Sports Information Director
PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. – Zoe Bauer (Culver, Ind.) scored a career-high 25 points as the Holy Cross men's basketball team closed out the second half against Trinity Christian College with a 64-60 win on Wednesday evening in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play. Trailing by four with less than five minutes remaining, the Saints ended the game on a 10-2 run to secure their 14th win of the season, matching a program-best milestone. With the victory, the Saints improve to 14-5 overall and 7-1 in the CCAC.
A tight first half with six lead changes resulted in back-and-forth action in Wednesday night's CCAC matchup. Both teams took turns with their share of runs and each had a six-point lead during the half. It was the Saints who struck early with a 16-10 lead six minutes into the first half following the three-pointer from junior Zoe Bauer. An ensuing 14-2 run by the Trolls, however, flipped the six-point advantage to their favor over the next four minutes. Following the run by the Trolls, the Saints answered back with a 9-0 run capped off by a basket from Darrell McIntyre (Indianapolis, Ind.) and a pair of free-throws from Drew (Santa Clarita, Calif.) following a steal by Parker Dominguez (Santa Clarita, Calif.) to reclaim a three-point advantage. A late jumper from Jared Jones with less than a minute tied the game at 35-35 as the half concluded.
Zoe Bauer, Drew Moore and Darrell McIntyre paved the way for the Saints offense in the first half combining for 29 of the 35 points. Jared Jones finished the half shooting 6-of-11 from the field with five three-pointers for the Trolls to finish with 17 points. Trinity Christian hit seven three-pointers in the first half.
As the second half began, the Saints offense began to get in sync as they quickly amassed a five-point advantage less than five minutes into the half. But as we saw in the first half, a run was on the horizon. The Trolls capped off a 13-2 run over a seven-minute stretch to regain control with a 54-48 lead over the Saints with 9:02 remaining. Opportunities were becoming of the essence.
Zoe Bauer capped off a 12-2 run to give the Saints their first lead in over 10 minutes at 60-58 following his fifth three-pointer of the game. With just over three minutes remaining in the game, the team knew they had to finish strong. After giving up the tying basket with 57 second to go, Parker Dominguez dropped in a layup in the paint following a timeout to give the Saints a 62-60 lead with 27 seconds left in regulation. Two offensive rebounds by the Trolls in their ensuing offensive possession was rewarded with a foul. Jake VanDenBerg would go to the line with a one-and-one opportunity to tie the game. After missing the front end of the one-and-one, the ball bounced in the Saints favor as they were awarded possession. Zoe Bauer was fouled on the inbound and knocked down both free-throws to give the Saints a two-possession lead with five seconds to play. Clayton Webb (Dallas, Texas) pulled down the biggest rebound of the night following the Jared Jones miss to secure the Saints a 64-60 road CCAC win, giving them four consecutive victories.
Bauer led the charge for the Saints with 15 of his career-high 25 points coming in the second half. He closed out the half shooting 5-of-9 from the field, 3-of-6 from distance and 2-of-3 from the foul line.
- The Saints have now won at least four consecutive games on two separate occasions this season.
- The 14 wins ties a program record for wins in a season and now marks three consecutive seasons of achieving the milestone. The 2013-2014 Saints, however, have achieved the mark in the quickest fashion (19 games).
- With the win over the Trolls, the Saints now sit alone atop the CCAC South Division standings following the Purdue Calumet loss against Roosevelt.
- The team has won 11 of their last 12 games dating back to November 20. The lone blemish came on the road at St. Francis (Ill.).
The Saints (14-5, 7-1 CCAC) will return home on Saturday, January 18 as they're set to host the Lakers of Roosevelt University (12-6, 4-4 CCAC). The Saints are 1-2 all-time against the Lakers with their lone win coming in the inaugural meeting on January 19, 2012.