December 20, 2012

Holy Cross Travels To Harvard On Saturday

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (7-4, 0-0 PL) vs. Harvard (5-4, 0-0 Ivy)
Date: December 22, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Lavietes Pavilion (2,050), Cambridge, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: www.GoCrimson.com
Holy Cross Radio: WNEB 1230AM, Worcester; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 41-24
Last Meeting: Harvard 73, Holy Cross 64 (November 15, 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 CONTINUE ROAD TRIP AT HARVARD: Holy Cross will play the second contest of a three-game road swing when it heads to  Harvard on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 2:00 p.m. The Crusaders will then take a seven-day break for Christmas, before traveling to Boston College for a 2:00 p.m. contest on Saturday, Dec. 29. The next home game for Holy Cross comes on Friday, Jan. 4, when it plays host to Yale at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders then close out non-conference play with a home game against Columbia on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7:00 p.m.

THE SERIES WITH HARVARD: This will be the 66th meeting between the Crusaders and the Crimson on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 41-24. Harvard has won the last four meetings between the schools, but the Crusaders had come out victorious in seven of the previous eight contests. For games played in Cambridge, Holy Cross holds a 21-9 advantage, including a 10-5 record at Lavietes Pavilion. Holy Cross and Harvard first met on January 15, 1901, with the Crimson posting a 20-10 victory in Worcester.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 41-24
In Cambridge: Holy Cross leads, 21-9
At Lavietes Pavilion: Holy Cross leads, 10-5
Milan Brown vs. Harvard: 0-2
Tommy Amaker vs. Holy Cross: 4-1
Current Win Streak: Harvard, four games
In Overtime: Harvard leads, 1-0

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 11 games played, he has averaged 14.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per contest, while connecting on 84.0 percent (42 of 50) of his free throw attempts. During Tuesday's victory at San Francisco, Dudzinski led the team with a career-high 31 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Previously against Dartmouth, he recorded 10 points, four rebounds and two assists. Dudzinski also had a big game at Sacred Heart with 19 points and five rebounds. Some of his other top games this year have come against Morgan State (20 points, eight rebounds), New Hampshire (19 points, eight rebounds, three steals), Hartford (13 points, career-high 15 rebounds, three assists), St. John's (12 points, five rebounds), Providence (11 points, eight rebounds) and Maine (10 points, nine rebounds). 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 the 2010-2011 campaign, 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 555 points, 335 rebounds and 51 blocked shots, while connecting on 79.9 percent (127 of 159) of his free throws.

CRUSADERS COME TO LIFE ON OFFENSE: After struggling on the offensive end of the court during the first eight contests of the season, Holy Cross has found its rhythm over the last three games. In those three contests, the Crusaders have hit 48.7 percent of their field goal attempts (74 of 152), 44.4 percent of their three-pointers (28 of 63) and 74.6 percent of their free throws (47 of 63). Holy Cross averaged 74.3 points in those three games, including a season-high 83 points at Sacred Heart on Dec. 5.

HOLY CROSS AGAINST THE IVY LEAGUE: The Crusaders have enjoyed a decent amount of success against schools from the Ivy League over the last 13 years. Holy Cross stands 25-20 against Ivy League foes since the beginning of the 1999-2000 season. The Crusaders have lost five of their last seven games against Ivy League opponents, but are coming off a 67-56 victory over Dartmouth on Dec. 8. Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 199-122 against the eight schools which are members of the Ivy League (43-17 vs. Brown, 4-7 against Columbia, 3-2 vs. Cornell, 68-31 against Dartmouth, 41-24 vs. Harvard, 3-3 against Pennsylvania, 2-7 vs. Princeton and 35-31 against Yale).

BURRELL LEADS HOLY CROSS FROM THE POINT: 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 11 games played this season, he has averaged 13.5 points, 2.6 assists and 2.3 rebounds per contest, while hitting 96.2 percent (25 of 26) of his free throws. During the victory at San Francisco, Burrell totaled 15 points, two rebounds and two assists. Previously against Dartmouth, he led the team with 19 points and four assists. Burrell also had a huge night at Sacred Heart, recording a career-high 30 points, five assists and three rebounds, while making 11 of 15 field goal attempts, four of six three-pointers and all four of his free throws. A few of his other top performances this season came against Texas-San Antonio (17 points, three rebounds, two steals), Morgan State (16 points, four assists), Old Dominion (15 points, six rebounds), St. John's (12 points, five assists) and Hartford (10 points, three assists). 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. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Burrell has now totaled 363 points, 135 assists, 83 rebounds and 26 steals, while making 81.8 percent (90 of 110) of his free throws.

HOLY CROSS SHINES ON THE DEFENSIVE END: The Crusaders have once again been a strong defensive team so far this season. Through 11 games played, Holy Cross has given up only 59.4 points per contest, while holding the opposition to 39.7 percent shooting from the field and 24.8 percent shooting from three-point range. The Crusaders are also averaging 3.7 blocked shots per game, and are outrebounding the opposition by 3.1 boards per contest. In addition, Holy Cross has held six of its 11 opponents to 60 points or less this season. 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.

SAN FRANCISCO RECAP: Dave Dudzinski scored a career-high 31 points to lead Holy Cross team to a 73-63 victory over San Francisco at War Memorial Gymnasium. Dudzinski hit 11 of 16 field goal attempts on the night, including both of his shots from three-point range, while connecting on seven of eight attempts from the foul line. Justin Burrell totaled 15 points, two rebounds and two assists for the Crusaders, while Malcolm Miller chipped in with eight points, six rebounds and two assists. The Dons were led by Cody Doolin with 18 points and five assists, and Cole Dickerson with 17 points and 17 rebounds. San Francisco opened the game by scoring the first five points, but Holy Cross came right back with an 11-2 run to claim the lead. The Crusaders would increase their advantage to eight points (19-11) with 10:46 left in the first half, before the Dons used an 8-0 spurt to tie up the score at 19-19. Holy Cross had pulled back in front by two (34-32) with two minutes left before the break, when it used a 7-1 run to go ahead by eight (41-33). The Crusaders eventually took a 43-36 lead into the locker room. Phil Beans hit a three-pointer to open the second half, giving Holy Cross a 10-point advantage. San Francisco would trim the margin down to six points (52-46), when the Crusaders went on an 8-0 run to pull in front by 14 (60-46) with 10 minutes remaining. The Dons responded with an 8-1 spurt to make the score 61-54, before Holy Cross scored the next five points to extend its lead back to double-digits (66-54). San Francisco refused to go away, scoring five straight points to trim the margin down to 66-59 with four minutes to go. But the Crusaders then held the Dons scoreless for the next three minutes, and pulled out the victory despite making just five of 10 free throws in the final three minutes.

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 nine games played, Beans has averaged 9.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest, while making 40.5 percent (15 of 37) of his shots from three-point range. During the victory over Dartmouth, he recorded 18 points and three rebounds, while hitting four of six shots from three-point range. Previously at Sacred Heart, Beans totaled 18 points, five rebounds and two assists, and made six of nine field goal attempts. He also had a big game against Maine, leading the team with a career-high 19 points and eight rebounds. Beans previously earned All-Tournament honors at the Liberty Tax Classic after averaging 8.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, including 17 points and six rebounds against Morgan State. In 28 games last year, he 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. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Beans has now recorded 308 points, 178 rebounds and 20 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 11 games played this year, he has averaged 6.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 0.9 steals per contest. During the victory over Maine, Stevens posted his first career double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. He previously had 14 points, four rebounds and four steals against Texas-San Antonio. Stevens also scored nine points at Hartford, 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. As a sophomore in 2010-2011, Stevens averaged 7.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 416 points, 168 rebounds and 97 assists, while connecting on 33.3 percent (63 of 189) of his three-point field goal attempts.

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. After missing the first four games of the season due to injury, Obeysekere has averaged 3.9 points and 6.6 rebounds over the last seven contests. During the victory at San Francisco, he recorded four points and eight rebounds. Obeysekere previously totaled eight points, seven rebounds and two assists at Providence, and pulled down 10 rebounds at Hartford. Last season, he averaged 3.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. In 2010-2011, Obeysekere averaged 4.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. Over the course of his career with the Crusaders, he has now totaled 267 points, 374 rebounds and 105 blocked shots.

THE LAST MEETING WITH HARVARD: Devin Brown scored a game-high 17 points, but Holy Cross was defeated by Harvard 73-64 at the Hart Center on Nov. 15, 2011. The Crimson were led by Kyle Casey with 16 points, and Keith Wright with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Holy Cross hit 51.0 percent of its shots from the field (25 of 49) and 46.2 percent from three-point range (six of 13), in addition to holding a 28-24 advantage in rebounding. But the Crusaders were also called for 11 more fouls than the Crimson (26-15), allowing Harvard to shoot 13 more free throws on the night. Harvard opened the game on a 6-1 run, before Holy Cross scored the next seven points to pull in front. The score stayed close for the next several minutes, and the Crimson led 24-23 with six minutes left in the first half. The Crusaders then used an 11-4 spurt to claim their biggest lead of the night, 34-28 with three minutes remaining before the break. But Harvard came back to score the final six points of the half, and the game was tied at 34-34 heading into the locker room. The Crimson scored the first five points of the second half to pull back ahead, and would go up by eight points (48-40) with 14 minutes left to play. Holy Cross then scored the next five points to make it a 48-45 game, and was still down just 53-50 with 8:44 remaining. But by the 8:08-mark, three Crusaders had already fouled out of the contest, and the Crimson went a 16-4 run to put the game away. Harvard eventually led by 15 points, before finally claiming a nine-point victory. R.J. Evans had 13 points, three assists and two steals for Holy Cross, while Dave Dudzinski added six points, with career highs of eight rebounds and four blocked shots. Oliver McNally scored 14 points for the Crimson, with Brandyn Curry and Wesley Saunders both adding 10 points.

HAMILTON STARTS CAREER STRONG: Freshman guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) has been a key player for the Crusaders off the bench this year. Hamilton is currently averaging 6.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game, while hitting 70.4 percent (19 of 27) of his free throws. During the victory over Dartmouth, he recorded 10 points, five rebounds and three assists. Hamilton previously scored 11 points in the win over New Hampshire. He also 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.

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

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 30-39 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 125-159 (.440). 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 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 currently ranks fifth all-time at Holy Cross in career blocked shots (105). 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.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 94th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1321-888 (.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 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).

MILLER MAKES PRESENCE FELT ON THE WING: Sophomore forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) has become one of the top perimeter players for the Crusaders . In 11 games played so far this season, Miller has averaged 5.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 blocks per contest. During the victory at San Francisco, he totaled eight points, six rebounds and two assists. Earlier in the season, Miller recorded 10 points and seven rebounds against New Hampshire, while scoring 10 points against Texas-San Antonio. As a freshman in 2011-2012, he averaged 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Over the course of his collegiate career, Miller has now totaled 106 points, 102 rebounds, 29 assists, 21 blocked shots and 14 steals.

HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders for five statistical categories, through games of Dec. 16. In addition, two players stand among the best in the nation in individual statistical categories. The rankings:

Category Rank   Player / Team Avg.
Free Throw Percent 3   Justin Burrell 96.2
  5   Holy Cross 78.7
  128   Dave Dudzinski 83.3
Three-Point Percent Defense 12   Holy Cross 24.7
Scoring Defense 48   Holy Cross 59.0
Fewest Personal Fouls 79   Holy Cross 16.2
Rebounding 90   Dave Dudzinski 8.0
Field Goal Percent Defense 100   Holy Cross 49.9


CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 333-132 at the Hart Center, including a 3-0 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 120-40 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 76-20 record against Patriot League foes.

HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Ten of the Crusaders' basketball contests during the 2012-2013 season will be carried by Emmanuel Radio, WNEB 1230 AM in Worcester.  Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is 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. All games aired on Emmanuel Radio can also be heard live over the internet by clicking here. Most games not carried on Emmanuel Radio will be streamed by Stretch Internet free of charge, with links to the broadcasts available by clicking here. 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.

E-MAIL ALERTS: Get all the latest news and results on the Holy Cross men's basketball team sent directly to your e-mail. To sign up for e-mail alerts, click here.

SCOUTING THE CRIMSON: Harvard enters the contest with an overall record of 5-4 on the season. The Crimson has won three of its last four games, and is coming off a 65-64 victory over Boston University on Dec. 11. Sophomore forward Wesley Saunders leads the team by averaging 15.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. Freshman guard Siyani Chambers is also off to a strong start this year, averaging 12.6 points and 5.1 assists per contest. The Crimson is led by Tommy Amaker, who is in his sixth season as Harvard's head coach. Amaker stands 97-60 with the Crimson, while owning a career record of 273-199 (including six years at Michigan and four seasons at Seton Hall).

DRIBBLES: Sophomore forward Taylor Abt (Darnestown, Md.) set new career highs with nine points and eight rebounds in the win over New Hampshire. After missing the first three games of the season due to injury, he in averaging 2.9 points and 2.0 rebounds per contest ... Freshman forward Christopher Morgan (Gloucester, Va.) scored a career-high six points at Providence, while hitting all three of his field goal attempts ... Former Crusader George Kaftan (Class of 1949) was selected as one of the 75 best players in the history of March Madness by the NCAA. In addition, the 1946-1947 Crusaders were chosen as one of the top 25 teams of all-time. Beginning in January, fans can vote on the top 15 all-time players and the best team at 'www.NCAA.com/MarchMadness'.