(Lansing, Mich.) The Holy Cross Saints men's basketball team traveled to Lansing, Michigan on Monday night for a non-conference matchup with the Crusaders of Great Lakes Christian College. After a slow first half where they turned the ball over 10 times, the Saints were able to bounce back in the second half and over power the Crusaders on their way to a 90-60 victory.
Early turnovers in the first half limited the Saints production as they found themselves trailing 6-2 to the Crusaders. With 7:26 remaining in the first half, the Saints went on a run to tie the game up at 10-10, and continued to push the momentum to the end of the first half where they took a 31-27 lead to the break. The Saints finished the first half with 10 turnovers.
When the second half got underway, it appeared that a different Saints team had taken the floor. They were moving the ball, making clean passes, and not turning the ball over.
Holy Cross used a 14-4 run out of the gates in the second half to go up on the Crusaders 45-31. This run proved to be too much for Great Lakes, and the Saints would continue to build up their lead.
Zoe Bauer (Culver, Ind.) and Dane Okuda (Huntington Beach, Cali.) played outstanding minutes for the Saints off the bench Monday night. Bauer finished with a career high 20 points, including 15 second half points. Okuda chipped in with a season high 13 points off 5-8 shooting and 3-4 from the three-point range.
The Saints took the offensive glass thanks in part to big men Parker Dominguez (Santa Clarita, Cali.) and Michael Anderson (Indianapolis, Ind.) who had a combined 10 offensive rebounds between the two.
Senior guard Yama Kader (Mission Viejo, Cali.) once again scored in double figures finishing the game with 15 points on 4-14 shooting.
The 59 second half points are the most the Saints have scored in a half so far this season.
"I thought we came out much better in the second half than how we started," said Saints head coach Bob Schermerhorn. "The 10 turnovers in a half is something you never want to see, but I thought we did a much better job in the second half of making smarter decisions which led to easier baskets."
The Saints had only 2 turnovers in the 2nd half and out scored the Crusaders 59-33.
All 13 active players recorded at least one minute of action Monday night, and 11 of those 13 players all scored at least one point.
The Saints will travel to Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, November 15 with a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) matchup against Olivet Nazarene University. Tip-off is slated for 8:30 p.m. EST.