(Notre Dame, IN) Led by sophomore guard Taylor Williams (South Bend, IN) the Saints welcomed Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic (CCAC) DII, Purdue Calumet to the McKenna Arena Wednesday night.
In their first meeting of the year the Saints beat the Peregrines 80 - 73. However, Wednesday night the Saints could not stop the Calumet attack. Calumet's Aaron Evans exploded for 28 points including 12-of-13 from the charity stripe.
The Saints kept the game close throughout. Holy Cross trailed by four at the break after connecting on 6-of-8 three pointers in the half. The Peregrines quickly extended their lead to 10 early in the second, but Holy Cross refused to give up. Led by sophomore's Andrew Tullis (Orland, IN) and Taylor Williams the Saints managed to pull back within 4 less than 3 minutes later. Throughout the half Calumet made small runs, but the Saints countered each run to keep the game close.
Trailing by 6 with two minutes remaining in the game Holy Cross could not convert on a turnover as the Peregrines hit their free-throws down the stretch to walk away with a 94 - 82 victory.
Williams finished with his second straight double-double recording 20 points and 12 rebounds. Three other players finished with double digit points for the Saints. Andrew Tullis had 19, Brad Kendall (Granger, IN) 14, and Zac Cook (South Bend, IN) finished with 11.
The Saints will be back in action this Saturday at 3pm to host Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent Robert Morris University. The women will host RMU at noon in the McKenna Arena.