Feb. 26, 2009
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (15-13, 10-3 PL) vs. Lehigh (15-12, 5-8 PL)
Date: February 28, 2009
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: Crusader All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: WWFX 100.1 FM, Worcester; www.worcesterpike.com, internet; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Holy Cross Student Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester; Ryan Holt, play-by-play; Chris Gibson & Dan Gaudet, color
Lehigh Radio: WEEX 1230 AM, Easton, Pa.; WTKZ 1320 AM, Allentown, Pa.; Matt Kerr, play-by-play
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 32-11
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 67, Lehigh 52 (January 31, 2009; Bethlehem, Pa.)
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl.
F 21 Alex Vander Baan 6-9 205 Sr.
F 33 Colin Cunningham 6-6 220 Sr.
C 45 Greg McCarthy 6-11 235 Sr.
G 3 Lawrence Dixon 6-5 200 Sr.
G 20 Pat Doherty 5-11 175 Sr.
THE SERIES WITH LEHIGH: This will be the 44th meeting between the Crusaders and the Mountain Hawks on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 32-11. The Crusaders have won 18 out of the last 21 meetings between the schools, including wins in six of the last seven contests. For games played in Worcester, Holy Cross holds a 20-3 advantage, including 12 straight wins. The schools first met on Jan. 16, 1976, with Holy Cross posting an 84-60 victory at the Hart Center.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 32-11
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 20-3
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 20-3
Ralph Willard vs. Lehigh: 18-4
Brett Reed vs. Holy Cross: 1-2
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 4-0
CRUSADERS CONCLUDE REGULAR SEASON AGAINST LEHIGH: Holy Cross returns home to play its final game of the regular season against Lehigh on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 3:30 p.m. The Crusaders have already wrapped up the second seed in the Patriot League Tournament, and will play a home game in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 4, at 7:00 p.m. Possible opponents for Holy Cross include Army, Bucknell, Colgate, Lafayette and Lehigh, depending on the outcome on Saturday's games. If the Crusaders win their quarterfinal game, they would then play at home in the Patriot League semifinals on Sunday, March 8.
SENIOR SALUTE: Six members of the Holy Cross basketball program will be taking part in their final regular season game at the Hart Center against Colgate. Senior forward Colin Cunningham (Memphis, Tenn.), senior guard Lawrence Dixon (Columbia, Md.), senior guard Pat Doherty (Scranton, Pa.), senior center Greg McCarthy (Mansfield, Mass.) and senior forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) will be honored before the game, along with team manager Jamie Reynolds (Worcester, Mass.). Over the last four years, the senior class has helped Holy Cross to an overall record of 75-48, a Patriot League regular season championship, a Patriot League tournament title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
CRUSADERS REACH DOUBLE-FIGURES IN LEAGUE WINS: Holy Cross currently has a record of 10-3 in Patriot League play. This marks the eighth time the Crusaders reached double-figures in conference victories, since the Patriot League began play in the 1990-1991 season. The school record for most conference wins is held by the 2002-2003, 2004-2005 and 2006-2007 teams, which all posted 13-1 marks in the Patriot League. In addition, the 1992-1993 team went 12-2, the 2005-2006 squad went 11-3, the 2000-2001 team was 10-2, and the 1991-1992 team had a 10-4 record. Holy Cross' eight seasons with double-figure victories are the most in Patriot League history, as no other school has accomplished the feat more than six times.
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 Colgate, Meister totaled 10 points and seven rebounds. Previously at Lehigh, he recorded a career-high 15 points and four rebounds. Meister also played well against American, scoring 12 points on five of six shooting from the floor, while pulling down a team-best eight rebounds. Some of his other top games this season have come against Sacred Heart (11 points, 11 rebounds), at Harvard (10 points, 11 boards), against Western Michigan (10 points, seven rebounds, two assists), 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 347 points, 311 rebounds and 54 blocked shots.
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 victory at Colgate, he recorded 12 points and four rebounds. Previously at American, Beinert led the team with 18 points and three assists, while hitting seven of 11 field goal attempts. He also had a big game against Bucknell, totaling 18 points and three assists. 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), at Lafayette (10 points, three rebounds), 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 8.3 points, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game, while hitting a Patriot League-best 46.8 percent (44 of 94) 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 12.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest, while hitting 67.3 percent (72 of 107) 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 9.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 59.6 percent (102 of 177) from the field.
COLGATE RECAP: Devin Brown scored 13 points to lead Holy Cross to a 60-58 victory over Colgate at Cotterell Court on Feb. 25, 2009. The game was close early on, with the score tied 11-11 after the first seven minutes of play. The Crusaders then went on a 15-4 run over the next seven minutes, to take an 11-point advantage (26-15). But the Raiders scored the next eight points to get back into the game, and eventually tied the score at 28-28 heading into the locker room. Colgate started the second half hot, using a 12-3 run to go up 40-31 with 14 minutes left to play. But Holy Cross refused to go away, coming back with a 17-5 spurt of its own to take the lead for good. Brown scored seven straight points during that run, while Andrew Beinert added a three-point field goal which gave the Crusaders their first lead since the opening minute of the half. Holy Cross would eventually expand its lead to six points (58-52) with 1:03 to play, but hit just two of six free throws in the final minute to barely hold on for the win. The Crusaders outrebounded the Raiders 38-23 on the night, including a season-high 21 offensive rebounds. Beinert finished the game with 12 points and four rebounds, while Eric Meister added 10 points and seven rebounds. Ben Johnson led Colgate with 18 points and six boards.
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 at Colgate, Brown led the team with 13 points on five of eight shooting from the field. Previously against San Francisco, he recorded 22 points and five assists, while making 11 of 12 free throw attempts. Brown also played well at Massachusetts, totaling 14 points and three rebounds. Some of his other top games this season have come against Fairfield (22 points, five of nine shooting from the field, 10 of 10 shooting at the foul line), St. Joseph's (12 points, two rebounds, two assists) and Siena (10 points, three rebounds, two assists). Overall this year, he is averaging 6.5 points per game, while making a team-best 88.0 percent (73 of 83) 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.
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 22 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 12.6 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.
THE LAST MEETING WITH LEHIGH: Eric Meister totaled a career-high 15 points, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals, to lead Holy Cross to a 67-52 victory over Lehigh at Stabler Arena on Jan. 31, 2009. R.J. Evans added 15 points, four rebounds and three steals for the Crusaders in the win. Holy Cross led 5-2 in the opening minutes of the game, when Lehigh used a 9-1 run to take an 11-6 lead. The Crusaders responded with a 14-4 spurt of their own to reclaim the lead, including a pair of three-point field goals by Alex Vander Baan. Holy Cross stayed in front for the remainder of the half, eventually taking a 28-26 advantage into the locker room. The scored stayed close early in the second half, and was tied at 42-42 with 10:31 left to play. The Crusaders then went on an 8-0 run over the next four minutes to go in front 50-42. Both Evans and Andrew Keister scored four points during that spurt. After a three-point field goal by Lehigh's Marquis Hall cut the lead to 50-45, Holy Cross scored eight straight points to go in front 58-45 with three minutes left. The Crusaders then hit five of six free throws in the final two minutes of play to secure the victory. Holy Cross held Lehigh to 34.5 percent shooting from the field, and 17.6 percent shooting from three-point range. On the offensive end, the Crusaders hit 45.5 percent of their shots and 41.2 percent from beyond the arc. Keister finished the game with 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Holy Cross. Lehigh was led by Marquis Hall with 14 points, three rebounds and two assists.
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 189-116 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 333-240. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.
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.
STEALING THE SHOW: Through 28 games played this season, Holy Cross has averaged a Patriot League-best 8.6 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 47 steals. Sophomore guard Andrew Beinert has totaled 33 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).
VANDER BAAN PLAYS KEY ROLE ON FRONT LINE: Senior forward Alex Vander Baan 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 5.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, while hitting 35.4 percent (17 of 48) 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 695 points, 524 rebounds, 150 assists, 84 steals and 36 blocked shots.
CRUSADERS REMAIN TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Holy Cross is once again among the top defensive teams in the Patriot League in 2008-2009. In 28 games played this season, the Crusaders have allowed 63.2 points per game, while forcing 15.4 turnovers per contest and outrebounding the opposition by 6.4 boards per game. Holy Cross is also averaging 8.6 steals and 3.0 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 63.2 42.5 34.5 8.6 3.0
CUNNINGHAM STEPS UP IN SENIOR SEASON: Senior forward Colin Cunningham 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 8.6 points, 4.9 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 634 points, 372 rebounds, 205 assists and 103 steals.
HOLY CROSS HAS GOOD SUCCESS ON THE BOARDS: The Crusaders are once again a strong rebounding team this year, averaging 35.6 boards per contest and outrebounding their opponents by an average margin of 6.4 rebounds per game. So far this season, Holy Cross has outrebounded its opponent in 22 out of 28 games played. The Crusaders have been even more impressive in Patriot League play, outrebounding their opponents by 7.1 boards per game. Sophomore forward Andrew Keister leads the team with an average of 6.5 rebounds per game, while freshman guard R.J. Evans stands second with 5.0 boards per contest. Senior forward Colin Cunningham is averaging 4.9 rebounds per game, while junior forward Eric Meister is averaging 4.2 boards per contest and senior forward Alex Vander Baan is chipping in with 3.5 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.
DOHERTY RETURNS TO THE COURT: Senior guard Pat Doherty has seen action in Holy Cross' last 14 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 4.1 points, 3.6 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game, with a 1.92-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, 298 assists, 201 rebounds and 126 steals.
CRUSADERS HEAT UP ON OFFENSE: Holy Cross has turned in some outstanding shooting performances over its last 17 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.
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in three statistical categories, through games of Feb. 22. In addition, freshman guard Devin Brown ranks 14th in the nation in free throw percentage, and senior forward Colin Cunningham stands 93rd in steals. The rankings:
Category Rank Player / Team Avg.
Free Throw Percent 14 Devin Brown 88.6
Steals 25 Holy Cross 8.8
93 Colin Cunningham 1.8
Rebound Margin 23 Holy Cross +6.0
Scoring Defense 71 Holy Cross 63.4
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 90th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1279-826 (.608), 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 4.5 points, 2.2 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 256 points, 107 rebounds, 49 assists and 33 steals.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS: Lehigh has an overall record of 15-12 on the season, including a 5-8 mark in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks have lost two straight and five of their last seven games, and are coming off a 72-51 defeat at Bucknell on Wednesday. The leading scorer for Lehigh is junior guard Marquis Hall, who has averaged 14.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. Junior forward Zahir Carrington has added 14.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest, while sophomore guard Rob Keefer is chipping in with 8.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. The Mountain Hawks are led by head coach Brett Reed, who stands 29-27 in two seasons at Lehigh. Reed previously served as an assistant coach for the Mountain Hawks from 2002-2007.
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 64.6 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: Nine of Holy Cross' games have been shown on live television so far 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, visit click here.
DRIBBLES: The Crusaders stand 8-4 this season when wearing their white uniforms, while going 1-1 in their black uniforms and 6-8 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 ... During the Dec. 27 victory over San Francisco, Holy Cross had three different players score over 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 ... 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.