CHICAGO - Behind another double-double performance by freshman guard Brad Karp
(Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso), the Saint Xavier University men's basketball
team held off a late second-half run by Indiana University-South Bend (IUSB)
and picked up a 62-50 victory in quarterfinals action of the 2011 Chicagoland
Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament Tuesday night at the Shannon
Center in Chicago. Karp finished with
game-highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds for his second straight double-double
outing after posting 32 points and 16 rebounds in Saturday's overtime loss to
No. 1 ranked Robert Morris University.
The Cougars (19-12 overall) also got a nice night out of freshman
forward Mark Peters (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy), who finished with 16 points
and five rebounds.
The Cougars used tough defense to frustrate the Titans shooters in the
opening minutes of play and jumped out to an early 11-0 lead. The shooting woes continued for IUSB throughout
the first half as the team managed just 14 points in the frame hitting just 21
percent (5-for-24) of its shots from the field.
SXU was also aggressive on the boards in first-half action out-rebounding
IUSB, 25-11, and also making over 50 percent of its shots from the field
(12-for-23) to build a 32-14 halftime lead.
However, the second half was a much different story as SXU struggled to
maintain its offensive rhythm and the Titans found their shooting touch. Despite the difference in production, the
Cougars were able to keep the visitors at bay for most of the half until a
three-pointer by IUSB sophomore guard Stephen Heatherly with 2:45 remaining cut
the lead to eight, 53-45. Fortunately,
the Cougars got a key lay-up from sophomore point guard Roosevelt Green
(Markham, Ill./Tinley Park) and hit all seven of their free throw attempts in
the closing minutes to secure the postseason victory.
Saint Xavier (19-12 overall/3-7 CCAC) advances to the semifinal round of
the 2011 CCAC Tournament and will head to the Gentile Center in Chicago on
Thursday, March 3, to take on No. 1 Robert Morris (Ill.). The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start
Thursday. The game will take place just
five nights after SXU gave the NAIA's top-ranked team all it could handle in a
hard-fought 96-89 overtime loss this past Saturday at the Gentile Center.