Holy Cross (9-7, 5-6 CCAC)
Game #17: Saturday, January 5, 4:00 p.m. EST
at (RV) Saint Xavier (13-4, 9-2 CCAC)
Shannon Center (3,000) Chicago, Ill.
Next up in Saints Basketball: The Saints head to Chicago on Saturday for the first meeting of the season against the Cougars of Saint Xavier University.
Last time out: In a game where the only lead the Saints held was at 2-0, Trinity International was able to capitalize of the missed opportunities by Holy Cross. After cutting a double digit deficit to just two with 10 seconds left in the half, turnovers hurt the Saints as the Trojans capitalized to make it a 7-point halftime lead. The struggles continued in the second half as the Saints found themselves trailing by as many as 21 with 4:24 left in the game. An 11-to-0 run by Holy Cross over the last four minutes wasn't enough as the Saints dropped their second consecutive game and first of 2013 by a score of 87-77. Parker Dominguez led the Saints in scoring with 18 points while Brandon Evans (13), Clayton Webb (12), and Mike Vander Ploeg (11) also chipped in with double figure scoring.
Head Coach Bob Schermerhorn: In his 3rd season, Coach Schermerhorn is all-time winningest coach in Saints basketball history. Currently, the Saints are off to their best start in program history at 9-7.
Following the Saints: Saturday's contest will be available on live stream courtesy of the Saint Xavier University Athletics Department. Live links can be found on the hcsaints.com webpage. All home games for the Saints can be heard online via the Regional Radio Sports Network. Links can be found under ‘listen live' on our athletics webpage. Live video can be found here: Live Video
Series Note: This matchup will be the sixth all-time between the two programs and the first of the 2012-2013 season. Saint Xavier has enjoyed success over the Saints winning the previous five matchups while scoring an average of 87.4 points-per-game. The last time the two faced off was on Nov. 22, 2011 in an 83-68 victory for the Cougars. Yama Kader led the Saints with 14 points while Zoe Bauer produced a 13 point and 10 rebound double-double.
Scouting the Cougars: After starting the season 0-3, the Cougars have won 10 of their last 11 games and are sitting at 12-4 (8-2 CCAC) and second place in the conference. Their 83.4 points-per-game is over 13 points higher then their opponents.
Karp on fire: Junior Brad Karp recently took home his third conference player of the week award over the last four weeks. With averages of 23.6 points-per-game and 9.1 rebounds per game, Karp finds himself as a top scorer and rebounder in the conference.