Sophomore Brad Karp had 28 points and seven rebounds for the Cougars Friday night
Sophomore Brad Karp had 28 points and seven rebounds for the Cougars Friday night
Saint Ambrose University
(24)Saint Xavier
Men's Basketball - Fri, Nov. 18, 2011

CHICAGO – Behind 28 points and seven rebounds by sophomore guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso), the No. 24 ranked Saint Xavier University men's basketball team shot 63 percent (39-for-62) from the field and pulled away in the second half to capture a 101-72 win over Saint Ambrose University (Iowa) in the SXU Classic Friday night at the Shannon Center in Chicago.  The Cougars (4-3 overall) led nearly the entire first half and went ahead by 17 points, 49-32, at the break, but the Fighting Bees fought back in the second half and closed to within five points, 57-52, with 13 minutes to play in the game.  However, SXU got back on track with an 11-3 run over the game's next three minutes to pull away for good. 

The Cougars got a huge game off the bench by junior point guard Anthony Grant (South Holland, Ill./Prairie State CC/Thornridge).  Grant finished with 23 points and five assists and shot an amazing 8-for-9 from the floor and a perfect 7-for-7 from the free-throw line.  Junior point guard Roosevelt Green (Markham, Ill./Tinley Park) also had a nice night for SXU with 13 points and game-high eight assists, while sophomore forward Mark Peters (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) tallied 11 points and three steals.  Senior forward Mike Kennedy led Saint Ambrose in scoring with a game-high 36 points on 13-for-24 shooting from the floor. 

Saint Xavier (4-3 overall) wraps up play in the SXU Classic with a game against Indiana University-Northwest (Ind.) on Saturday, November 19.  The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start at the Shannon Center.