(Notre Dame, IN) The Holy Cross Men's Basketball Team took on the visiting Lakers of Roosevelt University tonight at McKenna Arena in the Pfeil Center.
Roosevelt which is a new school in the CCAC Division I came into the game 7-9, and Holy Cross was looking to bounce back from a loss at the University of Saint Francis on Tuesday. It ended up being a better night for the host Saints as Holy Cross beat the visiting Lakers 85-76 for their eighth win on the season.
The Saints had a great dynamic duo going in the first half. Holy Cross rode the hot hand of Junior Yama Kader (Mission Viejo, CA) early and often in the first part of the first half. Kader scored 13 of the first 17 points scored by the Saints, and it propelled them to a one point lead midway through the half. Freshman Darrell McIntyre (Indianapolis, IN) continued his strong play as of late. He followed up a career high of 13 points against Saint Francis on Tuesday by going 6 for 7 from the field for 12 points in the first.
A buzzer beating jumper by freshman Zoe Bauer, and the fantastic play of Kader and McIntyre capped off an 18 to 10 run at the end of the half for the Saints that gave them a ten point lead heading to halftime with the score 44-34.
Kader finished the half with 16 points going 6 for 8 from the field and a perfect 4 for 4 from the three point line. McIntyre finished going 6 for 7 from the field for 12 points in 11 minutes of action off the bench. The Saints were very hot from the field in the first half hitting 60 percent of their shots. It went even better from the three point line as the Saints went 5 for 6 which is good for 83 percent.
"We shot the ball really well in the first half. I thought we have shot the ball well in the last two games and it continued into this game as well. I thought we needed to clean-up the defensive rebounding because we gave up 7 offensive rebounds. I told them we need to get stronger on the boards, because a good way to give up a ten point lead is to let a team get a lot of second chances," said Coach Schermerhorn.
The Saints came out playing well in the second half widening their lead to 15 points five minutes into the second half. The Lakers were not going to back down that quickly. Roosevelt cut the lead to six points with five minutes remaining in the game, and it looked as if the game was going to come down to the wire.
In the end the Saints poise won out as junior Michael VanderPloeg (Kalamazoo, MI) went 8 for 8 from the line down the stretch to put the Saints up for good as they won 85-76 for their eighth win of the season.
Kader had the hot hand all night going 8 for 13 from the field, and 4 for 6 from the three point line for the game. He led all scorers with 24 points. Senior J.T. Breveard (South Bend, IN) scored 13 of his 17 points in the game in the second half, and it was strong showing off the bench for McIntyre and VanderPloeg. McIntyre finished the game going 9 for 11 from the field scoring a career high 18 points, and VanderPloeg scored twelve points going 9 for 10 from the free throw line, and going 8 for 8 down the stretch to ice the win for the Saints.
Holy Cross is now 8-12 on the season, and 3-4 in the CCAC. This season is starting to be the season of building records. So far, the Saints have already beat the school record of 4 wins in a season, and they are looking to add their ninth win on Saturday as they visit to play against crosstown rival IUSB at 2:00 p.m. The game is being followed by the women who play at noon. The game will be shown on video on the internet.