Men's Basketball - Tue, Feb. 9, 2010
CHICAGO - Three free throws by junior guard Stan Mayfield (Snellville, Ga./McKendree University/Shiloh) in the game's final 16 seconds proved to be the difference as Saint Xavier University hung on to upset No. 11 Olivet Nazarene University, 80-77, in a key Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) men's basketball match-up Tuesday night at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars led by double figures for a majority of the second half before the Tigers made a late rally and closed to within three points, 77-74, on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Antonio Marshall with 1:07 to play in regulation. It is SXU's second win this season over a top 15 team in the NAIA after knocking off No. 7 ranked Georgetown College (Ky.), 82-70, at the Shannon Center back on November 24, 2009.
Mayfield led all scorers Tuesday with 19 points, while senior guard Marcus Jackson (Hammond, La./Wayne State University/Delta College/Hammond) hit some big shots down the stretch and finished with 18 points off the bench. Sophomore forward Phil Riggs (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) also scored in double figures for Saint Xavier with 10 points. Sophomore forward Zach Opheim (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) was tough on the boards for the Cougars posting a team-best 10 rebounds. SXU shot 53 percent (30-for-57) from the field in the game, including 56 percent (9-for-16) from beyond the arc.
The Cougars overcame a slow start that saw them only score two points in the game's first five minutes, but recovered and was able to build a 17-point advantage (41-24), its largest of the game, with 1:07 to play before halftime. After leading 41-28 at the break, SXU kept ONU at bay for most of the second half leading by at least 10 points for a majority of the first 15 minutes of the frame, but key three-pointers by Marshall and senior guard Josh Bronke in the final five minutes made for an interesting finish. Marshall led the Tigers with 18 points, including three treys.
Saint Xavier (18-8 overall/6-2 CCAC) returns to action on Saturday, February 20, with a road game against CCAC foe Indiana University-South Bend (IUSB). The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. (eastern) start in South Bend, Ind.