Sports Information Director
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Holy Cross men's basketball team returned to their home floor on Wednesday night in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) with their final meeting against CCAC-rival IU South Bend. In a tight contest throughout the first half, the Saints began to pull away in the second half on their way to a 72-58 victory. With the victory, the Saints improve to 17-7 overall and 10-3 in the CCAC.
Similar to what we saw in Monday night's meeting with Purdue North Central, senior forward Brandon Evans (Grand Rapids, Mich.) got things going on the offensive end for the Saints scoring the team's first eight points. A three-point play by IUSB guard Brandon Beam gave the Titans an early 11-10 lead before the Saints would answer with a 12-0 run, capped with an Evans slam, to open up a 22-11 advantage at the 11:03 mark of the first half.
The Titans would counter with a late run of their own and cut it to two points before a three-pointer from Zoe Bauer (Culver, Ind.) and a pair of free-throws from Evans would give the Saints a 37-32 halftime lead.
Evans was the main source of offense for the Saints in the first half scoring 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Parker Dominguez (Santa Clarita, Calif.) would add eight points on 4-of-5 shooting. Mark White and Jason Jordan led the charge for the Titans with nine points apiece.
IU South Bend quickly trimmed the lead to three points to open up the second half before a 12-2 run by the Saints brought their lead back up to 13 points following a pair of free-throws from Drew Moore (Dayton, Ohio).
The lead would get as large as 20 points in the second half as the Saints held the Titans to one point over a six-minute stretch. IU South Bend would get within 13 points with less than two minutes remaining but five consecutive points from Drew Moore, including a three-pointer, was too much to overcome. The Saints picked up their second win of the week by a final score of 72-58.
Brandon Evans was slowed down offensively in the second half being held to 1-for-6 from the field, however, he still finished with a game-high 27 points to pair with eight rebounds. Parker Dominguez added 10 points in the second half on 5-of-8 shooting to finish with 18 points and a team-best nine rebounds. Drew Moore added 10 points in the game, all in the second half, while Zoe Bauer contributed nine points off the bench with three three-pointers.
Mark White led the Titans with 15 points while Jason Jordan and Joe Godfread added 13 and 10 points, respectively.
The Saints held the Ttians to 8-of-25 (32.0%) from the field in the second half including 1-for-10 (10.0%) from distance.
- Brandon Evans set a new career-best with 27 points in the win. Evans finished 10-for-18 from the field and 7-for-10 from the foul line.
- Parker Dominguez finished with nine made field goals giving him back-to-back games with nine made shots. This is the fourth time he's made nine shots in a game this season.
- After going a perfect 4-for-4 from the foul line, Drew Moore has now hit eight consecutive free-throws.
- The Saints extended their program-best win total to 17 games with the win over IUSB. They've also achieved 10 CCAC wins this season and are in first place in the South Division of the CCAC.
- The win over the Titans gives the Saints the series sweep in the cross-town rivalry. This is the first time since the 2011-2012 season that the Saints have swept the series.
- The Saints improve to 13-0 when scoring 70 or more points in a game.
Hitting the Road
The Saints (17-7, 10-3 CCAC) will now hit the road for four consecutive games beginning Saturday in Bourbonnais, Ill. against Olivet Nazarene University. They will return home for one final time during the regular season on February 19 against the University of St. Francis (Ill.) on senior night.