Men's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 4, 2006
CHICAGO - Despite a big second-half rally by Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.), Saint Xavier University senior guard Jason Reiter (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) helped keep the No. 24 ranked Saint Xavier University men's basketball team on target with a game-high 24 points en route to a 74-64 victory in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action Saturday at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The win improves the Cougars to 17-8 overall and 5-2 in the conference, while the Peregrines fall to 11-13 on the season and 4-3 in the CCAC.
In addition to his points, Reiter also finished with five rebounds, three assists, and two blocked shots. Freshman guard Jason Genova (Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick) had a good game as well scoring 14 points with five rebounds and two steals, while sophomore guard Matt Marino (Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick) and freshman forward Adam Gregoriou (Burbank, Ill./Brother Rice) each chipped in 10 points. SXU owned a 28-20 advantage from points in the paint and also scored 25 of its 74 points off PUC turnovers.
Saint Xavier jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the game's first four minutes and did not let up. The Cougars shot 56 percent (18-for-32) from the field in the first half, which helped build a 47-25 halftime advantage. However, the second half was a different story. Purdue University-Calumet used three-point shooting and tough rebounding to trim down the big SXU lead.
With 6:43 remaining in the game, a trey pulled the Peregrines to within eight, 65-57. Another three-pointer with 1:32 to play closed the gap to within six, 68-62, before a steal and lay-up by Marino in the final minute helped secure the 10-point win. The Cougars shot just 37 percent (7-for-19) in the second half and were out-rebounded, 42-32, in the game.
SXU (17-8 overall, 5-2 CCAC) takes a week off before continuing its CCAC slate with a road game against Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) on Saturday, February 11. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.