Notre Dame, Ind. - The Holy Cross men's basketball team honored seniors Brian Aldrich, Madison McCaffrey, and O'Brien Hobbs before Wednesday evening's game. All three seniors made sure the Saints got off to a great start as they built a 9-1 lead on CCAC South Division leader Calumet College of St. Joseph and never looked back. The Saints took a 92-69 victory from the Crimson Wave to improve to 14-15 overall, and 10-10 in conference play. The Crimson Wave drop to 15-12 and 11-9 in CCAC action.
The Saints jumped on the Crimson Wave early building a 9-1 lead in the first two minutes and after eight minutes held a 22-11 advantage over the South Division leading Crimson Wave. A barrage of three's from Madison McCaffrey and Travon Brackett, followed by layups by Ja'Mare Washington gave the Saints a 15 point lead with 4:04 remaining in the first stanza. The Saints defense locked in the final three minutes and held the visitors to zero points to build a 46-23 lead heading into halftime. The senior McCaffrey scored 15 points in the first half as he attacked the paint and hit triples from two feet behind the line. O'Brien Hobbs added 8 points on 3/5 shooting in the first twenty minutes.
The second half started with each team matching the other shot for shot, but a Crimson Wave 11-0 run cut the Saints lead to 12 with 13:43 remaining in the game. Brackett stopped the run with a triple of his own, followed by baskets by Ja'Mare Washington and Hobbs. CCSJ began to full court press and trap the Saints to speed the game up and add possessions, but Hobbs never let the lead fall to less than 15. Hobbs attacked the paint and finished with ease after blowing past Crimson Wave defender. Hobbs was cool down the stretch from the line going 7 of 9 from the foul line to give the Saints the victory. Brian Aldrich came back into the game with two minutes remaining and was fouled on a drive. With the crowd chanting his name, the arena erupted after he calmly sank both free throws. A strong defensive effort and 55% shooting from the field gave the Saints a 92-69 victory over Calumet College of St. Joseph.
O'Brien Hobbs hit 8 of his 12 shots to score a career-high 25 points, while also grabbing 4 rebounds and dishing out 4 assists in his final home game. Madison McCaffrey scored 22 points, while also handing out 4 assists and recording 2 steals. Senior Brian Aldrich hit two free throws in the final minute as he came in to close out the game.
The Saints (14-15, 10-10) travel to Olivet Nazarene University for a key CCAC matchup Saturday at 4:00pm.