Point Lookout, Mo. – Despite 19 points from sophomore guard Jack Krieger (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North), the No. 6 seeded Saint Xavier University men's basketball team ended its season Friday night with an 83-73 loss to No. 10 seeded Indiana University-Southeast in the second round of the 22nd Annual NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship at Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. The Cougars had difficulty cooling off the Grenadiers' hot start, which resulted in an early 12-2 lead and 55 percent shooting from the field in the first half (17-for-31). SXU fell behind by as many as 21 points in the second half, but used a fierce 19-5 scoring run to cut the deficit to six points, 73-67, with 3:17 to play. Unfortunately for Saint Xavier, IUSE made enough baskets and free throws to stifle the rally attempt in the final three minutes.
Krieger finished the game with an impressive 5-for-11 clip from beyond the three-point arc. Junior guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) got into early foul trouble, but still chipped in 15 points and seven rebounds. Senior point guard Roosevelt Green (Markham, Ill./Tinley Park) wrapped up his sensational career with a game-best eight assists, while fellow senior Dominique Harvey (Chicago, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor) turned in a double-double effort of 14 points and game-high 11 rebounds. Senior point guard Anthony Grant (Calumet City, Ill./Prairie State CC/Thornridge) had a nice performance as well with 10 points and six rebounds. Indiana-Southeast was led by junior guard Cameron Mitchell, who went 11-for-16 from the field en route to a game-best 31 points.
Saint Xavier ends the 2012-13 campaign with an overall record of 29-6 and finished second in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season standings behind only No. 2 ranked Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) with a 22-2 mark. The Cougars also finished as the runners-up by Stritch in the CCAC Tournament and were ranked No. 7 nationally in the final NAIA Top 25 Poll.