(Chicago, Illinois) After taking on the defending USCAA National Champion Andrews University Saturday night, the Saints again had their work cut out for them Tuesday night against the #24 Cougars of St. Xavier.
Head Coach Bob Schermerhorn jumbled the starting line up Tuesday night in hopes of creating some better match ups and increasing team chemistry. The team went with 4 guards and 1 forward to start the game against St. Xavier's taller, 3 guard 2 forward scheme.
The gamble appeared to be a great success for the Saints, as freshman Darrell McIntyre (Indianapolis, Indiana) scored the first four points of the game for the Saints, and brought his speed and athleticism to counter the taller, yet slower opposing players. Zoe Bauer (Culver, Indiana) also made an immediate impact in the beginning of the game after earning the start. Bauer recorded a double-double on 13 points and 10 rebounds, and also tallied 3 assists for good measure.
Junior Yama Kader (Mission Viejo, California) led the Saints offense with 14 points, and made some crucial 3-pointers early on to open up the lead for the Saints. Senior Taylor Williams (South Bend, Indiana) also scored a double-double for the Saints, coming off of a 10 point, 11 rebound performance. Williams also added a steal, an assist, and 4 blocks.
Dane Okuda (Huntington Beach, California) had 8 points and 8 assists, and senior J.T. Breveard (South Bend, Indiana) chipped in 9 points.
The Saints turned a good effort as a team, and kept the turnovers to a minimum while narrowing the rebounding deficit to just 8. The Saints shot a respectable 43% from the floor in the first half, but lost their touch in the second period when they made just 35% of their shots.
Overall, the game was dominated by the duo of Mark Peters and Brad Karp for St. Xavier, as the two combined for 48 points and 20 rebounds. The Cougars also had two other players score in double figures.
The Saints held a 39-32 halftime advantage, but were outplayed and outshot in the second half and fell by a final of 83-68. The Saints' record drops to 1-5 on the year, and they will host cross town rival Indiana University-South Bend this coming Saturday at 3:00 PM.