Sports Information Director
GARY, Ind. -- A dominant start in Saturday afternoon's non-conference meeting between the Red Hawks of IU Northwest propelled the Holy Cross men's basketball team to its fourth consecutive victory, matching a program-best. The Saints shot 55.4% from the field and had three players recorded double figure scoring efforts. With the win, the Saints improve to 7-4 on the season.
The Red Hawks scored the first points of the game to take an early 2-0 lead, but it was all Holy Cross following the early score. The first half remained close at the 10:32 mark as Nicholas Moore hit a jumper to pull the Red Hawks within two points. However, an ensuing 10-0 run by the Saints gave them a 12-point lead following the basket from Clayton Webb (Dallas, Texas). IU Northwest would cut the lead to as low as nine points before the Saints would close out the final six minutes of the first half with an 18-2 run to take a 45-22 lead to the break.
Holy Cross did a lot of its damage in the paint, holding a 22-8 advantage over the Red Hawks. Drew Moore (Dayton, Ohio) and Zoe Bauer (Culver, Ind.) each registered double figure scoring efforts in the first half with 13 and 11 points respectively. Despite turning the ball over 10 times, the Red Hawks only scored two points off the Saints mistakes.
The Saints continued the start of the second half much like it closed out the final six minutes of the first half; a 13-4 run helped them extend their lead to 32 points at the 16:41 mark. Holy Cross continued to take control in the final stages of the game with help from 13 of the 14 players who played scoring points.
IU Northwest closed out the game with an 8-0 run to bring us to the final score of 86-62 as the Saints picked up their fourth consecutive victory of the season, matching a program-best.
Drew Moore led all scorers on the afternoon with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. Moore also knocked down 3-of-5 from three-point range. Zoe Bauer scored 15 and Parker Dominguez (Santa Clarita, Calif.) score 12 to round out the three Holy Cross players reaching double figures.
For the game, Holy Cross hit 55.4% of their shots from the field and 6-of-14 (42.9%) shots from three-point range. Conversely, the Saints held the Red Hawks to just 34.9% shooting from the field and 16.7% from distance.
The Saints continued to dominate the game inside with 52 points in the paint and a 41-31 rebounding advantage. They also turned 16 Red Hawks turnovers into 23 points.
Holy Cross (7-4) will return home on Monday, December 2 as they look to extend their four-game winning-streak against Great Lakes Christian College in non-conference action. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:30 p.m. EST.