Men’s College Basketball: St. Xavier fetes Brad Karp, then feasts vs. Purdue-North Central
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media January 15, 2014 9:54PM
The St. Xavier student section holdis up cutouts of Brad Karp's face during Wednesday night's game against Purdue-North Central. | Supplied photo
Updated: February 17, 2014 8:42AM
Everywhere Brad Karp looked Wednesday night, he saw his own face.
On the night Karp was honored for becoming St. Xavier’s all-time scoring leader, he was greeted by hundreds of students with cardboard cutouts of his face.
“It was pretty cool,” Karp said. “It was nice to see the students support me. The faces were really funny. It was great to see my parents and grandparents get some recognition, because they never miss a game. It was a fun night.”
Karp, who broke the record previously held by 1978 graduate Mike Walaczek in Saturday’s win at Indiana-South Bend, was presented a ball signed by all his teammates and coaches in a ceremony before the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference game with Purdue-North Central.
Walaczek was also on hand to honor Karp, a senior from Valparaiso who now has 2,547 points, topping Walaczek’s 2,517.
Karp scored 17 points and pulled in 12 rebounds as the No. 4 Cougars rolled to a 93-75 win.
“I think the best thing I ever did is recruit him,” St. Xavier coach Tom O’Malley said of Karp. “He’s a great teammate, a terrific scorer, a great rebounder, but best of all, he’s a great young man.”
St. Xavier (17-2, 7-1) came out on fire, draining six three-pointers in the first 4:45 to race to a 19-12 lead. The advantage was stretched to 51-40 at halftime and stayed in double digits the rest of the way.
Michael Simpson led St. Xavier with 24 points, Jack Krieger added 23 and eight rebounds and Munir Smith had 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Myles Merchand (18 points) and Terrell John (17 points, 10 rebounds) led the Panthers (5-13, 0-8).
“I thought we played really well,” Purdue-North Central coach Matt Bush said. “We did a good job on Karp, but (St. Xavier) is awfully good and they came out shooting uncanny from three. We’re getting there.”