CHICAGO - Despite four of its players scoring in
double figures, the Saint Xavier University men's basketball team had no answer
for a strong second-half start by No. 1 ranked Robert Morris University (Ill.) and
fell, 92-77, in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play Saturday
afternoon at the Shannon Center in Chicago.
The Cougars (15-10 overall) have now lost five straight games and drop
to 1-5 in the conference standings.
Senior guard DeVon Chandler (Collinsville, Ill./Collinsville) led SXU
with 16 points shooting an impressive 5-for-9 from the field.
Mark Peters (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) and senior guard Marco Samimy
(Chicago, Ill./CICS-Northtown Academy) each chipped in 15 points for the
Cougars, while junior guard Ed Gilgenbach (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac)
scored 13 points. Freshman guard Brad
Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) contributed nine points and a team-high 10
rebounds. Peters also posted seven
rebounds and four assists for SXU.
Junior guard Diante Watkins led all scorers with 21 points for Robert
Morris, while senior forward Reggie Bunch finished with 16 points and game-high
RMU jumped out to
an early 19-8 lead over the game's first eight minutes, but SXU chipped away at
the double-digit deficit and closed the gap to three points after back-to-back
three pointers by Samimy. The Cougars
kept it close the rest of the first half and another Samimy trey made it a
two-point game, 40-38, with 26 seconds left in the frame. However, a jumper by Bunch at the buzzer gave
the Eagles a four-point lead, 42-38, and momentum heading into halftime. Robert Morris carried that momentum into the
second half and opened the frame with a 14-1 scoring run to build a 56-39
advantage. The Eagles would sustain the
double-digit lead the rest of the way going ahead by as many as 23 points
midway through the period.
Saint Xavier (15-10 overall/1-5 CCAC) hosts Trinity Christian College
(Ill.) on Wednesday, February 9, for a non-conference match-up. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off at
the Shannon Center.