BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Holy Cross College (Ind.) made it very tough for the ONU men’s basketball team all-night defeating the Tigers at home, 80-59. The Saints, Yama Kader, scored a game-high 44 points to help take down ONU. The loss on Wednesday night was the second straight for the Tigers.
Early on Holy Cross (3-2, 2-1) wasn't able to mount the lead they had late in the half. However, around the six minute mark of the half hot shooting and poor decisions from the Tigers (2-2, 1-2) gave them that opportunity. ONU had chances to keep in close but failed to do so allowing the Saints to take a 14-point lead, their largest of the half. Holy Cross led by 12 at halftime.
In the first half, Olivet shot 12-for-25 from the field (48 percent), 1-for-6 from the three-point line (16.7 percent) and 5-for-7 from the free-throw line (71.4 percent). They were outrebounded by Holy Cross 24-10 and committed six turnovers. Holy Cross shot 44.4 percent from the field, 57.1 percent from the three-point line and 100 percent from the free-throw line. The Saints committed five first-half turnovers and had 15 offensive rebounds.
To begin the second half Holy Cross was just as good as they were in the first, stretching their lead to 20 by the 14:41 mark after Zoe Bauer hit a three-pointer. From there the Tigers showed some fight as they climbed back in the game cutting the lead to 11 by the 9:45 mark, capping off an 8-1 run. The Saints didn’t let the Tigers get any closer building their lead back to 20 by the 2:59 mark and eventually leading by 23.
Senior Jake Boyce (Lockport, Ill.) led the Tigers with 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field and 2-for-3 from the free-throw line. He also had seven rebounds in 35 minutes.
Freshman Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with 13 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the field and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. He also had five rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes.
Sophomore Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) finished with six points on 3-for-10 shooting from the field. He also had three rebounds and eight assists in 30 minutes.
Ben Worner (Washington, Ill.) finished with eight points on 3-for-9 shooting from the field and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. He also had four rebounds in 34 minutes.
Yama Kader led the Saints with 44 points on 15-for-24 shooting from the field, 9-for-13 from the three-point line and 5-for-5 shooting from the free-throw line. He added three rebounds and three assists. Zoe Bauer finished with 11 points on 4-for-10 shooting and four rebounds. Brandon Evans added nine points and nine rebounds and Parker Dominguez finished with eight points and seven rebounds.
Overall, the Tigers shot 24-for-55 from the field (43.6 percent), 2-for-14 from the three-point line (14.3 percent) and 9-for-11 from the free-throw line (81.8 percent). They were outrebounded by Holy Cross 39-24, committed only nine turnovers and totaled 17 assists, and nine offensive rebounds.
Holy Cross, meanwhile, shot 30-for-61 from the field (49.2 percent), 13-for-23 from beyond the arc (56.5 percent) and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line (87.5 percent). The Saints had 17 assists, 10 turnovers, 18 offensive rebounds and four steals.
Worner has made 126 career three-pointers, good for 16th all-time, 12 behind Jeff Park and Ryan Paxson (138) for 14th.
The Tigers will be back in conference action at 2 p.m. (EST) Saturday, Nov. 17, on the road at Indiana University-South Bend.