Men's Basketball Heads To Navy On Wednesday Night

Cullen Hamilton

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The Teams: Holy Cross (8-8, 0-1 PL) vs. Navy (6-11, 0-1 PL)
Date: January 16, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Alumni Hall (5,710), Annapolis, Md.
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: WNEB 1230AM, Worcester; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Gametracker
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 35-18
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 64, Navy 52 (February 8, 2012; Annapolis, Md.)

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 STAY ON THE ROAD TO FACE NAVY: Holy Cross will play its second conference game of the 2012-2013 campaign when it travels to Navy on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders then come home to face American on Saturday, Jan. 19 (2:00 p.m.), before returning to the road for a trip to Lafayette on Wednesday, Jan. 23 (7:00 p.m.). Holy Cross will be at home for its next two games, playing host to Bucknell on Saturday, Jan. 26 (4:00 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network) and Army on Wednesday, Jan. 30 (7:00 p.m. on Charter TV3).

THE SERIES WITH NAVY: This will be the 54th meeting between the Crusaders and the Midshipmen on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 35-18. The Crusaders have won four straight and six of the last seven games between the schools. Holy Cross was also victorious in 16 straight meetings in the series from 2001-2007, while the Midshipmen won eight straight from 1997-2000. For games played in Annapolis, the Crusaders hold a narrow 13-11 advantage. The schools first met on March 20, 1947, with Holy Cross posting a 55-47 victory at Madison Square Garden in the NCAA Tournament East Regional Semifinals.

Overall: Holy Cross leads, 35-18
In Annapolis: Holy Cross, 13-11
At Alumni Hall: Navy leads, 11-10
Milan Brown vs. Navy: 7-2
Ed DeChellis vs. Holy Cross: 0-2
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, four games
In Overtime: Navy leads, 2-1

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 16 games played this season, he has averaged 14.3 points, 2.6 assists and 2.1 rebounds per contest, while hitting 93.2 percent (41 of 44) of his free throws. During the Lehigh game, Burrell led the team with 16 points. Previously against Columbia, he recorded 29 points, four assists and three rebounds. Burrell also had a solid game against Yale, totaling 17 points, three assists and two rebounds. A few of his other top performances this season came against Sacred Heart (career-high 30 points, five assists, three rebounds), Dartmouth (19 points, four assists), Texas-San Antonio (17 points, three rebounds, two steals), Morgan State (16 points, four assists), Old Dominion (15 points, six rebounds), San Francisco (15 points), Harvard (13 points, two rebounds, two assists), 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 442 points, 147 assists, 92 rebounds and 28 steals, while making 82.8 percent (106 of 128) of his free throws.

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 31-43 and a 16-13 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 126-163 (.436). 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).

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 14 games played, Beans has averaged 8.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest, while making 36.8 percent (21 of 57) of his shots from three-point range. During the Lehigh game, he totaled 10 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots. Previously against Dartmouth, Beans recorded 18 points and three rebounds, while hitting four of six shots from three-point range. He also 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. A few of Beans' other top performances this season have come at Sacred Heart (18 points, five rebounds, two assists) and Maine (career-high 19 points, eight rebounds). 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 341 points, 200 rebounds and 23 blocked shots.

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).

LEHIGH RECAP: Justin Burrell scored a team-high 16 points, but Holy Cross was defeated by Lehigh 79-47 at Stabler Arena on Jan. 12, 2013. The Crusaders had one of their worst shooting performances of the season, hitting just 29.5 percent of their field goal attempts (13 of 44) and 31.8 percent of their three-pointers (seven of 22). Holy Cross was not any better on the defensive end, allowing the Mountain Hawks to make 51.9 percent of their shots from the floor (28 of 54) and 47.6 percent of their attempts from behind the arc (10 of 21). The Crusaders also committed 15 turnovers to only nine for Lehigh, while being outrebounded 39-26. The game was close early on, and the Crusaders held a 17-16 lead with 9:06 left to play in the first half. Lehigh then went on a 14-0 run over the next six minutes to claim a 30-17 advantage. Holy Cross committed three turnovers during that time, while missing all five of its field goal attempts and all three of its free throws. The Mountain Hawks would eventually take a 34-23 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Crusaders trimmed the margin down to eight points early in the second half, and were down by 12 (43-31) with 15:35 remaining in regulation. But Holy Cross would once again go cold from the field, allowing Lehigh to go on a 16-2 run and put the game away. At one point during that spurt, the Crusaders went over five minutes without scoring a point. The Mountain Hawks would eventually extend their lead to 32 points in the final minute of play. Phil Beans totaled 10 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots for Holy Cross. Lehigh was led by Mackey McKnight with 16 points, four assists and four steals.

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 16 games played, he has averaged a team-best 15.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per contest, while connecting 50.6 percent (89 of 176) of his field goals and 84.4 percent (65 of 77) of his free throws. During the victory over Columbia, Dudzinski tied his career high by scoring 31 points, while hitting 10 of 14 field goals, two of two three-pointers and nine of nine foul shots. Previously against Yale, he totaled 18 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots. Dudzinski also played well at Boston College, recording 15 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Some of his other top games this year have come against San Francisco (31 points, seven rebounds), Harvard (22 points), Morgan State (20 points, eight rebounds), New Hampshire (19 points, eight rebounds, three steals), Sacred Heart (19 points, five rebounds), Hartford (13 points, career-high 15 rebounds, three assists), St. John's (12 points, five rebounds), Providence (11 points, eight rebounds), Maine (10 points, nine rebounds) and Dartmouth (10 points, four 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 648 points, 356 rebounds and 59 blocked shots, while connecting on 50.6 percent (237 of 468) of his field goals and 80.6 percent (150 of 186) of his free throws.

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 16 games played this year, he has averaged 5.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 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. A few of Stevens' other top games this season have come against Hartford (nine points), Yale (eight points, six assists, five rebounds, two steals) and Morgan State (seven points, two rebounds). 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 439 points, 182 rebounds and 116 assists, while connecting on 32.2 percent (66 of 205) of his three-point field goal attempts.

THE LAST MEETING WITH NAVY: Justin Burrell scored 17 points to go along with four assists and four rebounds, leading Holy Cross to a 64-52 victory over Navy at Alumni Hall on Feb. 8, 2012. Burrell hit three of four shots from three-point range on the night, in addition to making eight of 10 free throws. Holy Cross had one of its top defensive games of the season, holding the Midshipmen to 38.5 percent shooting from the field (20 of 52) and 21.7 percent shooting from three-point range (five of 23). The Crusaders also shot 62.5 percent from the floor (10 of 16) and 55.6 percent from three-point range (five of nine) in the second half, and made 81.0 percent of their free throws (17 of 21) on the night. After Navy's James Loupos scored the first point of the game on a free throw, Holy Cross went on a 10-0 run to pull in front. Burrell scored six points during that spurt with a pair of three-point field goals. The Crusaders' lead would be at seven points (22-15) with four minutes left before the break, when the Midshipmen closed out the half on a 9-2 run to tie the score at 24-24 heading into the locker room. The game stayed close early in the second half, and the score was tied at 39-39 with 12:36 left to play. Holy Cross then went on an 8-0 run to pull in front 47-39, with Phil Beans scoring five of those points. A 7-0 spurt a few minutes later gave the Crusaders a 13-point advantage (56-43) and put the game away. Navy would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way, as Holy Cross eventually posted a 12-point win. R.J. Evans finished the game with 12 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Beans added 10 points, three rebounds and two blocked shots. Jordan Sugars led the Midshipmen with 20 points on eight of 18 shooting from the field.

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.

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 15 games played so far this season, he has averaged 5.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 blocks per contest. During the Boston College game, Miller posted a career-high 13 points, four rebounds and two steals. Previously 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 134 points, 128 rebounds, 40 assists, 26 blocked shots and 17 steals.

HOLY CROSS SHINES ON THE DEFENSIVE END: The Crusaders have once again been a strong defensive team so far this season. Through 16 games played, Holy Cross has given up only 62.8 points per contest, while holding the opposition to 41.2 percent shooting from the field and 28.4 percent shooting from three-point range. The Crusaders are also averaging 3.9 blocked shots per game, and are outrebounding the opposition by 0.7 boards per contest. In addition, Holy Cross has held six of its 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.

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 5.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. During the victory over Columbia, he totaled eight points, three rebounds and two assists, while hitting three of four field goal attempts. Previously against Dartmouth, Hamilton recorded 10 points, five rebounds and three assists. He also scored 11 points against New Hampshire, while posting 15 points and four rebounds in the season opener at Old Dominion (including the game-winning free throw with 8.9 seconds remaining). Hamilton's 15 points against the Monarchs 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.

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).

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. He is currently averaging 5.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game, despite missing six contests due to either injury or illness. During the Boston College game, Obeysekere led the team with a career-high 17 points and six rebounds, while hitting seven of eight field goal attempts. Previously at Harvard, he posted six points and five rebounds. A few of Obeysekere's other top games this year have come against Providence (eight points, seven rebounds, two assists), San Francisco (four points, eight rebounds) and Hartford (two points, 10 rebounds). 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 contest. Over the course of his career with the Crusaders, he has now totaled 292 points, 388 rebounds and 107 blocked shots.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 94th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1322-892 (.597), 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 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 (107). 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 IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in four statistical categories, through games of Jan. 13. In addition, junior forward Dave Dudzinski and sophomore guard Justin Burrell stand among the best in the nation in various individual categories. The rankings:

Category Rank   Player / Team Avg.
Free Throw Percent 5   Justin Burrell 93.2
  11   Holy Cross 76.6
  76   Dave Dudzinski 84.4
Three-Point Percent Defense 18   Holy Cross 28.4
Field Goal Percent 85   Dave Dudzinski 50.6
  184   Justin Burrell 45.6
Scoring Defense 95   Holy Cross 62.8
Scoring 149   Dave Dudzinski 15.8
Fewest Personal Fouls 121   Holy Cross 16.9
Rebounding 231   Dave Dudzinski 6.8
Blocked Shots 243   Dave Dudzinski 1.1

CRUSADERS RECORD AT LEAST ONE WIN OVER EVERY PATRIOT LEAGUE SCHOOL: During the 2011-2012 campaign, Holy Cross posted at least one win against all of the other seven schools in the Patriot League. That marked the eighth time the Crusaders defeated every other team in the league, after previously accomplishing the feat in 1993, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009. In prior years where Holy Cross has defeated every other team in the league, it has won the conference regular season title three times (2003, 2005, 2007) and won the league tournament championship three times (1993, 2003, 2007).

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 AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 334-133 at the Hart Center, including a 4-1 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 121-41 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 was available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The package, done in association with Stretch Internet, was available for $8.95 per game. Season packages were also available for men's basketball only ($29.95) or all Holy Cross sports ($99.95). For more details on Crusader Vision, click here.

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SCOUTING THE MIDSHIPMEN: Navy has an overall record of 6-11 on the season, including an 0-1 mark in the Patriot League. The Midshipmen have lost their last five games, and are coming off a 64-47 setback at Lafayette on Saturday. The Midshipmen are led by freshman guard Tilman Dunbar, who has averaged 10.6 points, 5.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game this year. Sophomore guard Brandon Venturini has added 10.2 points per contest and hit 38.6 percent (44 of 114) of his three-point field goal attempts, while sophomore forward Worth Smith has chipped in with 9.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Navy is led by head coach Ed DeChellis, who stands 9-37 in two seasons with the Midshipmen. DeChellis' career record stands at 228-268, including eight seasons at Penn State and seven years at East Tennessee State.

DRIBBLES: Holy Cross made 51.0 percent of its field goal attempts (26 of 51) and 54.5 percent of its three-pointers (six of 11) during the victory over Columbia on Jan. 8. The Crusaders have now won their last seven games in which they have made at least half of their shots from the floor, and are 8-1 in their last nine games when making at least half of their attempts from behind the three-point arc ... 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 2.1 points and 2.2 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. From Jan. 9 through March 24, fans can vote on the top 15 all-time players and the best team at '' ... Last season, Holy Cross assistant coach Dan Engelstad took part in Shots from the Heart, a project created by to help raise awareness for the growing problem of heart disease ... In the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate Report, for the four-class aggregate of entering classes from 2002 through 2005, the Crusader men's basketball team posted a perfect 100 percent graduation rate. Holy Cross' overall Graduation Success Rate for all student-athletes was 98 percent, tied for the fifth-best mark among all Division I schools.