Holy Cross (9-8, 5-7 CCAC)
Game #18: Tuesday, January 8, 7:30 p.m. EST
Vs. Purdue North Central (4-13, 2-10 CCAC)
McKenna Arena– Notre Dame, Ind.
Next up in Saints Basketball: The Saints return home for the first time in 2013 taking on the Panthers of Purdue University-North Central.
Last time out: The Saints continued their early January road trip on Saturday facing the Cougars of Saint Xavier University. Despite keeping it close early on, turnovers began to hamper the Saints in the matchup. The Saints shot 50% from the floor, but the 20 turnovers were turned into 33 points by the Cougars that helped put the Saints away. Brandon Evans led the Saints in scoring matching his career high of 22. Zoe Bauer chipped in 14 off the bench, while Parker Dominguez produced 10 points and 5 rebounds. Mike Vander Ploeg had a productive day from the point guard position scoring 8 points while grabbing 7 rebounds and dishing out a season high 9 assists. The loss for the Saints was their third in a row, and first three-game losing streak of the season.
Head Coach Bob Schermerhorn: In his 3rd season, Coach Schermerhorn is all-time winningest coach in Saints basketball history. Coming off last season's CCAC quarter final tournament victory, Schermerhorn currently has the Saints tied for 7th place in the CCAC standings. Coach Schermerhorn is 4-1 all-time against Purdue North Central.
Following the Saints: 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. Link to broadcast.
Series Note: Tuesday's matchup will be the seventh all-time matchup between the Saints and Panthers. After falling in the first ever meeting against PNC, the Saints have won four of the last five meetings. The Panthers, however, pulled off a 74-70 victory over the Saints earlier this season on Nov. 7. In the game Yama Kader led the Saints with 19 points, Brandon Evans notched his first career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Parker Dominguez finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds.
Scouting the Panthers: Falling victims in their last five games, the Panthers come to McKenna looking to sweep the Saints for the first time in the series. Alphonse Futch and David Kelly lead the Panthers with 9.8 and 9.7 points-per-game respectfully. Giving up 47.2% field goals in their 12 conference matchups, the Saints will focus on being productive shooting the ball to win the game. The Saints are 8-1 on the season when outshooting their opponents.