By: CASEY McDONALD
Crosstown rivalries are what schools live for in athletic competitions. Both teams have that pride of their city, but separated by sides is what brought Holy Cross and IU South Bend to the Student Activities Center to compete in this crosstown classic.
The women’s team fought hard against the Holy Cross Saints. Being just under 30 percent in the paint and 60 percent at the free throw line, it didn’t help the women even with their star shooters.
Junior captain Paige Avery and sophomore Loren Vukovits led the Titans with 15 points each while freshman Vicki Gard assisted with nine points.
Coming off of a halftime talk, the women seemed to have their heads back in the game but quickly the Saints took control as they pushed their lead to 20 points.
The Titans fell to the Holy Cross Saints, 54-77. The loss dropped the Titans to 8-15 overall and 4-10 in CCAC.
As the men entered their competition with the crosstown rivals, the intensity rose. The Titans hit the gas pedal and pushed for another win after only winning one other game since the break.
The men led the charts entering the locker room at halftime, leading both in the paint with 42 percent and behind the arc with 37 percent.
Junior forward Taylor Brooks got the men going after a few triples and a nice slow dunk got the juices flowing. Junior Jeremy Jones, fresh off the bench after an ankle injury, gave the Titans a 10-point lead making 3 triples before the buzzer.
But as the saying goes, “slow and steady wins the race,” and in this case a basketball game. Coming out of halftime the Saints took charge as they quickly went on a run and cut the Titans lead. Avery Harmon helped keep the Titans at the edge with 26 points on the night but it wasn’t enough.
The men’s team lost to the Holy Cross Saints, 82-87. Jones ended his night with 12 points, and guard Rashaan Jackson ended with 16. The loss puts IU South bend to 11-12 overall and 5-9 in CCAC.