ST. LOUIS - Five
players scored in double figures for Saint Louis, and the Billikens held
Duquesne to 31 percent from the field in a 68-41 Atlantic 10 Conference victory
Saturday night at Chaifetz Arena.
registered game highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds (four offensive) for his
third double-double of the season and the eighth of his career. Brian Conklin had 11 points and six
rebounds and tied his career best with a game-high four assists.
Mike McCall Jr.
tallied 11 points and collected a career- and game-high four steals for the
Billikens (15-4, 3-2 A-10). Kwamain
Mitchell and Kyle Cassity scored
10 points apiece, with Mitchell adding three steals. Rob Loe tied his career high with three blocks.
Duquesne (12-8, 3-3 A-10) got 12 points from Eric Evans and
eight points and seven rebounds from Mamadou Datt.
Saint Louis committed just nine turnovers - its eighth
single-digit total of the season - and topped Duquesne 38-30 on the boards. The
Billikens held the Dukes to season lows in points, second-half points (15),
field goals (17) and field goal percentage.
The Billikens began the second half with a 12-3 run that
gave them a 20-point lead. Evans rang up a long jumper from the right wing, Mitchell
drilled a 3-pointer and Evans grabbed an offensive rebound and scored. Loe made
a layup and Cassity drilled a trifecta from the left wing, and Saint Louis led
A pair of 3-pointers and a layup comprised an 8-0 run that
pulled Duquesne to within 12 points, 49-37, but that was as close as the Dukes
would get. They scored just four points in the final 11:55 as the Billikens
closed the game with a 19-4 spurt.
The first half was defined by three big spurts - two by
Saint Louis and one by Duquesne.
The Billikens scored on their first six and seven of their
first eight possessions to build a 16-4 cushion. Evans' driving layup and Cassity's
3-pointer were followed by two buckets and a pair of free throws by Conklin.
Cassity made a layup, and McCall Jr. threw in a long desperation 3-pointer as
the shot clock expired to cap the run.
Duquesne answered with a 16-3 flurry. Datt scored six
points, and Evans and T.J. McConnell tallied five apiece as Duquesne took a
Cassity's driving layup put Saint Louis back on top for good
and triggered an 18-6 run that saw five other Billikens score. Jordair Jett sank both ends of a
1-and-1, Evans registered a traditional three-point play, and McCall hit a free
throw and a trey.
Conklin netted two free throws and a layup, and Cody Ellis buried a 3-pointer from the
right corner that gave the Bills a 37-24 advantage. McConnell's buzzer-beater
made it 37-26 SLU at the break.
The Billikens travel to Cincinnati Wednesday, Jan. 25,
to take on Xavier. Tip time at Cintas Center is 6 p.m. (CT), and the game will
be televised by Fox Sports Midwest.