(Notre Dame, Indiana) The Saints and the Crusaders of visiting Great Lakes Christian College faced off Saturday evening at McKenna Arena inside the Pfeil Center.
The Saints were still looking for their first victory of the year after beginning their season off 0-2. The Saints lost the home opener to Bethel by one point, and were outplayed by Andrews University Tuesday night.
The Saints played hard every minute of the contest to topple the Cougars 83-77. Holy Cross was led by senior Taylor Williams (South Bend, Indiana), who recorded a double-double and shot 50% from the field. Fellow South Bend, Indiana product J.T. Breveard added 13 points, 6 assists, and 3 steals.
Williams poured in 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds before fouling out late in the game. Junior Yama Kader (Trabuco, California) had another stellar performance netting 23 points on 53% shooting. Senior Adam Dobrzykowski (South Bend, Indiana) also played well, totaling 8 points, an assist, a rebound, 3 blocks, and 6 steals in 28 minutes.
The game appeared to be over as the Saints were up four points with a minute to go in regulation. However, the Cougars chipped away, and made a put-back layup with just 2.1 seconds remaining. On the next Holy Cross possession, the Saints failed to score and the game went into overtime. The Saints outscored Great Lakes 16-10 in overtime, and after a Breveard lay-in and two clutch free-throws by Zoe Bauer (Culver, Indiana) the lead was too great for the Cougars to overcome.
The Saints defense slowed down the explosive Cougar attack by forcing 36 turnovers, overcoming the rebounding difference (39-27) and GLCC's power forward Dowling Thomas, who torched the Saints for 28 points. The Saints overcame a 3-point halftime deficit to comeback and outplay the Cougars the rest of the way including the 5 minute overtime period.
"At this point in the season, I'm just glad we got the 'W'", said head coach Bob Schermerhorn after the game, "We played solid defense, but we gave up too many offensive rebounds that led to put-back points for them".
Holy Cross improves to 1-2 on the season, and will travel to Valparaiso University November 14th to face the Crusaders. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 PM.