Sports Information Director
LA PORTE, Ind. -- Zoe Bauer (Culver, Ind.) scored 18 of his game-high 22 points in the second half as the Holy Cross Saints outscored the Purdue North Central Panthers 49-32 en route to their 79-64 victory to open up Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play. The Saints improve to 4-4 overall and 1-0 in CCAC play with the win.
A slow start from the Saints in Wednesday night's CCAC opener had them trailing by as many as eight points in the first half. The PNC Panthers opened up the game scoring the first eight points and holding a 15-7 lead eight minutes into action.
The Saints offense began to pick up and they were able to trim the Panthers lead down to one point on two occasions. Drew Moore (Dayton, Ohio) hit a three-pointer with 30 seconds left to cut the deficit to two points at the half at 32-30.
The Panthers led for all 20 minutes in the first half.
Holy Cross shot 12-of-28 (46.4%) from the field in the first half. Brandon Evans (Grand Rapids, Mich.) led the way for the Saints with nine points off the bench on 4-of-5 shooting.
Zoe Bauer kicked off the second half with a three-pointer to give the Saints their first lead of the game. The Panthers would retake a two-point lead at 39-37 before a 12-0 run by Holy Cross gave the Saints a 10 point lead with 13:52 left in the game.
The Panthers would cut the Saints lead to as low as four points with 5:52 to play before the Saints offense took control. Over the final five minutes, the Saints outscored PNC 19-8 on their way to a 79-64 CCAC road victory.
After scoring just four points in the first half, Zoe Bauer scored 18 in the second half on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor and knocking down 8-of-8 shots from the free-throw line. Bauer finished with a game-high 22 points. Brandon Evans added eight points and five rebounds in the second half to finish with 17 points and eight rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench.
The Saints shot 15-of-25 (60.0%) from the field in the second half while knocking down 17-of-25 free-throws (68%). They outscored the Panthers 49-32 after trailing for the entire first half.
Defensively the Saints turned six Panther turnovers into 11 points in the second half. For the game they scored 13 points off of PNC turnovers. The dominance on offense came in the paint as they outscored the Panthers 46-14.
Holy Cross (4-4, 1-0 CCAC) will return to non-conference play this weekend as they head to Berrien Springs, Mich. on Saturday for their second go-around with Andrews University. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. EST.