Sports Information Director
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Holy Cross men's basketball team ran into a tough task on Wednesday evening on the road at No. 1 Cardinal Stritch University in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). After taking a 12-11 lead in the early stages of the first half, the top-ranked Wolves used 12 first half three-pointers to open up a 54-29 advantage over the Saints. Stritch resumed control in the second half adding six more three-pointer to match a program-best 18 made three-point field goals as they defeated the Saints 93-60, snapping their five-game winning streak.
The Saints came out energized on Wednesday night matching the Wolves punch-for-punch in the first six minutes of the game. Parker Dominguez (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and Drew Moore (Dayton, Ohio) each knocked down big shots to give the Saints the lead. Stritch began to gain some momentum with a 9-0 run to put the Saints down eight points with 11:59 to play. Back-to-back baskets from Dane Okuda (Lakewood, Calif.) and Darrell McIntyre (Indianapolis, Ind.) brought the Stritch lead down to four points at the midway point of the half, but the Wolves were just getting started.
Over the final 10 minutes of the first half, Stritch outscored the Saints 31-10 to take a 59-24 lead to the break. Everyone seemed to be knocking down shots for Stritch, specifically from distance. The Wolves ended the first half going 19-for-25 (76.0%) from the field and 12-for-15 (80.0%) from three-point range to counteract the Saints productive 51.9% from the field. Four Stritch players knocked down multiple three-pointers led by Tony Smit who went a perfect 4-for-4. Brandon Evans (Grand Rapids, Mich.) led the Saints with eight points on 4-of-5 shooting.
The strong three-point shooting performance by the Wolves slowed down in the second half (6-of-17), however, their continued strong production shooting the ball helped them extend their lead to as many as 38 points. Holy Cross was able to shorten the gap of points between the teams in the half, but it wasn't enough to make any significant progress on the large lead developed by the top-ranked Wolves. Brandon Evans added nine points in the second half to finish with a team-high 17 points as the Saints fell to Cardinal Stritch 93-60.
Four Stritch players reached double figured scoring numbers, led by Derek Semenas who finished with a game-high 28 points. Semenas contributed five of the program-best 18 made three-pointers by the Wolves.
The loss for the Saints, their first in 2014, was the first time December 19 (St. Francis) they've fallen to a CCAC opponent. Both CCAC losses this season have come on the road.
Brandon Evans (17 points) led the team in scoring for the second consecutive game. This was the sixth time he's led the team in scoring this season.
The 18 three-pointers by Stritch was the most the Saints have allowed this season.
The Saints (15-6, 8-2 CCAC) will wrap up their two-game road trip on Saturday, January 25 at Judson (5-16, 2-8 CCAC). The game is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EST.