Holt completed a season sweep of Washington Tuesday at Blue Jay Gym.
The Indians (5-4, 2-0) defeated the Blue Jays (4-4, 0-2), 56-44, knocking off Washington for the second time in two weeks and taking the early lead in the GAC Central standings.
Washington opened the game with a strong first quarter, holding Holt to just four points and taking a 12-4 advantage.
“Then they had 19 the second quarter,” Head Coach Grant Young said. “They got to their pace and we didn’t get shots in rhythm. We went flat for three quarters and had a tough time scoring at times.”
Holt surged back to take a 23-20 advantage into halftime.
“They went on a run before half, us turning the ball over, we had a lot of turnovers... with just normal one-on-one pressure — just token pressure coming up the floor and that caused us a little bit of problems and we couldn’t get an open look,” Young said.
After multiple lead changes in the third quarter, Holt was able to hold on to a 39-34 lead at the end of the third period.
After nobody was able to score in the first minute of the fourth-quarter, Tommy Ruether knocked down a three for Washington that made it a two point game. The team then exchanged baskets until midway through the period, but Washington could never keep the momentum long enough to catch all the way up.
Holt put the game away late behind nine fourth-quarter points from star player Anthony Jones. He finished with 17 points.
Washington forward Cason Suggs led all scorers in the contest with 18 points.
“Cason did a good job, anchoring us in the middle, but we’ve got to have more guys score for us,” Young said. “That’s a big thing for us. We’ve got to be able to put points on the board too and I know we held them to 52. Our first quarter, if we could do that same game plan for four quarters, that would be good.”
Freshman Ryan Hoerstkamp was second in points for the Blue Jays on the night with seven.
Alex Brinkmann chipped in six points and Zach Harms and Ruether each scored five.
Rett Corley rounded out the Washington scoring with three points.
Along with Jones’ 17 point effort, Holt got 12 points each from Carter Collins and Caleb Murillo.
Jake Ryan posted seven points for the Indians. Damian Winner-Johnson scored four and Bryant Lucio and Spencer Bogan each finished with two points.
The Blue Jays are off for the rest of 2017, resuming play Jan. 2 at home against Hermann.
Washington hosts its annual tournament starting Monday, Jan. 8. Seeds will be announced soon.