Saint Louis Billikens Upset No. 20 New Mexico Lobos
St. Louis keeps the winning streak going at seven games as they upset the 20th ranked team in the nation in the New Mexico Lobos, winning 60-46. The Billikens dominated the Lobos from the tip and went into halftime leading 33-13. That’s the lead they would keep for the rest of the game. This is another signature win for the Atlantic 10 conference.
Something that the Billikens did in Monday night’s game versus New Mexico that a lot of teams haven’t been able to do this season is contain guard Tony Snell. Snell scored just five points and was a non-factor in the game. If you watched New Mexico earlier in the season you know that Snell is capable of taking over and having a big game.
For the Billikens, senior forward Cory Remekun had a great game and led the way for his team. He scored 15 points, had three blocks and shot 7 of 9 from the field. This was nice to see Remekun stepping up for St. Louis because they did not have to depend on Kwamain Mitchell their superstar.
What also helped St. Louis to victory was their defense. They held the Lobos to 31.8 percent shooting from the field and 25.0 percent from the three point line. They also forced the Lobos into 21 turnovers and committed only 13 turnovers themselves. When you play clean basketball you will win a lot of games especially in March.
The Billikens are riding this seven-game winning streak into their last non-conference game on Jan. 4 versus Savannah State (MEAC). They should most likely win this game as Savannah State is only 5-7 on the season.
But then the test comes on Jan. 10 when they open up conference play versus Chaz Williams and the UMass Minutemen at Chaifetz Arena. It doesn’t get easier because, two days later, they go on the road to take on Temple, who has already upset Syracuse this season.
Jovan Alford is a staff writer for The Sixer Sense, a writer for Buzz On Broad covering the Philadelphia 76ers and Local College Basketball, and is a writer for Rant Sports covering the A-10 Conference for College Basketball.
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