GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (10-12, 2-5 PL) vs. Lehigh (16-5, 6-1 PL)
Date: February 9, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Hart Center (3,600), Worcester, Mass.
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 35-16
Last Meeting: Lehigh 79, Holy Cross 47 (January 12, 2013; Bethlehem, Pa.)
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 SET FOR SECOND HALF OF PATRIOT LEAGUE PLAY: Now at the midway point of the conference season, Holy Cross will return to action when it plays host to Lehigh on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7:00 p.m. Following that contest, the Crusaders will face Navy at the Hart Center on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross then hits the road to face American on Sunday, Feb. 17 (12:00 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network), before returning home to take on Lafayette on Wednesday, Feb. 20 (7:00 p.m.).
THE SERIES WITH LEHIGH: This will be the 52nd meeting between the Crusaders and the Mountain Hawks on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 35-16. The Crusaders have won 21 out of the last 29 meetings between the schools, but Lehigh has been victorious in two straight and five of the last seven games. For games played in Worcester, Holy Cross holds a 23-4 advantage and has won 15 of the last 16 contests. The schools first met on Jan. 16, 1976, with Holy Cross posting an 84-60 victory at the Hart Center.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 35-16
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 23-4
At the Hart Center: Holy Cross leads, 23-4
Milan Brown vs. Lehigh: 2-3
Brett Reed vs. Holy Cross: 6-5
Current Win Streak: Lehigh, two games
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 4-1
CRUSADERS LOOK TO TURN IT AROUND IN THE SECOND HALF: During Milan Brown's tenure as Holy Cross' head coach, the Crusaders have had much more success in Patriot League play during the second half of the conference season. Holy Cross will look to continue that trend this year, after posting a 2-5 mark in the first half of Patriot League play. Since the beginning of the 2010-2011 campaign, the Crusaders stand just 8-13 the first time through the conference schedule, with a losing record every year. But Holy Cross has responded with a 10-4 mark the second time it faces each league foe, including a winning mark each season.
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 22 games played, he has averaged a team-best 15.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per contest, while connecting 49.0 percent (124 of 253) of his field goals and 83.3 percent (85 of 102) of his free throws. During the game at Colgate, Dudzinski recorded 15 points and eight rebounds. Previously against Army, he totaled 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Dudzinski also had an outstanding game against Bucknell, leading the team with 26 points and five rebounds. 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), Navy (16 points, 10 rebounds), Boston College (15 points, six rebounds), American (14 points, 10 rebounds), Hartford (13 points, career-high 15 rebounds, three assists), Lafayette (13 points, five rebounds), 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 744 points, 401 rebounds and 66 blocked shots, while connecting on 49.9 percent (272 of 545) of his field goals and 80.6 percent (170 of 211) of his free throws.
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 20 games played, he has averaged 9.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest, while making 41.3 percent (31 of 75) of his shots from three-point range and 90.3 percent of his free throws (28 of 31). Beans has stepped up his play against Patriot League opponents, averaging 10.7 points and 3.9 rebounds in conference play, while scoring in double figures six times. During the game at Colgate, he finished with 10 points and three rebounds. Previously against Army, Beans recorded 13 points and three rebounds. He also played well at Lafayette, leading the team with 14 points and three 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), American (10 points, six rebounds), Lehigh (10 points, four rebounds, two blocks) and Navy (10 points, four 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 406 points, 223 rebounds and 26 blocked shots, while connecting on 38.5 percent (52 of 135) of his three-point field goals and 81.1 percent (60 of 74) 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 22 games played, Holy Cross has given up only 62.8 points per contest, while holding the opposition to 41.4 percent shooting from the field and 29.9 percent shooting from three-point range. The Crusaders are also averaging 4.0 blocked shots per game, and are outrebounding the opposition by 0.8 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.
COLGATE RECAP: Dave Dudzinski totaled 15 points and eight rebounds, but Holy Cross was defeated by Colgate 63-45 at Cotterell Court on Feb. 2, 2013. Dudzinski hit five of nine field goal attempts on the day, including all three of his shots from three-point range. Holy Cross committed 15 turnovers in the game to just six for Colgate, while being outrebounded 33-30. The Crusaders also made only 37.8 percent of their field goal attempts (17 of 45), and attempted on six free throws on the day (making four). Both teams struggled to score early on, and the Raiders held a 10-5 lead with 12:47 remaining in the first half. Holy Cross then used an 11-2 run over the next four minutes to claim the lead, with Dudzinski hitting two three-pointers during that time. The Crusaders were still up by four (21-17) with 6:40 left before the break, when Colgate score the next eight points to pull back in front. The Raiders would eventually take a 28-26 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Holy Cross played excellent defense to start the second half, holding Colgate to only two points over the first six minutes. But the Crusaders could manage only five points of their own during that time, and led just 31-30 with 14 minutes left to play. The Raiders then netted the next seven points to reclaim the lead for good. Colgate was later up by five points (46-41) with 6:35 remaining, before using 7-0 spurt to put the game away. The Raiders would go on to outscore the Crusaders 7-0 in the final two and a half minutes, to pull away for an 18-point victory. Phil Beans finished the game with 10 points and three rebounds for Holy Cross. Murphy Burnatowski led Colgate with 19 points and three rebounds.
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 22 games played this season, he has averaged 12.7 points, 3.2 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 92.3 percent (48 of 52) of his free throws. During the Army game, Burrell led the team with 14 points, six assists and three rebounds. Previously against Bucknell, he recorded 11 points, three rebounds and three assists. Burrell also had a solid game at Lafayette, totaling 10 points, five assists and two rebounds. 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), Lehigh (16 points), 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 494 points, 177 assists, 103 rebounds and 29 steals, while making 83.1 percent (113 of 136) of his free throws.
CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross has been an excellent free throw shooting team during the 2012-2013 season, making 76.3 percent (257 of 337) of its foul shots this year. Sophomore guard Justin Burrell leads the team by hitting 92.3 percent (48 of 52) of his free throws, while senior center Phil Beans has made 90.3 percent (28 of 31) of his attempts at the charity stripe and junior forward Dave Dudzinski has knocked down 83.3 percent (85 of 102) of his foul shots. The Crusaders are on pace to post the second-best single-season free throw percentage in school history. The record is currently held by the 1961-1962 Holy Cross squad, which knocked down 77.6 percent (505 of 651) of its free throws. The last time the Crusaders made at least 75 percent of their foul shots for an entire season came in 1978-1979 (75.1 percent, 560 of 746).
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 LEHIGH: 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.
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 22 games played this year, Stevens has averaged 5.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 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 474 points, 195 rebounds and 129 assists, while connecting on 33.6 percent (75 of 223) of his three-point field goal attempts.
O'MALLEY AWARD ON THE LINE AGAINST THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS: The Martin J. O'Malley Award has been presented annually to the most outstanding player in Holy Cross' Winter Homecoming game since 1988. Since there is not a home game on Winter Homecoming weekend this year, the award will be presented at the Holy Cross-Lehigh game. The honor has gone to a Holy Cross player in 11 of the last 13 seasons, and 18 times in the past 21 years. All told, only four players from visiting teams have won the award. There have only been two players who have won the honor two times in their careers — Rob Feaster (1993 and 1995) and Andrew Keister (2010 and 2011). The award is named after Martin J. O'Malley, a 1926 Holy Cross graduate who played both basketball and football for the Crusaders. O'Malley also spent a number of years coaching basketball at St. John's Prep and North High School in Worcester, and was inducted into the Massachusetts State Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1984.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 94th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1324-896 (.596), 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 AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 335-135 at the Hart Center, including a 5-3 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 122-43 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 77-22 record against Patriot League foes.
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 22 games played so far this season, he has averaged 5.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.7 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), Army (nine points, five rebounds, two assists) 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 175 points, 167 rebounds, 50 assists, 30 blocked shots and 21 steals.
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.
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 5.6 points and 2.5 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 3.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 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 298 points, 400 rebounds and 115 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).
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 33-47 and a 18-17 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 128-167 (.434). 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 IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in seven statistical categories, through games of Feb. 3. In addition, junior forward Dave Dudzinski stands among the best in the nation in five individual categories. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg.|
|Free Throw Percent||9||Holy Cross||76.3|
|Three-Point Percent Defense||33||Holy Cross||29.9|
|Field Goal Percent||94||Dave Dudzinski||49.0|
|Scoring Defense||94||Holy Cross||62.8|
|Three-Pointers Made||115||Holy Cross||6.6|
|Blocked Shots||117||Holy Cross||4.0|
|Fewest Turnovers||123||Holy Cross||12.9|
|Field Goal Percent Defense||123||Holy Cross||41.4|
HOLY CROSS PICKED FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL: In the 2012-2013 Patriot League preseason poll, the Crusaders were picked to finish in fourth place in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. Holy Cross 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).
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 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 (115). In addition, junior forward Dave Dudzinski presently stands in sixth place all-time in career free throw percentage (.806).
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 MOUNTAIN HAWKS: Lehigh enters the game with an overall record of 16-5 and a 6-1 mark in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks have won seven of their last eight games, and are coming off an 85-76 victory at Army on Sunday. Senior forward Gabe Knutson leads the team by averaging 13.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Senior forward Holden Greiner (12.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest) and junior guard Mackey McKnight (12.2 points and 5.0 assists per game) are also have strong seasons for the Mountain Hawks. The Mountain Hawks are led by head coach Brett Reed, who stands 110-68 in six seasons at Lehigh. Reed previously served as an assistant coach for the Mountain Hawks from 2002-2007.
DRIBBLES: During the Bucknell game on Jan. 26, members of the Holy Cross coaching staff took 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 ... 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 attempts 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 2.3 points and 2.1 rebounds per contest ... 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' ... 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.