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Saint Francis' Skylarr Shurn scored 27 points Monday to lead the Cougars to the Crossroads League tournament title.

Cougars stay unbeaten, win Crossroads League tourney

Same show. Different showtime.

Three nights after Skylarr Shurn and Jenelle Wilson chased Marian offstage with a ringing duet, Saint Francis' tuneful backcourt was at it again Monday night. This time they scored 18 of the Cougars' first 20 points to put rival Indiana Wesleyan firmly in their wake, then went on to combine for 50 points, nine rebounds, six assists and eight steals as NAIA No. 1 Saint Francis (33-0) took down Wesleyan (26-7) for the third time this year, 75-63, in the Crossroads League championship game.

It was the Cougars' second straight conference title and their seventh straight win in a championship game played in Hutzell Athletic Center – and it was ignited once again by Shurn and Wilson, who combined for 54 points in a semifinal blowout of Marian.

"I thought they were awesome," Saint Francis coach Gary Andrews said. "This was probably even better than the Marian game, because they're the No. 1 defensive team in the country. And to score 75 points, that's unbelievable going up against a team like that."

Bensmith@jg.net

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