No. 24 SLU Downs Fordham

No. 24 SLU Downs Fordham

SLU (17-2) displayed a vintage defensive performance in routing Fordham 70-48 on Saturday afternoon at Chaifetz Arena.

St. Louis, Mo. – How many times do you see a team shoot just 38 percent from the field and still win by 22?

Well, the answer probably isn't many.

Saint Louis University did just that on Saturday afternoon against Fordham, putting its suffocating defensive reputation on display all game in running away from the Rams 70-48.

Senior forward Dwayne Evans continued his hot streak, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to lead the Billikens. In his last three games, Evans has shot 25-for-34, a 73.5% clip.

Jordair Jett and Mike McCall Jr. also scored in double figures with 18 and 12, respectively. Jett nailed 12 free throws on the day, including one with under a minute to go that marked his 1,000th career point.  McCall Jr., who had been marred in a shooting slump recently, started slowly but ended with four field goals.

Despite shooting 1-for-15 in the first half from deep, SLU maintained a 14-point halftime lead thanks to its stellar defense.

"You just have to chase them off shot spots," McCall Jr. said. "No. 10 (Jon Severe) is one of the better scorers in the league."

Branden Frazier, who came in averaging 19 points per game, was held scoreless, missing all ten of his shot attempts.

"We did a great job on him," SLU head coach Jim Crews said. "I'm a big fan of his, and he's really good. He makes other guys better and today we were able to limit that."

With its defense hitting a stride, the offense took an uptick in the second half thanks to contributions from Evans and Jett.

"He's one of the best players in the conference," McCall Jr. said of his backcourt mate. "He stepped up offensively and defensively and he's been good for us."

"We started off strong," Jett noted. "We did a better job of flowing into our offense."

So, again, how does one win by 22 when shooting just 38 percent from the field?

"We're winning and that's good," Crews said. "That's the only stat that counts."

NEXT UP: SLU trips to Pittsburgh to take on Duquesne on Wed., Jan. 22.

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