Bourbonnais, Ill. - The Saints men's basketball team was unable to pick up a much needed win against the Tigers of Olivet Nazarene University Saturday afternoon. A win would have set Holy Cross up with a 5-7 seed in next week's conference tournament, but a loss would leave them tied for 8th place and the final spot. The Saints fell 88-79 to the Tigers, after only trailing 37-31 at the half, but the Tigers went on a 13-2 run early in the second half to put the game out of reach. The men's basketball team fought back after big shots by Ryan Lutz, Travon Brackett and Robby Jimenez, but the damage was already done. The Saints dropped their final regular season game to fall to 14-16 overall, and 10-11 in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.
Sophomore sharpshooter Ryan Lutz led the Saints with 24 points on 6-8 shooting from behind the arc. The junior duo of Travon Brackett and Ja'Mare Washington each scored 18 points on the evening. Along with his 18 points, Brackett dished out 8 assists, grabbed 6 rebounds, and recorded three steals. The big man Washington scored his 18 points on 9-11 shooting from the field, while also grabbing a team-high 8 rebounds. Robby Jimenez and Bryce Crosen came off the bench to add 9 and 8 points, respectively.
The Saints (14-16, 10-11) await their fate from the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference office to see if they will receive the 8th and final spot in the CCAC tournament. If they do get the spot, Holy Cross will travel to take on North Division winner and #8 Robert Morris University Tuesday evening. Please follow HOCROSAINTS on Twitter to stay updated.