On the heels of a sluggish outing in a win over Wofford, the Billikens were phenomenal throughout as they coasted to a 17-point victory over one of the Missouri Valley Conference's best teams, the ISU Sycamores.
An inspired 24-point performance from all-league senior Dwayne Evans led the charge for the Bills, and Rob Loe and Austin McBroom chipped in 15 to go along with Jordair Jett in double figures.
In the second half, SLU could do no wrong. Each shot true, pass crisp, rebound strong, and overall defense intensely present.
"[ISU] came in averaging 80 points a game," SLU head coach Jim Crews said. "That's because they do everything well. They run well, they shoot the ball well, they throw it in the post."
One noticeable trait about the game is that the Billikens seemed much more comfortable in the flow of their offense.
"I thought the guys really stayed the course," Crews said. "Our guys did a good job of finding Dwayne and he got the line a lot. . .it was a good mix today, absolutely."
Evans truly asserted himself inside, getting to the line 20 times. So much so, that he jokingly said postgame that he "kind of got tired of doing it".
"Playing with [Loe] makes it really easy," he said. "I knew I could take advantage down low."
SLU nudged ahead 23-12 in the earlygoing but seemed to stall for a bit, and the Sycamores fought back. A 7-0 run at the end of the first half for the Bills really seemed to be a thorn in ISU's side, though. A dagger by Rob Loe from the top of the key sent SLU into the halftime break with a ton of momentum, up by seven.
"It's execution at the end of the half," Loe said. "I think we executed really well at the end of the first half and that shot really hurt them."
"Every stop and bucket was important," Crews said. "When you play someone that scores 80 points a game and have a lot of players that can score, that's a team that can go ‘boom'. You're always on guard for that."
This win, which moves the Billikens to 10-2, was one that they absolutely needed. It will look very solid on a potential NCAA resume.
"This is a great win," Evans said. "It's the best win of the year. Everyone played well."
SLU Rolls The Sycamores 83-66
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