CHICAGO – Jumping out to an early 11-2 lead in the game's first three minutes, the No. 11 ranked Saint Xavier University men's basketball team pulled away in first half action on its way to a 108-81 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) victory over Trinity International University (Ill.) Tuesday night on Bob Hallberg Court at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars (7-2 overall/1-1 CCAC) led by as many as 17 points in the opening frame and took a 53-38 edge into the locker room at halftime. SXU had four players score in double figures in the big win led by senior point guard Michael Simpson (North Chicago, Ill./Cardinal Stritch/North Chicago) with 21 points to go with his game-bests of seven assists and seven steals.
Senior guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) tallied 20 points on efficient 9-for-12 shooting on the night. Sophomore guard Darius Draper (Palos Hills, Ill./University of St. Francis/Stagg) had season-highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman point guard Kyle Huppe (Edgerton, Kan./Gardner Edgerton) established a new career scoring mark with 17 points. The Cougar defense frustrated the visiting Trojans throughout the night, which led to 23 TIU turnovers aided by 15 SXU steals. SXU had an impressive shooting night connecting on 53 percent (41-for-78) of its shot attempts, including a 63 percent clip (24-for-38) in the second half.
Saint Xavier (7-2 overall/1-1 CCAC) continues its CCAC slate on Saturday, December 7, with a home game against Judson University (Ill.). The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. tip-off at the Shannon Center.