Crusaders Hit The Road To Face New Jersey Tech

Malachi Alexander

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GAME DAY QUICK FACTS:
The Teams: Holy Cross (5-5, 0-0 PL) vs. New Jersey Tech (6-6)
Date: December 21, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Estelle & Zoom Fleisher Athletic Center (1,500), Newark, N.J.
Live Video Streaming: Highlanders All Access
Unofficial Live Statistics: Side Arm Stats
Series Record: First Meeting

PROBABLE HOLY CROSS STARTERS:
Pos., No., Name, Ht., Wt., Cl.
F, 13, Malcolm Miller, 6-7, 210, Jr.
F, 43, Taylor Abt, 6-8, 225, Jr.
C, 50, Dave Dudzinski, 6-9, 227, Sr.
G, 3, Justin Burrell, 5-9, 165, Jr.
G, 24, Eric Green, 6-4, 191, So.

CRUSADERS TRAVEL TO NJIT: Holy Cross returns to action when it travels to the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Saturday, Dec. 21, for a 2:00 p.m. game. The Crusaders will then close out the non-conference portion of their schedule with a contest at Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 28 (6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network). After the beginning of the new year, Holy Cross opens Patriot League play at Boston University on Thursday, Jan. 2 (7:00 p.m.).

DUDZINSKI PLAYS BIG IN THE POST: Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) is once again a key player for the Crusaders in the low post this season, after being named second team All-Patriot League a year ago. In 10 games played this season, he is averaging 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocks per game, while hitting 50.4 percent of his field goal attempts (61 of 121) and 80.8 percent of his free throws (42 of 52). During the Canisius game, Dudzinski posted his sixth career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Previously at Hartford, he totaled 17 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Dudzinski also had a big night against Albany, leading the team with 22 points and seven rebounds. A few of his other top performances this season have come against Sacred Heart (26 points, career-high tying 15 rebounds, three steals, two assists, two blocks), against Harvard (25 points, six rebounds, three steals), against Hartford (18 points, nine rebounds), at New Hampshire (17 points, eight rebounds), against Belmont (15 points, five rebounds) and at North Carolina (11 points, five rebounds). Last year, Dudzinski averaged a team-best 15.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per contest, while connecting on 48.3 percent (166 of 344) of his field goals and 81.7 percent (107 of 131) of his free throws. He scored a career-high 31 points at San Francisco last season, then matched that mark with 31 points in last year's game with Columbia. During the 2011-2012 campaign, 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). Over the course of his collegiate career, Dudzinski has now totaled 1,027 points, 525 rebounds and 73 blocked shots, while connecting on 49.5 percent (375 of 757) of his field goals and 80.1 percent (234 of 292) of his free throws.

THE SERIES WITH NJIT: This will be the first meeting between the Crusaders and the Highlanders on the hardwood. NJIT owns an all-time record of 7-17 against the 10 schools which currently play in the Patriot League (1-2 against American, 3-3 vs. Army, 1-1 against Colgate, 2-5 vs. Lafayette, 0-4 against Lehigh and 0-2 vs. Loyola), including a 2-0 mark so far this season.

MILLER MAKES PRESENCE FELT ON THE WING: Junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.) has been one of the top perimeter players for the Crusaders in 2013-2014. In 10 games played this season, Miller is averaging 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. In the Canisius game, he recorded 15 points, four rebounds and four assists. Previously at Hartford, Miller scored a career-high 18 points, while hitting six of seven field goal attempts and four of five shots from three-point range. He also played well against Albany, totaling eight points, three assists and two blocks. A few of Miller's other top games this year have been against Hartford (nine points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals), against Harvard (eight points, seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks), against Belmont (eight points, four steals, two blocks) and against Sacred Heart (eight points, three rebounds). In 2012-2013, Miller averaged 5.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.8 blocks per contest. Some of his top games a year ago came at Navy (13 points, career-high 13 rebounds, first career double-double), against American (career-high 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks, two steals) and at Boston College (13 points, four rebounds, two steals). 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 294 points, 231 rebounds, 77 assists, 44 blocked shots and 35 steals.

GREEN MOVES INTO STARTING LINEUP: Sophomore guard Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.) has taken over as a starter in the Crusader backcourt this season. In 10 games played, he is averaging 7.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game. During the Hartford game, Green totaled 12 points, three assists and three steals. Previously at New Hampshire, he posted nine points and three rebounds. A few of Green's other top performances this season have come in the first meeting with Hartford (career-high 18 points, six rebounds, five steals) and against Sacred Heart (10 points, five rebounds, five assists).

BURRELL LEADS HOLY CROSS FROM THE POINT: Junior Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) is in his third season as Holy Cross' starting point guard. After missing three games due to injury, he returned to the court against Canisius and totaled 11 points and two assists. Burrell previously recorded seven points and two assists in the victory over Hartford, after posting nine points and two rebounds at North Carolina. Earlier in the year, he totaled nine points and eight assists against Sacred Heart, while recording eight points and four assists against Harvard. On the season, Burrell is now averaging 6.6 points and 3.0 assists per game. Last year, he averaged 12.1 points, 3.7 assists and 2.0 rebounds per contest, while hitting 91.3 percent (63 of 69) of his free throws. Burrell totaled a career-high 30 points, five assists and three rebounds during last year's victory at Sacred Heart, while recording 29 points, four assists and three rebounds in the win over Columbia. A few of his other top games last season came against Dartmouth (19 points, four assists), against Lafayette (19 points, six assists, two steals), against Yale (17 points, three assists, two rebounds) and against Texas-San Antonio (17 points, three rebounds, two steals). Burrell previously earned Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors in 2011-2012, after 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 622 points, 237 assists, 126 rebounds and 38 steals, while making 83.2 percent (139 of 167) of his free throws.

CRUSADERS LOOKING FOR SIXTH PATRIOT LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON TITLE: During the 2013-2014 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 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 (five outright, three shared).

CANISIUS RECAP: Canisius' Billy Baron totaled 31 points, nine rebounds and five assists, to lead the Golden Griffins to an 83-73 victory over the Holy Cross men's basketball team at the Hart Center. Dave Dudzinski posted his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Crusaders. Malcolm Miller added 15 points, four rebounds and four assists, while Justin Burrell finished with 11 points and two assists. Baron scored the first six points of the game for Canisius, before the Crusaders went on a 15-2 run to claim a seven-point advantage (15-8) with 13:51 remaining in the first half. Holy Cross was still up by seven (19-12) at the 11:51-mark, when the Golden Griffins used 11-0 spurt to reclaim the lead. Canisius would eventually extend the margin to nine points (42-33) with 1:21 left in the half, before Miller and Eric Green hit three-point field goals to make it a three-point game (42-39) at the break. The Golden Griffins held onto a small lead early in the second half, before increasing the margin to eight points (61-53) with 8:55 left to play. The Crusaders then used a 9-4 run to make the score 65-62, and Canisius was still up by just three points (72-69) with two minutes remaining. But Jordan Heath hit a three-pointer with 1:36 on the clock to make the score 75-69, then the Golden Griffins drained eight of 10 free throws down the stretch to pull away for a 10-point victory. Canisius hit 47.3 percent of its field goals on the night (26 of 55), while Holy Cross made only 40.4 percent of its shots (23 of 57). The Golden Griffins also connected on 40.0 percent of their three-pointers (eight of 20) and 82.1 percent of their free throws (23 of 28), while holding a 38-31 rebounding advantage.

ALEXANDER STEPS INTO PROMINENT ROLE: Freshman forward Malachi Alexander (Bowie, Md.) has been a key player for the Crusaders down low this season. He currently ranks third on the team with an average of 10.8 points per game, and stands second with an average of 4.6 rebounds per contest. During the victory over Albany, Alexander recorded 10 points and four rebounds. Previously against Hartford, he totaled 13 points and seven rebounds. Earlier in the season, Alexander posted his first career double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds in the victory over Sacred Heart. A few of his other top performances this year have come against Fairfield (13 points, five rebounds) and North Carolina (13 points, five rebounds). Alexander came to Holy Cross from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md., where he led the team to an overall record of 27-1 and the Maryland Class 4A state championship as a senior.

THOMPSON PLAYING KEY MINUTES: Freshman guard Anthony Thompson (Glenn Dale, Md.) has become a key part of the Holy Cross backcourt this year. He is currently averaging 9.0 points, 2.8 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game, while hitting 76.8 percent (43 of 56) of his free throws. During the victory at New Hampshire, Thompson posted career highs of 17 points and five rebounds, while hitting all 10 of his free throw attempts. Previously against Belmont, he recorded 15 points, four assists and two steals, and knocked down four of five attempts from three-point range. Thompson also had a big game earlier in the year against Sacred Heart, totaling 10 points and two steals. Last season, he was named the Montgomery County Player of the Year for the Bullis School in Potomac, Md.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marks the 95th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1331-907 (.595), 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 and coaches 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 KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross is once again an excellent free throw shooting team in 2013-2014. In 10 games played, the Crusaders have hit 74.0 percent (194 of 262) of their foul shots as a team. Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) leads the way by hitting 88.2 percent (15 of 17) of his free throws so far in 2013-2014, while senior forward Dave Dudzinski has knocked down 80.8 percent (42 of 52) of his foul shots. Junior guard Justin Burrell (78.6 percent, 11 of 14), freshman guard Anthony Thompson (76.8 percent, 43 of 56) freshman forward Malachi Alexander (75.0 percent, 39 of 52) are also hitting over 70 percent from the charity stripe this year. In 2012-2013, the Crusaders made 75.3 percent (351 of 466) of their foul shots as a team, good for the second-best single-season free throw percentage in school history behind only the 1961-1962 Holy Cross squad which knocked down 77.6 percent (505 of 651) of its free throws. Prior to last year, the Crusaders had not made at least 75 percent of their foul shots for an entire season since 1978-1979 (75.1 percent, 560 of 746).

HOLY CROSS NAMES CAPTAINS: Junior guard Justin Burrell and senior forward Dave Dudzinski have been selected as the Crusaders' captains for the 2013-2014 season. Both Burrell and Dudzinski were also among Holy Cross' leaders during the 2012-2013 season, serving as tri-captains along with Phil Beans.

BROWN NOW IN FOURTH YEAR WITH CRUSADERS: Milan Brown is in his fourth season as the head coach at Holy Cross in 2013-2014, with an overall record of 40-58 and a 20-22 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 135-178 (.431). 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 two statistical categories, through games of Dec. 15. In addition, senior forward Dave Dudzinski, sophomore guard Eric Green and junior forward Malcolm Miller stand among the best in the nation in various individual categories. The rankings:

Category Rank    Player / Team Avg.
Free Throw Percent 52   Holy Cross 73.7
Three-Point Percent 74   Holy Cross 37.6
Steals 90   Eric Green 1.9
Field Goal Percent 131   Dave Dudzinski 51.8
Rebounding 139   Dave Dudzinski 7.6
Scoring 139   Dave Dudzinski 17.6
Blocked Shots 227   Malcolm Miller 1.2


DUDZINSKI NETS 1,000TH POINT: Senior forward Dave Dudzinski became the 47th 1,000-point scorer in the history of Holy Cross men's basketball on Dec. 7 at Hartford. He hit a turnaround jumper at the 4:27-mark of the first half to record the 1,000th point of his collegiate career. Dudzinski has now scored 1,027 points in 96 games as a Crusader, good for an average of 10.7 points per contest.

HAMILTON BECOMING A TOP SCORING THREAT: Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton is a key player for the Crusaders on the wing this year, but has missed the last five games due to injury. Hamilton is averaging 16.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, while hitting 41.2 percent (14 of 34) of his three-point field goals and 88.2 percent (15 of 17) of his free throws. During the Belmont game, he led the team with 16 points, two rebounds and two assists. Previously against Fairfield, Hamilton recorded 13 points and four rebounds. He also had a huge night against Sacred Heart, totaling a career-high 35 points, three rebounds and three assists. Hamilton hit 11 of 21 field goal attempts and six of eight free throws against the Pioneers, while tying the school single-game record with seven three-pointers made (on 13 attempts). Last season, Hamilton was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie team after averaging 6.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, and making 36.1 percent (22 of 61) of his three-point attempts in Patriot League regular season play. During last year's home game with Lafayette, he scored a season-high 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Over the course of his collegiate career, Hamilton has now totaled 271 points, 101 rebounds and 32 assists, while hitting 31.7­­ percent of his three-point attempts (52 of 164).

CRUSADERS PICKED SEVENTH IN PRESEASON POLL: In the 2013-2014 Patriot League preseason poll, Holy Cross was picked to finish in seventh place in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. The Crusaders received 70 total points in the conference preseason poll. Boston University placed first in the poll, with 162 total points and 18 first-place votes, followed by Lafayette in second with 130 points and two first-place votes, Army in third (115 points), Bucknell in fourth (113 points), Loyola (Md.) in fifth (109 points) and Lehigh in sixth (93 points). The preseason rankings were rounded out by Colgate (eighth, 49 points), American (ninth, 36 points) and Navy (10th, 23 points).

DUDZINSKI NAMED PRESEASON ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE: Senior forward Dave Dudzinski has been selected to the preseason All-Patriot League team, in voting by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. Dudzinski was joined on the preseason all-conference team by Bucknell senior guard Cameron Ayers, Loyola (Md.) senior guard Dylon Cormier, Boston University senior guard D.J. Irving and Lehigh senior guard Mackey McKnight. In addition, Irving was selected as the preseason Patriot League Player of the Year.

CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 339-138 at the Hart Center, including a 2-1 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 32 out of 38 seasons, while recording double-figure home victories 17 times. The Crusaders stand 126-46 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including a 79-24 record against Patriot League foes.

HOLY CROSS OWNS FIVE PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CROWNS: Seven 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 Bucknell (2005, 2006, 2011 and 2013) ranking 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.

RECORDS FALL IN SACRED HEART GAME: A number of Hart Center and Holy Cross records were set during the 122-118 double overtime victory over Sacred Heart. The Crusaders set new building records for both free throws made (45) and free throw attempts (56), while Holy Cross and Sacred Heart broke the Hart Center records for combined points (240), free throws made (77) and free throw attempts (94) by both teams. In addition, the Crusaders' 122 points were the third-most ever scored in the building, while the Pioneers 118 points were the most by a visiting team and the fifth-most overall. All-time school records for both teams combined were set for points scored in a game (240) and free throws made in a game (77). The old mark of 236 total points last happened against Iona on Feb. 21, 1989, while the previous record of 75 free throws made stood since 1970 (against Seton Hall). Holy Cross nearly broke the school single-game record for free throws made with 45, coming up just two short of the mark of 47 set against Seton Hall on Feb. 7, 1970.

HOLY CROSS JOINS COACH4ADAY PROGRAM: The Crusaders are partnering with the 3-Point Foundation and Coaching for Literacy to take part in the Coach4aDay Program during the 2013-2014 season. For selected games this year, opportunities will be auctioned off to serve as a guest "assistant coach," with the proceeds going to charity. This will involve the chance to sit directly behind the team bench, meet the Holy Cross coaches and players, and get a glimpse inside the locker room on game day. Upcoming games which are included come against American (Jan. 5), Lehigh (Jan. 18) and Bucknell (Feb. 9). For more information, visit "www.coach4aday.com".

CRUSADER VISION & THE PATRIOT LEAGUE NETWORK: Live video streaming of all Holy Cross home non-conference games and most Patriot League regular season games during the 2013-2014 season will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision and the Patriot League Network. The package, done in association with Campus Insiders, is available free of charge. For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision or the Patriot League Network, click here.

CRUSADERS ON TELEVISION: Holy Cross will have at least 10 games shown on live television during the 2013-2014 season. The Crusaders had seven television appearances last year, while appearing on television seven times in 2011-2012, 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 2013-2014 season:

Nov. 10 vs. Harvard: New England Sports Network
Nov. 15 at North Carolina: ESPNU
Nov. 30 at New Hampshire: Live Well Network
Dec. 28 at Michigan: Big Ten Network
Jan. 8 vs. Colgate: Charter TV3
Jan. 22 at Lafayette: Lafayette Sports Network
Jan. 29 vs. Loyola (Md.): Charter TV3
Feb. 4 at Colgate: CBS Sports Network
Feb. 9 vs. Bucknell: CBS Sports Network
Feb. 15 at Lehigh: Service Electric Cable

HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Twelve of the Crusaders' basketball contests during the 2013-2014 season will be carried by Emmanuel Radio, WNEB 1230 AM in Worcester.  Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 27th season calling the play-by-play for Crusader basketball on the radio. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk are in their 10th 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. WCHC 88.1 FM, the Holy Cross student station, will also carry a number of games this year.

CRUSADERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Updates on Holy Cross basketball can be found through the Holy Cross Athletics pages on the following social media networks:

Facebook: Holy Cross Athletics
Twitter: @GoHolyCross
YouTube: GoHolyCross
Instagram: GoHolyCross

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

SCOUTING THE HIGHLANDERS: New Jersey Tech stands 6-6 overall so far this season. The Highlanders have lost two straight and four of their last six games, and are coming off a 96-93 setback against Long Island on Dec. 12. Freshman guard Damon Lynn leads the team with an average of 17.8 points per game, while hitting 38.2 percent (42 of 110) of his three-point attempts and 80.8 percent (42 of 52) of his free throws. Sophomore forward Terrence Smith has added 12.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest, while sophomore guard Winfield Willis is chipping in with 10.8 points per game. New Jersey Tech is led by Jim Engles, who is 63-101 in five seasons as the Highlanders' head coach. Engles previously served as an assistant coach at Columbia, Rider and Wagner.

DRIBBLES: During the Nov. 24 victory over Hartford, the Crusaders allowed the Hawks to make just one field goal in the first half. That tied the NCAA single-game record for fewest field goals allowed in a half (since the shot clock era began in 1986), matching Kansas State, which held Savannah State to just one made shot in the second half on Jan. 7, 2008 ... Freshman guard Robert Champion (Charlotte, N.C.) scored a career-high eight points in the Albany game, while hitting two of four attempts from three-point range. He is currently averaging 3.7 points and 1.3 rebounds per game ... Junior guard De'Vaughn Reid (West Orange, N.J.) made his first career start at New Hampshire, scoring six points. A walk-on, Reid has now played in 13 career games, totaling 34 points, nine rebounds and six assists ... In the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate Report, for the four-class aggregate of entering classes from 2003 through 2006, 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 fourth-best mark among all Division I schools ... Holy Cross has received an NCAA Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Award in each of the last eight seasons, for having a multi-year APR in the top 10 percent of all Division I men's basketball teams in the nation.