CHICAGO - Despite
trailing 17-3 after seven minutes of play, the Saint Xavier University men's
basketball team rallied to capture a thrilling 73-70 victory over Siena Heights
University (Mich.) on day two of the three-day SXU Midwest Tournament Tuesday
evening at the Shannon Center in Chicago.
The Cougars (12-2 overall) responded to the slow start with a 19-4
scoring run that gave them their first lead of the game, 22-21, with just over
seven minutes remaining in the first half.
Sophomore point guard Roosevelt Green (Markham, Ill./Tinley Park) had
the hot hand for SXU finishing with team-highs of 21 points and six
assists. With today's win, Saint Xavier
advances to Wednesday's tournament championship.
Sophomore guard Scott Taloff (Bedford Park, Ill./St.
Laurence) had another big game for the Cougars posting 20 points and nine
rebounds on the evening. Junior guard Ed Gilgenbach (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac) also scored in double figures
Tuesday with 11 points for Saint Xavier.
Senior guard Mark Snipes led the Saints with 23 points, a game-best, on
9-for-18 shooting from the floor. The
Cougars got huge production from their bench with the reserves chipping in 36
of the team's 73 points led by Green's 21 points. After erasing the early deficit, the game stayed
close until SXU was able to build a nine-point advantage, 60-51, on a
three-pointer by Gilgenbach with just under 10 minutes left in regulation. However, the Saints stormed back and cut the
deficit to a point, 67-66, with under three minutes to play. Key free throws by Green and Taloff in the
closing seconds sealed the three-point victory for the Cougars.
Saint Xavier (12-2 overall/0-1 CCAC) advances to
Wednesday's tournament championship, which is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start. The Cougars will face off against the winner
of tonight's University of St. Francis (Ill.) and Saint Ambrose University