Freshman Brad Karp had his second straight double-double Tuesday
Freshman Brad Karp had his second straight double-double Tuesday
Indiana University-South Bend
Saint Xavier
Men's Basketball - Tue, Mar. 1, 2011

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.