(Bourbonnais, Ill.) Playing their second game in as many days the Saints were on the road to take on NAIA DI opponent Olivet Nazarene University.
Coming into Tuesday night's game many thought it would be a sure win for the Tigers of ONU. Despite coming off an 80-60 conference loss to Purdue Calumet the night before, the Saints gave everything they had in the contest.
"Playing two games back-to-back this late in the season is always difficult," said Head Coach Bob Schermerhorn. "But it is what it is and I thought we did a nice job of coming into the game against Olivet with a good attitude."
Both teams traded baskets early on, but it was the Saints jumping out to an 8 point lead with 5:27 remaining in the first half. Trailing 15-13, the Saints went on a 12-2 run that was sparked by Andrew Tullis' (Orland, Ind.) two offensive rebounds that led to a basket to tie the game at 15.
However, over the final 5:27 of the half the Saints only managed one more field goal and Olivet took a 1 point lead into the break that they never relinquished.
Olivet took control of the game and held a 12 point lead midway through the second half. The Saints eventually fell 72-57 and drop their overall season record to 4-23.
Taylor Williams (South Bend, Ind.) recorded his 7th double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds. 15 of his 17 points came in the first half. Junior Zac Cook (South Bend, Ind.) chipped in 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field.
Holy Cross out rebounded Olivet 36-30 and held the Tigers to just 13% shooting from behind the arc. The Saints shot 53% from the field, but committed 26 turnovers to the Tigers 10.
The Saints return home this Saturday, February 12th, to take on Cardinal Stritch University. Currently the Wolves sit atop the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) standings at 8-3 and 14-12 overall. The Wolves beat the Saints 73-48 on January 10th.
Tip-off is scheduled for 3pm following the women's game at 1pm. Fans that can't make it out to the Pfeil Center will be able to listen to the game on www.rrsn.com or on www.hcsaints.com by clicking on the "LISTEN LIVE" button on top of the home page for men's basketball.
The athletic department will be honoring faculty and staff members at halftime of the men's game that have supported the department throughout the year. Be sure to come out and support your favorite professor or staff member.
The honorees include:
Robert Benjamin (Financial Aid)
Craig Horvath (Development)
Gwen DeMaegd (Human Resources)
Greg Runnels (Security)
Tom Burzycki (Business Professor)
Justin Watson (Faculty Athletic Representative)
Chuck Ball (Center for Discernment & Preparation)
Mike Griffin (Theology Professor)
Sherry Raven (Admissions)