Men's Basketball - Thu, Dec. 20, 2007
CHICAGO - Despite team-highs of 17 points and four steals by senior guard Alok Aiyar (Hanover Park, Ill./UIC/Bartlett), the Saint Xavier University men's basketball team could not slow down the hot shooting of Dakota Wesleyan University (S.D.) and fell, 78-63, Thursday in the semifinals of its own Midwest Men's Basketball Tournament at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars (9-4 overall) shot just 37 percent (22-for-59) from the field and committed 20 turnovers, while the Tigers (11-4 overall) shot 51 percent (28-for-55) from the field in the game.
In addition to Aiyar, SXU had three other players score in double figures in Thursday's loss. Senior forward Dan Bolger (Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick) finished with 14 points to go along with seven rebounds. Sophomore point guard Jamel Morton (Maywood, Ill./Walther Lutheran) posted 11 points and junior forward Adam Gregoriou (Burbank, Ill./Brother Rice) had 10 points for the Cougars. Sophomore guard Julian Scott (Country Club Hills, Ill./Hillcrest) had a solid all-around outing for SXU with seven points, a game-high 12 rebounds, and three blocked shots. Junior guard Colby Fitzgerald, who finished with a game-high 20 points, led Dakota Wesleyan University. The Tigers were tough down low scoring 40 of their 78 points in the paint compared to just 22 points by the Cougars in the lane.
Saint Xavier (9-4 overall) wraps up tournament play on Friday, December 21, against Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.). Friday's game starts at 4 p.m. with the winner taking third place in the eight-team tournament.