Men's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 6, 2010
CHICAGO - Behind game-bests of 20 points and seven rebounds by sophomore forward Phil Riggs (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic), the Saint Xavier University men's basketball team got a big Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) win over rival University of St. Francis (Ill.), 80-50, Saturday afternoon at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars (17-8 overall)/5-2 CCAC) used solid defensive pressure to frustrate the Fighting Saints throughout the game and caused them to shoot just 35 percent (18-for-51) from the field and record 22 turnovers. In fact, SXU scored 30 of its 80 points off USF miscues in Saturday's victory.
Senior guard Marcus Jackson (Hammond, La./Wayne State University/Delta College/Hammond) provided a huge lift off the bench for Saint Xavier scoring 13 points and pulling down four rebounds. As a team, the Cougars shot 49 percent (31-for-63) from the field, including 54 percent (14-for-26) in the first half. The game was tight for most of the first half, but SXU caught fire in the final four minutes of the frame and built a 10-point advantage at the half, 36-26. The momentum was carried over to the second half as the Cougars doubled its lead in the first 10 minutes. SXU would lead by as many as 34 points in second-half action. Saint Xavier (17-8 overall/5-2 CCAC) hosts league-leading Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) in another big home conference match-up on Tuesday, February 9. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. start.