Holy Cross Travels To Lehigh For Contest On ESPNU

Feb. 28, 2008

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (15-12, 5-8 PL) vs. Lehigh (13-14, 6-7 PL)
Date: February 29, 2008
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Place: Stabler Arena (5,600), Bethlehem, Pa.
ESPNU Television: Bob Socci, play-by-play; John Celestand, color
Holy Cross Radio: www.sportsjuice.com, internet; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play
Lehigh Radio: WEEX 1230 AM, Easton, Pa.; WTKZ 1320 AM, Allentown, Pa.; Matt Kerr, play-by-play; Greg Falkenbach, color
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 31-10
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 60, Lehigh 42 (February 2, 2008; Worcester, Mass.)


PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos.  No.  Name                Ht.   Wt.   Cl.
F      33  Colin Cunningham    6-6   210   Jr.
F      53  Eric Meister        6-8   230   So.
C      00  Tim Clifford       6-11   260   Sr.
G       2  Kyle Cruze          6-2   175   Sr.
G      20  Pat Doherty        5-11   170   Jr.

THE SERIES WITH LEHIGH: This will be the 42nd meeting between the Crusaders and the Mountain Hawks on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 31-10. The Crusaders have won five straight games against Lehigh, and have now taken 17 out of the last 19 meetings between the schools. For all games played in Bethlehem, Holy Cross holds a 10-7 advantage, including wins in five of the last seven years. 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, 31-10
In Bethlehem: Holy Cross leads, 10-7
At Stabler Arena: Holy Cross leads, 10-7
Ralph Willard vs. Lehigh: 17-3
Brett Reed vs. Holy Cross: 0-1
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, five games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 4-0

CRUSADERS WRAP UP REGULAR SEASON ON FRIDAY NIGHT: Holy Cross will play its final regular season game of the 2007-2008 campaign on Friday, February 29, when it travels to Lehigh for a 9:00 p.m. contest. Holy Cross enters the weekend in a tie for seventh place in the Patriot League with a 5-8 mark in conference games, but is just one game out of third place. The Crusaders can still finish as high as third and as low as eighth in the Patriot League standings. In addition, Holy Cross still has a chance to earn a top four seed in the conference tournament, and a home game in the quarterfinals. For that to happen, Holy Cross needs to defeat Lehigh, along with Army beating Bucknell, Colgate downing Navy, and American defeating Lafayette.

SENIOR SALUTE: Three members of the Holy Cross basketball program will be taking part in their final regular season game at Lehigh. Team captains Tim Clifford (Walpole, Mass.) and Kyle Cruze (Knoxville, Tenn.) and guard Victor Vaval (West Roxbury, Mass.) are the three members of the 2008 senior class. Over the last four years, the senior class has helped Holy Cross to an overall record of 85-40, 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 year, after earning second team All-Patriot League honors in 2006-2007. In 27 games played this season, he has averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per contest, while hitting 56.4 percent (185 of 328) of his field goal attempts. In the Colgate game, Clifford recorded a team-high 14 points and six rebounds. During the previous contest against Northeastern, he scored 26 points on 13 of 16 shooting from the floor, in addition to posting five rebounds and four blocked shots. Clifford also played well at Navy, leading 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. 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), at Bucknell (18 points, six rebounds), 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 1,198 points, 505 rebounds and 204 blocked shots, while making 468 of 914 (51.2 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 204 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 61 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.

CRUSADERS REMAIN TOUGH ON DEFENSE: Holy Cross is once again among the top defensive teams in the nation in 2007-2008. In 27 games played this season, the Crusaders have held their opponents to 60.3 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 14.1 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

COLGATE RECAP: Tim Clifford totaled 16 points and six rebounds, but it was not enough as Holy Cross was defeated by Colgate 63-55 at the Hart Center on Feb. 27, 2008. The Crusaders started the night hot, jumping out to an early 12-2 lead after the first six minutes of play. But the Raiders scored the next six points to get back into the game, and eventually tied the score up at 14-14. Neither team led by more than three points for the remainder of the half, before the teams went into the locker room tied at 27-27. Colgate started the second half on an 8-2 run, to take a lead which it would never relinquish. The Raiders' lead eventually grew as large as 14 points (51-37) with 10 minutes left to play, when Holy Cross began to fight back. The Crusaders used a 9-0 spurt over the next five minutes to close to within three points, including five points by Eric Meister during that run. Holy Cross eventually cut the margin to two points (57-55) with just under a minute remaining, but the Crusaders would not score again and Colgate held on for the 63-55 win. Colin Cunningham finished the night with 11 points and nine rebounds for Holy Cross. Kyle Roemer led the Raiders with 20 points, while Kendall Chones added 18 points and five 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 Wednesday's game against Colgate, he recorded 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Previously at Bucknell, Cunningham posted nine points and six rebounds. He also played well in the first meeting with Navy, totaling 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists. 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), at Lafayette (12 points, seven rebounds, two 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 7.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, while hitting 36.8 percent (25 of 68) of his three-point attempts.

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 174-101 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 318-225. Willard is a 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a three-year letterwinner for the Crusaders.

THE LAST MEETING WITH LEHIGH: Tim Clifford totaled 16 points, a school record-tying seven blocked shots, six rebounds and four assists, to lead Holy Cross to a 60-42 victory over Lehigh at the Hart Center on Feb. 2, 2008. Holy Cross held a 7-5 lead after the first five and a half minutes of play, before using a 12-0 run over the next seven minutes to expand its lead to 14 points (19-5). The Mountain Hawks were able to trim the lead down to eight points late in the half, before the Crusaders eventually took a 28-17 advantage into the locker room. Lehigh opened the second half with a 6-2 spurt to cut the lead to seven points, but that would be as close as the Mountain Hawks would get the rest of the day. Holy Cross responded with a 13-4 spurt of its own, increasing its lead to 16 points with 11 minutes left to play. The Crusaders would eventually go up by as many as 21 points in the closing minutes of the game, before eventually winning by 18. Holy Cross turned in one of its top defensive performances of the season, holding Lehigh to just 24.0 percent shooting from the field (12 of 50) and 20.0 percent shooting from three-point range (two of 10). The Crusaders also forced 18 turnovers, while outrebounding the Mountain Hawks 40-27. Eric Meister, who had missed Holy Cross' previous 11 games due to injury, returned to the court and totaled 10 points and a team-best nine rebounds. Kyle Cruze also had a big day for the Crusaders, recording 13 points and eight rebounds. Lehigh was led by Marquis Hall with 15 points and four assists.

CRUZE PLAYS KEY MINUTES IN THE BACKCOURT: Senior guard Kyle Cruze has developed into a strong player in the Holy Cross backcourt. Through 27 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 11 games, averaging 9.6 points and 4.7 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.

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 eight games played since his return, Meister has averaged 5.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 52.8 percent (19 of 36) 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 5.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest, while hitting 50.0 percent (36 of 72) 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.

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 7.5 points, 4.3 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 23 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 477 points, 238 assists, 158 rebounds and 108 steals.

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 24. In addition, senior center Tim Clifford stands among the national leaders in field goal percentage, blocked shots and scoring, while junior guard Pat Doherty is nationally ranked in steals. The rankings:

Category                  Rank  Player / Team   Avg.
Scoring Defense             18  Holy Cross      60.2
Rebound Margin              19  Holy Cross      +6.1
Field Goal Percent          27  Tim Clifford    57.4
Blocked Shots               28  Tim Clifford     2.3
                            87  Holy Cross       3.9
Field Goal Percent Defense  48  Holy Cross      40.8
Free Throw Percent          60  Holy Cross      72.8
Scoring                     77  Tim Clifford    17.7
Steals                      86  Pat Doherty      1.9

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.

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 27 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 7.5 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 4.8 rebounds per game, while junior forward Colin Cunningham has added 4.5 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.

CRUSADERS KEEP WINNING AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross stands 8-5 at the Hart Center so far this season, and now owns an all-time record of 299-109 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 86-17 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 54-10 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 1,198 points in 121 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 three 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 1264-811 (.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 17.5 points per game, followed by junior forward Alex Vander Baan at 8.5 points per contest. Junior guard Pat Doherty has averaged 7.5 points per game, junior forward Colin Cunningham has added 7.4 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 5.4 points per contest, and sophomore forward Eric Meister has added 5.3 points per game.

HOLY CROSS IN THE RPI: Holy Cross is currently ranked 141st in the nation in the Ratings Percentage Index, with a rating of .5141 through games of February 27. The Crusaders are the second-highest ranked team in the Patriot League, behind only American (107th, .5327). In addition, Holy Cross' non-conference schedule ranks as the 125th-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 MOUNTAIN HAWKS: Lehigh has an overall record of 13-14 on the season, including a 6-7 mark in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks have lost five of their last seven games, but stand 10-3 on the season in games played at Stabler Arena. The leading scorer for Lehigh is sophomore guard Marquis Hall, who has averaged 13.7 points and 4.3 assists per game. Sophomore forward Zahir Carrington has added 12.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest, while senior forward Bryan White is chipping in with 10.0 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. The Mountain Hawks are led by head coach Brett Reed, who stands 13-14 in his first season at Lehigh. Reed previously served as an assistant coach for the Mountain Hawks from 2002-2007.

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: The Crusaders have never finished a season last (or tied for last) in the Patriot League ... Holy Cross will finish the regular season with a losing record in Patriot League play for just the fifth time in school history, and the first time since 1999-2000. The school record for most Patriot League losses in a season is nine (3-9 in 1997-1998, 1998-1999 and 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 8-6 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.