Men's Basketball - Tue, Nov. 9, 2004
CHICAGO - Junior guard Jason Reiter (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) finished with a game-high 18 points to lead the Saint Xavier University men's basketball team over Trinity Christian College (Ill.), 69-46, Tuesday in the Cougars' season opener at the Shannon Center in Chicago. In addition to Reiter, junior forward Jabari Saunders (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Township) and senior guard Rick Romeli (Lansing, Ill./Marian Catholic) each scored 13 points for SXU in the winning effort. Saint Xavier began to pull away from the Trolls midway through the first half and never looked back taking a 36-22 lead into the lockerroom at halftime and then outscoring Trinity Christian 33-24 in the second half. SXU used solid interior play to help build its lead outscoring TCC 32-6 in the paint. Saint Xavier also capitalized on 20 Troll turnovers in the game scoring 24 of its 69 on opponent miscues. Senior guard Phillip Watson (Chicago, Ill./Von Stueben) was the only other Cougar in double figures with 12 points, while Romeli also finished with a team-high seven rebounds. Junior guard Dean Nauta led Trinity Christian in scoring with 12 points.
Saint Xavier goes on the road for its next game facing Bethel College (Ind.) in non-conference action on Saturday, November 13. Game time is set for 3 p.m. eastern time.