After a gritty win on the road at Rhode Island on Tuesday, the Saint Louis Billikens played nearly flawless basketball in a 67-59 win at Dayton on Saturday morning. SLU won its ninth straight game, running its record to 15-2 on the season -- with a spot in the Top 25 very likely in the near future.
Coming into the game shooting just 43 percent from the field and 31 percent from behind the arc, SLU lit the nets at UD Arena to the tune of 46 percent from the field and 39 percent from deep.
Senior forward Dwayne Evans led the charge with 22 points on 9-for-11 shooting. The First Team All-Conference selection got plenty of help from guards Austin McBroom and Jordair Jett who combined to score 29 points.
Early on in the game, the Bills set the tone on the defensive end, holding the Flyers to just six field goals through the first 17 minutes of the game. Dayton's second leading scorer, Devin Oliver, struggled mightily all day -- missing all 12 of his shot attempts -- many of which were layups at the rim. The Flyers came into the day shooting nearly 50 percent from the field, but were held to 30 percent by the Billikens' defense.
SLU's offense, on the other hand, found its rhythm early on thanks to Evans. With their star frequently seeing double and triple teams, McBroom and senior wing Jake Barnett lifted the Billikens from distance creating some space on the scoreboard.
Up 13 after a McBroom triple at the 12:44 mark, SLU hit a bit of a rut allowing UD to climb back in the contest. Down the stretch, the Billikens' foul trouble made things far closer than the game would've suggested. UD finished 17-for-23 from the free throw line, with 13 of those makes coming in the final 20 minutes.
The Flyers also fought back behind aggressive offensive board work. UD corralled 15 caroms on the Bills' end of the floor and converted those into 17 points.
NEXT UP: SLU (15-2) returns home to face St. Bonaventure at 7 p.m. on January 15.
SLU Continues Roll, Wins At UD 67-59
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