Thoughts & Observations:
First and foremost, the defense was exceptional all night for the Billikens. They held Richmond to just 23 percent from the field, and not until back-to-back buckets for the Spiders with 5:52 left in the game did UR even show any offensive burst whatsoever. They were 6-for-36 at one point, which is surely not going to win you any games.
It was good that SLU brought its "A-Game" on defense, because offensively, they couldn't seem to get anything figured out. Especially in the first half, the Bills chalked up turnover after turnover and kept UR in the ballgame. 19 turnovers were the most by the Billikens all year.
Dwayne Evans made some big-time plays this evening. With just about every big man in foul trouble or having off games, Evans used his bulk to find position inside and get easy layups.
Jordair Jett once again shaked-and-baked his way to several layups. He must work on his free throw shooting in order to be the true force that he can be. How many times did he have chances for 3-point plays yet missed the freebie? Many.
Some more good effort minutes out of Grandy Glaze. He registered 6 points and 5 rebounds, including a run-out fast break that would've made any SLU fan grin.
Where would UR have been without Cedrick Lindsay's aggressiveness? Darien Brothers and Kendall Anthony decided to no-show, but Lindsay got to the bucket possession after possession and drew fouls. SLU contested most of his offerings, but he was able to put points on the board with the clock stopped. He did, however, miss some clutch ones down the stretch.
UR's Nelson-Ododa gave the Bills fits, as he blocked numerous shots all night, especially on the interior. SLU was smart enough to find Evans when he wasn't being guarded by Ododa.
Richmond's star Darien Brothers was non-existent this evening. Give credit to Mitchell and Jett, who were the main defenders on him. He got loose for a triple, but it was late in the contest and couldn't ever find consistency.
I'll go ahead and mention turnovers yet again, because it's something the Billikens need to take care of before a scrappy Charlotte ball club comes into town next Saturday. Many of the turnovers were unforced. Just terrible decisions, especially by big men who were forcing passes from the high post or top of the key.
It was about as painful to watch if you're a SLU fan as any game this season (Duquesne was probably pretty miserable, too). An 11-1 run late by UR made this one interesting, and Billikens' fans certainly weren't pleased with their team. That being said, the Bills are now 18-5 on the season and 7-2 in A-10 play, which is tied for first in the league.
Next Up: Saturday, 2/16, vs. Charlotte at Chaifetz Arena.