Whiting, IN. The Holy Cross College men’s basketball team faced Calumet College of St. Joseph this evening in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal matchup. The Saints defeated the Crimson Wave 88-73, and with the win advance to the CCAC semifinals.
A good layup by Ja’Mare Washington would give the Saints a 2-0 to start the game. The Crimson Wave would take a 16-13 lead, with ten minutes remaining in the half, before Storm Cook would tie the game up with a deep three pointer. Holy Cross led 38-31 entering halftime. Ja’Mare Washington recorded 13 points and the half, while Storm Cook added seven points.
Holy Cross would start the second half on a 20-14 run to extend their lead to 58-45, with 11 minutes remaining. CCSJ was able to go on a run and cut the lead to two, before a Brandon Lawler three would spark a Saints run. Holy Cross held a 82-71 lead with two minutes remaining, and were able to convert on free throws down the stretch to secure the 88-73 victory.
The Saints had five players score in double digits, led by Ja’Mare Washington, who recorded a double-double scoring a team-high 26 points on 9/10 shooting from the field, and pulling down a team-best 13 rebounds. Freshman Storm Cook scored 18 points, and Robby Jimenez added 17 points. Senior Travon Brackett finished with 12 points, and Jordan Gaines added ten points and a team-high five assists. Holy Cross shot 56% from the field and 50% from behind the arc. The Saints defense limited the Crimson Wave to shooting 40% from the field and 34% from three.
Holy Cross will now travel to No. 16 Governors State University for the CCAC Tournament semifinal round on Friday, February 23rd. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 PM EST. You can listen to the action live on the Regional Radio Sports Network.