CHICAGO – Senior point guard Roosevelt Green (Markham, Ill./Tinley Park) achieved two big career marks to lead the Saint Xavier University men's basketball team to a 94-69 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) win over Trinity International University (Ill.) Tuesday night at the Shannon Center in Chicago. Green became SXU's all-time career assists leader (485) and also surpassed 1,000 career points in Tuesday's victory finishing the night with game-bests of 26 points and 10 assists in his 100th career game in a Cougar uniform. Saint Xavier led 70-68 with 8:30 left to play before closing out the game on a 24-1 run to pull away for good. In addition to Green, two other Cougars recorded double-double performances with junior guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) posting 21 points and team-best 13 rebounds, while sophomore guard Jack Krieger (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) had 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Senior point guard Anthony Grant (Calumet City, Ill./Prairie State CC/Thornridge) also scored in double figures for Saint Xavier Tuesday with 13 points to go along with seven rebounds. The first half was a tight one with both teams lighting up the scoreboard and hitting at least 50 percent of its shots from the field en route to TIU taking a 49-44 lead into halftime. The Cougars clamped down defensively in the second half and the visiting Trojans had difficulty getting their shots to fall after the break. Trinity International hit just 33 percent of its shots in the second half (9-for-27). Green nearly singlehandedly fueled the late SXU scoring surge scoring 13 points, including three of his five three-pointers on the night, and posting three assists and a pair of steals over the final nine minutes of regulation.
Saint Xavier (8-3 overall/8-2 CCAC) hosts its own three-day Midwest Tournament starting Thursday, December 20, at the Shannon Center. The Cougars open the tourney with a 2 p.m. game against former CCAC rival Robert Morris University (Ill.) Thursday.