Sports Information Director
HAMMOND, Ind.—After trailing by as many as 12 points in the second half during Wednesday night's Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) South Division showdown against Purdue Calumet, the Holy Cross men's basketball responded for 51 second half points as the Saints knocked off the host Peregrines 83-78 for their program-best 19th win of the season. Parker Dominguez (Santa Clarita, Calif.) added a team-high 21 points and was one four player to reach double figures for the Saints.
The Saints kicked off Wednesday night's CCAC South Division showdown scoring the first four points, but the Peregrines were quick to gain control. With the score tied at 7-7, the Peregrines rallied off a 15-5 run to take a 10-point lead with 12:54 still to play in the half.
Despite shooting an effective 54.2% from the field in the half, the Saints were unable to make up significant ground on the Peregrines; in fact, Purdue Calumet finished the half 16-for-26 (61.5%) from the floor while knocking down 6-of-10 shots from distance. Despite the stellar shooting by the Peregrines, Darrell McIntyre (Indianapolis, Ind.) brought the Saints within eight points to close out the half.
Parker Dominguez scored nine points to lead the Saints at the break while Clayton Webb (Dallas, Texas) went a perfect 4-for-4 from the field for eight points off the bench. Noah Allen and Roddy Richardson led charge for Purdue Calumet scoring 12 points apiece and combining for five of the six three-pointer hit.
After giving up the first four points of the second half and trailing 44-32, the offensive attack by the Saints began to pick up. Drew Moore (Dayton, Ohio) forced a Peregrine turnover, leading to a Darrell McIntyre dunk at the other end, which capped off a 17-7 run to bring the Saints within two points. Despite the early second half charge, however, Purdue Calumet was able to stay in front. A Brandon Evans (Grand Rapids, Mich.) free-throw tied the score at 63-63 before Dane Okuda (Lakewood, Calif.) and Drew Moore rallied off back-to-back three-pointers as the Saints had rallied all the way back to take a six-point lead with 5:19 to play. Following the recent surge, the Saints never looked back.
With momentum swinging in their favor, the Saints combined a productive offensive second half with solid defense to hold a lead for the remainder of the game. Noah Allen would bring the Peregrines to within two points, but Parker Dominguez would responded with four unanswered to extend the Saints lead back to six. Clayton Webb and Drew Moore would combine to go 5-for-5 at the foul line down the stretch as the Saints would hold on for an 83-78 comeback win over South Division-rival Purdue Calumet.
Dominguez and Moore led the second half comeback for the Saints scoring 12 and 16 points in the final 20 minutes. Dominguez finished the game with a team-high 21 points while Moore would add 19. Clayton Webb (15) and Darrell McIntyre (11) combined for 26 points off the bench in the win.
The Saints added their 51 second half points off 16-of-25 shots from the field while going 15-for-20 from the foul line. Drew Moore finished the game a perfect 8-for-8 from the line.
Holy Cross (19-8, 12-4 CCAC) continued their strong start to the month of February while notching their program-best 19th win of the season. They will resume action this weekend as they close out their four-game road trip against Robert Morris University with a 4:00 pm EST tip.