SLU Routs Rockhurst 68-43

Saint Louis (7-2) beats Division II Rockhurst by a score of 68-43. BillikenReport.com's Ben Weixlmann recaps the game.

St. Louis, Mo. – Coming off a tough stretch of games, which included near-misses against nationally-ranked Wisconsin and Wichita State, Tuesday night's game against Division II Rockhurst served as a bit of a reprieve. Senior forward Dwayne Evans led the way with 17 points to lift SLU to a 68-43 victory in a blowout over the Hawks.

Playing its sixth game in 13 days, the Bills surged out to a 13-0 lead out of the gate and never looked back.

With a day off tomorrow, SLU knew it wanted to get tonight out of the way.

"Honestly yes, it will be a good day," senior forward Jake Barnett said. "It'll be a good time to rest and relax then come back on Thursday and get ready for Valpo."

Against an undermanned Hawks' squad, the Bills scored in just about every way imaginable and held Rock U. without a bucket for more than nine minutes to start the game.

A brief scuttlebutt saw the Hawks inch back into the game, going on a 18-5 run in the latter section of the first half to come within three points.  But that's as close as they would come.

"I thought we played well for the first five or six minutes," SLU head coach Jim Crews said. "As the half wore on, we kept getting quick shots. In the second half, I think we were much better with those things."

It was also a motivation issue once the Billikens raced out to the 19-2 score, junior Grandy Glaze thought.

"It was tough to get motivated at first," he said. "They started getting some confidence, so we knew we had to pull this W out regardless of who [the opponent] was."

The Billikens outrebounded RU 54-28, which allowed them to win so comfortably despite shooting just 41 percent from the field.

In the second half, the Bills asserted themselves and held the Hawks at bay once again in building a lead as big as 29 at one point.

Evans, who is averaging nearly 15 points per game on this season, took advantage of the Hawks small interior and connected either on high-percentage field goals or got himself to the free-throw line.

Crews started Jake Barnett, which marked the third straight game in which a different player got the opening nod at the 4-spot.

He was great from the floor and provided a knockdown spark for the Bills.

Guard Brandon McCann scored 14 for Rockhurst in the losing effort.

NEXT: SLU takes to the road to face Valparaiso on Saturday evening at 7:05 p.m.

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