Joliet, Ill. - Averaging a double-double in a week that saw the Saint Xavier University men's basketball team extend its winning streak to 16 games, senior guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the period from Jan. 20-26 when it was announced by the league office Tuesday afternoon. The honor was his fifth this season. Karp averaged 24.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game in victories over conference foes Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) and University of St. Francis (Ill.) last week. He also shot .714 (15-of-21) from the field and was 17-of-23 (.739) from the free throw line.
Karp opened the week by totaling 27 points, nine rebounds, three steals, three assists and one block in a 71-55 win over Calumet College last Wednesday. In that game, he converted nine of his 10 shots from inside the three-point arc and was 10-of-13 overall from the field. He added another six makes in seven attempts from the foul line. Then, on Saturday, in an 84-72 victory over USF, Karp authored his seventh double-double of the season with 22 points and 12 rebounds, to go along with four assists, three steals and a block. Karp, who earlier this season became Saint Xavier's all-time leading scorer, ranks fourth in the NAIA in scoring (26.5 ppg), sixth in steals (2.6 spg) and seventh in field goal percentage (.625).
Saint Xavier, ranked No. 4 in the latest NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll, is one victory shy of tying the program's longest winning streak. The Cougars are 20-2 overall and 10-1 in league play, one game behind No. 1 ranked Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) for the CCAC North Division lead. SXU hosts top-ranked CSU on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. tip-off.