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Holy Cross (0-0, 0-0 CCAC)
Game #1: Tuesday, Oct. 29--7:00 p.m.
vs. Bethel (0-0, 0-0 Crossroads)
McKenna Arena (Notre Dame, Ind.)
Opening up the 2013-2014 Season: Holy Cross opens up its sixth season of men's basketball on Tuesday night at home with a meeting against cross town rival Bethel College. The meeting will be the fourth time the Saints have opened up the season against the Pilots.
Following Live: Over the course of the 2013-2014 season, all home games will be streamed live courteous of the Regional Radio Sports Network (RRSN). For more information, make sure to visit the men's basketball page at hcsaints.com and click on "Live Video" or click here.
Where We Left Off: The Saints saw their 2012-2013 season come to an end in the semifinal round of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament after falling to No. 2 seeded Saint Xavier 95-84. Former head coach Bob Schermerhorn guided the Saints to back-to-back 14-win seasons including back-to-back CCAC Quarterfinal victories. The Saints ended the 2012-2013 season with a record of 14-18 overall and 9-15 in the CCAC.
Head Coach Mike McBride: Hired as the third head coach in Holy Cross men's basketball history last spring, McBride enters his first season as head coach of the Saints after serving a stint as the associate head coach at Tusculum (Tenn.) College. This is also McBride's first season as a head coach at the collegiate level.
Series Notes: Tuesday night's meeting with the Pilots will be the ninth all-time meeting between the two schools. The teams most recently squared off on October 30, 2012 in Mishawaka, Ind. where the Pilots won their eighth straight over the Saints by a score of 121-63. In the game, Bethel scored 78 second half points and hit 12-of-16 shots from distance. Ryan Benner led all scorers with 35 points including 6-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. The closest meeting between the two teams came at McKenna Arena on November 2, 2011 where the Pilots pulled off a late comeback to defeat the Saints 68-67 in the season opener. In the eight game series, the Pilots hold an 8-0 record over Holy Cross.
In Season Openers: Over the previous five year history of Holy Cross men's basketball, the Saints have never recorded a victory to open up a season. Of the five season opening games, the Saints are 0-3 at home.
Scouting Bethel: The Pilots return their most experienced roster since the 2009-2010 season, with a veteran group of five seniors, two juniors and three sophomores. Three of the four leading scorers from 2012-2013 return, including senior Ryan Benner who received Third Team All-Crossroads League status last season. Landon Booker returns this season for the Pilots after redshirting last season. In 2011-2012, Booker averaged 10.0 points and 2.6 steals per game for the Pilots. Mr. Reliable, Matt Schauss, has started in 61-of-65 games in his Bethel career. Last season, Schauss became one of three Pilots to ever average 12 points, five rebounds and four assists per game in a season. In his 27th season as head coach, Mike Lightfoot helped guide the Pilots to a record of 25-10, a Crossroads League Tournament Championship and an NAIA National Tournament Second Round Appearance. Lightfoot looks to join an elite group with 700 career wins as he's just 16 shy entering the 2013-2014 season.
Who's Back: Despite the loss of Yama Kader, the Saints return three of their top-five leading scorer's from a season ago. Senior forward Brandon Evans averaged 12.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in his first season with the Saints, while also leading the team with 47 blocked shots. Parker Dominguez returns after a productive first season with the Saints averaging 8.3 points and a team-high 8.7 rebounds per game, ranking him third in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Dane Okuda returns for his senior season having appeared in 93 games in his career. He closed out his junior year with a breakout season shooting the ball after leading the Saints in 3-point field goal percentage at 40.2%.
The New Guys: Junior College transfer Drew Moore joins the Saints this season after spending a year at Sinclair Community College (Ohio). At Sinclair, Moore averaged 12.0 points, 2.0 assists and made 38% of his 3-point field goals. Karl Columbus also joins the Saints after spending two seasons at Grace (Ind.) College but will redshirt this season. Rounding out the new players, Michael Ognar joins the team after spending one season on the JV team at Aquinas.
Replacing Scoring: Following the graduation of Second Team All-CCAC guard Yama Kader and Mike Vander Ploeg who combined for 32.5% of the Saints scoring out of the backcourt, look for Zoe Bauer (9.4 ppg, 14 starts) and Dane Okuda (6.2 ppg, 11 starts) to be the next men in to help replace that scoring.
This and That: Following the home opener with Bethel, the Saints will hit the road for their next three games ... after participating in no regular season tournaments last season, the Saints will play in two during the month of November ... on Nov. 8 and 9 they will head to Mishawaka, Ind. to participate in the Gates Automotive Classic hosted by Bethel before heading to Winona Lake, Ind. on Nov. 15 and 16 for the Terry Polston Hoops for Hope hosted by Grace (Ind.) College.