Men's Basketball - Wed, Feb. 24, 2010
CHICAGO - Despite a lay-up with 1:47 to play by senior guard Larry Pikes (Richton Park, Ill./Alaska-Anchorage/Blackhawk East/Rich South) which brought his team to within a point, the Saint Xavier University men's basketball team could not add any more points to its total score and dropped a heartbreaker to No. 17 ranked Robert Morris University (Ill.), 65-61, in thrilling Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action Wednesday night at the Shannon Center in Chicago. Junior guard Stan Mayfield (Snellville, Ga./McKendree University/Shiloh) led the Cougars (19-9 overall/7-3 CCAC) with 12 points, while sophomore forward Dominique Harvey (Chicago, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor) and senior guard Marcus Jackson (Hammond, La./Wayne State/Delta College/Hammond) each tallied 10 points.
Sophomore forward Phil Riggs (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) also had a nice game for SXU contributing seven points and team-best nine rebounds. The game was tight throughout with 12 lead changes and five tie scores. The Cougars played solid defense in the game's final five minutes with the Eagles unable to convert a field goal during the stretch relying solely on free throws to score their last five points. Unfortunately for SXU, shots would not fall on the other end as well in the closing minutes, including three missed three-point attempts in the final minute of play. Robert Morris led by a point, 35-34, at the half shooting 44 percent (12-for-27) from the field in the first frame. Despite shooting just 34 percent (22-for-64) from the floor in the game, SXU used scrappy play to keep things close winning the rebounding battle, 45-36, including 20 offensive boards. RMU senior guard Billy Rush led all scorers with 19 points, including a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe.
Barring a major upset in No. 21 Olivet Nazarene's regular-season home finale Saturday, Saint Xavier (19-9 overall/7-3 CCAC) will take the No. 3 seed into next week's 2010 CCAC Tournament, which begins on Tuesday, March 2. The Cougars will likely host No. 6 seed Holy Cross College (Ind.) Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Shannon Center.