Junior Anthony Grant had 13 points in SXU's 80-68 win over PUNC Tuesday
Junior Anthony Grant had 13 points in SXU's 80-68 win over PUNC Tuesday
Purdue University-North Central
(25)Saint Xavier
Men's Basketball - Tue, Jan. 17, 2012

CHICAGO - Five different players scored in double figures as No. 21 ranked Saint Xavier University pulled away late in the second half for an 80-68 win over Purdue University-North Central (Ind.) in NAIA men's basketball action Tuesday night at the Shannon Center in Chicago.  Sophomore guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) led the Cougars with 22 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the field on the night.  Junior point guard Anthony Grant (South Holland, Ill./Prairie State CC/Thornridge) also tallied 13 points for SXU, while junior forward Dominique Harvey (Chicago, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor) posted 12 points and team-best eight rebounds.

Senior forward Zach Opheim (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) was also tough for the Cougars shooting 5-for-7 from the floor for 11 points to go along with five rebounds.  Freshman guard Jack Krieger (Plainfield, Ill../Plainfield North) had a solid outing as well with 10 points off the bench.  SXU took an early 10-2 lead in the game's opening three minutes and never trailed in the first half en route to a 34-30 halftime lead.  The Panthers rallied in the second half and took their first lead of the game, 42-41, with  13:21 left to play in regulation.  The game went back-and-forth over the next three minutes before SXU used a 12-1 scoring run to pull away for good.  Krieger scored eight points, including a pair of three-pointers, during the run.

Saint Xavier (14-4 overall/1-0 CCAC) heads to Milwaukee on Thursday, January 19, for a non-conference game against Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.).  The game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.