As far as the Saints are concerned, it was about time.
The Saints played their best game of the season and whipped Cedar Falls, 70-60, in a spirited Mississippi Valley Conference contest in the Ron Thillen Gymnasium.
Max Techau was a beast for Xavier (6-9) with 22 points and 13 rebounds, but he was not alone as the Saints got important contributions from lots of players against a quality opponent.
Matt Mims matched Techau with 22 points and ran the club superbly with seven assists, Jackson Joens popped in 13 points, new starter Quinn Schulte contributed seven points and helped "slow" Cedar Falls star AJ Green, and Nolan Butkowski nailed a pair of clutch 3-pointers.
The Saints also got some help from Gabe Lux, Max Johnson and Bryce Schulte off the bench, even though they did not score.
Green, a superb 6-foot-3 junior who leads the Mississippi Valley conference in scoring, finished with 33 points, but the Saints got some key stops against him when it really mattered in the fourth quarter, and the rest of the Tigers combined for only 27 points. Read more...