Men's Basketball - Tue, Mar. 1, 2005
Joliet, Ill. - Saint Xavier University senior guards Phillip Watson (Chicago, Ill./Von Stueben) and Rick Romeli (Lansing, Ill./Marian Catholic) as well as junior forward Jabari Saunders (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Township) were all named to the All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) First Team Monday when the teams were announced by the league office in Joliet, Ill. In addition, senior forward Michael Rojas (Burbank, Ill./Reavis) and junior guard Jason Reiter (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) were both named to the All-CCAC Honorable Mention team, while senior forward Eric Regan (St. Charles, Ill./Drake University) was given the conference's "Sixth Man" award.
The Cougars just finished the 2004-05 regular season with an impressive 26-5 overall record and a 10-2 league mark, which placed them second in the final CCAC standings. SXU will host its first round game of the 2005 CCAC Tournament against No. 7 seeded Illinois Institute of Technology tonight at 7 p.m. at the Shannon Center in Chicago. The winner of tonight's game will play on Thursday, March 3, against the winner of No. 3 Olivet Nazarene University and No. 6 seed Indiana University-South Bend. Game time has yet to be determined for Thursday's game.
Saunders currently leads SXU in both scoring and rebounding averaging 13.8 points and 7.1 boards per game. Watson averages 13.4 points a game and leads the team in assists (4.0 per game) and steals (1.7 per game). Romeli has also been a solid all-around player for Saint Xavier this season with a 12.6 points per game average in addition to 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists a game. Reiter and Rojas average 11.9 and 11.0 points per game, respectively. Rojas is also the team's second leading rebounder with a 5.6 boards per game average. Regan averages 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds a game.
Reiter was also one of six CCAC players to receive the Marshall Morgan Service Award, a honor given to men's basketball players who engage in service activities within the community in addition to the demands of their basketball schedule.