Joliet, Ill. - Saint Xavier University sophomore guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week Monday evening for the fifth time this season. Karp averaged 24.5 points and 8.5 rebounds over SXU's two games last week, including a huge 99-91 win over No. 3 ranked Robert Morris University (Ill.) Saturday on "Senior Day." It is the first time the Cougar men's basketball team has knocked off a NAIA top five ranked foe since defeating No. 3 Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.), 78-68, in the second round of the 2005 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship on March 18, 2005, in Kansas City, Mo.
Karp scored 31 points and pulled down nine rebounds in Saint Xavier's big upset win over the Eagles Saturday afternoon at the Shannon Center in Chicago. In last Wednesday's 94-72 road win over rival University of St. Francis (Ill.), he finished with 18 points and eight rebounds. On the week, Karp shot an impressive 67 percent (20-for-30) from the field. He leads the conference in scoring averaging 23.8 points a game and is second overall in rebounding at 8.6 rebounds per game. Karp also sits atop the CCAC in field goal percentage shooting a stellar 60 percent (272-for-456).
Saint Xavier (22-8 overall/2-1 CCAC) lost the tiebreaker with Olivet Nazarene University and will carry the No. 3 seed into the CCAC Tournament. The Cougars kick off the tourney with a 7 p.m. game against No. 6 seed Roosevelt University (Ill.) on Tuesday, February 28, at the Shannon Center.