Men's Basketball - Fri, Mar. 18, 2005
Kansas City, Mo. - No. 14 seed Saint Xavier University (Ill.) became the first team to reach the quarterfinal round of the 2005 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship with a 78-68 victory against No. 3 Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) Friday at Municipal Auditorium.

Junior guard Jason Reiter (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) scored a team-high 20 points as the Cougars advance to the NAIA Elite Eight for the first time in school history. Saint Xavier moves to 30-6 on the year and will play Saturday at 2 p.m. CST against unseeded Carroll College (Mont.). The 30 victories by the Cougars equals a school record for wins in a season.

In the first half, Saint Xavier shot 65.2 percent from the field in rolling to a 45-28 lead at the intermission. Lindsey Wilson chipped away at the deficit and pulled to within 73-68 on a free throw by senior guard Cetric Anderson with 1:16 to play. However, the Cougars were able to pull away by scoring the final five points of the contest.

Senior guard Rick Romeli (Lansing, Ill./Marian Catholic) added 18 points for Saint Xavier, while senior guard Phillip Watson (Chicago, Ill./Von Stueben) had 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Senior guard Mike Brown (Chicago, Ill./De La Salle) came off the bench to post 10 points.

Lindsey Wilson, making its third consecutive trip to the national tournament, finishes the season at 30-4. Senior forward John Spivey scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Blue Raiders. Anderson and Junior forward Stephen Russell each chipped in with 11 points, while junior guard Scott Cook dished out seven assists.

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