Senior Brad Karp scored 30 points and recorded five steals in Saturday's victory
Senior Brad Karp scored 30 points and recorded five steals in Saturday's victory
Indiana University East
(11)Saint Xavier
Men's Basketball - Sat, Nov. 30, 2013

CHICAGO – A lay-up by freshman point guard Kyle Huppe (Edgerton, Kan./Gardner Edgerton) with five seconds to play put the No. 11 ranked Saint Xavier University men's basketball team ahead for good in a 98-96 thriller with Indiana University-East in the final game of the SXU Thanksgiving Classic Saturday afternoon on Bob Hallberg Court at the Shannon Center in Chicago.  Senior guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) was magnificent again for the Cougars turning in game-bests of 30 points and five steals, while junior guard Jack Krieger (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) was lights out from beyond the arc draining six three-pointers en route to 24 points.  Both teams shot at least 50 percent in the offensive shootout.

Senior point guard Michael Simpson (North Chicago, Ill./Cardinal Stritch/North Chicago) posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 assists, while sophomore forward Josh Mawhorr (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) chipped in 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds.  The Red Wolves were paced by senior guard Cody Banet and junior guard Tyler Fangman, each scoring 22 points.  SXU jumped out to an early 13-5 lead in the first four minutes of play following a lay-up by Mawhorr.  A three-pointer by Fangman with 13:27 left in the half gave the visitors their first lead of the game, 16-15.  The Cougars went on a 27-12 run over the next seven minutes to take their largest lead of the game, 42-28, capped by another Mawhorr lay-up. 

However, the Red Wolves stormed back again scoring 24 points in the final six minutes of the frame to tie the game, 52-52, heading into halftime.  Saint Xavier built as high as a seven-point lead, 69-62, in the opening six minutes of the second half, but IU-East did not go away.  A lay-up by sophomore guard Vasha Davis at the midpoint of the frame put the Red Wolves ahead again, 78-77.  The game went back and forth the rest of the way with SXU never able to get above a four-point lead.  With the game tied at 96-96 and under 10 seconds remaining, Krieger got a huge steal and threw a perfect pass ahead to Huppe for the go-ahead lay-up on the break-away.  IU-East shot a three-pointer for the win in the final seconds, but it went off the back of the rim.        

Saint Xavier (6-2 overall/0-1 CCAC) gets back to Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play on Tuesday, December 3, with a home game against Trinity International University (Ill.).  The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the Shannon Center.