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USF Men's Basketball Advances to CCAC Semifinals

Saints will face No. 2 ranked Cardinal Stritch Friday afternoon in Milwaukee.

JOLIET, Ill. – Senior Billy Hubly (Elk Grove, Ill./ Elk Grove) scored 15 of his game-high 21 points in the second half as the University of St. Francis men's basketball team rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat Olivet Nazarene University 86-77 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinals Wednesday night at the Sullivan Center. | Box Score

With the victory, USF (21-11) advances to the CCAC semifinals where it will face conference regular season champion and NAIA No. 2-ranked Cardinal Stritch University (28-3) Friday evening in Milwaukee.

Olivet Nazarene (18-13) outshot the Saints 62% to 40% in the first half as it built a 40-32 advantage at the break. The Tigers remained in the lead for most of the first 10 minutes of the second stanza until junior Andrew Lerg's (DeWitt, Mich./ DeWitt) three-point basket put the Saints on top 55-52 with 9:54 to go.

The game then featured five lead changes and two ties until the Saints went up for good, 65-62, on a three-pointer from sophomore Chris Miller (Rockford, Ill./ Boylan) at the 5:34 mark. Miller's basket sparked a 9-2 Saints' run.

Hubly buried his sixth three-pointer of the night with 1:48 remaining to give USF its first double-digit lead of the game, 78-66. The Saints led by at least eight points the rest of the way.

In his final career appearance at the Sullivan Center, Hubly finished with a season-high 21 points. He connected on six of 12 three-point attempts to extend to 21 his streak of consecutive games with at least one three-point basket.

Miller and Peters netted 16 and 15 points, respectively, while freshman Edvinas Presniakovas (Plainfield, Ill./ Plainfield South) tallied 14 as USF won for the seventh time in 14 games in which it trailed at halftime.

Ben Worner led four Tigers in double digits with 19 points. Jake Boyce added 16 and Aaron Larson notched a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

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