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.View Official Boxscore