Senior Marco Samimy hit some big three-pointers and scored 15 points for SXU
Senior Marco Samimy hit some big three-pointers and scored 15 points for SXU
Robert Morris University
Saint Xavier
Men's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 5, 2011

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.

Freshman forward 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 12 rebounds.

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.