Men's Basketball - Fri, Dec. 23, 2005
CHICAGO - Senior guard Jason Reiter (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) scored 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds to help lead the No. 19 Saint Xavier University men's basketball team to a 92-80 victory over University of Saint Francis (Ind.) Friday in the championship game of the 2005 SXU Midwest Tournament at the Shannon Center in Chicago. Reiter was named the tournament Most Valuable Player following the win as the Cougars improved to 11-5 overall.
In addition to Reiter, sophomore forward Dan Bolger (Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick) and freshman guard Jason Genova (Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick) also earned mention on the all-tournament team. Bolger finished the night with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Genova contributed a game-high 21 points. Saint Xavier shot an impressive 62 percent (33-for-53) from the field in the game, including 64 percent (16-for-25) in the second half to pull away. SXU also was dominate on the glass outrebounding USF, 41-25, in the game.
In other tournament action on the day, St. Ambrose (Iowa) University defeated East-West University (Ill.), 99-78, behind senior Andrew Bryant's 17 points and 17 rebounds. St. Thomas Aquinas College (N.Y.) picked up a big victory over Concordia University (Neb.), 75-60, with sophomore Willis Kendrell pacing the Spartans with 20 points. In the third place game, senior Brian Biggs led Siena Heights University (Mich.) over Aquinas College (Mich.), 83-77, with his team-high 22 points.
The 2005 Saint Xavier University Midwest All-Tournament Team included: senior forward Andrew Bryant (St. Ambrose), junior guard Jon Ziegler (Concordia), freshman guard Chris Williams (St. Thomas Aquinas), sophomore guard James Telman (Aquinas), senior forward Perry Gilbert (Siena Heights), junior guard Trey Eaton (University of Saint Francis), Genova (Saint Xavier), Bolger (Saint Xavier), and tournament MVP Reiter (Saint Xavier).
SXU returns to action on Friday, December 30, to face St. Edward University (Texas) on the road in Austin, Texas. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m.