NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Saint Louis senior guard Jordair Jett registered 17 points and eight assists as the Billikens knocked off Vanderbilt 57-49 Monday night at Memorial Gym.
It was the sixth win a row for Saint Louis, which improves to 12-2. It was also SLU’s fourth road victory in the non-conference season, the first time since 1993-94 the Billikens were 4-0 in non-conference road tilts. Vanderbilt falls to 7-4 on the year.
Jett’s 17 points, a season high, came on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. He pulled down four boards, dished out eight assists and recorded two steals.
Dwayne Evans had nine points, all in the second half, to go with nine rebounds. He also tied his career high with four steals.
Mike McCall Jr. posted nine points and four rebounds, while Grandy Glaze pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.
SLU started the game on a 6-0 run and maintained a six-point lead after a McCall trey at the 11:25 mark of the opening half. But Vanderbilt would respond with an 11-0 run. Austin McBroom hit his second of two consecutive treys to give the Bills a brief advantage at 17-16 with 4:26 left, but Vandy closed the half on an 11-4 rally and led 27-21 at the break.
The Billikens trailed for much of the second half, but never saw their deficit reach more than five. Layups by Jett and Evans got the Billikens started in the second half as they pulled within two. Jett’s jumper at the 14:29 mark made the score 30-29 Vandy.
Jett sparked a rally with less than eight minutes to go that helped carry the Bills to victory. He hit a layin, and followed with a steal on the other end and dished to Rob Loe on a fast break, who slammed it home to make the score 40-39. Jett again fed Loe seconds later to give the Bills a 41-40 lead with 6:51 to go.
After four Vandy free throws, SLU took control with a 12-0 run, punctuated by an Evans slam that put the Billikens ahead 49-44. Saint Louis would protect the lead the rest of the way and cruised to the eight-point win.
SLU held Vandy to a season-low shooting mark of 33.9 percent. Vandy’s top 3-point shooter, Rod Odom, was held to a season-low six points and an 0-for-8 mark from beyond the arc.
Saint Louis returns to action Saturday, Jan. 4, against Yale. Game time at Chaifetz Arena is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. The game will be televised on NBC Sports Network.