The 2008 - 2009 regular season will go down in the history books as 1 - 30 for the Holy Cross men's basketball team, but it will be remembered for so much more.
This marked the inaugural season for the team after playing the previous four years as a club. It was a season filled with firsts for the Saints. The first shot, the first points, and the first home game on campus will be remembered by all who were in attendance.
First year Head Coach Steve Baumgartner led Holy Cross with the help from Assistant Coaches Ed Baumgartner, and A.J. Graft. Freshmen Elliott Jones Jr. (Hazel Crest, IL) averaged 18.91 points per game, and freshmen Andrew Tullis (Orland, IN), averaged 8 points and 5 rebounds for the Saints.
Starting four freshmen the Saints gained valuable experience throughout the season. The team would have to play through injuries, a rigorous schedule, and without a true home game until December 6th. Starting the season 0 - 9 the Saints finally earned their first victory Nov. 22nd against Illinois Institute of Technology (NAIA Division I) 67 - 62.
The Saints went into the Association of Independent Institutions (AII) tournament looking to avenge losses from both Marygrove and Indiana University Northwest. Waiting for them in Gary, IN was the #1 seed Johnson & Wales University. The Saints played well and kept the game close. However, the Wildcats converted free throws down the stretch to put the game out of reach. Graduating only one senior (Brandon Beck), the team looks ahead for the 2009 - 2010 season with high hopes.