CHICAGOLAND COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
FIRST QUARTERFINAL – The 6th seeded SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS visited the 3 seeds – the TRINITY INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY TROJANS.
The Cougars were chasing the Trojans by a score of 43-39 after an action-packed opening Half, but outscored Trinity International University 59-44 after the break. Saint Xavier advanced to the Semifinals with a 98-87 upset win led by Niko Cahue’s THIRTY points.
SECOND QUARTERFINAL – In the 2 spot the ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY LAKERS welcomed the 7th seeded CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY WOLVES. The Lakers dominated the Wolves on both sides of the ball, keeping them under 30 points in each Half while getting a lot of separation Offensively.
At Halftime Roosevelt University held a 35-25 advantage and from there pulled further and further away from Cardinal Stritch U. Ultimately the Lakers won the game 74-54. Jake Ludwig tossed in 22 points to lead the way for the victors.
THIRD QUARTERFINAL – This game pitted the 5th seeded HOLY CROSS COLLEGE SAINTS against the 4 seeds – the CALUMET COLLEGE (Saint Joseph) CRIMSON WAVE.
The Saints put the Crimson Wave on Upset Alert by the break by grabbing a 38-31 lead. In the 2nd Half Holy Cross College put even more distance between themselves and the pursuing Calumet College. The final tally in this second Upset of the night was Saints 88 Crimson Wave 73. Ja’Mare Washington of Holy Cross ruled the night with his Double Double of 26 points and 13 rebounds.
FOURTH QUARTERFINAL – Closing out the night was this clash between the top seeds – the GOVERNORS STATE JAGUARS and the 8th seeded OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY TIGERS.
It was a real cat-fight as the Jaguars had managed just a 41-35 edge to end the 1st Half, then had to hold on against the unrelenting Tigers the rest of the way. Governors State got a wake-up call with a tight 83-76 victory led by Jalen Miller’s Double Double of 23 points and 12 rebounds.