ST. LOUIS — Jordair Jett scored 18 points — including a second-half free throw that gave him 1,000 points in his career — and Saint Louis held Fordham to a season-low points total in a 70-48 win Saturday afternoon at Chaifetz Arena.
SLU, ranked 24th in the most recent AP top-25 national poll, won its 11th straight game and is now 17-2 overall and 4-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Fordham fell to 7-10 (0-4 A-10).
“It’s hard to win one game, let alone 11 in a row,” SLU head coach Jim Crews said. “It is a great tribute to these guys. One of the great staples of this team over the last three years is that we win all kind of different ways – different guys step up at different times and we win different kind of games. That’s a great asset to have, how they go about their business from that standpoint.”
Jett hit 12 of 15 free throws, pulled down nine rebounds and dished out a game-high six assists. He became the 30th player in program history to tally 1,000 career points. He joined active players Dwayne Evans and Mike McCall Jr. in the 1,000-point club.
Evans recorded 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting and snagged a game-high 10 boards for his 21st career double-double. McCall Jr. chipped in 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Jon Severe scored a game-high 22 points on 9-of-25 shooting for the Rams. He accounted for half of Fordham’s 18 baskets. Bryan Smith added nine points and Ryan Rhoomes had eight points and eight rebounds.
Saint Louis held Fordham’s second-leading scorer, Branden Frazier, to zero points on 0-of-10 shooting. The Rams entered the contest averaging 76.6 points and shooting better than 40 percent from the field. The Billikens held them to 29 percent shooting (18 of 62), which included 6-of-31 shooting (19.4 percent) in the first half.
SLU made half its field-goal attempts in the second half (12 of 24) after shooting 28.6 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes. The Billikens held a 47-36 rebounding advantage and had more assists (12) than turnovers (9) for the 11th time this season.
After taking a 30-16 lead into halftime, Saint Louis opened the second half on a 9-0 run to pad its cushion. The Rams scored five straight points to get within 16 at 47-31, but that’s as close as they would draw. Another 9-0 spurt by SLU pushed its lead to 56-31, and the Billikens cruised to the conference win.
Fordham took its only lead at 1-0, as the Bills answered with seven straight points. After a Severe triple made the score 9-7, SLU went on a 13-0 run over the next six minutes to begin to pull away. Evans’ 18th career 3-pointer contributed to that Billikens’ run.
Saint Louis continues A-10 play when it travels to Pittsburgh to take on Duquesne Wednesday, Jan. 22. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST.
Written by Josh Sellmeyer, Saint Louis sports information assistant.