(Notre Dame, Ind.) Taylor Williams (South Bend, Ind.) recorded his fifth double-double of the season and the Saints stunned the visiting Eagles of Judson University Saturday afternoon at the Pfeil Center.
Early on it was a defensive struggle as the Saints opened up a 6-0 run holding the Eagles scoreless for nearly 4 minutes.
However, Judson climbed back into the game and took a 7 point lead with 4:33 remaining in the first half. Judson looked as though they were in complete control of the game, but the Saints answered with a 9-0 run on three straight possesions to take a 29-27 lead.
The Saints finsished the half on on a 12-1 run and held a 32-28 advantage over the Eagles. The second half opened with both teams struggling to take over the game.
Midway through the second the Saints held an 8 point lead, but Judson went on a 12-2 run to take a 2 point lead with 5 minutes remaining in the game.
After freshman Nicholas Gold (San Clamente, Calif.) hit a jumper to give the Saints a 2 point lead with 1:25 remaining the Saints were able to hit their free throws down the final stretch and keep the Eagles off the scoreboard as they knocked off conference leader 60-56.
"We played an all around great game today," said Head Coach Bob Schermerhorn. "Anytime you play a team like Judson you have to limit your mistakes and control the tempo."
The Saints took care of the ball turning it over 12 times compared to the Eagles 17. Despite being outrebounded 42-27 the Saints shot 48% from the field including 5-of-13 from 3-point range.
"This was a big win for this team and the program," said Schermerhorn. " Hopefully we can learn from this win and carry it throughout the rest of the season."
Williams finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman gaurd Dane Okuda (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led the Saints and had a game high 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field.
Holy Cross will return to action on February 2nd, against Purdue Calumet. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30pm. The Saints defeated the Peregrines 70-68 on December 8th.