CHICAGO - A six-minute scoring drought in the
closing minutes of regulation proved costly to Saint Xavier University as
Indiana University-South Bend (IUSB) closed out the final 8:30 of play with a
21-4 scoring run to take a 66-53 victory in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic
Conference (CCAC) men's basketball action Saturday afternoon at the Shannon
Center in Chicago. Sophomore guard Scott
Taloff (Bedford Park, Ill./St. Laurence) was the lone Cougar to score in double
figures Saturday posting 10 points to go along with three assists. SXU loses its third straight game and falls
to 15-8 overall and 1-3 in CCAC play with the setback, while IUSB improves to
10-12 on the year and 2-1 in the conference standings.
offense looked fine in the first half with the team hitting 12 of its 22 shot
attempts from the field (55 percent) to take a one-point lead, 29-28, into the
halftime break. However, the second half
was another story with Saint Xavier shooting just 32 percent (9-for-28),
including two of its 13 attempts from three-point range (15 percent). Despite the offense struggling late, SXU
trailed by just six points, 59-53, following a lay-up by senior guard DeVon
Chandler (Collinsville, Ill./Collinsville).
However, a desperation three-pointer to beat the shot clock by Titans
sophomore guard Steven Heatherly with 1:16 to play ended any SXU attempt at a
late rally. Heatherly led all scorers in
Saturday's game with 23 points.
Saint Xavier (15-8
overall/1-3 CCAC) takes to the road and returns to action on Wednesday,
February 2, with a conference game against No. 24 ranked University of St.
Francis (Ill.). The match-up is
scheduled for a 7 p.m. start in Joliet, Ill.