CHICAGO - For the second time in three weeks, Saint Xavier University junior guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week after averaging a double-double and scoring no less than 21 points in each of four Cougar victories over five days, it was announced by the league office late Monday afternoon. Karp averaged 23.0 points, 11.3 rebounds and 3.5 steals over the four games, while shooting .557 from the field (34-of-61) in leading the Cougars to a conference victory over Trinity International University (Ill.) on Tuesday night before sweeping the field in its three-day SXU Holiday Tournament Thursday through Saturday.
Karp opened the week with back-to-back 21-point, 13-rebound efforts against Trinity International and Robert Morris University (Ill.). Saint Xavier handed Trinity International a 94-69 loss on Tuesday before opening the tournament with an 80-66 win opposite Robert Morris on Thursday. In the latter affair, Karp also collected four steals. One night later in an 80-54 defeat of Saint Ambrose University (Iowa), Karp tallied five steals to go along with 24 points and five boards. He then closed the tournament with his highest scoring (26 points) and rebounding (14 caroms) marks of the week to lead the Cougars to the championship. Karp finished the week totaling 92 points, 45 rebounds, 14 steals and seven assists over the four games.
Saint Xavier, a winner of eight straight games, is now 11-3 overall and 8-2 in league play, two games behind frontrunner Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.). The team continues its season on Friday, December 28, taking part in the two-day Westmont College Tournament in California.