Billikens Oust Fordham; Tied for First in A-10
BRONX, N.Y. - Dwayne Evans registered a career-high 24 points and Cody Ellis pumped in a career-best 22 as Saint Louis defeated Fordham 90-73 Wednesday night in Atlantic 10 Conference basketball action at Rose Hill Gym.
The win, SLU's fifth in a row, improves its record to 17-5 overall and 6-2 in the league. At the halfway point in conference play, SLU is tied atop the A-10 standings with Butler and VCU. Fordham falls to 6-18 and 2-6 in A-10 play.
The Billikens' 90 points are the most they have ever scored in an A-10 game. SLU last hit the 90-point mark against Chicago State (W, 90-52) during the 2010-11 season.
Evans also collected 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. He finished with a 10-of-12 shooting mark from the field and 4-of-6 from the line.
Ellis buried a career-high-tying six treys to help account for his 22 points. Five of those triples occurred in the second half.
Jordair Jett scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting and brought down five rebounds. Grandy Glaze set a career high with 10 points, and Mike McCall Jr. dished out a team-best six assists. Jake Barnett pulled down six rebounds.
SLU went on top 13-4 early on but were unable to put away the pesky Rams. Fordham tied the score at 22-22 before a stretch of 14 straight points by Ellis helped SLU to a 40-33 advantage at halftime.
While it was Ellis with the hot hand in the first half, it was Evans who contributed in the second, scoring 20 of his 24 points in the second session. Evans scored 10 straight points for the Billikens at one point, but Fordham hung in there, and SLU led by just five with 10:18 to play.
But SLU would go on an 8-1 spurt, and the Billikens were in control from that point on. Evans converted a layin in the waning seconds to give SLU the 17-point margin at 90-73, its largest lead of the contest.
The Billikens return to action Saturday, Feb. 9, against Richmond in a game that will be televised in St. Louis on KPLR. Game time at the Robins Center is scheduled for 5 p.m. (CT).