Jett Leads SLU To Decisive Win Over Richmond

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - An all-around vintage defensive effort created plenty of offensive chances for the Saint Louis University Billikens as they rolled with ease to a 77-57 victory over the Richmond Spiders on Wednesday evening at Chaifetz Arena in front of 8,853 fans.

Whether it was from the elbow, throwing it in spin cycle and getting into the lane, or simply overpowering a defender, senior guard Jordair Jett did everything on Wednesday night as Saint Louis cruised to an easy 77-57 victory over the visiting Richmond Spiders.

Jett finished with 21 points and 10 boards as the Billikens won their 13th straight game, running their record to 19-2 overall and 6-0 in Atlantic 10 play.

With a week to prepare for a UR team coming off two straight quality wins, SLU found itself most certainly up to the task -- particularly on the defensive side of the ball.

"They play a really unique system of play both offensively and defensively," SLU head coach Jim Crews said. "We were able to convert defense into points. It was a really good effort by our guys."

"That's what we depend on," Jett said. "We look at it as a scoring option."

Call it whatever you want: suffocating, smothering, impossible to score against. The Bills had everything dialed in on the defensive end. SLU held Richmond to just 23 percent from the field in the first half, and its two star players Cedrick Lindsay and Kendall Anthony combined to shoot just 10-for-31 on the evening.

"All five of their players will play every position which is very unusual," he said. "You have to have good discipline. Those two guards are really good."

Meanwhile, Jett received help from a familiar supporting cast, as Dwayne Evans poured in 15 points and 10 rebounds and Austin McBroom netted 12.

"He does a lot of things for us," Crews said about Jett. "He rebounds, he defends, he scores. He's a good player."

Jett crafted quite the rare feat, with a double-double of points and assists against Duquesne and then one with points and rebounds this evening.

So what does this all mean? 13 wins in a row and sitting atop the Atlantic 10 Conference standings. Well, for starters, it means SLU is playing really solid ball -- at a mark of 19-2.  That said, the Bills know they must continue to keep their foot on the gas. With games coming up against the likes of St. Joe's, VCU (twice), George Washington, and Massachusetts, there are many roadblocks left to clear before another potential repeat championship trophy sits in a case in Chaifetz Arena.

"I hope we're evolving," Crews said. "The only way to be good is that we're always evolving."

The Billikens have one more game left at home against George Mason before they hit the road to Philadelphia for an East Coast swing.

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