Men’s College Basketball: ‘O’ show: St. Xavier puts up 113 points
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media January 5, 2014 9:10PM
St. Xavier’s Jack Krieger plays defense Sunday against Silver Lake College (Mich.). | Supplied photo
Updated: February 7, 2014 6:18AM
With St. Xavier’s offense clicking the way it was Sunday, Silver Lake College (Mich.) had no hope of slowing down the Cougars.
Six players hit double figures in scoring as No. 10 St. Xavier shot 60 percent from the field and walloped the Lakers 113-64 at the Shannon Center in Mount Greenwood.
“Our guys can all score,” St. Xavier’s Brad Karp said. “It’s definitely not a one-man show. It’s good when teams focus on me because I know that when we’re clicking any of our guys can knock down shots. They can all play.”
Karp led the way for the Cougars (13-2), scoring 26 points to pull to within 41 of tying the school’s career points record of 2,517 set by Mike Walaszek in 1978. Karp also grabbed nine rebounds.
Kyle Huppe knocked down four three-pointers and finished with 15 points. Plainfield North alum Jack Krieger (14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists), Stagg product Darius Draper (12 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists), Tinley Park alum Tony Core (10 points, 6 rebounds) and Michael Simpson (10 points, 5 assists) had big days as well.
The Cougars matched a season-high in scoring. It was the fifth time the team hit the century mark.
“I was very pleased because we played two halves,” St. Xavier coach Tom O’Malley said. “The last time we played them (a 113-88 win on Nov. 9), we were down at halftime. We played well from the start this time. Everyone knows Brad is a great player, but we have a lot of other guys who are coming around, too.”
The Cougars had a nice mix of inside and outside scoring early as Core scored four quick points inside ahead of back-to-back Huppe treys that sparked a 13-2 run that allowed the hosts to open a 24-13 lead.
“We like to get the ball inside and kick it back out,” Huppe said. “I missed my first couple (threes), but once I hit one, I got into a rhythm.”
St. Xavier extended the lead to 41-20 on a Karp trey with 6:07 left in the first half and led by at least 20 the rest of the way, including 53-25 at halftime.
The Cougars shot 20-of-37 from the field in the first half and improved on that with a 24-of-36 mark after the break.
Darius Barnes led Silver Lake (3-14) with 19 points.
All 14 of St. Xavier’s remaining regular-season games are Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference contests, beginning with a home game Wednesday against Trinity Christian.
Lewis 85, Quincy 79: Ryan Jackson had game-highs of 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists as the NCAA Division II No. 22 Flyers (10-0, 2-0 Great Lakes Valley) beat the Hawks (5-8, 0-2) Sunday in Romeoville.
Lewis 92, Quincy 80: Kristin Itschner scored a career-high 23 points as the Flyers (8-2, 2-0 Great Lakes Valley) beat the No. 25 Hawks (9-2, 2-1) in Romeoville.
Lewis-USC canceled: Sunday’s match in Romeoville between No. 10 Lewis and No. 11 USC was called off because of bad weather and will not be rescheduled.