Saint Louis vs. Rockhurst
Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | St. Louis, Mo. (Chaifetz Arena)
Radio: 101 ESPN (Bob Ramsey, Earl Austin Jr.)
Online Coverage: A-10 Digital Network stream (info) | Live Stats | @SaintLouisMBB on Twitter
SETTING THE SCENE
– Fresh off its season-opening win Friday against Seattle, Saint Louis hosts Rockhurst at Chaifetz Arena Monday night in a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.
– The game will be streamed free of charge on the A-10 Digital Network. Click here, or download the free Atlantic 10 Conference app to view on your mobile device.
– Monday’s radio broadcast will air on 101 ESPN (101.1 FM and 101Sports.com). As always, Billiken Hall of Famer Bob Ramsey provides the play-by-play, while St. Louis American Sports Editor Earl Austin Jr. handles the analysis.
– Monday’s game is part of a women’s and men’s doubleheader. The women’s team, which is also off to a 1-0 start following its win Friday at Indiana State, hosts Loyola Marymount at 5 p.m.
– Rockhurst is a fellow Jesuit institution. Monday’s game is part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight, a program through the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities that helps promote higher education through basketball.
– The Billikens are 1-0 on the season following a 62-46 win against Seattle November 10 in their season opener.
– Senior guard Aaron Hines led the Billikens with 18 points against the Redhawks. He shot 7-of-11 from the field and 4-of-7 from 3-point range.
– Junior guard Javon Bess scored 17 points and collected eight rebounds in his first game as a Billiken. He was 4-of-8 from the field and 9-of-11 from the charity stripe.
– Freshman guard Jordan Goodwin recorded team highs in rebounds (10), assists (four), steals (four) and blocks (two) in his Billiken debut.
– Also making their SLU debuts on Friday were freshman forward Hasahn French (six points, six rebounds, two steals), junior forward D.J. Foreman (two points and three rebounds) and senior center Rashed Anthony (seven minutes).
– SLU head coach Travis Ford is in is second season leading the Billikens and his 21st year as a collegiate head coach. He has a 13-21 record at SLU and a 349-287 record overall.
– Rockhurst University, from Kansas City, Missouri, competes in the Great Lakes Valley Conference in NCAA Division II.
– Rockhurst enters Monday’s game 1-1 overall. It won its season opener 88-78 Friday at Purdue Northwest. The Hawks fell to Davenport 71-51 in its last outing.
– Four score in double figures for the Hawks, led by Curtis Lewis’ 14.5 ppg.
– The Hawks are coached by Drew Diener. Diener played for the Billikens from 1999 to 2003. He is sixth on SLU’s career list with a .400 (124-310) 3-point field goal percentage.
– The Hawks were picked third in the Great Lakes Valley Conference West Division in the league’s preseason coaches’ poll. Rockhurst returns three starters from last year’s team that went 14-13 overall and 8-10 in the GLVC.
– Diener is in his third season at Rockhurst. Last season, he led the Hawks to their first winning season in seven years. Diener previously spent six years at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, where he posted an overall record of 168-43. This will be Diener’s third time coaching at Chaifetz Arena – Cardinal Stritch played exhibition games against the Billikens in 2010 and 2011.
– The Billikens own a 14-4 series advantage against the Hawks. The teams also met on the hardwood in 2014, 2013, 2010 and 2009.