Sports Information Director
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Holy Cross men's basketball team continued their strong play in the month of January on Saturday afternoon playing host to Roosevelt University in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action. After seeing a 12-point second half lead go away, the Saints never wavered and fought until the very last whistle in the 67-64 win over the Lakers. Senior Brandon Evans (Grand Rapids, Mich.) scored a game-high 18 points as the Saints held on to defeat the Lakers for their fifth consecutive win and set a new program-best win total in Holy Cross men's basketball history at 15 wins.
The Saints got off to a great start in Saturday afternoon's CCAC matchup as they opened up a 10-point lead less than five minutes into the game. Shots were falling at a high percentage and everyone was contributing. The Lakers, though, were not going to give in just yet. Roosevelt charged back from a 10-point deficit at the near midway mark of the first half with a 17-9 run to trim the Saints lead down to 30-28 with just over five minutes remaining. Over this final stretch, Roosevelt continued to put the pressure on the Saints. Tyree York cut the lead to one with 28 seconds left before Brandon Evans closed out the half with a basket inside to give the Saints a 36-33 halftime lead.
The Saints went 16-for-30 (53.3%) from the field in the opening half and were led by Evans' 14 points. Scoring seemed to come from everyone who saw time on the floor as 8-of-9 Saints players scored in the first half. The three-point shot was falling for the Lakers as they hit six in the first 20 minutes. Kevin Priebe led all scorers with 16 points.
A 12-2 run to open up the second half had the Saints in good position as they opened their largest lead of the game at 12 points. With both ends of the floor in rhythm, the Saints enjoyed a 10-point lead at the near midway point of the final half. What ensued, however, would make things interesting for the rest of the game.
Over the next five minute stretch, the Lakers outscored the Saints 16-8 and were suddenly only down two points. On the Lakers next possession, point guard Tyree York was fouled shooting a three-pointer and was awarded three chances at the foul line. York knocked down all three attempts to give the Lakers their first lead of the game at 64-63 with 5:29 to play.
With the momentum shifting towards the Lakers, Brandon Evans quickly responded for the Saints with a basket 20 seconds later to retake the lead. Several attempts from both sides to respond over the next several minutes were unsuccessful as neither team could score. Parker Dominguez (Santa Clarita, Calif.) broke that stretch with a layup in the paint to give the Saints a 67-64 lead with just under two minutes left to play.
Trailing by three with time running out, Joe Harks launched a three-pointer with five second left that went off the rim, and off a Saints player, to give the Lakers one final shot. Tyree York went for the game-tying shot beyond the arc was caught up in a jump ball after a great defensive possession from Darrell McIntyre (Indianapolis, Ind.) as the final horn sounded and the Saints walked out of McKenna Arena with the 67-64 victory.
Brandon Evans was one of four Holy Cross starters to score at least 10 points in the game. Evans finished with a game-high 18 points on 9-of-13 from the field to go along with six rebounds. Parker Dominguez grabbed his second double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Drew Moore (Dayton, Ohio) and Zoe Bauer (Culver, Ind.) finished with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Tyree York, Kevin Priebe and Korey Ryan each scored 16 points to lead the Lakers.
- With the win, the 2013-2014 Saints became the first team in program history win 15 games in a season. The team currently sits at 15-5 overall.
- The Saints have now won five consecutive games for the second time this season. Prior to this year, no team had ever won more than four consecutive.
- The Saints improved to 10-0 this season when having a lead at halftime and are now 6-1 in games decided by five points or less.
The Saints (15-5, 8-1 CCAC) will take their five-game winning streak on the road next Wednesday to Milwaukee, Wis. where they will square off with the 2013 NAIA Div. II National Champions, and currently No. 2 ranked, Wolves of Cardinal Stritch University (17-3, 9-0 CCAC). The Saints are 0-8 all-time against the Wolves.