Sports Information Director
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Holy Cross men's basketball team wrapped up the home portion of their 2013-2014 regular season schedule on Wednesday night playing host to the University of St. Francis (Ill.) in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action. Despite overcoming an early first half deficit, the strong shooting by St. Francis in the second half was too much as the Saints fell in the game by a final score of 75-52.
Prior to the start of the game, the five-member senior class was recognized for their accomplishments as Holy Cross student-athletes.
2014 Senior Class
Jordan Leturgez (Lafayette, Ind.)
Dane Okuda (Lakewood, Calif.)
Brandon Evans (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Parker Dominguez (Santa Clarita, Calif.)
Pat Derksen (Noblesville, Ind.)
After opening up Wednesday night's home finale with a basket from Parker Dominguez, St. Francis quickly responded with an 11-0 run to put the pressure on the Saints. The three-point shot was falling for the Fighting Saints early on as three of their first four shots were made from beyond the arc.
The Saints began to claw their way back with an 11-6 run of their own to bring them within 17-13 following a pair of three-pointers from Drew Moore (Dayton, Ohio). Chris Miller would continue his strong shooting half for St. Francis with his fourth three-pointer to bring their lead back up to seven points.
A tip-in from Clayton Webb (Dallas, Texas) would spark a 10-2 run by the Saints, however, as they would take their first lead since opening up the game with a 2-0 advantage. Drew Moore hit the jumper to put the Saints in front 23-22 with 6:10 to play in the half.
Both teams exchanged leads over their next few possessions before the Fighting Saints closed out the final four minutes with a 9-2 run to take a 33-26 lead to the break.
Drew Moore and Brandon Evans led the way for the Saints with nine points each while Chris Miller led all scorers with 14 points. Miller went 5-for-8 from the field and 4-for-5 from distance in the opening 20 minutes.
The Saints would get within five points with 17:42 left to play in the game, but shots continued to fall for St. Francis. Andrew Lerg gave the Fighting Saints a 53-39 with a three-pointer and they never looked back.
With no real answer for the impressive offensive performance by St. Francis in the second half, senior Dane Okuda picked off a pass and went coast-to-coast to bring the Saints within seven points. However, St. Francis would put their stamp on the game with an 18-1 run to bring their lead to 24 points with four minutes left to play.
The Saints would score just five more points in the game, the last coming on a free-throw from senior walk-on Pat Derksen to bring us to a final score of 75-52.
Chris Miller led all scorers with 20 points, but it was the clutch scoring by Andrew Lerg and Mark Peters that paved the way for St. Francis in the second half. The Fighting Saints closed out the final 20 minutes going 17-for-25 (68.0%) from the field. Conversely, Holy Cross went 11-for-26 (42.3%) and just 2-for-7 (28.6%) from the free-throw line.
- Brandon Evans grabbed his second double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He's one of four players to record a double-double this season.
- Clayton Webb has now reached double figures in scoring for three consecutive games; his longest stretch this season.
The 2014 seniors:
- Set a school record for most wins in a season (19)
- Set a school record for most conference wins in a season (12)
- Set a school record longest winning streak (seven games)
- Achieved the first victory over a nationally ranked opponent in school history (No. 18 Grace)
- Achieved the first victory over an NCAA D2 opponent (Saint Joseph's [Ind.])
Wrapping up the regular season
The Saints (19-10, 12-6 CCAC) will conclude the regular season on Saturday, February 22 on the road at Calumet St. Joseph. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 pm EST.