Crusaders Travel To Army On Wednesday
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (11-16, 3-9 PL) vs. Army (14-13, 7-5 PL)
Date: February 27, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Christl Arena (5,043), West Point, N.Y.
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League All-Access
Unofficial Live Statistics: Gametracker
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 57-18
Last Meeting: Army 80, Holy Cross 66 (January 30, 2013; Worcester, Mass.)
PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos., No., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl.
F, 12, Christopher Morgan, 6-7, 215, Fr.
F, 32, Jordan Stevens, 6-5, 200, Sr.
C, 50, Dave Dudzinski, 6-9, 227, Jr.
G, 3, Justin Burrell, 5-9, 165, So.
G, 5, Cullen Hamilton, 6-3, 185, Fr.
CRUSADERS TRAVEL TO ARMY: Holy Cross wraps up a two-game road trip when it heads to Army on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders currently stand in seventh place in the Patriot League with a 3-9 mark in conference games, while the Black Knights are in fourth place at 7-5. Holy Cross can still finish the year as high as fifth or as low as eighth in the Patriot League standings. Following the game with the Black Knights, the Crusaders return home for their final contest of the regular season, against Colgate on Saturday, March 2, at 12:00 p.m.
THE SERIES WITH ARMY: This will be the 76th meeting between the Crusaders and the Black Knights on the hardwood, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 57-18. The Crusaders have won 20 out of the last 24 meetings in the series, although all four of Army's victories during that time have come in the last six years. For games played at West Point, the Crusaders hold a 22-13 advantage, with nine victories in their least 10 visits. The schools first met on Feb. 22, 1926, with Army posting a 41-27 victory at West Point.
SERIES QUICK FACTS:
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 57-18
At West Point: Holy Cross leads, 22-13
At Christl Arena: Holy Cross leads, 17-9
Milan Brown vs. Army: 3-2
Zach Spiker vs. Holy Cross: 3-4
Current Win Streak: Army, one game
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 2-1
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 27 games played, he has averaged a team-best 15.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per contest, while connecting 47.9 percent (147 of 307) of his field goals and 81.4 percent (96 of 118) of his free throws. During the Lafayette game, Dudzinski recorded 10 points, three rebounds and two steals. Previously at American, he posted 19 points and seven rebounds. Dudzinski also had a solid game against Navy, totaling 13 points and eight rebounds. Some of his other top games this year have come at San Francisco (31 points, seven rebounds), against Columbia (31 points), against Bucknell (26 points, five rebounds), at Harvard (22 points), against Morgan State (20 points, eight rebounds), against New Hampshire (19 points, eight rebounds, three steals), at Sacred Heart (19 points, five rebounds), against Yale (18 points, nine rebounds, four blocks), at Navy (16 points, 10 rebounds), at Colgate (15 points, eight rebounds), at Boston College (15 points, six rebounds), against American (14 points, 10 rebounds), at Hartford (13 points, career-high 15 rebounds, three assists), against Lehigh (13 points, five rebounds), at Lafayette (13 points, five rebounds), against Army (12 points, seven rebounds), at St. John's (12 points, five rebounds), at Providence (11 points, eight rebounds), against Maine (10 points, nine rebounds) and against 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 803 points, 428 rebounds and 66 blocked shots, while connecting on 49.2 percent (295 of 599) of his field goals and 79.7 percent (181 of 227) 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 27 games played this season, he has averaged 12.7 points, 3.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 91.8 percent (56 of 61) of his free throws. During the Bucknell game, Burrell led the team with 16 points and three assists. Previously against Lafayette, he totaled 19 points, six assists and two steals. Burrell also had a solid game at American, scoring eight points and tying his career high with nine assists. A few of his other top performances this season have come at Sacred Heart (career-high 30 points, five assists, three rebounds), against Columbia (29 points, four assists, three rebounds), against Dartmouth (19 points, four assists), against Yale (17 points, three assists, two rebounds), against Texas-San Antonio (17 points, three rebounds, two steals), against Morgan State (16 points, four assists), at Lehigh (16 points), at Old Dominion (15 points, six rebounds), at San Francisco (15 points), against Army (14 points, six assists, three rebounds), against Navy (14 points, five assists), at Harvard (13 points, two rebounds, two assists), at St. John's (12 points, five assists), Bucknell (11 points, three rebounds, three assists), at Lafayette (10 points, five assists, two rebounds) and at 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 557 points, 201 assists, 111 rebounds and 34 steals, while making 83.4 percent (121 of 145) of his free throws.
BUCKNELL RECAP: Bucknell's Mike Muscala totaled 25 points and seven rebounds, to lead the Bison to a 74-57 victory over Holy Cross at Sojka Pavilion on Feb. 24, 2013. Justin Burrell led the Crusaders with 16 points and three assists. Phil Beans added 15 points and seven rebounds, while Cullen Hamilton chipped in with 10 points and four rebounds. Bucknell started the game hot, jumping out to an early 7-2 lead after the first two minutes of play. The Bison would later be up by three points (9-6), before using a 9-2 run to take an 18-8 lead. Bucknell eventually extended its advantage to 15 points (29-14) with 4:28 remaining in the first half, before Holy Cross scored eight straight points to get back into the game. Beans scored five of the Crusaders' points during that run. The Bison eventually led 31-24 heading into the locker room. Muscala scored the first five points of the second half, as Bucknell used an 11-2 run to build its lead back up to double figures (42-26). The Bison lead would stay in double figures for the next several minutes, and the score was eventually 62-49 with 5:33 left in regulation. Bucknell then scored the next eight points to put the game away, eventually posting a 17-point victory. The Bison held a 40-28 rebounding advantage on the afternoon, and also committed only five turnovers to nine for Holy Cross.
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 25 games played, he has averaged 9.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest, while making 42.0 percent (37 of 88) of his shots from three-point range and 91.7 percent of his free throws (33 of 36). Beans has stepped up his play against Patriot League opponents, scoring in double figures eight times in 12 contests. During the Bucknell game, he recorded 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Previously at American, Beans scored 10 points on four of seven shooting from the field. Beans also had a solid game at Colgate, totaling 10 points and three rebounds. A few of Beans' other top performances this season have come against Maine (career-high 19 points, eight rebounds), at Sacred Heart (18 points, five rebounds, two assists), against Dartmouth (18 points, three rebounds), against Morgan State (17 points, six rebounds), against Army (13 points, three rebounds), at Lafayette (13 points, three rebounds), against American (10 points, six rebounds), at Lehigh (10 points, four rebounds, two blocks) and at 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 443 points, 236 rebounds and 27 blocked shots, while connecting on 39.2 percent (58 of 148) of his three-point field goals and 82.3 percent (65 of 79) of his free throws.
HAMILTON STARTS CAREER STRONG: Freshman guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) has been a key player for the Crusaders on the wing this year. Hamilton is currently averaging 6.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. During the Bucknell game, he recorded 10 points and four rebounds. Previously against Lafayette, Hamilton scored a career-high 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while hitting six of eight shots from the floor and four of six attempts from three-point range. He also had a solid game at American, totaling eight points and five rebounds. A few of Hamilton's other top games this season have come at Old Dominion (15 points, four rebounds), against American (13 points, two assists), against New Hampshire (11 points) and against Dartmouth (10 points, five rebounds, two assists). 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.
THE LAST MEETING WITH ARMY: Army's Ella Ellis totaled 23 points and six rebounds, to lead the Black Knights to an 80-66 victory over Holy Cross at the Hart Center on Jan. 30, 2013. Justin Burrell led the Crusaders with 14 points, six assists and three rebounds. Phil Beans finished with 13 points and three rebounds, while Dave Dudzinski added 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. The game was close early on, and Army held a 9-8 advantage after the first six minutes of play. Holy Cross then went on an 8-0 to claim its largest lead of the night (16-9) with 10:57 remaining in the first half. The Crusaders were still up by three (29-26) with four minutes to go before the break, when the Black Knights used a 7-0 spurt to pull back in front. Army would eventually take a 38-34 advantage into the locker room. Holy Cross was able to trim the margin down to two points (44-42) early in the second half, before the Black Knights scored the next six points to go back in front by eight (50-42). The Army lead would stay in single digits for the majority of the half, and the Crusaders were able to make it a four-point game (68-64) with 4:03 left after a pair of free throws by Dudzinski. But Holy Cross would not score again until less than a minute remained, as the Black Knights ran off 10 straight points to put the game away. Army held a 37-26 rebounding advantage on the night, and also forced the Crusaders to commit 15 turnovers while giving the ball away only 11 times themselves. The Black Knights also connected on all 17 of their foul shots, while Holy Cross went 16 of 17 at the line (94.1 percent).
CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross has been an excellent free throw shooting team during the 2012-2013 season, making 75.4 percent (307 of 407) of its foul shots this year. Sophomore guard Justin Burrell leads the team by hitting 91.8 percent (56 of 61) of his free throws, while senior center Phil Beans has made 91.7 percent (33 of 36) of his attempts at the charity stripe and junior forward Dave Dudzinski has knocked down 81.4 percent (96 of 118) 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).
STEVENS STEPS INTO PROMINENT ROLE: Senior guard Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.) has become one of the Crusaders' top players on the wing this year, after serving as a key reserve last season. In 27 games played this year, Stevens has averaged 5.3 points, 2.6 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 0.9 steals per contest. During the first meeting with 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 at Hartford (nine points), against Yale (eight points, six assists, five rebounds, two steals) and against 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 489 points, 201 rebounds and 142 assists, while connecting on 33.6 percent (77 of 229) 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. Obeysekere is currently averaging 4.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game, despite missing seven contests due to either injury or illness. During the Lafayette game, he recorded 11 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Previously at American, Obeysekere posted six points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Earlier in the season at Boston College, he led the team with a career-high 17 points and six rebounds, while hitting seven of eight field goal attempts. A few of Obeysekere's other top games this year have come at Providence (eight points, seven rebounds, two assists), against Navy (six points, nine rebounds), against Lehigh (six points, eight rebounds), at Harvard (six points, five rebounds), at San Francisco (four points, eight rebounds) and at 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 329 points, 428 rebounds and 121 blocked shots.
HOLY CROSS SHINES ON THE DEFENSIVE END: The Crusaders have once again been a strong defensive team so far this season. Through 27 games played, Holy Cross has given up only 63.9 points per contest, while holding the opposition to 42.1 percent shooting from the field and 30.8 percent shooting from three-point range. The Crusaders are also averaging 3.6 blocked shots per game, and are outrebounding the opposition by 0.6 boards per contest. In addition, Holy Cross has held 10 of its opponents to 60 points or less in regulation. 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.
CRUSADERS SHOOT THE LIGHTS OUT AGAINST LAFAYETTE: During the Feb. 20 game against Lafayette, Holy Cross hit a season-best 67.4 percent of its field goal attempts, knocking down 29 of 43 attempts from the floor. That marked the Crusaders' best shooting performance in a single-game since they connected on 67.8 percent of their field goals (40 of 59) in a 109-91 victory over Fordham on Feb. 27, 1988.
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 34-51 and a 19-21 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 129-171 (.430). 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).
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 94th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1325-900 (.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 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 (121). In addition, junior forward Dave Dudzinski presently stands in seventh place all-time in career free throw percentage (.797) and sophomore guard Justin Burrell ranks 10th all-time in average minutes played (29.1).
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in six statistical categories, through games of Feb. 24. In addition, junior forward Dave Dudzinski and sophomore guard Justin Burrell stand among the best in the nation in several individual categories. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg.|
|Free Throw Percent||16||Holy Cross||75.4|
|Three-Point Percent Defense||53||Holy Cross||30.8|
|Scoring Defense||110||Holy Cross||63.9|
|Field Goal Percent||112||Dave Dudzinski||47.9|
|Fewest Personal Fouls||114||Holy Cross||17.0|
|Fewest Turnovers||117||Holy Cross||12.7|
|Three-Pointers Made||121||Holy Cross||6.6|
MILLER MAKES PRESENCE FELT ON THE WING: Sophomore forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) has become one of the top perimeter players for the Crusaders, but missed Sunday's contest at Bucknell due to injury. In 26 games played so far this season, he has averaged 5.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.8 blocks per contest. During the victory over Navy, Miller recorded nine points and four assists. Previously against Lehigh, he totaled 10 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Miller also played well during the first meeting with American, filling up the stat line with a career-high 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals. A few of his other top performances this season have come at Navy (13 points, career-high 13 rebounds, first career double-double) at Boston College (13 points, four rebounds, two steals), against New Hampshire (10 points, seven rebounds), against Texas-San Antonio (10 points), against Army (nine points, five rebounds, two assists) and at 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 201 points, 181 rebounds, 54 assists, 31 blocked shots and 24 steals.
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.
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 336-137 at the Hart Center, including a 6-5 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 123-45 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 78-24 record against Patriot League foes.
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 BLACK KNIGHTS: Army enters the game with an overall record of 14-13 and a 7-5 mark in the Patriot League. The Black Knights have won their last four games, and are coming off a 72-58 victory at American on Saturday. Senior forward Ella Ellis leads the team by averaging 17.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, while hitting 40.9 percent (61 of 149) of his three-point field goal attempts. Freshman guard Kyle Wilson is also enjoying a strong year, averaging 13.1 points and 2.2 rebounds per contest. Army is led by Zach Spiker, who stands 51-65 in his fourth season as the Black Knights' head coach. Prior to his time with Army, Spiker served as an assistant coach at Cornell, West Virginia and Winthrop.
DRIBBLES: Former Crusader Kevin Hamilton (Class of 2006) will be inducted into the Holy Cross Athletic Hall of Fame on May 4. Hamilton totaled 1,492 points and a school record 292 steals during his collegiate career from 2002-2006, while leading the team to an overall record of 84-39 ... When Holy Cross lost to American in overtime on Feb. 17, it marked the first time the Crusaders played in overtime since Jan. 29, 2011. That stretch of 61 straight games without needing an extra session was Holy Cross' longest since playing 94 straight contests without going to overtime from Jan. 17, 1998-March 4, 2001 ... Holy Cross' nine Patriot League losses this year are tied for its most ever. The Crusaders previously lost nine conference games in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2008 and 2010 ... Senior guard Dee Goens (Alpharetta, Ga.) totaled six points, five assists and four rebounds during the victory over Navy, after scoring a season-high eight points in the previous contest against Lehigh ... Freshman forward Christopher Morgan (Gloucester, Va.) scored a career-high six points at Providence, then posted four points and a career-best six rebounds against Lehigh in his first career start ... 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' .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 ... 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.