Sports Information Director
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Holy Cross men's basketball team wrapped up its recent three-game home stand on Saturday afternoon playing host to Trinity International University in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action. A strong first half where they scored 48 points, their largest of any half the season, helped lift the team to an 11-point advantage at the half. It was in the second half where the team was strong on the defensive end as they held the Trojans to just 7-of-27 (25.9%) shooting on their way to a 79-62 victory. The Saints extended their current winning streak to three games and improved to 13-5 overall and 6-1 in the CCAC.
Much like their last time on the floor, shots were falling for both teams in the early stages of Saturday afternoon's CCAC showdown. While the Saints never trailed for the entire half, the Trojans were not making things easy. Thomas Amrine knocked down a three-point shot to knot the score at 18-18 with 12:16 remaining before a 12-4 run gave the Saints an eight-point lead. The Trojans would fight back to within two points with less than five minutes remaining following a three-pointer from Blake Mann. However, a 14-5 run by the Saints over the final four minutes helped them take an 11-point advantage to the break.
Both teams found success shooting the ball in the first half: TIU shot 16-for-33 (48.5%) with five three-pointers and the Saints shot 17-of-30 (56.7%) with three three-pointers. A major deciding factor was the Saints ability to get to, and convert at, the foul line. The Saints went 11-for-12 from the charity stripe as TIU failed to register one attempt in the half. Brandon Evans (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Drew Moore (Dayton, Ohio) led the scoring for the Saints as the two combined for 21 points off 8-of-14 shooting in the half.
It was in the second half where the Saints started to gain a little cushion in the game. Back-to-back baskets, including an and-one opportunity, from Adam Vizard (Kalamazoo, Mich.) helped them push their lead to 16 points with 11:23 remaining. However, a 16-3 run by the Trojans had them right back in the game only trailing by six points. Justin Peeple was fouled shooting a three-pointer and was given three free-throw attempts; all of which he knocked down to bring the score to 67-61.
Following the late charge by the Trojans, the Saints never panicked. The team started to get some stops and got two consecutive baskets from Clayton Webb (Dallas, Texas) to extend their lead back up to 10 points and shift the momentum back in their favor. The team closed out that final six minute stretch giving up just one final point. A layup from Drew Moore on the fast break put the Saints up 17 points as they closed out the game with a 79-62 victory over the Trojans.
After hitting over 48% of their shots in the first half, the Saints held TIU to just 7-for-27 (25.9%) in the final 20 minutes.
Brandon Evans scored 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting in the second half to finish with a career-high 21 points. Evans went 8-of-11 from the field for the game and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.
Drew Moore scored 16 points in the game to extend his streak of games scoring in double figures to 12 consecutive. Moore also knocked down a pair of shots from distance.
- All nine players who saw game action scored at least three points in the win over TIU
- Adam Vizard matched a career-best in scoring with six points. He finished the game a perfect 3-for-3 from the field in just four minutes.
- Six players played at least 20 minutes in the game. Darrell McIntyre was just behind as he finished with 19.
- With the win, the Saints still sit atop the standings in the CCAC South Division as they own the tiebreaker with Purdue Calumet.
The Saints (13-5, 6-1 CCAC) will now travel to Palos Heights, Ill. and take their three-game winning streak up against the Trolls of Trinity Christian College on Wednesday. Trinity Christian owns the all-time series advantage at 6-3 but the Saints have won three of the last four meetings.