Dwayne Evans is peaking at the right time for the Saint Louis Billikens. The junior has 11 consecutive games of double-digit scoring, which conveniently coincides with the Billikens’ 11-game win streak.
SLU’s latest game was a 70-53 win over the Saint Joseph’s Hawks on Wednesday night. Evans finished that game with a team-high 21 points, 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season — all of which have come during the win streak. He finished 6 of 14 from the field and 9 of 11 from the free-throw line.
Aside from his solid scoring line, Evans’ 11 rebounds were especially impressive since he’s been spending less time in the post as a defensive presence. At 6-foot-5, Evans shouldn’t be banging with the trees anyway and this new-found guard play has allowed him to sneak into the paint because opponents are starting to respect his shot more. Evans hasn’t had a problem getting to the line this season, either, which makes his shooting even more of a weapon.
Now that Evans’ skills have been tapped into, the floor opens up a lot more for guys like Rob Loe, Mike McCall Jr. and Jordaire Jett.
Jett runs defenses ragged, McCall Jr. has the long-range game and Loe can also hit from deep but has the height to rebound — though his willingness to do so is sometimes suspect. All teams have at least one scorer, better teams have two and a select few have three. The Billikens? They have four.
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