Men's Basketball - Wed, Feb. 4, 2009
CHICAGO - Behind team-highs of 15 points and seven rebounds by senior forward Scott Campbell (Detroit, Mich./Waubonsee CC/MacKenzie), the Saint Xavier University men's basketball team rode a strong second half to a 64-51 victory over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) foe Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Wednesday night at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars (13-11 overall/3-2 CCAC) used tough defensive pressure to record 18 steals in the ballgame, which helped lead to 31 turnovers by the Scarlet Hawks. The win is the third straight for SXU after ending a five-game losing streak over the early part of January.
Three additional Cougar players scored in double figures in Wednesday's conference win, including sophomore guard Mike Johnstone (Mount Greenwood, Ill./St. Laurence) and junior point guard Jamel Morton (Maywood, Ill./Walther Lutheran) with 12 points apiece. Senior forward Rob Broughton (Elizabethtown, Ky./Gannon University) scored 10 points for Saint Xavier in the winning effort. As a team, the Cougars took complete advantage of IIT's miscues scoring 26 of their 64 points off of Scarlet Hawk turnovers. Junior guard Rob Knapczyk led IIT in scoring with 15 points.
The game was close throughout the first half with Illinois Tech jumping out to an early 12-4 lead in the first six minutes of play. However, the IIT offense stalled for nearly a six-minute stretch later in the half and SXU capitalized with a 15-0 run to take a 24-14 lead with six minutes remaining before halftime. The Scarlet Hawks would not go away and used a late surge in the closing minutes of the first half to pull within three, 28-25, heading into the break. In the second half, the Cougars took control early and built as much as an 18-point advantage, 58-40, with six minutes to play in regulation. The lead never reached single digits the rest of the way.
Saint Xavier (13-11 overall/3-2 CCAC) heads to the Gentile Center in Chicago on Saturday, February 7, to take on No. 7 ranked Robert Morris College in a big CCAC showdown. The game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.