Men's Basketball Plays Host To Bucknell On Saturday

Phil Beans

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (10-9, 2-2 PL) vs. Bucknell (16-4, 3-1 PL)
Date: January 26, 2013
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Television: CBS Sports Network; Bob Socci, play-by-play; Chris Spatola, color
Holy Cross Radio: Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Bucknell leads, 31-26
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 54, Bucknell 52 (February 18, 2012; 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 PLAY HOST TO BUCKNELL ON SATURDAY: Holy Cross returns home this weekend to face Bucknell on Saturday, Jan. 26, with a 4:00 p.m. tip-off on the CBS Sports Network. The Crusaders will then play host to Army on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7:00 p.m. on Charter TV3. Holy Cross' next road game will not come until Saturday, Feb. 2, when it travels to Colgate for a 2:00 p.m. contest.

THE SERIES WITH BUCKNELL: This will be the 58th meeting between the Crusaders and the Bison on the hardwood, with Bucknell leading the all-time series 31-26. The series has been extremely close in recent years, with Holy Cross holding a slim 8-7 advantage over the last six seasons. For games played in Worcester, the Crusaders own a 13-12 advantage. The schools first met on January 12, 1991, with Holy Cross posting an 80-78 victory in Lewisburg.

SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Bucknell leads, 31-26
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 13-12
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 13-12
Milan Brown vs. Bucknell: 1-3
Dave Paulsen vs. Holy Cross: 6-5
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
In Overtime: Tied, 1-1

COACHES VS. CANCER WEEKEND: During the Bucknell game, members of the Holy Cross coaching staff will be taking part in the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers Awareness Weekend, a collaborative initiative of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society. The coaches will wear sneakers instead of dress shoes with their usual game attire to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of coaches across the country, Coaches vs. Cancer participants have raised nearly $87 million since 1993 to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking cancer research, provide up-to-date cancer information and education, advocate for public health policies that benefit communities, and deliver services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families. For more information on Coaches vs. Cancer, click here.

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 19 games played, he has averaged a team-best 15.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per contest, while connecting 50.5 percent (107 of 212) of his field goals and 83.3 percent (70 of 84) of his free throws. During the Lafayette game, Dudzinski recorded 13 points and five rebounds. Previously against American, he posted his third double-double of the season with 14 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Dudzinski also played well at Navy, totaling 16 points, 10 rebounds and two assists. Some of his other top games this year have come against San Francisco (31 points, seven rebounds), Columbia (31 points), Harvard (22 points), Morgan State (20 points, eight rebounds), New Hampshire (19 points, eight rebounds, three steals), Sacred Heart (19 points, five rebounds), Yale (18 points, nine rebounds, four blocks), Boston College (15 points, six 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 691 points, 381 rebounds and 62 blocked shots, while connecting on 50.6 percent (255 of 504) of his field goals and 80.3 percent (155 of 193) of his free throws.

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 19 games played this season, he has averaged 12.9 points, 3.0 assists and 2.1 rebounds per contest, while hitting 93.5 percent (43 of 46) of his free throws. During the Lafayette game, Burrell totaled 10 points, five assists and two rebounds. Previously against American, he handed out a career-high nine assists and scored three points. Burrell also played well at Lehigh, leading the team with 16 points. A few of his other top performances this season have come against Sacred Heart (career-high 30 points, five assists, three rebounds), Columbia (29 points, four assists, three rebounds), Dartmouth (19 points, four assists), Yale (17 points, three assists, two rebounds), 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 460 points, 163 assists, 97 rebounds and 29 steals, while making 83.1 percent (108 of 130) 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 19 games played, Holy Cross has given up only 61.8 points per contest, while holding the opposition to 41.0 percent shooting from the field and 29.0 percent shooting from three-point range. The Crusaders are also averaging 3.8 blocked shots per game, and are outrebounding the opposition by 1.5 boards per contest. In addition, Holy Cross has held eight 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.

LAFAYETTE RECAP: Phil Beans totaled 14 points and three rebounds, but Holy Cross was defeated by Lafayette 63-53 at the Allan P. Kirby Sports Center on Jan. 23, 2013. Beans made four of eight attempts from three-point range on the night, to tie his career-high for three-pointers made. Dave Dudzinski finished with 13 points and five rebounds for the Crusaders, while Justin Burrell added 10 points and five assists. The Leopards were led by Seth Hinrichs with 16 points and six rebounds, and Bryce Scott with 16 points, four rebounds and four assists. Lafayette started the game hot, jumping out to a quick 12-2 lead after the first six minutes of play. Holy Cross was able to trim the margin down to six points (14-8), before a 7-2 run put the Leopards up by 11 (21-10). Lafayette was still up by nine (23-14) with a minute left before the break, when Phil Beans hit a pair of three-pointers to make the score 23-20 heading into the locker room. The Leopards scored the first eight points of the second half to extend their lead back to double digits, but the Crusaders were able to trim the margin back down to six points (36-30) with 14:19 left in regulation. But Holy Cross then went cold from the field, and Lafayette used a 11-0 spurt over the next 7:40 to take a 17-point lead (47-30). The Crusaders responded with a 13-4 run to close to within eight points (51-43) with 3:46 remaining, and would eventually get the margin down to seven points (56-49) with 1:21 left on the clock. But the Leopards would hit all five of their free throw attempts in the final minute to hold on for the win. Holy Cross held a slim 37-34 rebounding advantage on the night, but also had 11 turnovers to only six for Lafayette.

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 17 games played, he has averaged 9.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest, while making 40.3 percent (27 of 67) of his shots from three-point range and 89.5 percent of his free throws (17 of 19). Beans has stepped up his play against Patriot League opponents, averaging 11.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in conference play, while scoring in double figures four times. During the Lafayette game, he led the team with 14 points and three rebounds. Previously against American, Beans totaled 10 points and six rebounds. He also played well at Navy, posting 10 points and four rebounds. A few of Beans' other top performances this season have come against Maine (career-high 19 points, eight rebounds), Sacred Heart (18 points, five rebounds, two assists), Dartmouth (18 points, three rebounds), Morgan State (17 points, six rebounds) and Lehigh (10 points, four rebounds, two blocks). 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 375 points, 213 rebounds and 24 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 19 games played this year, Stevens has averaged 6.2 points, 2.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 0.9 steals per contest. During the victory over American, he led the team with a career-high 18 points, three assists and two rebounds. Earlier in the season against Maine, Stevens posted his first career double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. He also played well against Texas-San Antonio, totaling 14 points, four rebounds and four steals. 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 463 points, 186 rebounds and 125 assists, while connecting on 33.2 percent (72 of 217) of his three-point field goal attempts.

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.

THE LAST MEETING WITH BUCKNELL: Justin Burrell totaled 15 points and three assists, to lead Holy Cross to a 54-52 victory over Bucknell at the Hart Center on Feb. 18, 2012. Following the contest, Burrell received the Martin J. O'Malley Award as the Most Valuable Player of the Crusaders' Winter Homecoming game. Holy Cross held the Bison to 42.6 percent shooting on the day (23 of 54), including just 20.8 percent in the first half (five of 24). The Crusaders also posted a 34-32 rebounding advantage, and committed only 10 turnovers in the game. After Bucknell's Mike Muscala scored the first basket of the afternoon, Holy Cross went on a 17-0 run over the next eight minutes to take a commanding 17-2 lead. Burrell scored six of the Crusaders' points during that spurt with a pair of three-point field goals. Holy Cross would lead by at least 13 points for the remainder of the first half, before building its lead up to 18 points (28-10) heading into the locker room. The Crusaders were still up by 17 (33-16) early in the second half, when the Bison used a 9-0 run to get back into the game. But Holy Cross responded with a 7-0 spurt of its own to bring the lead back to 15 points (40-25), and the advantage would stay in double figures until less than five minutes remained. A late 9-2 spurt by Bucknell then cut the margin down to four points (48-44) with 1:31 to go, but the Crusaders were still able to maintain a two-possession lead until a three-pointer by Cameron Ayers with less than three seconds remaining made the score 54-52. Holy Cross would then miss two free throw attempts after a foul, but a desperation heave at the buzzer by Bryson Johnson was well off the mark and the Crusaders held on for the win. Mike Cavataio finished the game with nine points and four rebounds, while Dave Dudzinski added seven points and seven boards. The Bison were led by Muscala with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

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 19 games played so far this season, he has averaged 5.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.9 blocks per contest. During the victory over American, Miller filled up the stat line with a career-high 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals. Previously at Navy, he posted his first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Miller also played well at Boston College, recording 13 points, four rebounds and two steals. A few of his other top performances this season have come against New Hampshire (10 points, seven rebounds), Texas-San Antonio (10 points) and San Francisco (eight points, six rebounds, two assists). As a freshman in 2011-2012, Miller averaged 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 164 points, 152 rebounds, 48 assists, 28 blocked shots and 21 steals.

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 5.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. During the victory over American, he recorded 13 points and two assists, while hitting four of six attempts from three-point range. Previously against Columbia, Hamilton totaled eight points, three rebounds and two assists. He also played well against Dartmouth, finishing with 10 points, five rebounds and two assists. A few of Hamilton's other top games this season have come against Old Dominion (15 points, four rebounds) and New Hampshire (11 points). His 15 points against Old Dominion were the most by a Holy Cross player in his collegiate debut since R.J. Evans scored 15 points against Sacred Heart in 2008.

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 4.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game, despite missing seven 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, 391 rebounds and 108 blocked shots.

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 33-44 and a 18-14 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 128-164 (.438). 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 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).

HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in six statistical categories, through games of Jan. 20. In addition, junior forward Dave Dudzinski stands among the best in the nation in four individual categories. The rankings:

Category Rank   Player / Team Avg.
Three-Point Percent Defense 19   Holy Cross 28.6
Free Throw Percent 21   Holy Cross 75.0
  96   Dave Dudzinski 82.9
Scoring Defense 75   Holy Cross 61.7
Field Goal Percent 76   Dave Dudzinski 51.0
Fewest Turnovers 119   Holy Cross 12.9
Field Goal Percent Defense 119   Holy Cross 41.0
Fewest Personal Fouls 121   Holy Cross 17.0
Scoring 149   Dave Dudzinski 15.7
Rebounding 184   Dave Dudzinski 7.1


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: During the 2012-2013 season, the Crusaders are attempting to post a winning record in Patriot League play for the 15th time in school history. Last year, Holy Cross finished 9-5 in conference play for its 14th winning record against league opponents in the conference'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 AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 335-133 at the Hart Center, including a 5-1 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 122-41 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 77-20 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 1324-893 (.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 (108). 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.

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.

HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Eight 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 BISON: Bucknell has an overall record of 16-4 on the season, with a 3-1 mark in the Patriot League. The Bison have won five of their last seven games, but are coming off a 65-62 loss to Lehigh on Wednesday night. Bucknell's leading scorer is senior center Mike Muscala, who has averaged 19.9 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Junior guard Cameron Ayers has added 11.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest, while senior forward Joe Willman is chipping in with 11.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Bucknell is led by head coach Dave Paulsen, who stands 87-63 in four seasons with the Bison. Paulsen owns a career record of 349-183, including eight years at Williams, three seasons at Le Moyne and three years at St. Lawrence.

DRIBBLES: Holy Cross made 52.6 percent of its field goal attempts (30 of 57) and 61.9 percent of its three-pointers (13 of 21) during the victory over American on Jan. 19. The Crusaders have now won their last eight games in which they have made at least half of their shots from the floor, and are 9-1 in their last 10 games when making at least half of their attempts from behind the three-point arc ... Holy Cross' .619 three-point field goal percentage against American on Jan. 19 was its best in a single game since hitting 66.7 percent of its three-point at Bucknell on March 3, 2010, in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament ... 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 2.5 points and 2.1 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 'www.NCAA.com/MarchMadness' ... 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 ... 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.