Junior Jack Krieger had 19 points for SXU in his first game back this season
Junior Jack Krieger had 19 points for SXU in his first game back this season
(17)Madonna University
(11)Saint Xavier
Men's Basketball - Fri, Nov. 29, 2013

CHICAGO – Limiting the visiting Crusaders to just 25 points in the opening frame, the No. 11 ranked Saint Xavier University men's basketball team used a strong first half performance to set the stage for a 91-78 victory over No. 17 Madonna University (Mich) on Bob Hallberg Court Friday night in the first day of the two-day SXU Thanksgiving Classic at the Shannon Center in Chicago.  Senior guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) led all scorers with 27 points for the Cougars, while junior guard Jack Krieger (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) had a great outing in his first action of the season after returning from injury with 19 points on 5-for-8 shooting, including three three-pointers.

Senior point guard Michael Simpson (North Chicago, Ill./Cardinal Stritch/North Chicago) also had a nice night for Saint Xavier just missing a double-double with 18 points and game-high nine assists.  The Cougars shot 56 percent (32-for-57) from the field for the game.  The big first half was integral as the SXU defense led to a poor first half shooting performance by the Crusaders connecting on just 33 percent (11-for-33) of its shot attempts before the break.  Madonna got a great effort from senior guard Travis Schuba with 19 points, including five three-pointers.  

Saint Xavier (5-2 overall/0-1 CCAC) completes the SXU Classic on Saturday, November 30, with a game against Indiana University-East.  The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start at the Shannon Center.