(Milwaukee, WI) The Holy Cross Men's Basketball Team took on the Wolves of Cardinal Stritch today who are the top team in the CCAC (Division II).
The Saints were sitting in fourth place in the CCAC standings coming into this game. An upset over the undefeated and top team in the CCAC Cardinal Stritch would go a long way in solidifying a home game for the conference tournament. Cardinal Stritch, however, did not let the Saints ruin their perfect conference record as they beat Holy Cross 87-56 today.
The game was close throughout the first five minutes, but the Wolves used a 9-0 midway through the first half to jump a two point lead to an eleven point lead as they led 18-7 with just over twelve minutes remaining in the game. The Saints closed the gap to nine points three minutes later, but that is the closest they got for the remainder of the evening.
The Wolves used an 11-0 run to take a twenty one point lead on the Saints. The first half closed out with Cardinal Stritch lead the Saints by twenty three points with the score 46-23 heading into the locker room.
"Cardinal Stritch is one of the top teams in the country. It is really difficult to come in here and beat them. We knew we had to play almost perfectly if we were going to get the upset, but Stritch is really solid in every phase of the game," said Head Coach Bob Schermerhorn.
Freshman Darrell McIntyre (Indianapolis, IN) led Holy Cross with six first half points. Senior J.T. Breveard (South Bend, IN) and junior Yama Kader (Mission Viejo, CA) netted five points a piece for the Saints in the first half as well.
Cardinal Stritch controlled the game for most of the second half. Stritch pushed the lead to as many as 35 points, but the Saints didn't give up cutting the lead back to 23 points midway through the half. In the end, however, Cardinal Stritch proved to be too much as the Saints lost on the road today 87-56.
"Our guys played hard, but Cardinal Stritch is a very good basketball team. We are just going to have to get after it this Wednesday when we play Calumet. I have no doubt that our guys can bounce back from this and get a win," said Coach Schermerhorn.
McIntyre and junior Michael VanderPloeg (Kalamazoo, MI) led the Saints with ten points on the day. Holy Cross drops to 12-15 on the year, and 6-6 in the conference. Holy Cross goes on the road this Wednesday February 15th to play Calumet College of St. Joseph. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.