Men's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 17, 2007
CHICAGO - Despite a double-double performance of 14 points and 11 rebounds by sophomore forward Adam Gregoriou (Burbank, Ill./Brother Rice), Saint Xavier University could not overcome a hot first-half start by No. 1 Robert Morris College (Ill.) and eventually fell 84-64 in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) men's basketball action Saturday at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Eagles scored 45 points in the first half behind 53 percent shooting (17-for-32) and led 45-28 at the halftime break. Robert Morris improves to 25-0 overall and 8-0 in the conference (first place) with the win, while SXU drops to 17-9 and sit at 4-4 (third place) in the CCAC.
In addition to Gregoriou, two other Cougars scored in double figures Saturday with freshman guard Julian Scott (Country Club Hills, Ill./Hillcrest) contributing 10 points and senior guard Shawn Monroe (Chicago, Ill./Lindblom) coming off the bench to score 10 as well. Robert Morris had four players finish in double figures led by sophomore forward Casey Love with a game-high 16 points. Saint Xavier had trouble taking care of the ball in the first half committing 13 turnovers and ultimately finishing the game with 21 miscues. The Cougars shot 38 percent (24-for-64) from the field in the game, while the Eagles finished with a 48 percent clip (29-for-60). After taking a double-digit lead midway through the first half, Robert Morris never had its big lead threatened after halftime.
Saint Xavier (17-9 overall/4-4 CCAC) continues its conference slate with a road game against rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) on Wednesday, February 21. The game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start in Joliet, Ill.