Milwaukee, Wis. - Behind team-bests of 22 points and five assists by senior point guard Roosevelt Green (Markham, Ill./Tinley Park), No. 18 ranked Saint Xavier University came away with a huge 66-62 road win over No. 3 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) in thrilling Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) men's basketball action Saturday afternoon at Panella Court in Milwaukee, Wis. Green hit a pair of free throws with 13 seconds remaining in regulation that gave SXU a four-point lead and stifled any chance of a last-second rally by the Wolves. The key road victory makes it eight straight for the Cougars and also gives CSU its first conference loss of the season (16-1). Saint Xavier improves to 19-4 on the year and 15-2 in the CCAC standings, just a game behind league-leading Cardinal Stritch.
Junior guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) finished with 12 points and team-high seven rebounds for the Cougars, while sophomore guard Jack Krieger (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) also scored in double figures Saturday with 10 points. SXU did not have one of its best shooting performances hitting just 39 percent (23-for-59) of its attempts, but came through when it counted the most shooting at a 52 percent clip (14-for-27) in the second half. The Cougars also took care of the basketball committing just six turnovers in the ballgame. The Wolves were led by senior center Darren Moore with 16 points and nine rebounds.
The Cougars started off hot jumping out to an early 8-1 lead in the game's first three minutes on a run capped by a jumper from Green. Stritch stormed back and a three-pointer by junior guard Derek Semenas capped a 16-4 scoring surge that put the hosts ahead, 17-12, with just under 10 minutes remaining in the first half. The two teams exchanged leads over the final 10 minutes, but a pair of lay-ups in the final seconds allowed the Wolves to take a 32-27 lead into the locker room at the break. Cardinal Stritch held its advantage for the first 10 minutes of the second half, but Saint Xavier slowly chipped away and another jumper by Green with 8:33 left to play gave the squad its first lead of the half, 50-49. SXU maintained its momentum and built a six-point lead, 61-55, on a jumper by senior point guard Anthony Grant (Calumet City, Ill./Prairie State CC/Thornridge) at the two-minute mark. The Wolves made it a two-point game with 14 seconds remaining on a free throw by Moore, but were forced to foul and Green buried his two free throws to put the game out of reach.
Saint Xavier (19-4 overall/15-2 CCAC) takes nearly a week off and returns to action on Saturday, January 26, with a home conference match-up against Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.). The home game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. tip at the Shannon Center in Chicago.