Men's Basketball - Thu, Dec. 18, 2008
CHICAGO - Behind 25 points, five assists and four steals from senior forward Rob Broughton (Elizabethtown, Ky./Gannon University), the Saint Xavier University men's basketball team defeated Mount Marty College (S.D.), 104-78, and took third place in its own Midwest Tournament Thursday night at the Shannon Center in Chicago. Following the game, Broughton and junior point guard Julian Scott (Country Club Hills, Ill./Hillcrest) were both named to the 2008 All-Midwest Tournament Team for their performances over the three-day, eight-team event. University of Saint Francis (Ind.) took the tournament championship with a 72-65 victory over Wilberforce University (Ohio) in Thursday's title game.
The Cougars had a huge second-half scoring output hitting 77 percent (23-for-30) of its shots from the field to break a 42-42 halftime tie and claim the 26-point win. SXU finished the game shooting 70 percent (39-for-56) from the field. Scott finished the night with 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Saint Xavier, while sophomore guard Mike Johnstone (Mount Greenwood, Ill./St. Laurence) also played well with 18 points off four three-pointers. Senior forward Scott Campbell (Detroit, Mich./Waubonsee CC/MacKenzie) and freshman point guard Ed Gilgenbach (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac) chipped in 10 points apiece toward the winning effort. The Cougars played well on defense as well racking up 17 steals, which helped lead to 27 turnovers for Mount Marty.
In Thursday's seventh-place game, East-West University (Ill.) got 28 points from senior guard Jamar Thomas in an 86-75 win over Algoma University (Ontario). Siena Heights University (Mich.) had freshman guard Cory Lehman score 21 points in an 82-63 victory over Viterbo University (Wis.) to claim fifth-place. In Thursday's championship game, Wilberforce kept things close, but in the end, Saint Francis (Ind.) held on for the win behind a game-high 24 points from sophomore forward DeJovaun Sawyer-Davis. USF shot an impressive 58 percent from the field (11-for-19) in the second half to claim the championship.
In addition to Broughton and Scott, the remainder of the 2008 SXU All-Midwest Tournament Team included: Algoma University senior guard Ryan Vetrie, East-West University senior guard Jamar Thomas, Viterbo University junior guard Eric Ambrose, Siena Heights senior center Brian Champine, Mount Marty College junior forward Justin Peters, Wilberforce University junior guard Tim Giles and junior forward Phil Moore, and University of Saint Francis senior guard Nate Bojrab as well as the tournament's Most Valuable Player (MVP) sophomore forward DeJovaun Sawyer-Davis, also from USF.
Saint Xavier (9-5 overall) continues its season on Tuesday, December 23, by hosting No. 21 ranked University of Illinois-Springfield. The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start at the Shannon Center.