Saint Louis forward Dwayne Evans brought his A-Game to Brooklyn on Friday afternoon.
Evans, a 6-foot-5 junior, is the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 12.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Charlotte must not have got that message or maybe Evans was just that good in the quarterfinal round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
Evans had a near perfect game on Friday, guiding the Billikens to a 72-55 victory over the 49ers. In the contest, Evans was 8-of-9 from the field overall and a perfect 9-of-9 from the charity stripe. That type of efficiency is incredible as Evans totaled 25 points in the 17-point victory.
For the most part, Saint Louis controlled the tempo and the game against Charlotte, this after a controversial finish in the 49ers’ first round victory over Richmond. Spider fans are probably thinking “that should have been us” or even “ball don’t lie.”
The Billikens played their game on Friday however, keeping their steady, winning ways going just days before Selection Sunday. Saint Louis is the top seed within the A-10 bracket, so there’s no doubt that they have their sights set on a potential conference tournament title.
Evans may not contribute with near perfect efficiency each game like he did on Friday, but that’s a rarity in its own right. Evans’ potential and leadership on this team however, will of course be crucial for the Billikens’ potential at making at a run within the NCAA Tournament.
Saint Louis will advance to play Saturday in the A-10 semifinal round.
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