Freshman Brad Karp had 24 points and seven rebounds for SXU Wednesday
Freshman Brad Karp had 24 points and seven rebounds for SXU Wednesday
Trinity Christian College
Saint Xavier
Men's Basketball - Wed, Feb. 9, 2011

CHICAGO - Led by 24 points and seven rebounds by freshman guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso), the Saint Xavier University men's basketball team ended its five-game losing streak with a 96-67 victory over Trinity Christian College (Ill.) Wednesday night at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars (16-10 overall) took control of the game midway through the first half using a 22-0 scoring run to build a 36-11 advantage and then took a 50-20 lead into the locker room at halftime. SXU hit a stellar 72 percent (18-for-25) of its shots from the floor in first-half action.

Other key contributors for the Cougars Wednesday were freshman forward Mark Peters (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) with 18 points and eight rebounds as well as junior forward Zach Opheim (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) with 13 points and six rebounds. Senior guard Marco Samimy (Chicago, Ill./CISC-Northtown Academy) came off the bench to drop in 12 points for SXU, while junior guard Ed Gilgenbach (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac) chipped in 11 points. Sophomore point guard Roosevelt Green (Markham, Ill./Tinley Park) hit a new career-high by dishing out 11 assists. As a team, the Cougars shot 63 percent (37-for-59) of its total shots from the field in Wednesday's ballgame.

Saint Xavier (16-10 overall/1-5 CCAC) takes the weekend off before returning to Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play on Tuesday, February 15, with a home game against Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.). The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the Shannon Center.