Saints Come Up Short in Upset Bid of Top Seeded Cardinal Stritch
Men's Basketball - Fri, Feb. 24, 2012
(Milwaukee, WI) The Holy Cross Men's Basketball Team took on the top seeded Wolves of Cardinal Stritch tonight in the CCAC Tournament Semifinal.
The Saints fought hard all night on the court, but they spotted Cardinal Stritch too big of an early lead to comeback and win the game. The Saints lost on the road tonight in the CCAC Tournament Semifinal against the Wolves of Cardinal Stritch 82-61.
The Saints looked a bit on edge early on in the contest as they hosts opened up to an early 13-4 lead. The Wolves stretched that lead to as many as 19 points with just over five minutes remaining in the first half.
The Saints fought back, however, as they went on an 8-0 run in the just over two minutes to cut the lead to eleven points. The Wolves countered with two back-to-back three pointers to stretch the lead to seventeen points with the score 40-23 heading into the locker room.
"I thought when we played disciplined and executed on both defense and offense we were showing promise to get back into this game. They are a very well coached team so it was important for us to play very disciplined if we were going to get back into this game," said Head Coach Bob Schermerhorn.
Senior Taylor Williams (South Bend, IN) led the Saints with 8 points and 6 rebounds in the first half. The Saints had a poor shooting half as they shot 28.7% from the floor, and missed all of their three point attempts going 0-7 in the half.
The Wolves put the dagger in the Saints in the first five minutes of the second half. They used a 20-5 run in that span to open up a thirty point lead on the Saints. Holy Cross just could not rebound from such a deficit against the top seeded Wolves.
Holy Cross crawled back to cut the lead to as low as 19 points, but in the end Cardinal Stritch beat Holy Cross 82-61 tonight. Cardinal Stritch is the top seeded team in the CCAC Tournament and they are currently ranked 6th in the NAIA Division II Rankings.
"I am so proud of our boys this season. Winning fourteen games, and a CCAC Tournament Game exceeded my expectations. They really bought into the program, and it was great to see how far they have built this program. I am truly proud of everyone associated with the basketball program from the coaches, to the players, to the staff, and to the administration. This truly was a wonderful season," said Coach Schermerhorn.
Freshman Alajawon Edwards (Michigan City, IN) had a nice game off the bench leading the Saints with 8 points. Williams finished the game with 8 points and rebounds in his final game as a Holy Cross Saint.
The Saints finish the season 14-17 and 7-7 in the CCAC. They set records for wins (14) and conference wins (7). They finished fourth in the CCAC which was the best finish ever, and their win against Trinity Christian on Tuesday was first ever CCAC Tournament Win for the Men's Basketball Team. All this success means a great off-season is on the horizon as we look toward the 2012-2013 season!