Men's Basketball - Fri, Nov. 26, 2004
CHICAGO - Junior guard Jason Reiter (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) scored a game-high 15 points to lead the No. 20 ranked Saint Xavier University men's basketball team to a dominating 95-65 victory Friday over Indiana University-Northwest in the first day of the SXU Classic at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The Cougars improve to 5-1 overall with the win.
Besides Reiter, five other SXU players scored in double figures in Friday's win with senior guard Phillip Watson (Chicago, Ill./Von Stueben) and junior forward Jabari Saunders (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Township) each scoring 14 points. Senior forward Eric Regan (St. Charles, Ill./Drake University) finished with 13 points for the Cougars, while senior guard Mike Brown (Chicago, Ill./De La Salle) and junior guard Alex Freer (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton-Warrenville South) each chipped in 12 points. Regan and Saunders also both led Saint Xavier on the boards with 10 rebounds apiece.
SXU never trailed in the game and built a 49-25 halftime advantage behind 51 percent (20-for-39) shooting from the field. The hot shooting continued in the second half with the Cougars connected on 22 of their 34 shots (65 percent) from the field. Saint Xavier also won the battle of the boards outrebounding the Redhawks, 45-26.
In the second game of the Classic, Purdue University-North Central overcame an eight-point halftime deficit, 42-34, to defeat the University of Illinois-Springfield Friday, 66-63, at the Shannon Center. PUNC improves to 3-5 overall with the win, while UI-Springfield falls to 2-5. Tyler Moore led Purdue-North Central with 17 points, while Adam Dobrzeniecki finished with 14 points. UI-Springfield was led by Aaron Leonard and Che Jordan, who each finished with 12 points.
Saint Xavier wraps up the SXU Classic Saturday with a 3 p.m. game against Purdue-North Central at the Shannon Center. The 1 p.m. game will feature Illinois-Springfield against Indiana University-Northwest.