September 3, 2008

Holy Cross Renews Men's Basketball Series With UMass

Sept. 3, 2008

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross-UMass rivalry in men's basketball will be renewed for the next three seasons, as announced by head coach Ralph Willard and athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr. The series will start with this season's meeting on Dec. 10, 2008, at the Mullins Center in Amherst. The teams will play at the DCU Center in Worcester in the 2009-2010 campaign, and will wrap up the series with a meeting at the Mullins Center in 2010-2011. The Crusaders and Minutemen have not played since Holy Cross beat UMass, 67-56, on Dec. 4, 2001, in Amherst.

"It is great to have UMass back on the schedule this season," said Willard. "This is one of our oldest rivalries, and I am sure that our fans will look forward to us resuming this series. "

Holy Cross holds the all-time series lead, 36-17, dating to the first game between the teams in 1908, a 51-4 Crusader victory. Holy Cross has not lost to UMass since Dec. 9, 1993, when the Minutemen posted a 97-80 victory at the DCU Center. The Crusaders have won the last two meetings overall, including the 2001 contest and a 78-65 victory in 2000 at the DCU Center. UMass and Holy Cross had played for virtually every year from 1952 through 1993 before the two-game set in 2000 and 2001.