(Notre Dame, Ind.) The Holy Cross Saints men's basketball team saw their three game winning streak end Saturday afternoon with a 101-82 loss to the Roosevelt Lakers at McKenna Arena. Despite shooting 52.5% (31-59) from the field, the Saints were unable to slow down the hot shooting Lakers who knocked down 66% (37-56) of their shots during the game including 11 three-pointers.
After the Saints recorded the first points of the game, Roosevelt responded with a 9-0 run in quick fashion to obtaining their first double-digit lead of the game halfway through the first half. Holy Cross would cut their deficit to 8 points off a Yama Kader (Mission Viejo, Cali.) jumper with 6:24 remaining only to see Roosevelt build the lead up to 14 points at the half. The Saints went into the break trailing 46-32.
Roosevelt hit 60% of their first half field goals (18-30), while the Saints made 44% of theirs (14-32).
After a Zoe Bauer (Culver, Ind.) three-point shot got the Saints to within 7 points in the second half, the Lakers would proceed to go on an 11-0 run to increase their lead to 66-48. Roosevelt continued to knock down shots extending their lead to as high as 31 with fewer than six minutes to play in the game.
Yama Kader led all scorers with 21 points on 8-17 shooting.
The Lakers balanced scoring was seen by six players scoring in double figures, including two bench players.
Brandon Evans (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Parker Dominguez (Santa Clarita, Cali.) were the other two Saints players to finish in double figures. Evans finished the game with 11 points, and Dominguez finished with 10 points and a team high 8 rebounds.
Roosevelt shot an incredible 66% from the field, including a 73.3% clip from three-point distance (11-15).
"Roosevelt got off to a fast start on us and kept hitting big shots," said head coach Bob Schermerhorn. "Every time we put a run together they had an answer with another several made baskets. We needed to do a better job defending their looks, but it seemed this was one of those nights where they weren't going to miss."
The loss brings the Saints to 3-3 (2-2 CCAC) on the season. They will continue conference play on Tuesday, November 20th against Trinity Christian College. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (EST) at McKenna Arena.