Saturday, February 11, 2012

La Salle Falls To Saint Louis 59-51 For Third Straight Loss

Saint Louis' stifling defense was too much as the Billikens shut down the slumping La Salle Explorers by a 59-51 score.  The loss was the third straight for the Explorers whose 14 game home winning streak came to an end.  Saint Louis dictated the pace as the teams went back and forth in a low scoring first half, ending with the Billikens holding a 26-23 lead.

The second half was more of the same with the teams exchanging leads until Saint Louis broke a 47-47 tie on a Mike McCall three with just under five minutes to play.  The closest La Salle would get after that was 52-49 on a three by Tyreek Duren with 1:16 left in the game.  The Explorers got a crucial stop with forty-two seconds left but Dwayne Evans was able to grab the offensive rebound and get the putback to give the Billikens a five point lead with thirty-eight seconds to go.  La Salle turned it over on their next possession and Saint Louis went 5-6 from the free throw line in the final twenty seconds to close out the win.

Evans was one of four Billiken players in double figures, leading the way with 16 points and 13 rebounds.  Jerrell Wright was the lone Explorer in double figures, scoring 18 points and grabbing 9 rebounds.

With the loss, La Salle fell to 17-9 overall and 6-5 in the A10 and Saint Louis improved to 20-5 overall and 8-3 in A10 play.

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