Crusaders Travel To Providence On Tuesday
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (4-2, 0-0 PL) vs. Providence (4-2, 0-0 Big East)
Date: November 27, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Dunkin' Donuts Center (12,410), Providence, R.I.
Cox Sports Television: Dave Jageler, play-by-play; Vin Parise, color
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Gametracker
Series Record: Providence leads, 39-29
Last Meeting: Providence 82, Holy Cross 77; November 29, 2011; Providence, R.I.
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos., No., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl.
F, 13, Malcolm Miller, 6-6, 190, So.
F, 35, Eric Obeysekere, 6-8, 209, Sr.
C, 50, Dave Dudzinski, 6-9, 227, Jr.
G, 3, Justin Burrell, 5-9, 165, So.
G, 32, Jordan Stevens, 6-5, 200, Sr.
CRUSADERS BEGIN ROAD SWING AT PROVIDENCE: Holy Cross will begin a three-game road trip on Tuesday, Nov. 27, when it travels to Providence at 7:00 p.m. Following the contest against the Friars, the Crusaders will head to Hartford on Saturday, Dec. 1 (7:00 p.m.) and Sacred Heart Wednesday, Dec. 5 (7:00 p.m.). The next home game for Holy Cross will not come until Saturday, Dec. 8, when it plays host to Dartmouth at 4:00 p.m.
THE SERIES WITH PROVIDENCE: This will be the 69th meeting between the Crusaders and Providence on the hardwood, with the Friars leading the all-time series 39-29. Providence won three straight games in the series and 11 of the previous 14 meetings between the schools. For games played in Providence, the Friars hold a 23-11 advantage, including a 12-4 mark at the Dunkin' Donuts Center (formerly known as the Providence Civic Center). Holy Cross and Providence first met on Dec. 14, 1921, with the Crusaders posting a 56-10 victory on the road.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Providence leads, 39-29
In Providence: Providence leads, 23-11
At the Dunkin' Donuts Center: Providence leads, 12-4
Milan Brown vs. Providence: 0-1
Ed Cooley vs. Holy Cross: 4-2
Current Win Streak: Providence, three games
In Overtime: Providence leads, 2-0
CRUSADERS AGAINST THE BIG EAST CONFERENCE: Holy Cross has lost its last six games against opponents from the Big East Conference, since a 78-73 victory over Notre Dame in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on March 15, 2005. Against the 15 schools which currently compete in the Big East, the Crusaders stand 126-144 all-time (3-1 vs. Cincinnati, 42-22 against Connecticut, 1-1 vs. DePaul, 11-9 against Georgetown, 0-1 vs. Louisville, 0-4 against Marquette, 3-10 vs. Notre Dame, 1-2 against Pittsburgh, 29-39 vs. Providence, 2-3 against Rutgers, 7-26 vs. St. John's, 14-10 against Seton Hall, 0-1 vs. South Florida, 12-13 against Syracuse and 1-2 vs. Villanova).
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 six games played, he has averaged 12.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per contest, while connecting on 81.8 percent (18 of 22) of his free throw attempts. During the victory over New Hampshire, Dudzinski led the team with 19 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists. Previously at St. John's, he totaled 12 points and five rebounds, while hitting six of eight field goal attempts. 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 Maine (10 points, nine rebounds), 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 471 points, 296 rebounds and 46 blocked shots, while connecting on 78.6 percent (103 of 131) 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 six games played this season, Burrell has averaged 11.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest, while hitting 93.8 percent (15 of 16) 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 283 points, 120 assists, 73 rebounds and 24 steals, while making 80.0 percent (80 of 100) 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).
NEW HAMPSHIRE RECAP: Dave Dudzinski totaled 19 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists, to lead the Crusaders to a 60-50 victory over New Hampshire at the Hart Center. Dudzinski made seven of 12 field goals on the afternoon, including his only three-point attempt, in addition to downing all four of his foul shots. Holy Cross held a 33-23 advantage at the break, before New Hampshire opened up the second half with a 6-0 run to get back into the game. The Wildcats eventually came back to tie up the score at 36-36 with 15:20 left to play on a layup by Patrick Konan, then would take their first lead of the day (42-41) with 10:44 to go on a pair of free throws by Chris Pelcher. But the Crusaders came right back with a 7-0 run over the next four minutes to pull back in front, and New Hampshire would get no closer than five points the rest of the way. Holy Cross hit all 12 of its free throw attempts in the final five minutes to secure the victory. The game was close early on in the first half, and the Crusaders led 15-14 at the 10-minute mark. Holy Cross then used a 12-2 spurt to build its lead to double digits, with Cullen Hamilton hitting a pair of three-pointers during that run. The Wildcats were able to trim the lead down to eight points late in the half, before the Crusaders took a 33-23 advantage into the locker room. Hamilton finished the game with 11 points and two rebounds, while Malcolm Miller added 10 points, seven rebounds and two steals. New Hampshire was led by Konan with 13 points and four rebounds. Holy Cross held a 43-32 rebounding advantage on the afternoon, in addition to committing only 10 turnovers. The Crusaders also made 89.5 percent (17 of 19) of their free throw attempts.
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 six games played this year, Stevens has averaged 7.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 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 388 points, 157 rebounds and 87 assists, while connecting on 34.5 percent (58 of 168) of his three-point field goal attempts.
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, but missed the New Hampshire contest due to injury. 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.
THE LAST MEETING WITH PROVIDENCE: Providence's LaDontae Henton converted a three-point play with 25.6 seconds remaining, to break a 77-77 tie and lift the Friars to an 82-77 victory over Holy Cross at the Dunkin' Donuts Center on Nov. 29, 2011. R.J. Evans and Dave Dudzinski led the Crusaders with 21 points each. Dudzinski hit nine of 13 shots from the field, in addition to grabbing 11 rebounds. Evans added four rebounds, three steals and two assists. The Friars started the game hot, and jumped out to a quick 15-9 lead after the first five minutes of play. The Crusaders responded with a 13-4 spurt over the next four minutes to take a 22-19 lead, with Dudzinski and Evans both scoring four points during that run. Providence had pulled back in front by one (28-27) with eight minutes remaining before the break, when it went on a 15-5 run to take an 11-point lead. The Friars eventually held a 47-38 advantage going into the locker room. Holy Cross was still down by nine points (57-48) with 15:24 left to play, when Providence scored the next seven points to extend its lead to 16 (64-48). The Friars' lead was at 15 points (66-51) with 12 minutes remaining, when the Crusaders used an 11-0 run over the next four and a half minutes to make it a four-point game. Holy Cross would later tie the score at 69-69 on a three-pointer by Phil Beans with 6:20 left to play, and regained the lead (75-73) with 2:23 to go on a layup by Evans. But after the Crusaders led 77-75 with 1:28 to go, Providence scored the final seven points to claim the victory. Justin Burrell had 15 points, six assists and two steals for Holy Cross. Bryce Cotton led the Friars with 24 points, followed by Vincent Council with 19 points, Gerard Coleman with 18 points and Henton with 17 points.
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 27-37 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 122-157 (.437). 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 six games played, Holy Cross has given up only 57.8 points per contest, while holding the opposition to 39.6 percent shooting from the field and 20.0 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 332-132 at the Hart Center, including a 2-0 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 marks the 94th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1318-886 (.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 FRIARS: Providence enters the contest with an overall record of 4-2 on the season. The Friars have won their last two games, and are coming off a 66-47 victory over Fairfield on Friday. Junior guard Bryce Cotton currently leads the team by averaging 23.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. Junior forward Kadeem Batts has added 16.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest, while sophomore forward LaDontae Henton is chipping in with 15.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Providence is led by Ed Cooley, who is 19-19 in his second season as the Friars' head coach. Cooley previously spent five years as the head coach at Fairfield, and owns a career record of 111-88.
DRIBBLES: Sophomore forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) totaled 10 points and seven rebounds during Saturday's victory over New Hampshire. He also scored 10 points earlier in the year against Texas-San Antonio, and has now averaged 6.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 blocks per game this season ... Sophomore forward Taylor Abt (Darnestown, Md.) set new career highs with nine points and eight rebounds in Saturday's win over New Hampshire. After missing the first three games of the season due to injury, he in now averaging 6.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest ... 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 added 11 points in the victory over New Hampshire, and is now averaging 7.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game ... 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).