center so far this season, and now owns an all-time record of 299-108 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 86-16 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 54-9 record against Patriot League foes.

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 1,184 points in 120 games as a Crusader, good for an average of 9.9 points per contest. He now stands in 24th place on the all-time Holy Cross scoring list, just 17 points behind 23rd-place Torey Thomas, who scored 1,201 points from 2003-2007.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 89th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1264-810 (.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 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 over five points per game this season. Senior center Tim Clifford leads the team in scoring at 17.7 points per game, followed by junior forward Alex Vander Baan at 8.5 points per contest. Junior guard Pat Doherty has averaged 7.6 points per game, junior forward Colin Cunningham has added 7.3 points per contest, and senior guard Kyle Cruze is chipping in with 6.3 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 5.1 points per game.

HOLY CROSS IN THE RPI: Holy Cross is currently ranked 126th in the nation in the Ratings Percentage Index, with a rating of .5239 through games of February 24. The Crusaders are the second-highest ranked team in the Patriot League, behind only American (103rd, .5354). 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 OWN FIVE PATRIOT LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON TITLES: 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).

CRUSADERS WILL LOOK FOR SIXTH PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CROWN: Beginning next week, Holy Cross will attempt to win the Patriot League Tournament for the sixth time in school history. Last year, the Crusaders captured their fifth Patriot League Tournament with their 74-66 victory over Bucknell on March 9, 2007. Holy Cross' previous tournament titles came in 2003 (72-64 over American), 2002 (58-54 at American), 2001 (68-64 over Navy in overtime) and 1993 (98-73 at Bucknell). The Crusaders' five conference tournament championships are the most in Patriot League history, with Navy having the second most (three in 1994, 1997 and 1998). Holy Cross has also appeared in the championship game in each of the last three seasons and the six times in the last seven years. Overall, the Crusaders have made a conference-record nine appearances in the Patriot League championship game.

SCOUTING THE RAIDERS: Colgate has an overall record of 14-13 on the season, including a 5-7 mark in the Patriot League. The Raiders have won three of their last four games, and three of their seven conference losses this year have been in overtime. Colgate's leading scorer is junior guard Kyle Roemer, who has averaged 15.3 points per contest while hitting 39.3 percent (70 of 178) of his three-point attempts. Senior forward Kendall Chones has added 11.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, while senior guard Daniel Waddy is averaging 8.8 points and 3.1 assists per contest. Colgate is led by head coach Emmett Davis, who owns a 134-149 record during his nine seasons with the Raiders. Prior to his time at Colgate, Davis served as an assistant coach at Navy and St. Lawrence for 16 years.

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 17 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: Holy Cross has not finished with a losing record in Patriot League regular season play since going 3-9 in Ralph Willard's first season as head coach (1999-2000) ... 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 8-5 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.