2013-2014 Holy Cross Men's Basketball Season Review
20-14 Overall Record
12-6 Patriot League Record (Third Place)
CollegeInsider.com Tournament Second Round
HOLY CROSS IN THE POSTSEASON: In 2013-2014, Holy Cross took part in postseason play for the 25th time in school history and the first time since the 2006-2007 campaign. The Crusaders' victory over Brown in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament was their first in a national postseason tournament since defeating Notre Dame 78-73 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament in 2005, and only their second since 1981. In addition, the March 21 contest against Yale marked the first time Holy Cross ever played a home game in a national postseason tournament. The Crusaders' all-time record in the postseason stands at 19-24 (7-12 in 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, 11-11 in 12 trips to the National Invitation Tournament and 1-1 in one appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament).
DUDZINSKI NAMED ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE AGAIN: Senior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) received first team All-Patriot League honors this season, after being a second team All-Patriot League selection a year ago. In 34 games played, he averaged 15.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game, while hitting 75.8 percent of his free throws (119 of 157). Against Yale in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament second round, Dudzinski totaled 11 points, three rebounds and two steals. Previously against Brown in the CIT first round, he recorded 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Dudzinski also played well in the Patriot League Tournament, with 22 points and nine rebounds at American in the semifinals, and 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks against Lehigh in the quarterfinals. A few of his other top performances this season came against Sacred Heart (26 points, career-high tying 15 rebounds, three steals), against Army (26 points, seven rebounds, three steals), against Loyola (24 points, 12 rebounds, three steals), against Harvard (25 points, six rebounds, three steals), against Navy (22 points, 10 rebounds), against Albany (22 points, seven rebounds), against Boston University (20 points, five rebounds), against Hartford (18 points, nine rebounds), against Lafayette (17 points, 11 rebounds), at New Hampshire (17 points, eight rebounds), at Hartford (17 points, seven rebounds), at Michigan (17 points, six rebounds), against Canisius (16 points, 10 rebounds), at Navy (16 points, nine rebounds), against Colgate (16 points, eight rebounds), against American (15 points, six rebounds), against Belmont (15 points, five rebounds), at New Jersey Tech (14 points, six rebounds), at Colgate (14 points, five rebounds), at Army (14 points, five rebounds) and at Boston University (12 points, 10 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. Over the course of his collegiate career, Dudzinski totaled 1,366 points, 698 rebounds and 94 blocked shots, while connecting on 48.4 percent (498 of 1,029) of his field goals and 78.3 percent (311 of 397) of his free throws.
MILLER EARNS ALL-LEAGUE HONORS: Junior forward Malcolm Miller (Laytonsville, Md.), one of the top perimeter players for the Crusaders in 2013-2014, was named third team All-Patriot League. In 34 games played this season, Miller averaged 11.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.9 blocks and 0.9 steals per game, while hitting 41.9 percent (39 of 93) of his three-point field goals and 76.2 percent (80 of 105) of his free throws. Against Yale in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament second round, he led the team with 18 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two assists. Previously against Brown in the CIT first round, Miller totaled 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks. He also played well in the Patriot League Tournament, posting 10 points and 10 rebounds at American in the semifinals, after recording 19 points, eight rebounds and two blocks against Lehigh in the quarterfinals. A few of Miller's other top games this year came at Loyola (career-high 20 points, eight rebounds), at Bucknell (19 points, nine rebounds, three blocks), at New Jersey Tech (18 points, nine rebounds, career-high seven blocks, three assists), at Hartford (18 points), at Army (17 points, six rebounds), at Colgate (17 points, five rebounds, three assists), against Canisius (15 points four rebounds, four assists), against Lehigh (14 points, seven rebounds), against Bucknell (14 points, six rebounds), at American (14 points, four rebounds), at Lehigh (12 points, eight rebounds, five blocks, three assists) and against Colgate (11 points, eight rebounds, three assists). Last season, Miller averaged 5.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.8 blocks per contest. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 579 points, 386 rebounds, 128 assists, 95 blocked shots and 53 steals, while connecting on 71.3 percent (127 of 178) of his free throws.
THOMPSON SELECTED TO ALL-ROOKIE TEAM: Freshman guard Anthony Thompson (Glenn Dale, Md.) became a key part of the Holy Cross backcourt this year, and was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie team. He averaged 9.4 points, 2.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game, while hitting 41.4 percent (41 of 99) of his three-point field goals and 78.5 percent (117 of 149) of his free throws. Against Yale in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament second round, Thompson totaled 11 points, two rebounds and two assists. Previously against Brown in the CIT first round, he led the team with 15 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Thompson also played well in the Patriot League Tournament, finishing with 10 points and three assists at American in the semifinals, after recording seven points, six rebounds and a career-high nine assists against Lehigh in the quarterfinals. A few of his other top games this year came against Navy (17 points, three rebounds, three steals), at New Hampshire (17 points, five rebounds), against Belmont (15 points, four assists, two steals), at Lehigh (13 points, two rebounds, two assists), at Army (13 points, two assists), against Lafayette (13 points), at Loyola (12 points, four assists, two rebounds), at American (12 points), at Bucknell (10 points, six rebounds, four steals), at Navy (10 points, four rebounds, two assists), against Sacred Heart (10 points, two steals) and against Colgate (10 points). Last season, Thompson was named the Montgomery County Player of the Year for the Bullis School in Potomac, Md.
HOLY CROSS PICKS UP 20 WINS: With the 68-65 victory at Brown in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament first round, the Crusaders recorded their 20th win of the year. That marked the most victories for Holy Cross in a single season since going 25-9 in 2006-2007. It is also the 24th time in school history that the Crusaders have won at least 20 games in a single season.
BURRELL LEADS HOLY CROSS BACKCOURT: Junior guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) just finished his third season in the Holy Cross starting lineup. In 31 games played this year, he averaged 8.9 points, 2.4 assists and 1.8 rebounds per contest, while hitting 83.0 percent (44 of 53) of his free throws. In the victory at Brown in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament first round, Burrell recorded 10 points, three rebounds and two steals. Previously at Lehigh, he scored 13 points, including seven points in the game's final 30 seconds. Burrell also played well against Army, tallying 10 points and a career high-tying nine assists, while hitting four free throws in the final 20 seconds. A few of Burrell's other top games this season were against Bucknell (19 points, four rebounds, three assists), at Navy (17 points, three rebounds), at Lafayette (15 points, three rebounds), at Michigan (14 points, five assists), at American (13 points, three assists), at Bucknell (13 points, three assists), against Colgate (13 points), against Lehigh (11 points, three rebounds), at Colgate (11 points, three assists, key steal to set up the go-ahead basket), against Canisius (11 points) and against Loyola (10 points). 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 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 853 points, 291 assists, 173 rebounds and 59 steals, while making 35.3 percent (107 of 303) of his three-pointers and 83.5 percent (172 of 206) of his free throws.
CRUSADERS KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS: Holy Cross was once again a strong free throw shooting team in 2013-2014. In 34 games played, the Crusaders hit 73.2 percent (518 of 708) of their foul shots as a team. Junior guard Justin Burrell led the way by hitting 83.0 percent (44 of 53) of his free throws in 2013-2014, while sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) knocked down 82.6 percent (19 of 23) of his foul shots. Freshman guard Anthony Thompson (78.5 percent, 117 of 149), junior forward Malcolm Miller (76.2 percent, 80 of 105) and senior forward Dave Dudzinski (75.8 percent, 119 of 157) also hit over 75 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. This marks the first time the Crusaders have made at least 73.0 percent of their foul shots in back-to-back seasons since 1967-1968 (74.6 percent, 456 of 611) and 1968-1969 (73.2 percent, 461 of 630).
PROTECTING THE BALL: In 34 games played this season, the Crusaders committed only 398 turnovers, for an average of just 11.7 turnovers per game. Holy Cross finished the year third in the Patriot League in fewest turnovers, behind only Bucknell (10.7 turnovers per game) and Colgate (11.5 turnovers per game). The Crusaders' average of 11.7 turnovers per contest is the best in school history, breaking the record which had been set just last year at 12.4 turnovers per game (372 in 30 games).
CRUSADERS STEP UP PLAY ON DEFENSIVE END: Over the final 17 games of the 2013-2014 season, Holy Cross turned in a number of outstanding defensive performances. During that stretch, the Crusaders allowed just 59.3 points per game, while holding the opposition to 42.8 percent (378 of 884) shooting from the field. Holy Cross also outrebounded its opponents by 2.8 boards per game over the final 17 contests, in addition to blocking 4.5 shots per game. On Jan. 18, the Crusaders held Lehigh to a season-low 42 points, while Bucknell scored a season-low 50 points on Feb. 9. Overall, nine of Holy Cross' last 17 opponents scored less than 60 points, with only two teams netting 70 or more points during that time.
BROWN WRAPS UP FOURTH YEAR WITH CRUSADERS: Milan Brown just concluded his fourth season as the head coach at Holy Cross in 2013-2014, with an overall record of 55-67 and a 32-28 mark in Patriot League regular season games. In 2013-2014, he led the Crusaders to their first 20-win season and their first national postseason tournament appearance since 2006-2007. Brown's overall career record now stands at 150-187 (.445). 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).
GREEN PLAYING IMPORTANT ROLE ON THE PERIMETER: Sophomore guard Eric Green (Mountain House, Calif.) developed into one of the top players in the Crusader backcourt this season. In 34 games played, he averaged 7.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game. During the victory at Brown in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament first round, Green recorded 14 points, five rebounds and two steals. Previously against Boston University, he finished with 10 points, five assists, three rebounds and three steals. Green also played well at Loyola (Md.), totaling 12 points and six rebounds. A few of his other top performances this season came against Hartford (career-high 18 points, six rebounds, five steals), at Lehigh (14 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals), at New Jersey Tech (15 points, five assists, five steals, four rebounds), against Navy (14 points, four rebounds, three assists), at Hartford (12 points, three assists, three steals), at Army (11 points, 10 rebounds, first career double-double), at Colgate (11 points, three assists, two steals), against Colgate (10 points, five steals, four assists, three rebounds, two blocks) and against Sacred Heart (10 points, five rebounds, five assists).
CRUSADERS REACH DOUBLE-FIGURES IN LEAGUE WINS: Holy Cross posted a 12-6 record in Patriot League regular season play this season. This marks the ninth time the Crusaders have reached double-figures in conference victories since the Patriot League began play in the 1990-1991 season. The school record for most conference wins is held by the 2002-2003, 2004-2005 and 2006-2007 teams, which all posted 13-1 marks in the Patriot League. In addition, the 1992-1993 team went 12-2, the 2005-2006 and 2008-2009 squads went 11-3, the 2000-2001 team was 10-2, and the 1991-1992 team had a 10-4 record. Holy Cross' nine seasons with double-figure conference victories are the second-most in Patriot League history, behind only Bucknell with 10.
SHARING THE ROCK: This season, four different Holy Cross players handed out at least 70 assists. Freshman guard Anthony Thompson led the way with 80 assists, followed by junior guard Justin Burrell (75), junior forward Malcolm Miller (73) and sophomore guard Eric Green (72). This marked the first time since the 1979-1980 campaign that four different Crusaders have dished out at least 70 assists in the same season. In 1979-1980, Bob Kelly led the team with 129 assists, followed by Garry Witts (89), Ronnie Perry (85) and Kevin Greaney (80). In the history of Holy Cross basketball, this year marks only the fourth time there have been at least four players on the same team with 70 assists.
ALEXANDER STEPS INTO PROMINENT ROLE: Freshman forward Malachi Alexander (Bowie, Md.) was a key player for the Crusaders down low this season. He finished the year ranked seventh on the team with an average of 6.3 points per game, and stood third with an average of 4.2 rebounds per contest. During the victory at Loyola (Md.), Alexander narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. Previously against Lehigh, he totaled 13 points, four rebounds and two assists. 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 came at Army (16 points, five rebounds), against Hartford (13 points, seven rebounds), against Fairfield (13 points, five rebounds), at North Carolina (13 points, five rebounds) and against Albany (10 points, four 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.
CRUSADERS AT THE HART CENTER: Holy Cross currently owns an all-time record of 345-142 at the Hart Center, including a 9-5 mark in 2013-2014. 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 33 out of 39 seasons, while recording double-figure home victories 17 times. The Crusaders stand 133-50 at home since the beginning of the 2000-2001 season, including an 86-27 record against Patriot League foes.
HOLY CROSS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS: The Crusaders were ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders in five statistical categories, at the conclusion of the 2013-2014 season. In addition, four Holy Cross players stood among the best in the nation in various individual categories. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg.|
|Fewest Personal Fouls||37||Holy Cross||17.0|
|Scoring Defense||55||Holy Cross||65.2|
|Free Throw Percent||56||Holy Cross||73.2|
|Blocked Shots||79||Malcolm Miller||1.9|
|Fewest Turnovers||117||Holy Cross||11.7|
|Winning Percent||122||Holy Cross||58.8|
|Field Goal Percent||143||Dave Dudzinski||46.8|
|Free Throw Percent||227||Anthony Thompson||78.5|
CRUSADERS IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Several Holy Cross players have earned spots in the school's all-time record book during the 2013-2014 season. Junior guard Justin Burrell currently stands third all-time in career free throw percentage (.835, 172 of 206), eighth in career games started (90) and 10th in career average minutes played (29.1). Senior forward Dave Dudzinski ranks first all-time in both single-season games started (34) and games played (34), fifth in career games started (92), ninth in career blocked shots (94), ninth in single-season minutes played (1,057), 10th in career games played (120) and 14th in career rebounds (698). In addition, junior forward Malcolm Miller is first place on the single-season lists for games started (34) and games played (34), fifth on the single-season list for blocked shots (63) and eighth on the career list for blocked shots (95). Also, junior forward Taylor Abt, freshman forward Malachi Alexander and sophomore guard Eric Green all tied the school single-season record for games played (34).
DUDZINSKI NETS 1,000TH POINT: Senior forward Dave Dudzinski became the 47th 1,000-point scorer in the history of Crusader 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 finished his career ranked 17th all-time at Holy Cross with 1,366 points in 120 career games, good for an average of 11.4 points per contest.
HAMILTON BECOMES A TOP SCORING THREAT: Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton was a key player for the Crusaders on the wing this year, but missed 15 games due to injury. Hamilton averaged 8.2 points and 1.8 rebounds per game, while hitting 36.3 percent (29 of 80) of his three-point field goals and 82.6 percent (19 of 23) of his free throws. During the victory over Colgate, he posted 10 points and six rebounds. Previously at Boston University, Hamilton scored 16 points while hitting four of six attempts from three-point range. 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). A few of his other top performances this season came against Belmont (16 points, two rebounds, two assists) and at Fairfield (13 points, four rebounds). Last year, he was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie team after averaging 6.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. Over the course of his collegiate career, Hamilton has now totaled 338 points, 120 rebounds and 40 assists.
HOLY CROSS POSTS ANOTHER WINNING RECORD IN LEAGUE PLAY: With a 12-6 mark in conference action, the Crusaders finished the regular season with a winning record in Patriot League play. This marks the 15th time Holy Cross has posted a winning record against conference opponents in the league's 24-year history. The Crusaders previously finished with winning records in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012. Holy Cross' 15 winning seasons in conference play are the second-most in the history of the Patriot League, behind only Bucknell with 19.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: This year marked the 95th season of Holy Cross men's basketball. The Crusaders own an overall record of 1346-916 (.595), while making 25 postseason tournament appearances — 12 trips to the NCAA Tournament, 12 to the National Invitation Tournament and one to the CollegeInsider.com 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.
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 was available over the internet through Crusader Vision and the Patriot League Network. The package, done in association with Campus Insiders, was available free of charge. For more details on Crusader Vision or the Patriot League Network, click here.
CRUSADERS ON TELEVISION: Holy Cross had 11 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 from 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
March 8 at American: CBS Sports Network
HOLY CROSS ON THE RADIO: Several of the Crusaders' basketball contests during the 2013-2014 season were carried by Emmanuel Radio, WNEB 1230 AM in Worcester. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre was in his 27th season calling the play-by-play for Crusader basketball on the radio. In addition, Jeremy Lechan and Dick Lutsk were in their 10th year on the Holy Cross broadcast crew, handling either play-by-play or color commentary for selected games. All games aired on Emmanuel Radio could also be heard live over the internet by clicking here. WCHC 88.1 FM, the Holy Cross student station, also carried 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:
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DRIBBLES: The season finale against Yale was the 34th of the year for the Crusaders, tying the school single-season record set in 2006-2007 ... Holy Cross was picked to finish in seventh place in the 2013-2014 Patriot League preseason poll of head coaches and sports information directors. In addition, senior forward Dave Dudzinski was selected to the preseason All-Patriot League team ... Junior guard Justin Burrell and senior forward Dave Dudzinski are serving as the Crusaders' captains this season ... Holy Cross' opponents made 73.6 percent (404 of 549) of their free throws this season. The school record for opponent free throw percentage for an entire season was set in 1985-1986, when the opposition hit 73.9 percent (526 of 712) of their foul shots ... 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 ... Junior forward Taylor Abt (Darnestown, Md.) scored a season-high eight points during the Boston University game. He finished the year averaging 2.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per contest ... Freshman guard Robert Champion (Charlotte, N.C.) scored a career-high eight points three times this year, against Albany, New Jersey Tech and Yale. He averaged 2.6 points and 0.9 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 23 career games, totaling 43 points, 16 assists, 13 rebounds and eight steals ... The Crusaders' 18-12 mark in the regular season this year was their best since they had a 22-8 mark entering the Patriot League Tournament in 2006-2007 ... 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 ... During their Jan. 29 game against Loyola (Md.), the Crusaders collected donations to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer ... During the Jan. 8 victory over Colgate, Holy Cross had six different players score in double figures ... 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 ... The Crusaders took part in the Coach4aDay Program during the 2013-2014 season, as opportunities were auctioned off for a guest "assistant coach," with the proceeds going to charity. For more information, visit "www.coach4aday.com".