CHICAGO - Senior guards Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) and Michael Simpson (North Chicago, Ill./Cardinal Stritch/North Chicago) led the way as the No. 4 ranked Saint Xavier University men's basketball team used a hot start to help post a 71-55 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) win over Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) Wednesday night at the Shannon Center in Chicago. Karp led all scorers with 27 points to go along with nine rebounds, while Simpson posted a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. The Cougars (19-2 overall/9-1 CCAC) opened the game with a 21-3 lead and never trailed en route to the 16-point victory. It is the 15th straight win for SXU with the last loss coming on November 22, 2013.
Sophomore forward Josh Mawhorr (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) had a solid outing as well for Saint Xavier chipping in eight points, three rebounds and three assists. The Cougars shot 48 percent (15-for-31) from the field in the key first half and led big, 40-17, at the break. SXU did struggle to find its long-range shots Wednesday connecting on just 3 of its 16 three-point attempts (13 percent) on the night. However, the Cougars were aggressive defensively posting 10 steals, which helped lead to 19 turnovers by the Crimson Wave. SXU scored 18 points off the CCSJ turnovers.
Saint Xavier (19-2 overall/9-1 CCAC) hosts rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) on Saturday, January 25, for a key conference showdown. The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start at the Shannon Center.