Sports Information Director
WINONA LAKE, Ind. -- The Holy Cross men's basketball team wrapped up their participation in the 2013 Terry Polston Hoops for Hope in the championship round on Saturday afternoon with a 72-59 loss to the University of the Cumberlands. Strong shooting from the Patriots in the second half, led by Shaquille Lowery, helped Cumberlands pull away to win the tournament championship.
Holy Cross jumped out of the gate in the first half with a 7-4 run fresh off their emotional buzzer-beater victory against the tournament hosts Grace College on Friday. The Patriots were quick to respond with a 9-0 run of their own to take a 13-7 lead with 12:57 left in the first half.
Cumberlands continued to hold the advantage throughout the remainder of the first half, but the Saints continued to fight. Trailing by seven point with four minutes left to play, the Saints cut the lead to one point after a three-pointer from Dane Okuda (Lakewood, Calif.). An ensuing 8-3 run from the Patriots closed out the first half with the Saints trailing 34-28.
Parker Dominguez (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and Drew Moore (Dayton, Ohio) led the Saints with eight points. Dominguez knocked down all four field goal attempts while Moore went 3-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-4 from distance.
The Patriots quickly extended their lead to nine points to open up the second half before a 7-0 run by the Saints, capped off with a three-pointer from Zoe Bauer (Culver, Ind.), brought the deficit to two points. Back-and-forth play over the next nine minutes kept Cumberlands in front but had the Saints chipping away. Holy Cross got to within one point on three occasions during that span.
It was in the final seven minutes where the Saints struggled to keep up with the Patriots. After cutting the lead to one point, Holy Cross was outscored 21-9 over the final seven minutes as they fell 72-59 in the championship round to the Patriots.
Drew Moore led the Saints with 15 points in the game and was named to the all-tournament team. Parker Dominguez had 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting and pulled down five rebounds. Dane Okuda also finished with 10 points and was named the Mental Attitude Award Winner.
Shaquille Lowery finished with a game-high 23 points and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Holy Cross (3-4) will return to the hardwood on Wednesday, November 20 as they open up Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play on the road against Purdue North Central. Tip-off is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. EST.