If there's one thing that the Saint Louis University men's basketball team needs right now, it's rest. SLU beat SIU-Carbondale 61-51 on Saturday night at Chaifetz Arena behind 14 points from Dwayne Evans and 12 from Rob Loe.
The Billikens employed a seven-man rotation tonight while getting just three minutes (all in the first half) from big man John Manning.
A hobbled Jordair Jett gutted out 26 minutes, but looked as though he didn't have any place on the court as he showed no explosiveness or quickness from his groin injury during the CBE Classic.
Days of rest are ahead, but the Billikens now must turnaround and face the Pac-12's Washington Huskies on the road on Thursday. The Huskies have been one of the most disappointing teams in the nation, and a loss by the Billikens could prove costly come March.
Keith Carter and Grandy Glaze sat out yet another game with injuries for SLU, and it is yet to be determined whether or not they will suit up against the Huskies.
Tonight, however, was a survive-and-advance type feel. SIUC was grossly outmatched in talent, size, and strength. It shot just 36.5 percent from the field compared to north of 50 percent for the Billikens. The game was kept close by a shocking 36-28 rebounding advantage for the far-undersized Salukis.
A strong 10-2 start for SLU set the tone for the rest of the first half as the Bills raced out to a 28-17 lead at the halftime break.
In the second 20 minutes, the pace continued on at a crawl. With both teams playing sloppily, the scoring advantage never creeped inside five points and SLU extended its stranglehold on the contest to 59-42 on a posterization dunk from Cory Remekun with 2:39 remaining to punctuate the evening.
NEXT: SLU vs. Washington on Thursday on the Pac-12 Network. Tip: 11 p.m. (CT).