Men's Basketball - Wed, Feb. 27, 2008
CHICAGO - Junior forward Adam Gregoriou (Burbank, Ill./Brother Rice) finished with 28 points and nine rebounds, both team-highs, to lead No. 21 Saint Xavier University (Ill.) to a crucial 91-84 victory over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foe Indiana University-South Bend (Ind.) in men's basketball action Wednesday night at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars (23-6 overall/7-2 CCAC) had five different players score in double figures Wednesday and now sit in a tie for second place with Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) with just one game remaining, a home match-up with ONU at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 1.
Sophomore guard Julian Scott (Country Club Hills, Ill./Hillcrest) also had a stellar performance in the win over IUSB posting 19 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists. Senior Alok Aiyar (Hanover Park, Ill./UIC/Bartlett) and junior guards Scott Campbell (Detroit, Mich./Waubonsee CC), and Paris VonShae Davis (Maywood, Ill./St. Joseph) each chipped in 10 points toward the winning effort. Freshman forward Ben Werner led the Titans in scoring and rebounding with 28 points and eight boards.
The game was tight throughout with both teams shooting well from the field and limiting its turnovers. SXU was tough on the boards out-rebounding IUSB, 39-30, and scoring 19 of its 91 points off second-chance baskets. The Cougars shot 52 percent (17-for-33) in first-half action, but led by just four points, 46-42, at the break. Despite leading by just two points (85-83) in the final minute, SXU hit all six of its free throw attempts in the final 30 seconds to secure the victory.
Saint Xavier (23-6 overall/7-2 CCAC) wraps up its regular season slate Saturday with a huge home game against CCAC rival Olivet Nazarene. The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start at the Shannon Center and the four seniors on this year's roster will be honored prior to the start of the contest. The winner of that game will take second place in the CCAC and earn a first-round bye in next week's conference tournament.