Saint Louis Wins In Three Overtimes

When Saint Louis University hosted Richmond at Chaifetz Arena on Jan. 25, the Billikens were without freshman point guard Kwamain Mitchell because of a concussion suffered against Temple.

Mitchell was on the court for the rematch on Sunday and made a big difference. After Kevin Lisch sent the game into a third overtime period with a last-second 3-pointer, Mitchell scored eight points in the third overtime to lead Saint Louis to a dramatic 85-72 victory at the Robins Center in Richmond, Va.

Lisch, a senior guard, led all scorers with 27 points. He added nine rebounds, three assists and three steals in 52 minutes. His 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left in the second overtime period, after he stepped through two defenders, was one of his five 3-pointers on the day.


Kwamain Mitchell (Jeff Roberson/AP Photo)

Mitchell, who has established himself as the best of the Billikens' freshman class, finished with 23 points and eight rebounds, both career highs, in 50 minutes. He knocked down eight of 12 free throws.

Senior guard Tommie Liddell III had nine points and 10 rebounds in 50 minutes. Freshman forward Willie Reed added nine points and 10 rebounds, including seven offensive boards. Senior forward Barry Eberhardt had nine points off the bench.

Saint Louis improved to 14-9 overall and 5-4 in the Atlantic 10.

The Billikens trailed 58-52 with 3 minutes, 7 seconds left in regulation, but were able to hold Richmond (11-12, 3-5) scoreless the rest of regulation to send the game into overtime.

Saint Louis trailed 31-29 at halftime, but outscored Richmond 29-27 in the second half. SLU shot 52.2 percent in the second half (12 of 23) and 50 percent (30 of 60) for the game.

The Spiders were led by 19 points from David Gonzalves. Kevin Smith added 17, while Ryan Butler had 11 and Kevin Anderson had 10. Richmond shot just 37.9 percent (25 of 66) for the game and were 21.4 percent (six of 28) from beyond the 3-point line.

The Billikens return to action against Charlotte at 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Chaifetz Arena. Saint Louis is 11-2 in its new arena this season, with losses to Kent State and Richmond.

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