November 22, 2012

Holy Cross Plays Host To New Hampshire On Saturday

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (3-2, 0-0 PL) vs. New Hampshire (2-2, 0-0 AEC)
Date: November 24, 2012
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600),  Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: Crusader Vision
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 21-10
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 62, New Hampshire 57; December 3, 2011; Worcester, Mass.

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
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 COME HOME TO PLAY NEW HAMPSHIRE: Holy Cross will return home on Saturday, Nov. 24, when it plays host to New Hampshire at 4:00 p.m. Following the contest against the Wildcats, the Crusaders will be on the road for their next three games. Holy Cross will travel to Providence on Tuesday, Nov. 27 (7:00 p.m.), Hartford on Saturday, Dec. 1 (7:00 p.m.) and Sacred Heart Wednesday, Dec. 5 (7:00 p.m.).

THE SERIES WITH NEW HAMPSHIRE: This will be the 32nd meeting between the Crusaders and the Wildcats on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 21-10. The Crusaders won the last meeting 62-57 in Worcester a year ago, and have now been victorious in four of the last six games in the series. For contests played in Worcester, Holy Cross holds a 12-3 advantage, including three straight wins. Holy Cross and New Hampshire first met on Jan. 10, 1973, with the Crusaders posting a 78-60 victory in Worcester.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 21-10
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 12-3
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 11-2
Milan Brown vs. New Hampshire: 1-2
Bill Herrion vs. Holy Cross: 1-1
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
In Overtime: New Hampshire leads, 1-0

CRUSADERS AGAINST THE AMERICA EAST CONFERENCE: Against the nine schools which currently compete in the America East Conference, Holy Cross stands 101-40 all-time (51-12 vs. Boston University, 6-5 against Hartford, 7-1 vs. Maine, 21-10 against New Hampshire, 0-2 vs. Stony Brook and 16-10 against Vermont). The Crusaders played in the America East, then known as the ECAC North Atlantic, for four seasons from 1979-1983, posting a 9-7 record in conference play (the league played only a tournament and no regular season in the first two years). In 1980, Holy Cross won the ECAC Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

DUDZINSKI PLAYS BIG DOWN LOW: Junior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) is once again a key player for the Crusaders in the low post positions this year. In five games played, he has averaged 11.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per contest, while connecting on 77.8 percent (14 of 18) of his free throw attempts. During the St. John's game, Dudzinski totaled 12 points and five rebounds, while hitting six of eight field goal attempts. Previously against Maine, he recorded 10 points and nine rebounds. Dudzinski also had a huge game against Morgan State with 20 points and eight rebounds, including a pair of free throws to give Holy Cross the lead with 17 seconds remaining. Some of his other top games this year have come against Texas-San Antonio (eight points, 12 rebounds, three blocks) and Old Dominion (six points, six boards). 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 452 points, 288 rebounds and 45 blocked shots, while connecting on 78.0 percent (99 of 127) of his free throws.

BURRELL COMING OFF ROOKIE OF THE YEAR SEASON: Sophomore Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) is now in his second season as Holy Cross' starting point guard, after being selected as the 2011-2012 Patriot League Rookie of the Year. Through five games played this season, Burrell has averaged 12.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest, while hitting 92.3 percent (12 of 13) of his free throws. During the St. John's game, he recorded 12 points and five assists. Burrell previously earned All-Tournament honors at the Liberty Tax Classic, where he averaged 16.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. He totaled 16 points and four assists against Morgan State; 17 points, three rebounds and two steals against Texas-San Antonio; and 15 points and six rebounds against Old Dominion. 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), at Providence (15 points, six assists) and against Bucknell (15 points, three assists). Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Burrell has now totaled 276 points, 117 assists, 70 rebounds and 24 steals, while making 79.4 percent (77 of 97) of his free throws.

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).

ST. JOHN'S RECAP: St. John's forward JaKarr Sampson totaled 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals, to lead the Red Storm to a 65-53 victory over the Crusaders at Carnesecca Arena. Dave Dudzinski totaled 12 points and five rebounds while hitting six of eight field goal attempts, despite playing only 21 minutes due to foul trouble. Justin Burrell added 12 points and five assists for Holy Cross. St. John's led 6-4 early in the first half, when the Crusaders went on a 10-0 run to pull ahead. Holy Cross was still up by four (18-14) with 8:50 remaining in the first half, before scoring five straight points to go in front by nine (23-14). The Red Storm then used an 8-0 spurt to get back into the game, and the teams would eventually go into the locker room tied at 30-30. To start the second half, St. John's claimed a quick lead with five straight points, before a 7-0 run gave the Crusaders a 37-35 advantage with 16:13 left to play. The Red Storm came right back with a 7-0 spurt of their own to pull back in front, and their lead would stay between three and seven points for the next several minutes. Holy Cross was down by just four (48-44) with nine minutes remaining, when St. John's used a 10-2 run to put the game away. The Crusaders would get no closer than seven points in the closing minutes, before the Red Storm finally posted a 12-point victory. Holy Cross held a 35-31 rebounding advantage on the night, and made 100 percent of its free throw attempts as a team (nine of nine). But St. John's forced the Crusaders to commit 18 turnovers, in addition to blocking 10 Holy Cross shots.

BEANS PLAYS KEY MINUTES IN THE POST: Senior center Phil Beans (Toledo, Ohio) is once again playing a key role for Holy Cross in the paint this season. In five games played, Beans has averaged 9.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest, while making 36.4 percent (8 of 22) of his shots from three-point range. During the victory over Maine, he led the Crusaders with a career-high 19 points and eight rebounds. Beans previously earned All-Tournament honors at the Liberty Tax Classic, where he averaged 8.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. He recorded 17 points and six rebounds against Morgan State, posted three points and seven rebounds against Texas-San Antonio, and totaled six points, four rebounds and two steals against Old Dominion. In 28 games last year, Beans averaged 6.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest, while making 36.8 percent (21 of 57) of his three-point field goal attempts. His top game in 2011-2012 came against Colgate, when he scored a season-high 16 points to go along with five rebounds and two blocks. Some of Beans' 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, he has now recorded 266 points, 166 rebounds and 19 blocked shots.

STEVENS STEPS INTO STARTING ROLE: Senior guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.) has taken over as a starter for the Crusaders on the wing this year, after serving as a key reserve last season. In five games played this year, Stevens has averaged 7.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per contest. During the victory over Maine, he posted his first career double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Stevens previously had 14 points, four rebounds and four steals against Texas-San Antonio, while recording seven points and two rebounds in the victory over Morgan State. 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 385 points, 156 rebounds and 85 assists, while connecting on 35.6 percent (58 of 163) of his three-point field goal attempts.

THE LAST MEETING WITH NEW HAMPSHIRE: R.J. Evans totaled 14 points, six rebounds, four steals and two assists, to lead Holy Cross to a 62-57 victory over New Hampshire at the Hart Center on Dec. 3, 2011. Devin Brown added 15 points for the Crusaders, and Justin Burrell scored 13 points. The game was close throughout a first half which featured four ties and eight lead changes. New Hampshire's largest lead of the half was three points, which they held for the last time with 6:18 left before the break. Holy Cross then went on a 9-0 run to pull in front, with Brown scoring five of his points during that spurt. The Crusaders eventually held 27-23 advantage heading into the locker room. The Wildcats cut the margin to 29-27 early in the second half, before Holy Cross scored six straight points to take a 35-27 advantage. The Crusaders were still up by seven (38-31), when New Hampshire used an 8-0 run to pull ahead 39-38. The score was later tied at 42-42, when Jordan Stevens hit a jumper to put Holy Cross back in front. The lead would still be just one point (51-50) with two minutes left, before a pair of Brown free throws and a three-pointer by Stevens made the score 56-50. The Crusaders extended the lead to 10 points with 38.4 seconds to go, before the Wildcats ran off seven quick points to make the score 60-57 with 9.6 seconds remaining. Burrell then drained a pair of free throws to put the game away, as Holy Cross held on for the victory. New Hampshire was led by Patrick Konan with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Chris Matagrano added 11 points and seven boards.

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 26-37 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 121-157 (.435). 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).

HOLY CROSS SHINES ON THE DEFENSIVE END: The Crusaders have once again been a strong defensive team so far this season. Through five games played, Holy Cross has given up only 59.4 points per contest, while holding the opposition to 39.9 percent shooting from the field and 21.9 percent shooting from three-point range. Last year, the Crusaders ranked first in the Patriot League in three-point field goal percentage defense (30.5 percent) and blocked shots (4.4 blocks per game), while holding their opponents to 66.8 points per game and 42.1 percent field goal shooting overall. Holy Cross was even more impressive during conference regular season play in 2011-2012, where it improved on all of those numbers. In league games, Holy Cross allowed just 62.9 points per game, 40.2 percent field goal shooting and 29.2 percent three-point shooting last year, while averaging 4.6 blocked shots per contest.

CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 331-132 at the Hart Center, including a 1-0 mark so far this 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 118-40 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 76-20 record against Patriot League foes.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year will mark the 94th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1317-886 (.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.

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.

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).

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.

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 (Orinda, Calif.) currently ranks seventh all-time at Holy Cross in career blocked shots (100). 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 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. 21 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 WILDCATS: New Hampshire enters the contest with an overall record of 2-2 on the season. The Wildcats have lost their last two games, and are coming off a 69-67 loss to the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Wednesday night. Senior guard Chandler Rhoads currently leads the team by averaging     13.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Junior forward Patrick Konan has added 13.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest, while junior center Chris Pelcher is chipping in with 13.0 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. The Wildcats are led by Bill Herrion, who is now in his eighth season as New Hampshire's head coach. Herrion stands 85-126 with the Wildcats, while owning a career record of 322.295 (including eight years at Drexel and six seasons at East Carolina).

DRIBBLES: Freshman guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) totaled 15 points and four rebounds in the season opener at Old Dominion, including the game-winning free throw with 8.9 seconds remaining. His 15 points were the most by a Holy Cross player in his collegiate debut since R.J. Evans scored 15 points against Sacred Heart in 2008. Hamilton is now averaging 6.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game ... Sophomore forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) has averaged 6.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 blocks per game so far this year, including a career-high 10 points against Texas-San Antonio ... Senior guard Dee Goens (Alpharetta, Ga.) is currently tied for the team lead with an average of 2.4 assists per game this season ... 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.