Holy Cross To Open 2012-2013 Season At Liberty Tax Classic

Malcolm Miller

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Event: Liberty Tax Classic
Dates: November 9-11, 2012
Place: Constant Convocation Center (8,472), Norfolk, Va.

Game 1: Holy Cross vs. Old Dominion (Nov. 9, 7:15 p.m.)
Live Video Streaming: Monarch Media
Old Dominion Radio: WVSP 94.1 FM, Yorktown, Va.; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Gametracker

Game 2: Holy Cross vs. Texas-San Antonio (Nov. 10, 5:00 p.m.)
Texas San-Antonio Radio: KTKR 760 AM, San Antonio, Texas; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Gametracker

Game 3: Holy Cross vs. Morgan State (Nov. 11, 4:15 p.m.)
Morgan State Radio: WEAA 88.9 FM, Baltimore, Md.; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics:

Pos., No., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl.
F, 13, Malcolm Miller, 6-6, 190, So.
F, 50, Dave Dudzinski, 6-9, 227, Jr.
C, 44, Phil Beans, 6-9, 233, Sr.
G, 3, Justin Burrell, 5-9, 165, So.
G, 32, Jordan Stevens, 6-5, 200, Sr.

CRUSADERS SET TO OPEN SEASON AT LIBERTY TAX CLASSIC: Holy Cross will begin the 2012-2013 campaign with three games at the Liberty Tax Classic, which will take place from Nov. 9-11 in Norfolk, Va., on the campus of Old Dominion University. The Crusaders open the tournament against host Old Dominion on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7:15 p.m. Holy Cross will then take on Texas-San Antonio at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, and Morgan State at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. Following the Liberty Tax Classic, the Crusaders will return to the Hart Center to face Maine in their home opener on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

THE SERIES WITH OLD DOMINION: This will be the first-ever meeting between the Crusaders and the Monarchs on the hardwood. Against the 11 schools which currently compete in the Colonial Athletic Association, Holy Cross stands 25-9 all-time (1-0 against Delaware, 0-2 vs. George Mason, 1-0 against Georgia State, 5-2 vs. Hofstra, 13-5 against Northeastern and 5-0 vs. William & Mary).

THE SERIES WITH TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO: This will be the first-ever meeting between the Crusaders and the Roadrunners on the hardwood. Holy Cross has only played one game in its history against the 10 schools which currently compete in the Western Athletic Conference, defeating Seattle 77-72 on March 10, 1952, during the National Invitation Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

THE SERIES WITH MORGAN STATE: This will be the first-ever meeting between the Crusaders and the Bears on the hardwood. Against the 13 schools which currently compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, Holy Cross stands 4-0 all-time with marks of 1-0 against Florida A&M and 3-0 against Hampton.

FOR OPENERS: Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 65-28 in its opening game of the season. The Crusaders have lost their opener in each of the last three seasons, but prior to that had posted six straight victories on opening day. This year will mark the 49th time Holy Cross has opened the season on the road, with the Crusaders posting a 29-19 mark in the previous 48 contests. Over the last 13 years, Holy Cross stands 8-5 in season openers. During that time, Holy Cross has defeated Providence (54-43 in 1999-2000), Quinnipiac (85-57 in 2001-2002), Boston University (59-57 in 2003-2004; 58-48 in 2004-2005), High Point (85-73 in 2005-2006), Fairfield (67-65 in overtime in 2006-2007), Hofstra (61-47 in 2007-2008) and Sacred Heart (67-58 in 2008-2009) on opening day, while falling to Providence (63-57 in 2000-2001), Kansas (81-57 in 2002-2003), Harvard (87-77 in 2009-2010) and the College of Charleston (93-84 in 2010-2011; 78-69 in 2011-2012).

BURRELL COMING OFF ROOKIE OF THE YEAR SEASON: Sophomore Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) will be in his second season as Holy Cross' starting point guard, after being selected as the 2011-2012 Patriot League Rookie of the Year. Burrell started all 29 of the Crusaders' games last year, averaging 7.4 points, 3.7 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest, and hitting 77.4 percent (65 of 84) of his free throw attempts. He really stepped up his play over the final seven games of the 2011-2012 campaign, averaging 11.0 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds during that time, while connecting on 47.4 percent of his three-point field goal attempts (nine of 19). A few of his top performances last season came at Navy (career-high 17 points, four rebounds, four assists), at Lafayette (16 points, three rebounds, two assists), at Providence (15 points, six assists, two rebounds, two steals), against Bucknell (15 points, three assists), against New Hampshire (13 points) and against San Francisco (12 points, six assists, four rebounds, two steals).

HOLY CROSS IN ROAD OPENERS: The Crusaders have an all-time record of 45-48 in their opening road contest of the season. Holy Cross has lost its first away game in each of the last four years, but prior to that the Crusaders had won four straight times in their opening road contest of the season. Holy Cross posted victories at Fairfield in 2007-2008 (67-54), at Harvard in 2006-2007 (82-69), at William & Mary in 2005-2006 (67-55) and at Boston University in 2004-2005 (58-48).

CRUSADERS PICKED FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL: In the 2012-2013 Patriot League preseason poll, Holy Cross was picked to finish in fourth place in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. The Crusaders received 55 total points in the conference preseason poll, to tie with Lafayette for fourth place. Lehigh placed first in the poll with 96 total points and 12 first-place votes, followed by Bucknell in second with 88 points and four first-place votes, and American in third with 66 points. The preseason rankings were rounded out by Army (sixth, 47 points), Colgate (seventh, 26 points) and Navy (eighth, 15 points).

DUDZINSKI PLAYS BIG DOWN LOW: Junior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) should once again be a key player for the Crusaders in the low post positions this year. In 29 games played last season, Dudzinski averaged 9.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks, while making 48.7 percent (97 of 199) of his field goal attempts and 83.1 percent of his free throws (69 of 83). During last year's victory over Lehigh, he led the team with career highs of 23 points and five blocked shots, in addition to pulling down eight rebounds and hitting nine of 11 field goal attempts. A few of Dudzinski's other top performances last year came at Providence (21 points, career-high 11 rebounds), against San Francisco (20 points, six rebounds), at Maine (20 points, five rebounds, two steals), at Dartmouth (14 points, eight rebounds, two blocks) and at the College of Charleston (14 points, five rebounds, two steals). During the 2010-2011 season, he was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie team, after averaging 4.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 27 games played, while hitting 54.8 percent (51 of 93) of his field goal attempts. Over the course of his collegiate career, Dudzinski has now totaled 396 points, 248 rebounds and 42 blocked shots, while connecting on 50.7 percent (148 of 292) of his field goal attempts and 78.0 percent (85 of 109) of his free throws.

STEVENS LOOKS TO STEP INTO STARTING ROLE: Senior guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.) will look to take over as a starter for the Crusaders on the wing this year, after serving as a key reserve last season. In 28 games played in 2011-2012, he averaged 5.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists, while making 44.0 percent (22 of 50) of his three-point field goal attempts. During last year's victory over Lehigh, Stevens scored 17 points while hitting seven of 10 field goal attempts and three of five shots from three-point range. A few of his other top games last season were against Hartford (17 points, four rebounds, three assists), San Francisco (16 points, seven assists), Dartmouth (11 points) and Maine (11 points). As a sophomore in 2010-2011, Stevens averaged 7.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per game, scoring a season-high 15 points against both Army and Navy.Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 346 points, 136 rebounds and 73 assists, while connecting on 34.8 percent (48 of 138) of his three-point field goal attempts.

HOLY CROSS SHINES ON THE DEFENSIVE END: The Crusaders look to be strong on the defensive end of the court this season, after becoming one of the top defensive teams in the Patriot League in 2011-2012. Holy Cross finished last year ranked first in the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense (30.5 percent) and blocked shots (4.4 blocks per game), while holding the opposition to 66.8 points per game and 42.1 percent field goal shooting overall. The Crusaders were even more impressive during Patriot League regular season play, where they improved on all of those numbers. In conference games, Holy Cross allowed just 62.9 points per game, 40.2 percent field goal shooting and 29.2 percent three-point shooting, while averaging 4.6 blocked shots per contest.

BROWN NOW IN THIRD YEAR WITH CRUSADERS: Milan Brown is in his third season as the head coach at Holy Cross in 2012-2013, with an overall record of 23-35 and a 16-12 mark in Patriot League regular season games. With the win over Army on Feb. 9, 2011, he recorded the 100th victory of his collegiate head coaching career. Brown's overall career record now stands at 118-155 (.432). The 16th head coach in the history of the program, he came to Holy Cross after spending the previous seven seasons as head coach at Mount St. Mary's. During his final three years at Mount St. Mary's, Brown led the Mountaineers to three straight winning seasons and a pair of postseason appearances. His teams posted a 54-44 record (.551) during those three years, including a 35-19 mark (.648) in Northeast Conference play. During the 2007-2008 campaign, Brown led Mount St. Mary's to the first NCAA Division I Tournament victory in school history (69-60 over Coppin State).

CRUSADERS LOOKING FOR SIXTH PATRIOT LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON TITLE: During the 2012-2013 campaign, Holy Cross will attempt to win the Patriot League regular season title for the sixth time in school history. The last championship for the Crusaders came in 2006-2007, when they tied for first place in the conference with Bucknell, as both teams posted 13-1 records in league play. Prior to that, Holy Cross won outright Patriot League regular season titles in 2001, 2003 and 2005, while sharing the regular season championship in 1994. The Crusaders' three outright titles are the second-most in league history, and Holy Cross' five total championships are tied for the second-most in conference history with Navy (one outright, four shared), behind only Bucknell (four outright, three shared).

BEANS PLAYS KEY MINUTES IN THE POST: Senior center Phil Beans (Toledo, Ohio) should once again play a key role for Holy Cross in the paint this season. In 28 games last year, Beans averaged 6.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest. He also became a threat from beyond the arc, making 36.8 percent (21 of 57) of his three-point field goal attempts. Beans' top game in 2011-2012 came against Colgate, when he scored a career-high 16 points to go along with five rebounds and two blocks. Some of his other top performances last season came against Navy (14 points), against Fairfield (14 points), at American (11 points, nine rebounds) and at Navy (10 points, three rebounds, two blocked shots). Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Beans has now recorded 219 points, 139 rebounds and 17 blocked shots.

HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders finished the 2011-2012 season ranked among the top 125 in NCAA Division I leaders for two statistical categories. In addition, several players ended the year among the top 250 in the nation in individual statistics. The rankings:

Category Rank   Player / Team Avg.
Three-Point Percent Defense 24   Holy Cross 30.5
Blocked Shots 52   Holy Cross 4.4
  73   Eric Obeysekere 1.7
  207   Dave Dudzinski 1.1
Free Throw Percent 76   Holy Cross 72.1
Steals 88   R.J. Evans 1.8
Field Goal Percent Defense 121   Holy Cross 42.1
Assist-Turnover Ratio 145   Justin Burrell 1.7
Assists 193   Justin Burrell 3.7
Scoring 216   Devin Brown 14.6
Three-Pointers Made 248   Devin Brown 1.9

HOLY CROSS LOOKS TO POST ANOTHER WINNING RECORD IN LEAGUE PLAY: With a 9-5 mark in conference games last year, the Crusaders once again finished the regular season with a winning record in Patriot League play. That marked the 14th time Holy Cross has posted a winning record against conference opponents in the league's 22-year history. The Crusaders previously finished with winning records in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. Holy Cross' 14 winning seasons in conference play are the second-most in the history of the Patriot League, behind only Bucknell with 17.

OBEYSEKERE STEPS UP ON FRONT LINE: Senior forward Eric Obeysekere (Orinda, Calif.) has developed into a solid presence for the Crusaders in the low post. Last season, he averaged 3.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. Obeysekere's top game during the 2011-2012 campaign came against San Francisco, when he totaled 10 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots. In 2010-2011, he averaged 4.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game, including a career-high 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots at Navy. Over the course of his career with the Crusaders, Obeysekere has now totaled 240 points, 328 rebounds and 99 blocked shots.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year will mark the 94th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1314-884 (.598), 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.

CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 330-132 at the Hart Center, including a 10-3 mark last year. The Crusaders posted their 300th win in the building against Sacred Heart on Nov. 14, 2008. Holy Cross 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 the Crusaders posted a perfect 14-0 mark at the Hart Center, setting a school record for the most home victories since they moved into the building. During the Hart Center's history, Holy Cross has posted a winning record at home in 31 out of 37 seasons, while recording double-figure home victories 17 times. The Crusaders stand 117-40 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 76-20 record against Patriot League foes.

HOLY CROSS OWNS FIVE PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CROWNS: Six years ago, the Crusaders captured their fifth Patriot League Tournament crown with a 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 (1994, 1997 and 1998) and Bucknell (2005, 2006 and 2011) being tied for second. Holy Cross has also appeared in the championship game seven times in the last 12 years. Overall, the Crusaders have made a conference-record 10 appearances in the Patriot League championship game.

CRUSADERS IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Two current Holy Cross players have already earned spots in the school's all-time record book. Senior forward Eric Obeysekere enters the 2012-2013 campaign ranked seventh all-time at Holy Cross in career blocked shots (98). In addition, senior guard Jordan Stevens tied the all-time school single-game record for three-point field goal percentage when he hit all four of his attempts from behind the arc against Hartford on Nov. 23, 2011.

HOLY CROSS NAMES CAPTAINS: Senior center Phil Beans, sophomore guard Justin Burrell and junior forward Dave Dudzinski have been selected as the Crusaders' captains for the 2012-2013 season. These three players will take over the leadership role from Devin Brown and R.J. Evans, who served as the Crusaders' captains during the 2011-2012 season.

ASSUMPTION RECAP: Dave Dudzinski scored a game-high 19 points, but Holy Cross lost an exhibition game against Assumption at the Hart Center, 71-63, on Nov. 4, 2012. Dudzinski hit six of 11 field goal attempts on the day, in addition to connecting on seven of eight free throws. The game was close early on, before the Greyhounds used a 13-3 run to pull ahead by 12 with 11:34 remaining in the first half. Assumption would eventually go up by as many as 15 points, before taking a 38-26 advantage into the lockerroom. The Greyhounds increased their lead to 19 points midway through the second half, and were still up 61-45 with 6:14 to go. The Crusaders then scored nine straight points to make things interesting, but Holy Cross was not able to get closer than seven points the rest of the way. Cullen Hamilton totaled 12 points and four assists, while hitting four of eight shots from three-point range. Justin Burrell added 10 points and two rebounds for the Crusaders. Assumption was led by Kevin Donahue with 16 points, five assists and four rebounds.

HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Most of the Crusaders' basketball contests during the 2012-2013 season will be carried live over the internet. The games will be streamed by Stretch Internet free of charge, with links to the broadcasts available by clicking here. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre will be in his 26th season calling the play-by-play for Crusader basketball on the radio. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk are in their ninth year on the Holy Cross broadcast crew, and will handle either play-by-play or color commentary for selected games. WCHC 88.1 FM, the Holy Cross student station, will also carry a number of games this year.

CRUSADERS ON TELEVISION: Holy Cross will have at least seven games shown on live television during the 2012-2013 season. The Crusaders had seven television appearances last year, while appearing on television eight times in 2010-2011, nine times in 2009-2010, 10 times in 2008-2009, eight times in 2007-2008, 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 2012-2013 season:

Nov. 24 at St. John's: SportsNet New York
Nov. 27 at Providence: Cox Sports
Jan. 12 at Lehigh: CBS Sports Network
Jan. 23 at Lafayette: Lafayette Sports Network
Jan. 26 vs. Bucknell: CBS Sports Network
Jan. 30 vs. Army: Charter TV3
Feb. 17 at American: CBS Sports Network

PATRIOT LEAGUE ALL-ACCESS: Live video streaming of most Patriot League regular season games during the 2012-2013 season will be available over the internet through Patriot League All-Access. The package, done in association with CBS College Sports Online, is available for a monthly subscription. For details on how to sign up for Patriot League All-Access, click here.

CRUSADER VISION: Live video streaming of all 2012-2013 Holy Cross home non-conference games will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The package, done in association with Stretch Internet, is available for $8.95 per game. Season packages are also available for men's basketball only ($29.95) or all Holy Cross sports ($99.95). For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision, click here.

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SCOUTING THE MONARCHS: Old Dominion is coming off a 2011-2012 season in which it posted an overall record of 22-14 and a 13-5 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Monarchs also played in the College Insider Tournament last year, where they advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Mercer 79-73. The team's top returning scorer is senior forward Nick Wright, who averaged 8.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game last year. Junior guard Donte Hill (7.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game) also returns to the starting lineup. The Monarchs are led by Blaine Taylor, who is entering his 12th season as Old Dominion's head coach. Taylor stands 237-124 with the Monarchs, while owning a career record of 378-189 (including seven years at Montana).

SCOUTING THE ROADRUNNERS: Texas-San Antonio is coming off a 2011-2012 campaign in which it posted an overall record of 18-14 and a 10-6 mark in the Southland Conference. The team's top returning scorer is senior guard Kannon Burrage, who averaged 13.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last year. Junior forward Jeromie Hill (12.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game) and senior guard Michael Hale (9.9 points and 3.2 assists per contest) also return to the starting lineup. The Roadrunners are led by Brooks Thompson, who is entering his seventh season as Texas-San Antonio's head coach. Thompson stands 96-91 with the Roadrunners, while owning a career record of 151-105 (including two years at Yavapai College).

SCOUTING THE BEARS: Morgan State is coming off a 2011-2012 campaign in which it posted an overall record of 9-20 and a 6-10 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The team's top returning scorer is senior forward DeWayne Jackson, who averaged 12.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game last year. Junior center Ian Chiles (8.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game) also returns to the starting lineup. The Roadrunners are led by Todd Bozeman, who is entering his seventh season as Morgan State's head coach. Bozeman stands 111-85 with the Bears, while owning a career record of 146-147 (including four years at California).

DRIBBLES: Last season, Holy Cross assistant coach Dan Engelstad took part in Shots from the Heart, a project created by CollegeInsider.com to help raise awareness for the growing problem of heart disease ... Holy Cross' six-game winning streak in 2012 (from Feb. 8-25) was its longest since winning six consecutive contests in 2007 (from Nov. 10-28) ... Holy Cross' victory over Boston College on Nov. 18, 2011, snapped a 14-game losing streak against Atlantic Coast Conference schools, since a 63-61 win at North Carolina State during the Dixie Classic on Dec. 29, 1959. The Crusaders' next most previous win over Boston College came on Dec. 1, 2002, when the Eagles were members of the Big East Conference ... Holy Cross went 11-3 last season when wearing its white uniforms, while going 4-11 in its purple uniforms.