CHICAGO - Freshman guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso,
Ind./Valparaiso) led all scorers with 19 points, but the Saint Xavier
University men's basketball team had a late turnover negate its chance at a
game-tying three-pointer and fell 75-72 to Olivet Nazarene University in
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play Tuesday night at the
Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars
(16-11 overall) got a huge three-pointer by sophomore point guard Roosevelt Green (Markham, Ill./Tinley Park) with four seconds remaining to make it a
two-point game, 74-72. However, after
ONU converted just one of its two ensuing free throws with two seconds left,
SXU's inbounds pass was stolen away by Olivet senior forward Cory Hainlen to
end the game.
Mark Peters (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) finished with 15 points, while Green
and senior guard DeVon Chandler (Collinsville, Ill./Collinsville) each chipped
in 12 points for the Cougars. Green also
dished out a game-best six assists. Hainlen
led the Tigers with 14 points, four assists and four steals. Rebounding told the tale throughout the game
as Olivet Nazarene converted 15 second-chance points off of 14 offensive
rebounds compared to just four offensive boards by Saint Xavier. Aggressive play was evident on both ends of
the floor as neither team established a double-digit lead in the game and
things stayed tight all the way until the final horn. In fact, despite leading nearly the entire
game, ONU never led by more than eight points, which occurred during the opening
three minutes of action.
Saint Xavier (16-11
overall/1-6 CCAC) will look to bounce back when the team travels to South Bend,
Ind., for a conference match-up against the Titans of Indiana University-South
Bend (IUSB) on Saturday, February 19.
The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. (eastern) start.