Billikens Beat Boston College

ST. LOUIS — Saint Louis senior guard Kevin Lisch poured in all 15 of his points in the second half as the Billikens beat Boston College 53-50 on Saturday afternoon at Chaifetz Arena.

The victory was the first for SLU over a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference since Nov. 24, 2001, when it beat Georgia Tech.

The Billikens were leading 43-40 when Willie Reed converted a short jumper in the lane off a Lisch feed to push SLU up by five with 2:05 left to play. Eagles' guard Tyrese Rice hit a deep three to cut the Billiken led to 45-43 at the 1:25 mark. However, Lisch answered with his own trey with just over one minute remaining in the contest to restore a five-point cushion.

On the next possession, BC missed a trey and recovered the offensive board, but Lisch came up with the ball and was fouled with 36 seconds left. He converted both charity tosses for a 50-43 SLU lead.

Kevin Lisch scored 15 points (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Reggie Jackson drilled a 3-pointer for the Eagles to cut the gap to 50-46 with 23 ticks left on the clock, but Lisch calmly hit two more free throws for a 52-46 Billiken advantage. Corey Raji had an offensive putback as BC closed to 52-48 with seven seconds remaining. Lisch scored the final SLU point on a free throw, and Raji's layup with 0.1 seconds left created the final three-point margin.

In a close first half, Boston College lead for most of the way as the score was tied eight times and there were two lead changes. The Eagles led by as many as four points, including 21-17 with under four minutes remaining in the first half. A Kwamain Mitchell jumper brought the Billikens to 21-19, and Ruben Cotto's layup tied the contest. Rakim Sanders had a tip-in for a two-point BC advantage, but Brian Conklin answered with a tip-in bucket of his own to forge a 23-23 tie at intermission.

Conklin opened the second half with another bucket to give the Billikens the early lead. One free throw by Conklin, and a hoop by Lisch built a 28-23 Billiken lead. BC stayed close and tied the game at 32-32, but Reed hit two from the stripe, and a Tommie Liddell III hoop hoisted the Bills to a 36-32 advantage with 8:11 left. The Eagles managed to tie the game one last time at 38-38 with 5:02 remaining, but a Lisch jumper off a Liddell feed gave the Billikens a lead they would not surrender the rest of the way.

Lisch led the Billikens with 15 points, while Conklin narrowly missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds, including four on the offensive end. Liddell also just fell short of a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds, while Reed again was a boost off the bench with eight points and eight rebounds, all coming on the offensive glass.

Corey Raji topped BC with 22 points and seven rebounds, while Reggie Jackson added 10 points. The Billikens held first-tem All-ACC guard Tyrese Rice to just six points on 2-of-14 shooting.

The Billikens improve to 2-1 on the season and hand the Eagles their first loss, as BC is now 3-1.

The Billikens take to the road for the first time as they travel to Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers on Tuesday, Nov. 25. That game will be televised on FSN Midwest.

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