CHICAGO – Winning its seventh straight game and 10th in its last 11 games, the Saint Xavier University men's basketball team continued its hot play by defeating Saint Ambrose University (Iowa), 80-54, in non-conference NAIA action Friday afternoon in the second day of the SXU Midwest Tournament at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars (10-3 overall) opened the game on an 11-3 run fueled by eight points from sophomore guard Jack Krieger (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North), who tallied 18 points in the game on perfect 6-of-6 shooting including all four of his three-point attempts. Junior guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) led all scorers in the game with 24 points along with five rebounds.
Senior point guard Roosevelt Green (Markham, Ill./Tinley Park) narrowly missed a double-double with 12 points and eight assists. Saint Xavier dominated on the boards out-rebounding the visiting Fighting Bees 47 to 25. SXU freshman forward Josh Mawhorr (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) was tough on the boards the entire afternoon pulling down a game-best 10 rebounds to go along with six points. A stifling defense has been one of the signature components to Saint Xavier's success over the last month and Friday's game was no different as the Cougars flustered Saint Ambrose from the onset helping force 16 turnovers and scoring 13 points off of SAU miscues. Saint Xavier never trailed in the game and built its largest lead of 33 points, 70-37, with 12:40 to go in the second half on a lay-up by Green. Saint Ambrose had its lone double-digit scorer, sophomore guard Nick Frazier, score 15 points in 21 minutes of action.
Saint Xavier (10-3 overall/8-2 CCAC) wraps up the three-day Midwest Tournament on Saturday, December 22, taking on Marian University (Ind.) in the tournament championship. The championship game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. tip-off at the Shannon Center.