Game ball: Dwayne Evans. It didn't take long for the 6-foot-5 forward to impose his will inside against Duquesne. He ended with 20 points and 14 rebounds on the afternoon. Both of those were season highs.
Key number: +14. That was the difference in both points in the paint and rebounds for the Bills. SLU held a 40-26 advantage in the paint and a 35-21 advantage on the glass.
Weix's Take: SLU took the reins to this game away from the Dukes early and controlled from the midway through the first half on with a distinct advantage in the paint. Evans and senior Brian Conklin were the catalysts offensively, especially after starting just 0-for-6 from deep.
With head coach Rick Majerus feeling the ill effects from taking a wrong medication this morning, assistant Chris Harriman manned the bench. The Bills didn't miss a beat without the Hall of Fame coach. Despite an early Dukes in the second half, the Billikens sustained their lead, allowing the home squad to creep to within just eight.
SLU had five players in double figures and sophomore guard Mike McCall added nine points. This was one of the best team efforts of the season for the Bills, and it was an important victory.
If it were in doubt before, SLU has now likely cemented its place in the Field of 68 for the first time since 2000.
Miscellaneous After B.J. Monteiro led the Dukes with 12 points in the first 20 minutes, he was held to just two points in the second half. After starting with six straight misses from deep, SLU finished at a respectable 8-for-18. Dukes star point guard T.J. McConnell was held in check for the greater part of the game. He scored just nine points on three-for-five shooting.
Up next: The Billikens will head to Atlantic City as the No. 2 seed in the A-10 conference tournament. The regular season success means that SLU receives a bye and will play the winner of the No. 7 vs. No. 10 game.