CHICAGO – Behind impressive game-best totals of 29 points, 19 rebounds and four steals by junior guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso), the No. 23 ranked Saint Xavier University men's basketball team pulled away in the second half to capture an 88-65 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) victory over visiting Roosevelt University (Ill.) Saturday afternoon at the Shannon Center in Chicago. Although the Cougars never trailed in the second half, the Lakers erased a six-point halftime deficit (39-33) early in the second half tying the game, 44-44, in the opening minutes of the frame before SXU used a 16-3 run to take control of the game for good. Saint Xavier was dominant on the boards in the game pulling down 41 rebounds compared to just 26 for Roosevelt.
Sophomore guard Jack Krieger (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) hit three three-pointers in the game and finished with 15 points for the Cougars, while senior point guards Anthony Grant (Calumet City, Ill./Prairie State CC/Thornridge) and Roosevelt Green (Markham, Ill./Tinley Park) each chipped in 12 points. Green also tallied a game-high eight assists. The Lakers were led in scoring by sophomore guard Joe Harks with 23 points, while sophomore forward Jeremiah Jackson also had a nice outing with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Roosevelt led for most of the game's first five minutes, but a 14-0 run by Saint Xavier gave the hosts a 22-10 lead with just under 11 minutes to play in the frame. Karp scored 10 of the team's 14 points during the first-half surge. The Lakers chipped away at the lead and closed to within six points at the half. RU started the second half off strong, but the Cougars re-grouped and used its next scoring surge to pull away. SXU was tough defensively throughout the game racking up nine steals, which helped lead to 20 turnovers by Roosevelt.
Saint Xavier (17-4 overall/13-2 CCAC) continues conference play against CCAC foe Trinity Christian College on Wednesday, January 16, at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. start.