Arlington Heights, Ill. - The Holy Cross men's basketball season came to an end Tuesday evening as the #7 Robert Morris University Eagles took down the Saints. The Saints held a 42-40 lead at the half, but the Eagles outscored Holy Cross 42-30 in the final stanza to take the 84-70 victory.
The men's basketball team used solid cutting and passing to cut through the nationally ranked Eagles defense in the first half. Ryan Lutz found his touch from behind the arch halfway through the half to score 8 straight points. Ja'Mare Washington and Bryce Crosen were able to get easy baskets in the paint as Robert Morris elected not to help off the Saint shooters. Senior O'Brien Hobbs weaved in and out of opposing defenders to attack the rim and go 5-5 from the foul line. A three at the halftime horn cut the Saints lead to 42-40.
In the second half the Holy Cross offense became stagnant while the Eagles continued to get easy shots at the rim. After building a 13 point advantage with under 5 minutes to play, the Saints used a quick 7-0 run to cut the lead to 6 with 2:34 remaining in the game. Unfortunately Robert Morris used their athleticism to get to the rim where they were fouled on a made basket and after a Saints turnover the game was out of reach.
Ryan Lutz led the Saints with 26 points on the evening going 9/15 from the field. Bryce Crosen scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the double-double in 23 minutes. In O'Brien Hobbs final game in a Holy Cross uniform he scored 13 points shooting a perfect 5-5 from the field.
The Saints end their season with a 14-17 overall record along with a 10-11 CCAC records and say goodbye to seniors O'Brien Hobbs, Madison McCafrey, and Brian Aldrich. Each senior will be highlighted in the season review.