CHICAGO – Senior point guards Anthony Grant (Calumet City, Ill./Prairie State CC/Thornridge) and Roosevelt Green (Markham, Ill./Tinley Park) combined to score 44 points as the No. 7 ranked and No. 2 seeded Saint Xavier University men's basketball team knocked off No. 10 seed Holy Cross College (Ind.), 95-84, in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament Wednesday night at the Shannon Center in Chicago. It was the 16th straight victory for the Cougars, its longest win streak in the last decade. Grant led SXU with 23 points hitting nine of his 14 shots from the field, while Green was right behind with 21 points to go along with his game-best eight assists. Saint Xavier got off to a hot start Wednesday hitting 57 percent (21-for-37) of its shots in the first half.
Junior guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) hit double figures as well scoring 15 points and pulling down seven rebounds. Karp now needs just 36 points to become just the fourth player in Illinois college basketball history to score over 2,000 career points as a junior. The Saints were led by senior guard Yama Kader, who hit seven three-pointers en route to his 23-point output. Trailing 9-8 just under five minutes into the game, Karp sparked a 16-0 run with back-to-back lay-ups to give SXU a 24-9 lead near the midway point of the first half. Saint Xavier pushed its advantage to as many as 20 points (52-32) late in the frame and took a 52-34 lead into the break. The Cougars sustained a double-digit lead for most of the second half, but some hot three-point shooting by the Saints allowed the visitors to close to within seven, 86-79, just inside two minutes to play. However, SXU got key buckets and free throws down the stretch to pick up its 16th straight victory.
Saint Xavier travels to Milwaukee, Wis., for its next game against Indiana University-South Bend (IUSB) on Friday, February 22, in the semifinals of the CCAC Tournament hosted by Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.). The game is slated for a 7 p.m. start.