Call him humble. Call him a team-first guy. You can also call him a scoring machine.
Valparaiso High grad Brad Karp put his name at the top of the Saint Xavier University record books Saturday night. The senior guard needed 16 points to become the school’s all-time leading scorer. He scored 28 for good measure in a 106-85 victory over Indiana University-South Bend.
“It is a very cool accomplishment, but as special as it is, our team wants to accomplish a lot more this season,” Karp told sxu.edu. “When I started my career at Saint Xavier University, I would never have expected to break this record and score this many points.”
The milestone had lasted over three decades at the school. Karp passed the 1978 record by Mike Walaczek (2,517 points). Karp currently has 2,530 career points.
* St. Joseph’s junior guard Cameron Vines was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week, after his recent scoring outburst for the Pumas.
Vines averaged 31 points a game, including a 33-point effort to go with seven rebounds and three assists in the Pumas’ 94-87 victory over Missouri S&T.
Vines added a game-high 29 points, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range and 10-of-13 from the free throw line in an 80-66 loss to Drury.
Vines is sixth nationally and first in the GLVC in scoring at 24.8 points a game. It was the first weekly honor for a Puma since Highland native Andrew Helmer won the award in 2010.
* Ball State’s Chris Bond (Bowman Academy) is averaging 11.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He is also tied for first on the team with 12 steals.
* University of Southern Indiana senior Aaron Nelson (Bloom) was named the Division II Bulletin Player of the Month for December.
Nelson, who leads the team in scoring (21.3) and rebounding (14.4), earned the GLVC Player of the Week honors twice and helped the Screaming Eagles stay unbeaten on the season.
He had 31 points and set a conference and USI record with 27 rebounds against Kentucky State. The rebound record at the school dated back to 1974.
He also set the school record with eight consecutive double-doubles and is still on a tear for the 13-0 squad.
* DePaul has three locals playing reserve roles this season: Jamee Crockett (Crete-Monee) is averaging 3.8 points and 1.3 rebounds; DeJuan Marrero (Bowman Academy) is averaging 1.5 points and 2.5 rebounds; and R.J. Curington (Dyer native) is averaging 1.7 points for the 9-8 Blue Demons.
* Jordan Brink (Dyer/Illiana Christian) is tops at Calvin College at 14.7 points per game. The junior guard is also averaging 3.5 rebounds and has hit 31-of-37 free throws for the 9-3 squad.
Ball State’s Bridgette Ruehl (Lowell), the defending Mid-American Conference champion in the 100 breaststroke, is unbeaten both the 100- and 200 breaststrokes this season for the Cardinals.
Ruehl won the 100 breast with a time of 1:05.34 in wins over IUPUI and Xavier. The senior also took the 200 breast with a time of 2:21.75.
Stacey Wierman (Munster) was third in both the 100 and 200 breast. Sumaiyah Ahmad (Lowell) finished fourth in both the 100 and 200 breast.
Elaine Pitsas (Munster) was fourth in the 100 free.
Saint Mary’s got 15 points, two assists and two steals from Shanlynn Bias (Griffith), and 11 points from Ariana Paul (Valparaiso), but fell to Hope 93-53 on Thursday.
On Saturday, Paul had 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while Bias had 14 points in a loss to host Kalamazoo.
Ball State’s Kyle Schmidt (Chesterton) averaged 40.7 yard on three punts in the Cardinals’ 23-20 loss to Arkansas State in the GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 5.
* St. Xavier University announced the signing of Marian Catholic products Randall Wells and Ki-Jana Crawford.
Wells, a wide receiver, is transferring after playing two seasons at the College of DuPage. Crawford was an all-conference selection this past fall in the East Suburban Catholic Conference.