Men's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 31, 2009
CHICAGO - Senior guard Paris Davis (Maywood, Ill./St. Joseph) and senior forward Scott Campbell (Detroit, Mich./Waubonsee CC/MacKenzie) combined for 28 points to help lead the Saint Xavier University men's basketball team to a 65-55 win over Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action Saturday at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars (12-11 overall/2-2 CCAC) got off to a slow start offensively, but used tough defense throughout the game to help force 22 ONU turnovers. SXU finished Saturday's game with 16 steals and scored 35 of its 65 points off Olivet Nazarene miscues.
Junior guard Larry Pikes (Richton Park, Ill./Rich South) and sophomore guard Mike Johnstone (Mount Greenwood, Ill./St. Laurence) each chipped in 10 points for the Cougars. Senior forward Rob Broughton (Elizabethtown, Ky./Gannon University) helped lead Saint Xavier on the boards with seven rebounds, while freshman point guard Ed Gilgenbach (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac) had a solid all-around effort Saturday with three points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. ONU junior forward Tyler Wallenfang led all scorers with 16 points. Early in the game, Olivet looked strong jumping out to a 9-1 lead in the first five minutes. However, Davis came off the bench and hit four three-pointers over a four-minute span to bring the Cougars charging back and a 23-17 lead with seven minutes to play in the first half.
The Tigers finished the half strong, however, and took a 32-29 lead into halftime. In the second half, the SXU offense and defense continued to heat up. The Cougars shot 48 percent (15-for-31) from the field and helped force 14 ONU turnovers off 12 steals after the break to pull away for good midway through the second half. With 6:53 to play in regulation, Olivet cut the lead to six, 52-46, on a jumper by Wallenfang, but that was as close as the game would get the rest of the way.
Saint Xavier (12-11 overall/2-2 CCAC) continues its home stand on Wednesday, February 4, hosting CCAC foe Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). The game is slated for a 7 p.m. start at the Shannon Center in Chicago.