Men's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 18, 2006
Joliet, Ill. - Senior forward Jabari Saunders (Joliet, Ill./Township West) scored a game-high 27 points on 11-for-13 shooting from the field to lead No. 22 ranked Saint Xavier University to a 76-58 road victory over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) Saturday at the USF Recreation Center in Joliet, Ill. The Cougars (19-9 overall/7-3 CCAC) used a strong second half to pull out the win shooting 18-for-24 from the field (75 percent) after halftime.
In addition to Saunders, sophomore point guard Matt Marino (Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick) also had a big game Saturday scoring 19 points and recording two assists and two steals. Saunders also led SXU on the boards with nine rebounds as well as steals with five. Senior guard Jason Reiter (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) and freshman guard Jason Genova (Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick) each tallied 10 points in the winning effort.
Hitting just three of its 12 shots (25 percent) from three-point range in the game, Saint Xavier took advantage of its inside presence outscoring the Fighting Saints, 46-24, in the paint. SXU also used plenty of defense recording nine steals, which helped to force 17 USF turnovers in the game. Saint Xavier scored 17 of its 76 points off St. Francis miscues. The Cougars (19-9 overall/7-3 CCAC) heads to Bourbonnais, Ill., on Tuesday, February 21, to play CCAC leader Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.). Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.