(Mishawaka, Ind.) The Holy Cross Saints men's basketball team kicked off the 2012-13 season Tuesday night on the road at Bethel College. A tough game from the opening tip, the Saints struggled to find an identity on offense, and couldn't stop the hot shooting Pilots of Bethel. The Saints fell to the Pilots 121-63.
The game didn't start out ideally for the Saints on Tuesday night when junior Parker Dominguez (Santa Clarita, Cali.) recorded his 2nd foul in the first two minutes of the game. Fouls became an issue for the Saints, as they recorded 8 team fouls in the first 10 minutes of action.
The Saints struggled to get shots to go down in the first half making 9/30 for 30%. Bethel was able to capitalize on the Saints misses and build up a 43-28 first half lead.
As the second half got underway the Saints got a quick bucket from Dominguez that was immediately answered by a pair of three point shots from the Pilots.
The hot shooting continued to go on over the course of the second half as they Pilots scored 78 second half points, including making 12/16 three-point shots they attempted.
Zoe Bauer (Culver, Ind.) led the Saints in scoring with 14 points on 4/13 shooting including going 2/9 from beyond the three-point line.
Senior Yama Kader (Mission Viejo, Cali.) added 12 points on 4/16 shooting.
Several new players recorded their first career points for the Saints. Parker Dominguez (Santa Clarita, Cali.) finished the game with 2 points and 2 rebounds; Brandon Evans (Grand Rapids, Mich.) finished with 10 points, 8 rebounds, and a team high 3 blocks; Coley Schultheis (Mishawaka, Ind.) finished with 3 points on 1/3 shooting (1/3 from 3), and Clayton Webb (Dallas, Tex.) finished with 1 point.
"Tonight was just one of those nights," said Saints head coach Bob Schermerhorn. "Bethel obviously shot the ball very well (12/16 from 3 in the 2nd half), and we just didn't have an answer for them tonight. We need to play a lot better than we did if we want to have a chance against these teams."
The loss for the Saints drops them to 0-1 on the young 2012-13 season. They will continue action with their first Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) game on Wednesday, November 7th on the road at Purdue University-North Central. Tip-off is set for 7:30pm EST.
The Saints will host IUSB on Saturday, November 10th at 3:00pm EST for their home opener.