Men's Basketball - Wed, Feb. 16, 2005
CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University senior forward Michael Rojas (Burbank, Ill./Reavis) saved his best performance of the season for No. 4 ranked Robert Morris College (Ill.) Wednesday finishing with game-highs of 26 points and 11 rebounds, respectively, as the No. 17 ranked Cougars upset the No. 4 Eagles, 89-67, in a key Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) match-up at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The win ended a 20-game win streak for RMC with its last loss coming on November 15, 2004, against Drake University (Iowa). SXU improves to 23-5 overall and 7-2 in the CCAC, while the Eagles fall to 22-4 overall and have a 8-1 league mark.
In addition to the stellar play of Rojas, several other Saint Xavier players had solid individual outings in Wednesday's win. Senior guard Phillip Watson (Chicago, Ill./Von Stueben) and junior forward Jabari Saunders (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Township) each finished with 15 points, while senior guard Rick Romeli (Lansing, Ill./Marian Catholic) chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds. Saunders also had a good night on the glass with nine rebounds. Senior forward Eric Regan (St. Charles, Ill./Drake University) had a productive game off the bench for SXU finishing with nine points and six boards.
The Cougars came out on fire jumping out to a 18-5 lead in the game's first six minutes. Robert Morris cut the lead to four, 29-25, with around six minutes to play in the first half, but that was as close as the game would get the rest of the way. SXU took a 43-35 lead into the lockerroom at halftime after shooting 55 percent (16-for-29) in the first frame. However, the Cougars outdid themselves in the second half by improving its shooting to 63 percent (15-for-24) after the break to seal the win. SXU also dominated inside the paint outscoring RMC 52-18 in the lane and outrebounding the Eagles 41-18 as well.
Saint Xavier heads to Joliet, Ill., on Saturday, February 19, to take on CCAC rival University of St. Francis (Ill.). Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.