Men's Basketball - Wed, Feb. 21, 2007
Joliet, Ill. - Behind 22 points and six assists from freshman guard Julian Scott (Country Club Hills, Ill./Hillcrest), the Saint Xavier University men's basketball team used a late second-half run to pull away for a 90-84 win over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) Wednesday at the USF Recreation Center in Joliet, Ill. In addition, junior forward Dan Bolger (Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick) provided the Cougars with a huge lift off the bench Wednesday chipping in 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the field as well as seven rebounds.
In addition to Scott and Bolger, three other SXU players finished in double figures with senior guard Shawn Monroe (Chicago, Ill./Lindblom) chipping in 16 points. Sophomore forward Adam Gregoriou had a solid game as well with 11 points, while senior guard Chris McCormick (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) recorded 10 points. Junior center Kevin Lowe (Tinley Park, Ill./Eastern Illinois) led the Cougars on the boards with eight rebounds. SXU overcame 21 turnovers by shooting the ball well hitting 49 percent of its shots (27-for-55), including a 47 percent clip (8-for-17) from beyond the three-point arc.
Saint Xavier led the entire first half, but could not pull away taking a five-point lead into halftime, 37-32. The Fighting Saints were able to chip away at the lead over the first five minutes of the second half and took its first lead of the game, 48-47, with just under 15 minutes remaining in regulation. St. Francis maintained its lead over the game's next nine minutes, but with six minutes left to play, SXU made its move. The Cougars scored 26 points in the final six minutes and built a double-digit lead of 12 points, 85-73, with under two minutes remaining to seal the conference victory.
Saint Xavier (18-9 overall/5-4 CCAC) wraps up its regular season on Saturday, February 24, with a conference road game against Indiana University-South Bend (IUSB). Game time is scheduled for a 2 p.m. (eastern) start.