RMU States Case For #1
Men's Basketball - Wed, Nov. 16, 2011
After tonight, they could be the overall top team. The #3 Eagles came to life in the second half of the game after Holy Cross' inspired first half effort, which saw RMU hold just a 6-point, 34-28 advantage at the break.
Holy Cross out shot the Eagles in the first half, but saw senior power forward Taylor Williams (South Bend, Indiana) tally 3 quick fouls in the opening period. The Saints defense held the hot-shooting Eagles to just 3-13 from behind the arc, and had leads of five and six points in the early stages of the game, but fell victim to a 22-16 RMU run to finish out the half. The Eagles went into the break enjoying a 34-28 lead.
The lead for the Eagles opened up considerably in the second half, as RMU shot 54% from behind the arc (7-of-13), nearly fifty percent from the field, and 82% from the line. The lack of rebounding and shooting ultimately doomed the Saints, as RMU won the battle on the glass, 51-37, and the Saints shot a game average of 33.3%
RMU played a solid team game, as ten of the eleven players scored in the game, and as a team recorded 14 assists. RMU's Diante Watkins led all scorers with 20 points, 6 helpers, and 3 steals. Holy Cross was again lead by shooting guard Yama Kader (Mission Viejo, California) who had 19 points and 5 rebounds in 34 minutes.
Senior Adam Onderdonk scored 10 on 5-of-8 shooting and pulled down 3 boards in 24 minutes. The Saints were without the usual presence of All-CCAC forward Taylor Williams, who saw limited action because of early foul trouble. Williams scored 4 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes before fouling out midway through the second period.
The Eagles presented a solid case for #1 in the NAIA, as they improved to 4-0 on the year and have many key players back from a 32-2 season last season. Meanwhile, Holy Cross drops to 1-3 on the year, and travel to #24 St. Xavier University November 22nd at 7:00 PM.