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Brad Karp of NAIA power St. Xavier breaks school scoring record

Updated: February 17, 2014 8:48AM

During a first-half timeout in St. Xavier’s 106-85 triumph at Indiana-South Bend on Saturday, basketball coach Tom O’Malley let his attention stray for just a moment. Senior guard Brad Karp had just broken the Cougars’ career scoring record, and O’Malley offered his hand.

“I kind of knew when coach shook my hand and told me, ‘Congratulations,’ that’s what he was talking about,” Karp said. “Normally the coach doesn’t shake your hand and tell you congratulations in the middle of the game.”

Then it was back to work for the Cougars (17-2, 7-1 CCAC), the fourth-ranked team in NAIA Division II. Karp’s 16th point of the game was the record-breaker as he passed Mike Walaczek, who scored 2,517 points in a career that ended in 1978. By game’s end, Karp had 28 points for the day and 2,530 for his career. He then added 17 Wednesday in a 93-75 victory over Purdue North Central.

An NAIA Division II second-team All-American last year, Karp entered Wednesday as the Cougars’ leader in scoring, at 27.9 points per game, and rebounding at 8.2 a game. He also tops the team with 48 steals.

“My main role on the team is leadership and rebounding, and the points just come,” said Karp, a biology major. “As far as points, I just try to take advantage of that I’m a 6-5 guard, bigger than most in the NAIA.”

This year’s Cougars are on a pace that could eclipse last year’s team that went 26-9, made the second round of the NAIA tournament and finished with a No. 7 national ranking. Is this the best of the four teams in Karp’s career?

“Definitely top two,” he said. “We’ve had this discussion because there are three starters back from last year’s team that finished in the Sweet 16. Hopefully we’ll finish higher in the postseason and make that an easier statement.”

Short cracks 1,000

Brooklyn Short scored 16 points Saturday in No. 24 Purdue-Calumet’s 92-87 women’s basketball victory over visiting Robert Morris and became the 18th Peregrines player to reach 1,000 for her career. Short, a 5-4 senior guard averaging 12.3 points per game this season, had 1,001 for her career going into Wednesday night’s game at No. 17 Roosevelt.

Wheaton rising

After falling out of the NCAA Division III men’s basketball top 25 at, Wheaton (10-4, 3-0 CCIW) re-entered at No. 21 following a 66-63 overtime win Saturday over Augustana (12-2, 2-1), which dropped from No. 12 to No. 13 after the loss. The top-ranked CCIW team is No. 4 Illinois Wesleyan (12-2, 2-1).

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