The Billikens jumped out to a hot start but surrendered a 14-point second half lead and lost 61-59 at Chaifetz Arena after Georgia center Jeremy Price scored the game-winning bucket with 1 second left.
“It's tough, because we should have beat them," SLU junior shooting guard Kyle Cassity said. "It's going to be another tough one to swallow."
After a horrendous first half against Rockhurst on Monday, Cassity said that if the Billikens performed in the same manner on Saturday night, they would find themselves in a hole they could not recover from.
It turned out that the Billikens posted their best first half of the season, but hit a cold spell in the second half and couldn’t recover.
Cassity led all scorers with 10 points at halftime as the Bills raced out to a 37-27 lead at the break.
However, after mounting a 44-30 lead, Saint Louis U. managed to go a span of 9 minutes and 31 seconds without making a field goal to allow the Bulldogs back into the game.
"I thought that's where we should have put them away but it didn't work out that way," Cassity said. "We went on a drought there and we let them right back in it."
Freshman center Rob Loe had a career night finishing with 19 points on six for 11 shooting, including five three-pointers, in 20 minutes.
The Billikens shot 53 percent from deep for the game, aided by a combined eight-for-12 effort from Loe and Cassity.
After Price sank two free throws to knot the score up at 57 for the first tie of the ballgame, guard Travis Leslie put the Bulldogs ahead 59-57.
Freshman guard Jordair Jett hit a pull-up in the lane with 22 seconds left to create a deadlock at 59. Then Georgia guard Gerald Robinson tossed up an errant shot in the final seconds and Price corralled the board and put it in for the game-winner.
A desperation heave from Jett was off the mark as the final horn sounded.
Playing without their best player and preseason SEC Player of the Year pick Trey Thompkins, Georgia found refuge in Leslie. He hit on all five of his second half attempts en route to 19 points.
The Bulldogs had four players in double figures. Price added 16 points and seven rebounds. Robinson had 10 points and dished out eight assists. Guard Dustin Ware added 10 points.
Loe’s 19 points paced the Bills and Cassity joined him in double figures with 13. Sophomore forward Cory Remekun grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and had six points and three blocked shots in 32 minutes.
Freshman forward Dwayne Evans scored seven points, including five free throws, in 14 minutes. He helped SLU’s bench outscore Georgia’s bench 17-6.
The Billikens (1-2) now must turn their attention to Tennessee State on Tuesday night at Chaifetz Arena.