Men's Basketball - Wed, Feb. 13, 2008
CHICAGO - Over its last three games, the No. 21 ranked Saint Xavier University men's basketball team could be labeled "The Comeback Kids" after erasing three straight double-digit leads in the second half to pull out rally victories. However, on Wednesday night, the rally attempt fell just short as the Cougars fell to No. 6 Robert Morris College (Ill.), 96-84, in key Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action at the Gentile Center in Chicago. SXU (20-6 overall/4-2 CCAC) narrowed a 22-point second-half deficit (67-45) down to just two points, 82-80, with just over five minutes to play before RMC (21-2 overall/6-0 CCAC) closed out the game with a 14-4 scoring run.
Senior forward Dan Bolger (Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick) had a monster game off the bench for Saint Xavier posting 25 points, while sophomore guard Julian Scott (Country Club Hills, Ill./Hillcrest) continued his stellar play with 16 points. Robert Morris senior forward Othyus Jeffers led all scorers with 27 points in addition to his team-high 10 rebounds.
SXU got off to a hot start outscoring the Eagles 7-0 in the game's first two minutes. However, RMC quickly heated up from beyond the three-point arc and used a barrage of treys to build a 37-21 lead with seven minutes to play in the first half. The Eagles led by as many as 21 points, 47-26, late in the first half before the Cougars cut the deficit to 15, 53-38, at the halftime break. With just over 16 minutes to play in the game, Robert Morris took its largest lead of the game, 67-45. However, SXU did not fold up the tents and cut the lead to five points, 82-77, on a three-point play by Bolger near the six-minute mark. A big three by senior guard Alok Aiyar (Hanover Park, Ill./UIC/Bartlett) with 5:17 left in regulation cut the lead to two, 82-80, but that was as close as the Cougars would get.
Saint Xavier (20-6 overall/4-2 CCAC) returns home to take on CCAC foe Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) on Saturday, February 16. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Shannon Center in Chicago.