Sports Information Director
LANSING, Mich. -- The Holy Cross Saints outscored the Crusaders of Great Lakes Christian College (Mich.) 43-26 in the second half on their way to their first win of the 2013-2014 season and first in the Mike McBride era. Three Saints players finished the game with double-digit rebounds performances as they outdueled the Crusaders in the category 59-33. Senior Brandon Evans (Grand Rapids, Mich.) led the way with 20 points and a career-high 18 rebounds as the Saints defeated the Crusaders 71-51.
It was a slow start shooting the ball for the Saints in Monday night's road meeting as the Crusaders opened up the game with a 6-0 run in the first few minutes. Struggles continued for both teams for nearly seven minutes as a layup from Clayton Webb (Dallas, Texas) tied the game at 6-6 with 10:57 to play in the half.
Great Lakes regained a four-point lead with 7:27 to play in the half before junior Drew Moore (Dayton, Ohio) answered with three three-point field goals over a two minute span to give the Saints the lead. Dane Okuda (Lakewood, Calif.) capped off a 13-0 run by the Saints as they extended their lead to 24-15 with 4:36 to play in the half.
James Hughes of Great lakes hit a three-pointer with 40 seconds remaining in the half to make it a 28-25 Holy Cross lead.
The Saints shot 11-of-33 (33.3%) from the field in the first half but held the Crusaders to just 11-of-39 (28.2%).
Holy Cross did a much better job shooting the ball to open up the second half after hitting their first four shots to open things up.
Crusader guard hit a three-point shot to make it a 38-35 Saints lead before an ensuing 20-2 Holy Cross run opened up the scoring and gave the Saint some breathing room on the scoreboard.
Great Lakes would cut the Saints lead down to as low as 14 points late in the second half, but the Saints offense proved to be too much as they cruised to a 71-51 victory.
With the win, first year head coach Mike McBride picked up his first career-win as head coach of the Saints.
Senior forward Brandon Evans led the way on the stat sheet with a game-high 20 point and 18 rebound performance for his first double-double of the season. Clayton Webb also picked up his first double-double of the year with an 11 point and 11 rebound game. Parker Dominguez (Santa Clarita, Calif.) was the third Saints player to record double-figure rebounds as he finished with 14.
As a team, Holy Cross outrebounded the Crusaders 59-33.
After a slow shooting first half, the Saints went 18-of-33 (54.5%) from the floor in the second half.
Of the 71 points, 40 came in the paint for the Saints.
Holy Cross (1-1) will return to the hardwood on Friday, November 8 for day one of the Gates Automotive Classic put on by Bethel (Ind.) College. The Saints will open up the classic against Marian (Ind.) University at 8:00 p.m. on Friday and finish on Saturday, November 9 against the host No. 9 Bethel Pilots.