(Hammond, IN) The Holy Cross Men's Basketball Team went on the road tonight as they took on the Crimson Wave of Calumet College of St. Joseph.
Holy Cross was sitting at third place with 6-6 record in the CCAC. Calumet St. Joseph was in second place with an 8-4 record in the CCAC. A win tonight would put the Saints in more solid ground of securing a home game in the CCAC tournament. The Saints put up valiant effort, but came up short in the end losing to the Crimson Wave 73-66.
The Saint found themselves down by as much as six points in the first ten minutes of the first half, but a surge put them in a tie with the score 15-15 with just over ten minutes remaining. The rest of the half was a battle as Calumet pushed the lead to six points with just over two minutes remaining in the half. Holy Cross did not let the Crimson Wave add to their lead as they went into halftime down five points with score 34-29 in favor of Calumet heading into the locker room.
"I thought if we could clean up some of the mental mistakes that we would be in this game until the end. If we could do the little things correctly, make stops, and rebound that we would definitely have a chance in the second half of winning this game," said Head Coach Bob Schermerhorn.
Senior J.T. Breveard (South Bend, IN) and junior Yama Kader (Mission Viejo, CA) led the way for the Saints in the first half scoring seven points. Freshman Darrell McIntyre (Indianapolis, IN) had a solid first half for the Saints netting six points.
Holy Cross came out of the locker room with a renewed focus as they went on a 20-8 run in the first nine minutes of the second half to open up an eight point lead with the score 52-44 in favor of the Saints. Holy Cross led Calumet by four points with just over six minutes remaining in the game, but that is when the Crimson Wave decided to take control of the game.
They used an 11-4 over the next five minutes to regain a three point lead with just over a minute remaining the game. Holy Cross did not get any closer as Calumet made their free throws down the stretch as they eventually beat the 73-66 tonight.
"It was a tough game on the road for us. We came out of the locker room and played really well for about fifteen minutes in the second half. We just couldn't close the game out, and against a team like Calumet you really have a to play a full forty minutes if you are going to win the game," said Coach Schermerhorn.
Kader led five scorers in double figures by scoring 15 points in the game. Breveard ended up with 11 points, and McIntyre, senior Taylor Williams (South Bend, IN), and junior Michael VanderPloeg (Kalamazoo, MI) netted 10 points a piece in the loss.
Holy Cross is now 12-16 overall and 6-7 in the CCAC. Their next game is at home this Saturday at McKenna Arena in the Pfeil Center at 3:00 p.m. This game will be used to honor our six seniors who will be finishing their regular season careers with Holy Cross. The seniors are Andrew Tullis (Orland, IN), Adam Onderdonk (South Bend, IN), Taylor Williams (South Bend, IN), J.T. Breveard (South Bend, IN), and Adam Dobrzykowski (South Bend, IN). So come on out and honor our seniors as they play their last regular season game in a Holy Cross unifrom Saturday against Trinity International.