Men's Basketball - Mon, Jan. 4, 2010
Ave Maria, Fla. - Despite team-highs of 18 points and six rebounds by senior guard Larry Pikes (Richton Park, Ill./Alaska-Anchorage/Blackhawk East/Rich South), the No. 10 ranked Saint Xavier University men's basketball team lost a tight road battle with Ave Maria University (Fla.), 79-76, Monday evening at Donahue Academy Gymnasium in Ave Maria, Fla. The Cougars (14-6 overall) had a one-point lead, 38-37, at the half, but the Gyrenes shot 60 percent (12-for-20) from the field after the break to help pick up the three-point victory. SXU had difficulty with its long-range shooting throughout Monday's game hitting just four of its 17 attempts (24 percent).

Sophomore forward Phil Riggs (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) also had a solid outing for the Cougars posting 12 points, five rebounds and three assists. Both sophomore forward Zach Opheim (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) and freshman point guard Roosevelt Green (Markham, Ill./Tinley Park) scored nine points for SXU in the road loss. The Cougars had difficulty taking care of the ball committing an uncharacteristic 15 turnovers. Freshman guard Dylan Fugate provided Ave Maria with a huge lift off the bench Monday leading his team with 18 points, including 10 off free throws.

Saint Xavier (14-6 overall/2-0 CCAC) continues its Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) schedule on Wednesday, January 13, with a road game against University of St. Francis (Ill.). The game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off in Joliet, Ill.