Sports Information Director
MISHAWAKA, Ind. -- Opening up your season against a top 10 program is never easy; playing a top 10 program twice in your first four games is even more challenging. The Holy Cross Saints men's basketball program wrapped up their appearance in the Gates Automotive Classics on Saturday afternoon against the host No. 9 Bethel College Pilots. The Saints played the Pilots tough for the majority of the game before a late run helped Bethel increase their lead and eventually defeat the Saints 85-68.
The Pilots controlled the pace for the majority of the first half as they built a 13 point lead midway through. Holy Cross continued to chip away at the lead and closed out the half on a 7-to-0 run to make a 44-39 game at the break.
Zoe Bauer (Culver, Ind.) paved the way for Holy Cross in the first half with a team-high 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting. Zach Miller of Bethel led all scorers through the first 20 minutes of action with 17 points and five made three-pointers.
Back-to-back baskets from Clayton Webb (Dallas, Texas) and Zoe Bauer cut the Pilots lead to just one point early in the start of the second half. Bauer capped off an 8-to-2 run to open the half and gave the Saints their first lead of the game with 16:00 minutes still to play.
Despite the Pilots retaking the lead, the Saints were able to keep the pace midway through the half as they trailed the Pilots 59-54 with 11:06 to play. It was an ensuing 12-to-0 run by Bethel which helped them retake control of the game as they extended their lead to 17 points following the basket from Landon Booker.
The Saints would cut the Pilots lead to as low as 13 before another 7-to-0 run by Bethel extended their lead to 20 points with under two minutes to play.
In the end, the ability to score fast from Bethel was too much for the Saints as they fell to the No. 9 Pilots 85-68.
Zoe Bauer finished with a team-high 22 points and seven rebounds. Darrell McIntyre (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored 13 off the bench for the Saints while Dane Okuda (Lakewood, Calif.) scored 11 while dishing out five assists.
The Saints (1-3) will return home on Tuesday, November 12 with a 7:30 p.m. non-conference matchup against Andrews University.