SLU Downs BGSU To Stay Perfect, 74-47

Saint Louis (5-0) stayed perfect, winning 74-47 against Bowling Green on Saturday night at Chaifetz Arena. Next up for the Billikens: an undefeated showdown against Wisconsin in Cancun.

ST. LOUIS – There was no slow start this time, as the Billikens raced out to an 11-3 advantage and didn't look back, winning 74-47 on Saturday night against MAC foe Bowling Green at Chaifetz Arena.

Senior forward Dwayne Evans busted out of a shooting slump, leading the Bills with 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the floor. Evans has scored in double-figures 23 straight games, dating back to Jan. 19, 2013 against Rhode Island.

There was no look-ahead syndrome in this one.

"We have too many experienced guys to overlook games," Evans said.

Early on in the game, the Billikens couldn't spread things open but that changed in a big way after the halftime break.

"I thought we were contact conscious going to the bucket," he said. "We cleaned that up at halftime and the freshmen came in and were big for us."

SLU's defense was strong all evening, forcing tough looks and turnovers that ended up leading to 18 Billiken points.

Senior guard Mike McCall Jr. yet again showed his worth with 11 points and five assists.

With BGSU hanging close with 6:42 remaining in the first half, down just 18-14, SLU closed the half on an 11-5 run to end the half to go into the break up 29-19.

In the final 20 minutes, SLU kept the visiting Falcons at bay, shooting 60 percent from the field while yielding just 34 percent on defense.

The wide margin was punctuated by tremendous ball movement from the Billikens, as they had 25 assists on 30 field goals.  Stellar three-point shooting also facilitated the blowout, as SLU nailed 8 of its 17 attempts.

"We shared the ball," Crews said. "The ball didn't stick. . .we got to the second, third side of the floor better tonight."

An undermanned BGSU squad didn't get much help from its bench, whereas the SLU non-starters thrived in their opportunities. Freshman forward Tanner Lancona provided a spark from his entry early in the game, ending with 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting.

Junior big man John Manning played 16 minutes and finally looked healthy for the first time in a few games. His defensive effort keyed a number of Billiken fastbreak opportunities.

"I thought John was outstanding tonight," Crews said. "He was very conscious and had his knees bent. He was long around the bucket."

Parker scored 13 points in a losing effort for BGSU.

The Billikens now turn their attention to nationally-ranked Wisconsin, who is undefeated and will provide stiff competition in Cancun.  

"They're very physical on screens and very physical on cutters," Crews said.

Keep it locked to for a full preview on the undefeated battle between the Billikens and the Badgers on Nov. 26!

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