Saint Louis Gets First Road Victory

Bronx, N.Y. — The Saint Louis Billikens tallied a season high in points and registered their first road win of the season 88-58 at Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx, N.Y., on Saturday evening. The Billikens shot 69.6 percent (16-of-23) in the second half and 63.3 overall in the game. Barry Eberhardt poured in a career-high 26 points to pace SLU.

The Billikens shot 69.6 percent (16-of-23) in the second half and 63.3 overall in the game. Barry Eberhardt poured in a career-high 26 points to pace SLU.

The Rams jumped on top early, and after one Kyle Cassity free throw, Kwamain Mitchell hit a trey as SLU trailed 7-4. Consecutive buckets by Brett Thompson and Barry Eberhardt closed the gap for the Billikens.

A long baseline trey by Kevin Lisch tied the game 14-14 seven minutes into the contest. An Eberhardt three-point play handed SLU its first lead of the day 17-16. The Billikens then rattled off a burst punctuated by a Tommie Liddell III trey and a fastbreak layup off a Mitchell feed for a 28-21 lead at the 8:21 mark.

The SLU defense kept Fordham scoreless for over five minutes as the Billikens ran off 16 consecutive points to build a 37-21 lead. The Billikens pushed the advantage to as much as 18 after a Brett Thompson free throw and settled for a 44-27 lead at halftime. SLU shot 57.7 percent in the first half and hit half of its 10 3-point field goal attempts en route to its biggest scoring half of the season.

Both teams opened the second off on an offensive tear, and back-to-back treys by Mitchell and Liddell built the Billikens their first 20-point lead of the evening.

SLU hit its first nine shots of the second half and extended the advantage to as many as 23. Eberhardt hit four straight shots to key the Billiken outburst, which was capped by Willie Reed's soaring baseline dunk.

Eberhardt scored a career-high 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting to lead the Billikens. Willie Reed tallied 17 points for SLU. The Billikens drained a season-best 10 3-pointers.

The Billikens are now 12-9 overall, 3-4 in the A-10. The Rams are 3-16 overall, 1-6 in the A-10.

The Billikens return home to host Duquesne on Wednesday, Feb. 4, in a 6 p.m. game.


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