(Notre Dame, Ind.) The Saints fell to Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) opponent Calumet College of Saint Joseph Saturday at McKenna Arena 77-70.
A game that provided major swings for both teams proved that no lead was safe, no matter by how large, or by how much time remained.
The Saints found themselves on the back end early in the first half trailing the Crimson Wave 23-14 halfway through the first half.
It wasn't until the final three minutes when the Saints were able to get their first lead at 32-30 off of four straight points from junior forward Brandon Evans (Grand Rapids, Mich.).
Four straight free-throws from Yama Kader (Mission Viejo, Cali.) and Clayton Webb (Dallas, Tex.) gave the Saints their largest lead of the half. Holy Cross went into the break with a 36-31 lead over the Crimson Wave.
The Crimson Wave struck first in the second half off a layup from Javon Robinson just 10 seconds into play. A steal by Robinson, followed by a three-pointer from Brian Brilmeyer, tied the game at 36 apiece three minutes later.
An 8-2 run gave the Saints their largest lead of the game at 8 points with 16:06 left in the game, but the Crimson Wave would not go away. A layup from Brian Brilmeyer gave the Crimson Wave a 53-52 lead; their first lead of the second half and first lead since the 5:05 mark in the first half.
The Saints would battle back once again to take a 70-68 lead with 1:10 remaining in the game after knocking down 1/2 shots from the free-throw line.
Four straight free-throws by the Crimson Wave gave them a 72-70 lead with 17 seconds remaining the game.
With just seconds remaining in the game, senior guard Mike Vander Ploeg (Kalamazoo, Mich.) drove the length of the court to try and tie the game, but his layup went just off the iron. A fast break drive from James Hunt got the ball to drop to seal the game with 1 second left.
The Saints, 5-5 (3-4 CCAC), fell to the Crimson Wave 77-70.
"This was a tough one for us that I thought we should have finished off," said head coach Bob Schermerhorn. "Give them a lot of credit though, they executed down the stretch and beat us on our court. We need to come ready to work and prepare for another tough week of opponents."
Brandon Evans led the Saints in scoring with 22 points including 12-15 from the free-throw line.
Clayton Webb notched his first career double-double scoring 13 points and pulling down a game high 10 rebounds.
The Saints, 5-5 (3-4 CCAC), will travel to Muncie, Indiana on Wednesday, December 5th for their final exhibition matchup of the season against NCAA Division I opponent Ball State University. The Saints will return home on Saturday, December 8th against CCAC opponent Judson University. Tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m.