(Joliet, Illinois) The Holy Cross men's basketball team was in action Tuesday night against the Fighting Saints of the University of St. Francis. USF came into the contest (9-7) after a close loss to Olivet Nazarene last week.
Holy Cross entered the game with a record of (7-11) but were (5-3) in their last 8 games.
The Fighting Saints took control of the game first, scoring early and often to take the lead against the Saints. USF looked as if it was going to take a large lead, but Holy Cross made a game of it early, as Michael VanderPloeg (Kalamazoo, Michigan) made a lay-up to make the game a two-point contest, 26-24, at the 6:55 mark of the first half.
The Saints were playing catch-up for most of the first half, however, as USF took a 9-point lead into halftime, and continued to build its lead during the second period. VanderPloeg again would make two free-throws to bring Holy Cross within 13 points late in the second half, but that was as close as Holy Cross came all night, falling 90-65.
Coach Schermerhorn stated after the game that it was not poor shooting that doomed his men, "I felt like we shot okay, but we got outmuscled a bit by their guys. We need to play tougher and more physical if we expect to win these games."
Holy Cross shot 46% from the field in the game, including 50% in the first half, but they did not have enough shot attempts, which ultimately lead to the loss. Holy Cross made 46% of their 56 shots, while USF made 46% of their 67 attempts.
The Saints had 4 players in double figures in the game, as VanderPleog finished with 12, senior J.T. Breveard (South Bend, Indiana) scored 10, Yama Kader (Mission Viejo, California) added 12, and freshman Darrel McIntyre (Indianapolis, Indiana) lead the Saints with 13.
The loss puts the Saints at (7-12) on the year, and they host Roosevelt University this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The game is directly after the women's game which starts at 5:30 p.m.