ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Saint Louis College Billikens had solely 4 days of follow earlier than taking the courtroom for the primary time in 33 days. By the point they discovered their rhythm, time had run out.
Jalen Crutcher scored 27 factors and Ibi Watson added 18 to steer Dayton to a 76-71 win over No. 22 Saint Louis on Tuesday evening.
Saint Louis was taking part in its first recreation since Dec. 23 as this system suspended group actions because of a COVID-19 outbreak simply earlier than the group’s first scheduled convention recreation Dec. 30.
Javonte Perkins led the Billikens with 20 factors and Hasahn French added 16 factors. Yuri Collins added 11 assists.
”I used to be sort of winded at occasions, however I knew that was going to impact my shot so I simply knew I needed to get simpler factors,” Perkins stated. ”It was just a little harder than I anticipated.”
Saint Louis (7-2, 0-1 Atlantic-10) hit simply three of 13 photographs from 3-point vary regardless of changing 51% of its subject objective makes an attempt. The Billikens additionally made simply 10 of 17 free throws.
”I do not wish to make excuses,” Billikens coach Travis Ford stated. ”If they’ll let you know to play and we have to go play, then you have to reply. You have to determine it out. No one is feeling sorry for us.”
Dayton (9-4, 5-3) opened the sport on a 9-2 run over the primary 3:57 and by no means trailed within the contest. The Flyers have gained three straight in opposition to the Billikens. Saint Louis’ final win versus Dayton was a 64-55 win within the Atlantic-10 Event on Mar. 15, 2019.
”Any time you may get a win it is huge, particularly when you can beat a group we’ve got numerous respect for in Saint Louis,” Flyers coach Anthony Grant stated after his group’s third straight street contest. ”Figuring out they seem to be a high 25 group and getting a win actually helps going into convention however we’ve got to take it one recreation at a time.”
Saint Louis tied the sport for the primary time for the reason that opening tipoff when Perkins hit a bounce shot to tug the groups even 53-53 with 4:54 remaining within the second half
The groups traded baskets till the Flyers pulled away on an 8-Zero run that includes a layup and 3-point basket from Crutcher.
”That is sort of generally what you want,” French stated. ”It generally humbles you. I do not like dropping in any respect and I do know my teammates do not.”
Crutcher, the Flyers’ main scorer, scored a minimum of 23 factors for the sixth time this season.
Watson scored 12 of his 18 factors within the second half.
Dayton outscored Saint Louis 36-31 within the first half due to changing seven of 15 photographs from 3-point vary.
Saint Louis senior Jordan Goodwin had 11 factors and 11 rebounds giving him his eighth double-double in 9 video games this season to maintain him among the many nation’s leaders regardless of Saint Louis lacking seven video games. Goodwin is considered one of 10 finalists for the Jerry West Award given to the nation’s finest capturing guard.
Dayton: The Flyers sit in fifth place within the Atlantic-10 standings after main the convention final season.
Saint Louis: The Billikens entered the sport seventh nationally in rebounding margin grabbing a median of 10.Eight extra boards than their opponents.
Dayton: Hosts Rhode Island Saturday.
Saint Louis: At Richmond on Friday evening.
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