CHICAGO – With four of its five starters scoring at least 18 points, the Saint Xavier University men's basketball team was dominant in a 93-68 victory over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) Wednesday evening at the Shannon Center in Chicago. Junior guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) led the way with a game-best 22 points for the Cougars, while sophomore guard Jack Krieger (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) notched a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. SXU was blistering hot from the field Wednesday hitting at a 58 percent clip (40-for-69). USF hit just one of its 18 three-point attempts (six percent) in the game.
Senior point guard Anthony Grant (Calumet City/Prairie State/Thornridge) racked up 19 points and nearly missed a double-double of his own after corralling eight boards. Freshman forward Josh Mawhorr (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. Senior point guard Roosevelt Green (Markham, Ill./Tinley Park) facilitated the ball nicely en route to a game-best 10 assists to go along with his five points. SXU scored early and often on the evening with 52 first-half points. USF was led by junior forward Mark Peters, who scored 20 points in the contest. The visiting Fighting Saints jumped out to an early lead at 6-0, but the Cougars went on a 10-2 run to take a 10-8 lead and never looked back. SXU continued to build its advantage the rest of the way and went ahead by 28 points, its largest lead of the night, with 15:39 to play in the game. The Cougars scored 62 of their 93 points in the paint with 16 of those coming on fast-break lay-ups.
Saint Xavier (6-3 overall/6-2 CCAC) heads to Hammond, Ind., on Saturday, December 8, for a conference road game against Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.). The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.