ST. LOUIS — Dwayne Evans notched his second straight 20-plus-point performance to lead the Billikens to a 79-57 win over North Carolina A&T Saturday at Chaifetz Arena. The victory was Saint Louis’s fifth in a row.
Evans scored 22 points on 5-of-10 shooting and snagged a game-high 13 rebounds for his 20th career double-double.
As he did against Indiana State in his last outing — a SLU season-high 24-point effort — Evans did most of his damage at the free-throw line. Evans went 11 of 14 from the charity stripe today after going 16 of 20 from the line against the Sycamores.
Mike McCall Jr. became the 29th player in Saint Louis history to reach 1,000 career points when he sunk a second-half free throw. During the ensuing media timeout, McCall Jr. was given a standing ovation from the crowd. He finished the contest with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
Lamont Middleton recorded 18 points for the Aggies. Richaud Pack scored 11 points, and Bruce Beckford chipped in 10.
Saint Louis improved to 11-2 while North Carolina A&T, a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) school, fell to 3-9.
The Billikens used a 12-3 run out of intermission to turn a 36-26 halftime lead into a 48-29 cushion. SLU held at least a 17-point edge the rest of the way in cruising to the 22-point win.
The Bills closed the first half on a 4-0 spurt, thanks in part to a pair of Aggie technical fouls. Evans’ 14 first-half points, which included his first 3-pointer of the year, helped SLU maintain the lead for nearly three-quarters of the first half.
The Billikens held North Carolina A&T to 33.9 percent shooting for the game, including 8.3 percent shooting (1 of 12) from 3-point range. SLU forced 12 Aggie turnovers, while the Bills had more assists (16) than turnovers (10) for the 10th time this season.
Saint Louis travels to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt next Monday, Dec. 30. Tip time is slated for 8 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPNU.
Written by Josh Sellmeyer, SLU sports information assistant.