Hustle of Saint Louis The Difference In Win Over Richmond

Debbie Wong – US Presswire

 

The Saint Louis Billikens controlled the boards and fought through mistakes to get a 56-46 victory on Saturday night against the Richmond Spiders.

The Billikens committed 19 turnovers  and shot just 63-percent from the free-throw line.  However, SLU wouldn’t let those mistakes define them in this game.

The Spiders had just 13 turnovers to Saint Louis’ 19 but the Billikens held a 17-10 margin in points off turnovers.  The Billikens also had total control of the paint,  putting up 32 points from close range, while Richmond managed just 10.

Four Billikens finished the game with at least five rebounds, led by Dwayne Evans, who flat went off after halftime. Evans finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds with nine points coming in the second half alone.

Evans’ contributions were huge for SLU with big man Rob Loe in foul trouble for most of the game. Loe actually finished scoreless for the second time this season in just 10 minutes of court time.

Cody Ellis hit two of SLU’s trio of 3-pointers, which makes the Billikens’ inside presence all the more impressive.

Richmond finally had it’s leading rebounder back with the return of Derrick Williams, who missed the previous nine games with an ankle injury. Williams finished with six points, three rebounds.

Cedric Lindsay finished with a game-high 20 points, 11 coming from the charity stripe but the Spiders’ lack-luster inside game was a glaring weakness.

Chalk it up to a bad shooting night (20-percent) but Richmond can’t afford many more of those with March right around the corner.

Mike Gillmeister can be reached at mgillmei@gmail.com, or on Twitter:@mgillmei. Like his Facebook page here for updates on Big 12/A-1o men’s basketball.

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