(Notre Dame, Ind.) The Holy Cross Saints men's basketball team matched their season best three-game winning streak with an 87-58 victory over Lincoln Christian University on Wednesday night. Ten players scored in the game, with five reaching double figures. The Saints, 8-5 (4-4 CCAC), are off to their best start in program history.
The Saints got off to a fast start in the game jumping out to a nine point lead just six minutes into the game. A 13-3 run by the Red Lions cut the Saints lead to just one point with 8:25 left in the half. The Saints matched the Red Lions run with an 18-3 run of their own to extend their lead to 36-20.
At the break, Holy Cross extended their lead to 18 points and led Lincoln Christian 43-25.
Mike Vander Ploeg (Kalamazoo, Mich.) led the Saints in scoring at the break with 10 points on 4-7 shooting, while Parker Dominguez (Santa Clarita, Cali.) pulled down 10 first half rebounds.
The Saints were dominant scoring the ball in the paint as they scored 28 of their first half 43 points there.
The second half started with the Saints scoring 11 unanswered points, extending their lead to 54-25 with 16:28 still to play.
After building up their lead to as many as 35 points in the second half, the Saints were able to go to their bench and get every healthy player minutes on the court.
Ten of the twelve players who saw action scored at least one point in the contest; five players scored in double figures, including four of the starting five.
Brandon Evans (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Darrell McIntyre (Indianapolis, Ind.) led the Saints in scoring with 13 points each. Evans also finished with 9 rebounds.
Mike Vander Ploeg scored in double figures for the third straight game with 12 points on 4-7 shooting. Vander Ploeg and Dane Okuda (Huntington Beach, Cali.) combined for 9 assists with only 1 turnover at the point-guard spot. Okuda also finished with 10 points on 4-7 shooting, including 2 three-pointers.
Parker Dominguez picked up his second consecutive double-double as he finished with 10 points and a game high 12 rebounds.
The Saints shot 52.1% from the field over the game while holding Lincoln Christian to just 31%. With more than half of their points coming from inside the paint, the Saints outscored the Red Lions 58-20 on points in the paint.
"I thought we did a good job of being aggressive on both ends of the floor," said head coach Bob Schermerhorn. "We knew that they had a guard who could really score the ball in Brady Cremeens, and I thought we really disrupted his rhythm out there and made it tough for him to get clean looks."
"I was proud of our bench players who got to see a number of minutes down the stretch," continued coach Schermerhorn. "They came in and did a good job running our offensive and defensive sets. This was a good win for us as a team to close out the nonconference season. Now we need to get ready to go on the road and play a tough Purdue Calumet team."
The Saints, 8-5 (4-4 CCAC), are off to their best start in program history. With a road trip to Purdue Calumet set for this Saturday, the Saints will return home to close out 2012 on Tuesday, December 18th against the University of Saint Francis. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.