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Bills End Nonconference Slate with Convincing Win

Courtesy: Saint Louis Athletics
          Release: 01/04/2014
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ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis senior forward Rob Loe scored a game-high 19 points and sophomore guard Austin McBroom dropped 16 as the Billikens cruised to a 75-55 win against Yale Saturday at Chaifetz Arena.

The Billikens improve to 13-2 with the victory. SLU’s 13 wins represent the most through the first 15 games of a season since Charlie Spoonhour’s Billikens went 14-1 to start the 1993-94 season.

It was the final game before the Atlantic 10 Conference schedule for Saint Louis, which heads to Kingston, R.I., to face Rhode Island Tuesday. Yale falls to 5-7.

“I’m really pleased,” SLU head coach Jim Crews said. “Our guys going 13-2 and winning every road game, I think that’s a great accomplishment. It’s hard to win a game, because games don’t go smoothly. They persevere.”

Loe was 6-of-10 shooting from the field, including a 3-of-7 mark from 3-point range as he finished one shy of his career high.

McBroom, who started for the first time this season, drilled four first-half 3-pointers en route to his 16 points, a season high.

As a team, SLU benefited from the three, nailing a season-high 11 in the game. Senior Jake Barnett got into the action as well, hitting 3-of-4 from long range to help account for his 11 points. 

Jordair Jett, who entered the game second in the A-10 averaging nearly five assists per game, dished out seven assists. Grandy Glaze pulled down a team-best six rebounds, while Mike McCall Jr. posted a team-best three steals. John Manning registered three blocks for the Billikens.

“I thought that a lot of guys did well for us,” Crews said. “Rob Loe really played well for us — from a distributor in terms of making some good passes, running the floor, obviously knocking in some shots for us. I thought Austin (McBroom) was really good defensively throughout most of the game. Jordair (Jett) came in and did a good job for us.”

Yale, which was led by Javier Duren’s 13 points, came out of the gates hot. The Bulldogs hit eight of their first 10 shots and led 10-4 early on. Later in the half, Yale again led by six before an 8-0 run, punctuated by a pair of treys by McBroom, gave the Billikens a lead they would not relinquish.

Three-point buckets by McCall Jr., McBroom and Barnett in the final two minutes of the first half helped the Billikens to an 11-point halftime advantage at 37-26.

SLU went on an 11-2 flurry early in the second half to take a 14 point lead, and the Billikens never looked back.

The Billikens face Rhode Island Tuesday at 6 p.m. (CT) in Kingston in a game that will be televised on CBS Sports Network. The Bills stay on the road to face Dayton Saturday, Jan. 11, in a 10 a.m. (CT) tip on ESPN2.

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