Deerfield, Ill. - The Holy Cross men's basketball team lost in heartbreaking fashion Tuesday afternoon. After leading for nearly 35 minutes of the game, a last second three pointer by Trinity International University gave the home team the win. The buzzer beater made the final score 78-77 in favor of the Trojans. With the loss, the Saints fall to 8-8 on the season and 4-4 in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. The Trojans improve to 13-3 and 6-1 in conference action.
The Saints jumped on the Trojans and controlled the game from the opening tip with strong defensive play and great ball movement. The men's basketball team held a 39-30 advantage over one of the conference's top teams at halftime and continued to build on that lead in the second half. Unfortunately one of the Saints best overall performances of the year was hindered by two turnovers in the final minute of the game leading up to the Trojans last second triple.
Leading the way for the Saints was Ryan Lutz with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Sophomore sharpshooter Robby Jimenez added 14 points in 21 minutes. O'Brien Hobbs tallied 11 points, while Ja'Mare Washington added 9 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Travon Bracket also notched 9 points and a team best 5 assists. Nate Miller and Brandon Lawler dished out 4 assists a piece.
The Saints (8-8, 4-4) will rest for a few days over Christmas and return to action on December 29th against Lawrence Tech University.