(Notre Dame, Ind.) It was a packed house at the Pfeil Center Saturday night as the Saints welcomed cross town rival IUSB in a non-conference match up for their first and only meeting between the two sides this year.
Both teams shot over 40% from the field and limited their turnovers to 12 apiece, but the Saints could not hold get their first win in program history over the Titans falling 58-52.
IUSB took a 7 point lead into halftime and managed to take a 14 point with 11:29 remaining in the game after Alanzo Bass hit 3 straight free throws when he was fould on a 3 point attempt. The Saints did not go down quitely responding with a 9-0 run sparked by a Zac Cook (South Bend, Ind.)3-pointer.
Trailing by 3 with 2:03 left in the game the Saints were unable to overtake the lead as the Titans hit big shots and their free throws down the stretch to hold on to their 8th win of the year.
"I thought we played hard but were unable to come with a big shot when we needed it," said Head Coach Bob Schermerhorn. "Both teams played with a lot of intensity for 40 minutes and unfortunately we came out on the losing end."
Taylor Williams (South Bend, Ind.) recorded a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. However, no other Holy Cross player managed to score in double digit points. Three Titan players scored in double digits as Kyle Heatherly led them with 16.
IUSB outrebounded the Saints 32-28, but Holy Cross held the edge in second chance points 9-8. The Saints also outscored the Titans 28-24 in the paint and coverted more points off turnovers.
The Saints will be back in action January 26th, against Trinity Christian College in a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) game. The Saints return home next Saturday, January 29th to host Judson University.