(Notre Dame, IN) The Holy Cross Men's Basketball Team took on the visiting Crimson Wave of Calumet College of St. Joseph tonight in CCAC basketball action
The Saints came out flat tonight, and it showed as the visiting Crimson Wave took home a key victory in the CCAC tonight winning 75-60.
The Saints just could not get into a rhythm early on the in the game, and that seemed to be the theme for the night. The Crimson Wave jumped out to an early 12-5 lead five minutes into the game.
Holy Cross tried to get back into it cutting the lead to 5 points midway through the second half, but Calumet went on a 13-5 run over the next four minutes leading 27-13 with eight minutes to go in the half. Calumet built the lead to as many as 19 points throughout the half, but the Saints fought back a bit the last three minutes as they were down 44-29 heading into the locker room.
Holy Cross had a dismal showing on offensive end of the floor in the first half. They went 13-39 from the field which was good for 33.3 percent from the field. It was even worse from behind the three point line as the Saints finished the first half going 3-15 which is good for 20 percent from behind the arc.
The Saints were led by senior Taylor Williams (South Bend, IN) who had 8 points, and junior Yama Kader (Mission Viejo, CA) who was battling illness all week, chipped in 7 points off the bench. Williams led the Saints with 5 rebounds as well.
"I was not happy with the way we came out and played tonight. I thought we could have had better energy for a game like this. If we want to compete in the CCAC we have to not only compete better, but win games like this at home," said Head Coach Bob Schermerhorn.
The second half mirrored much of the first half as the Saints just could not get anything going offensively. Calumet opened the half pushing their lead to 24 points with 16-7 run in the first five minutes of the second half.
Calumet pushed the lead to as many as 26 points throughout the rest of the game, but a late surge by the Saints in the last 5 minutes shortened the gap to 15 points. In the end, Holy Cross lost to the visiting Crimson Wave of Calumet College of St. Joseph 75-60.
Williams finished the game leading the Saints with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Kader netted 10 points in a great effort after being hospitalized earlier in the week from an undisclosed illness. Senior Adam Dobrzykowski (South Bend, IN) had 7 points in the loss as well.
"We played totally flat tonight. We just didn't have any energy on either side of the floor. We couldn't score consistently on offense, and we had a tough time stopping them defensively. When that happens it usually means you are in for a long night. We need to bounce back quickly as we have a big game now on the road on Saturday against Trinity International," said Coach Schermerhorn.
The Saints are now 6-11 on the season, and in a 4-way tie for fourth place in the CCAC at 2-4. Holy Cross goes on the road Saturday against Trinity International. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. which is after the women, who play at 6:30 p.m.