VCU Tops Billikens, 67-56
RICHMOND, Va. – Saint Louis suffered its second straight defeat Saturday, falling 67-56 at VCU in Atlantic 10 Conference men’s basketball action.
The loss, the first on the road this season for the Billikens, dips their record to 25-4 overall and 12-2 in the A-10. Saint Louis can still clinch the No. 1 seed in the A-10 Championship in Brooklyn with a win in any if its final two regular-season games – at home against Dayton Wednesday and at UMass next Sunday.
VCU, which has won 19 in a row at home dating back to last season, improves to 22-7 overall and 10-4 in the league.
The Billikens were led in scoring by Jordair Jett, who hit 8 of 14 shots en route to 18 points. Austin McBroom was 3-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line to account for his 11 points.
SLU was forced into 17 turnovers, which the Rams turned in to 23 points.
VCU led wire-to-wire. Jett scored back-to-back baskets to start for the Bills, and a Jake Barnett triple made it 8-7 VCU at the first media timeout. Mike McCall Jr., who finished with eight points, hit back-to-back 3-pointers for SLU to make it 28-21 with 7:37 remaining.
Following a Jett layin that pulled the Billikens within five, VCU went on a 10-0 run to break the game open late in the first half. McBroom and Barnett registered baskets late in the half as the Billikens were down 10, 38-28, at the break.
In the second half, McBroom buried back-to-back buckets midway through the period as the Billikens pulled within seven, 44-27, with 11:09 to go. But that was as close to the lead as the Billikens would get, and VCU hung on to post its first victory against Saint Louis in four tries as members of the A-10.
Saint Louis returns to action Wednesday, March 5, against Dayton at Chaifetz Arena. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. SLU’s five seniors will be recognized in a ceremony following the game.