(Notre Dame, Ind.) The Saints and Peregrines locked horns for the first time this year in a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) match-up Wednesday night in the Pfeil Center. The fans in attendance were not disappointed as the game wasn't decided until the final seconds of regulation.
In a back-and-forth game, Purdue Calumet led at half 29-26. The Saints led early in the game by 4 and the Peregrines led by as many as 5 during the half.
The Peregrines opened up an 8 point lead twice early in the second half, but the Saints battled back and tied the game at 48 with 11:13 remaining in the game. Trailing by 7 with 5:16 remaining on the clock the Saints went on a 16 - 4 run to end the game.
Calumet trailed by 3 with 5 seconds remaining on the clock and Jordan Champion drew a foul on a three-point attempt, but was unable to connect on the first of his three shots and the Peregrines could not get an offensive rebound on his third shot. Justin Breveard (South Bend, Ind.) nailed 3 shots from behind the arc during the final stretch to lift the Saints to a 70-68 victory.
"It was a total team effort," said first year Head Coach Bob Schermerhorn. "The guys had a good week of practice and were ready to play tonight. Hopefully we can take this win and learn from it as we continue our conference schedule."
Leading Holy Cross was Breveard with 18 points and 5 assists. Taylor Williams (South Bend, Ind.) recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Calumet's Brandon Bradford led all scorers with 19.
The Saints put forth their best shooting night on the year going 31-of-60 from the field including 7-of-8 from behind the arc in the second half. The Peregrines shot 47% from the field including 5-of-9 from behind the arc.
The Saints return to action Friday night at the Gates Automotive Bethel Classic. Holy Cross will take on host and cross-town rival Bethel College at 6pm. The game will be held on the campus of Bethel College. These two teams met in the Pfeil on November 2nd, with the Pilots winning 68-57.