CHICAGO - The Roosevelt men's basketball team rallied back from a 12-point second-half deficit to tie its game at Saint Xavier with eight minutes left, but the Cougars used a 7-0 run to take the lead for good as the Lakers fell 69-55 inside the Shannon Center on Saturday.
Carson Hughes canned a career-high four three-pointers and scored a career-best 14 points off the bench to lead the Lakers (11-17, 7-12 CCAC).
Quinn Niego led four in double figures with a game-high 21 points for the Cougars (15-13, 10-8 CCAC), who won their fifth game in a row.
Saturday was a CCAC slugfest, as both teams struggled connecting from the field at a consistent rate.
Saint Xavier created double-digit distance near the end of the opening period and kept such separation during the first half of the second period.
Roosevelt roared back, using a game-tying 12-0 run that was spurred by eight points from Hughes during the middle of the half. The first-year Laker connected twice from downtown during that span and capped the run with a layup that tied the game at 48.
But Saint Xavier's Kyle Huppe made a go-ahead three moments later, starting a quick 7-0 run to put the Cougars back in control.
The Lakers trailed by just six with 2:12 on the clock following a pair of free throws made by Ludwig. However, those two shots proved to be the final points of the game for Roosevelt, as the Lakers' rally attempt ran out of gas while SXU scored the contest's final eight points to ice the decision.
"Normally our defense today would position us for a win like the first time we beat them, but we were ice cold from the field all day," Roosevelt head coach Joe Griffin said of his Lakers shooting 33 percent for the game. "Carson gave us a great boost off the bench, but we couldn't score inside or out.
"We are disappointed that we are eliminated from postseason play, yet we are excited to honor our seniors and send them out with a winning effort. I hope we get another great crowd to honor our memorable seniors who've given us so much."
Roosevelt wraps up the regular season against Judson inside the Goodman Center this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Senior Day festivities will precede the game.