Bourbonnais, Ill. - Four players scored in double figures to help lead the No. 23 ranked Saint Xavier University men's basketball team to a convincing 81-64 road victory over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) rival Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) at McHie Arena Thursday night in Bourbonnais, Ill. Junior guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) led the way with 18 points, while seniors Anthony Grant (Calumet City, Ill./Prairie State CC/Thornridge) and Dominique Harvey (Chicago, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor) each chipped in 16 points toward the winning effort. The trio combined to shoot a stellar 24-for-35 (69 percent) from the field in the game. With Thursday's outcome, SXU has now won 13 of its last 14 games with its lone loss during the stretch coming by three points (73-70) to No. 7 ranked Westminster College (Utah).
Freshman forward Josh Mawhorr (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) had one of his best outings of the season for Saint Xavier as well posting 14 points and six rebounds. The Cougars did an excellent job of moving the basketball and creating high percentage shots to the tune of 21 assists in the game. SXU also took care of the basketball throughout Thursday's contest committing just six turnovers. The Tigers were led offensively by freshman forward Aaron Larson with 17 points. The game was tight in the opening minutes before Saint Xavier used a 9-1 run midway through the first half to build a 30-22 advantage capped by a three-pointer by sophomore guard Jack Krieger (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) with 8:40 to play in the half. The Tigers cut the deficit to six points, 34-28, over the next couple of minutes, but that was as close as it would get the rest of the way as the Cougars went up 48-32 at the half and maintained a double-digit edge the entire second half.
Saint Xavier (16-4 overall/12-2 CCAC) continues its season on Saturday, January 12, with a conference home game against Roosevelt University (Ill.). The match-up is scheduled for a 3 p.m. tip-off Saturday at the Shannon Center in Chicago.