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Dane Okuda Defends JU's Josh Edwards During The Second Half
Men's Basketball - Sat, Dec. 3, 2011
(Notre Dame, Indiana) The men's basketball team hosted the Eagles of Judson University this afternoon in CCAC play at the Pfeil Center. 

The men continued their slew of CCAC matches this afternoon by taking on the Eagles of Judson University today at McKenna Arena. The Eagles were looking for revenge after being stunned by the Saints 60-56 last January at the Pfeil Center.

Senior Adam Dobrzykowski (South Bend, Indiana) got the show started by shooting 5-7 in the first half, good for 10 points in 13 minutes. Fellow senior and South Bend native Taylor Williams netted 9, which included a thunderous dunk that erupted the Pfeil Center crowd.

However, the Eagles returned fire with Nick Morgan's first half 14 points paired with Josh Edwards' 11. The game was even throughout the opening half and most of the second half, as the teams were tied at 40 at the break, and were only separated by a couple baskets at any given time.

Judson seemed to take control of the game as the clock began to wind down midway through the second period, and the Saints found themselves trying to catch JU as the Eagles made shot after shot; including some from the ground. JU's Landon Skinner made an unorthodox shot while laying on the ground during the second period.

Judson's Nick Morgan led all scorers with 25 points, as the Eagles finished with three scorers in double digits, including Landon Skinner and Josh Edwards. The three players combined for 53 points and 13 rebounds, which was enough to hold off the Saints en route to a 82-77 victory.

Holy Cross was guided by junior shooting guard Yama Kader (Mission Viejo, California), who scored 21 points and pulled down 5 boards. Forward Taylor Williams raked in another double-double on 17 points and 15 boards. Dobrzykowski and Darrell McIntyre (Indianapolis, Indiana) both finished with 11 points, junior Dane Okuda (Huntington Beach, California) had 8, and senior J.T. Breveard (South Bend, Indiana) had 9.

Holy Cross shot 39% from the floor for the game, and only turned the ball over 18 times, but still could not overcome the Eagles to win the contest. "The biggest thing we have to do is learn how to win", remarked Coach Schermerhorn after the game, "We haven't been able to take control of a game and finish strong." 

The loss drops the Saints to (2-7) on the year (0-2 CCAC). The Saints will rest until the Bethel Tournament which takes place on December 8th and 9th. Stay tuned to for game times and opponents.