Sports Information Director
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Holy Cross men's basketball team picked up its third consecutive win on Tuesday night in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play after knocking off cross-town rival Indiana University South Bend 68-63. Despite trailing by one in the first half and being faced with a late run by the Titans, Zoe Bauer (Culver, Ind.) knocked down 8-of-8 free-throws in the second half as the Saints improved to 6-4 overall and 2-0 in the CCAC. Clayton Webb (Dallas, Texas) had his strongest night rebounding the basketball in a Saints uniform, grabbing a career-high 18 rebounds.
A back-and-forth start to the game had both teams exchanging leads. Trailing by one point following a Jason Jordan three-pointer, the Saints put together a 20-9 run to take a 10-point lead with 6:44 remaining in the first half. The ensuing five minute stretch was all IUSB as the Titans answered with a 13-2 run to close the first half with a 30-29 lead over the Saints.
The Saints forced IUSB into 10 first half turnovers and capitalized on them for 13 points. Drew Moore (Dayton, Ohio) got things going early with shots falling from distance after knocking down 3-of-4 three-point attempts. Collectively, the Saints made just 11-of-31 (35.5%) shots from the field in the half.
IUSB began the second half with some momentum and extended their lead to as many as seven points following a Jason Jordan three-pointer with 14:52 remaining. Holy Cross responded with a 9-2 run capped off by a basket from Brandon Evans (Grand Rapids, Mich.) to give the Saints their first lead in the second half. The Titans would take a two-point lead with 9:18 left before the Saints would regain control for the remainder of the game.
As the game was winding down, the Titans continued to hang strong; Parker Dominguez (Santa Clarita, Calif.) made a layup with 3:32 remaining to give the Saints a two-possession lead. IUSB continued to respond with baskets of their own, but junior guard Zoe Bauer got to the foul line eight times in the final three minutes and knocked down all eight attempts. Bauer's biggest points came following a Chris Beam missed shot where two free-throw makes gave the Saints a 64-58 lead with 35 seconds remaining.
The Titans rally would come up just short as Drew Moore iced the game with two free-throws with just over one second remaining as the Saints picked up their third consecutive victory by the score of 68-63. Moore led the Saints with a team-high 16 points. Bauer was key down the stretch hitting all eight free-throws in the final minutes; he finished the game with 13 points and three assists.
Holy Cross held a 46-31 rebounding advantage over the Titans, led by junior Clayton Webb who grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds. In addition, the Saints held a 12-5 advantage in second chance points.
Jason Jordan scored a game-high 20 points while Chris Beam added 18 to pace the Titans.
The Saints (6-4, 2-0 CCAC) will resume action on Saturday, November 30 as they travel to Gary, Ind. for a non-conference matchup with Indiana University Northwest. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. EST.